Dancing in the Rain: Lessons Learned on my Personal Journey with PD (more at www.PDPlan4Life.com) Copyright 2013-16 Sheryl Jedlinski
As soon as they learned I was “cancer free,” my son, Steve, and daughter-in-law, Megan, decided this “fantastic,” if not miraculous, news warranted a celebration. Diagnosed with stage IV cancer last October, my prognosis appeared bleak, even with extensive surgery and aggressive chemo. The cancer, however, was no match for my young, skilled, determined surgeon who bought us a reprieve of unknown duration.
Steve and Megan began planning a homemade brunch to recognize “our hero, our mom, and a small group of her closest supporters.” Cooking almost everything from scratch, they set a beautiful buffet table with vegetable frittatas, sweet potato hash browns, and many other treats made with ingredients that promote a healthy lifestyle. While admiring their unbridled enthusiasm, I wasn’t quite ready to declare victory over cancer on the big stage. My neurologist and good friend, Cindy, knew exactly where I was coming from. “You’re thinking,’Why celebrate this when I may have something worse five years from now?’” she asked. “Am I right?” Even I laughed at the ridiculousness of this thought process.
The bottom line is that living with a chronic illness teaches us valuable life lessons. Life is short. We need to celebrate the good times early, often, and for as long as possible. “Every day is a gift, called the present.” Let’s live life to the fullest, one day at a time.