I always swore to myself that if I got cancer, I'd run away into the woods and live off the land. Drinking fresh water, eating raw herbs, do a massive burdock detox, etc.
But when I hear I only have 3 to 5 years to live, and those years will be progressively worse and worse, as the cancer eats through my pelvic bone and metastasizes into my organs, what other choice do I have?
I am a single mom. Abandoned by my daughter's father when he heard I was sick. I can't let her go into the foster care system. I can't. I can't let her have the horror of remembering her mother's death.
I have almost always homeschooled her, but now with cancer and chemo, I have put her in high school. Today was her first day. Now she can have a diversion without the big C word following her everywhere, invading all her thoughts.
I hope she joins clubs and sports and has a lot of fun this year. She makes friends so easily. Watching her with other kids, and the naturalness that she makes friends and gabs with them is like I'm Forrest Gump and she's Forrest Gump's son, that brilliant Little Forrest who has it all together.
I am in awe of her, and I hope to live several more decades to see the wonderful mother that she will become.
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