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While we know that the tumor has been downsized by the radiation and chemotherapy treatments, we have taken a long look at our personal belongings and have started the process of downsizing in this area too. So far, the experience has been quite cathartic.
How much ‘stuff’ does one really need to be comfortable in life? China that has never been used, kitchen gadgets (well, except for the Tumor Extractor!), glasses, roasting pans; yikes where did all this stuff come from? And better yet… what really is the need?
Funny as it seems, when I was in the seminary those little rooms we lived in seemed so small…now as I look back at that experience, living austerely has its benefits. Thomas Merton does know what he is talking about!
Cancer is a life changing experience for all who are involved in it. We have grown closer because of the disease and have I have come to a reality check with my life. You see, what is important is not how many items you collect, rather what is important is how many lives you touch. The last few years I have lost touch with my own reality; cancer does have its peculiar benefits.
As the green leaves transition to beautiful autumn colors, we are in a transition mode as well. What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others will ever be immortal. I am honored and proud to be a caregiver, it is one of the most remarkable experiences in life. I am also grateful for the reality check that our downsizing has provided to us. May the ‘Little One’s’ health continue to improve; let the downsizing begin!