Before, During, and After Cancer, a Photo Journey
Cancer has a way of becoming a benchmark in your life. From now on, everything will be B.C. (Before Cancer) and A.C. (After Cancer). I suppose that’s how it is with any traumatic experience. Everything is measured against that experience. Whenever I have to get any medical procedure done now I compare it to chemo or the ostomy. A colonoscopy is child’s play compared to that stuff. Blood work? Please, doesn’t even make me sweat in comparison. Nasogastric tube (see photo below) . . . okay, that’s pretty bad, ranks right up there with the chemo, not as bad as the ostomy. You get the idea. The same measuring tool is used for everyday events too.
Talk to any cancer survivor and they’ll tell you the same thing, life changes after cancer, it’s never the same again . . . for the good and bad. For one, I have a whole new outlook on who God is and how He operates in the lives of His children. He’s so much more real to me now, so much more personal.
So, in thinking about all this cancer stuff I thought I’d post a few photos, before, during, and after the battle.
Here I am with the beloved nasogastric tube. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Up your nose with a rubber hose.” That hose, by the way, is travelling all the way down to my stomach and draining its contents.
Here I am with my baby girl in some caverns in Virginia. This was taken seven months after finishing up chemo, two years after our vacation to Maine, the first photo. You can see I shed a few pounds along the way.