What to do when you get that scary cancer diagnosis? Why not that very thing you have thought about for years but have just never gotten around to? Well, guess what. A scary cancer diagnosis is the best motivator there is. Now or maybe never. There are so many things I have learned and experienced throughout this whole process that in writing them down, I realized it would take more than one blog and why not start with motivation and Super Hero’s?
It takes a whole team. The doctors, the nurses, family and friends and especially Tom. All my doctors and the nurses were superheros but this one actually dressed the part. I stayed overnight in the hospital after my first and second surgeries. All the rooms in the hospital are private, much to my delight as I fully expected to be in a room with someone else. I had experienced that in CA after my former go around with cancer and it didn’t go well, so I was dreading the roommate part. After the first surgery, he was wearing this red superhero outfit and after the second one he had on his black superhero outfit. Humor is a great distraction and a super way to heal. Thank you Steven for making me smile.
I have always wanted to write a family cookbook and now was my chance. I decided to combine the book with a memoir and to include both my family and Tom’s. Memories, stories and recipes consumed me in between chemo treatments. Sometimes I didn’t feel like working on it but with the help of a very creative and patient friend of Tom’s in Ohio, lots of laughs, remembering old stories, food mishaps, recipes and stories coming in from the extended family, and months of work, it got finished! Two of my previous blogs had stories that are in the book: My Favorite Memory of my Mom and My Favorite Memory of my Dad. When I finished it, no one was more surprised than me. It ended up to be 272 pages and was published by Heritage Cookbook Publishers based out of Canada. I am not selling it, it’s just for the family but I hope it’s a book that will be cherished by everyone and we have all learned a little bit more about each other. For any family members reading this and wondering where their book is, patience is a virtue! Of course now I’m wondering what’s next?
I have a whole list of other things that a scary cancer diagnosis has taught and given me. Stay tuned. Has anyone out there written a cookbook? How about another kind of book?