July 11, 2006

A really busy weekend

I had an incredibly stressful and busy weekend.

On Friday I had the penultimate dental procedure -- temporary crowns and bridge for the teeth pulled in November. Felt well enough afterwards to have dinner at a friend's house. I get the permanent stuff on 7/22.

On Saturday morning went to a bat mitzvah of a friend's daughter.

In the afternoon I went to the Healing Journeys conference, where I saw the most amazing performance art piece called Jonna's Body Please Hold. About 1 hour long, it details Jonna's 3 bouts with 3 different kinds of cancer, starting at age 20 or so. She was hysterically funny and moving as well, had the entire audience in the palm of her hand.

On Saturday night Rik and I went to the bat mitzvah party, where I drank a martini and danced up a storm. Also ate too much, but boy was it good! Green salad with blue cheese followed by salmon with mushroom risotto and asparagus, with creme brulee for dessert. (I raided the kids' ice cream bar, since the brulee was not chocolate.)

On Sunday morning I went to a synagogue board retreat, then to the funeral of my friend Dena, who died from complications associated with gall bladder surgery and her mets. She was 41, left her husband and a 6 year old son.

On Monday I was too tired to move.


July 02, 2006

More cancer deaths

Another friend is dying from breast cancer. She had gall bladder surgery 10 days ago, they found 50% of her liver involved with metastases, and she did not bounce back from the surgery as expected. I went to see her in hospice tonight to say goodbye. She'll leave a husband and 6 year old son. She's not even 40 years old.

The other Jill died about a month ago. She left a husband and 3 year old daughter. Also not 40.

Oy, this disease sucks!