There are times when life sucks. It sucks because we are thrown massive curve balls that completely screw with this game we call life. Curve balls that are so challenging that the outcome of the game is hanging in the balance.
But these curve balls often bring with them a handful of people who are adamant they'll still be able to catch the ball. The people who examine the trajectory and the science behind the ball's movement and place themselves in the right spot wearing their catcher's mitt.
I'm at risk of totally overdoing my baseball metaphor (which has nothing to do with this post), so let's move on shall we ...
For the last few years my big grown up (step) daughter has been fighting sarcoma. Four sarcomas in four years. Each one with the ability to stop life dead in its tracks while she wages war on the tumours.
The first one was diagnosed in her left thigh in 2014 around the time of her daughter's first birthday. It was removed and grew back within a month which led to radiation and more surgery.
Then a year later one popped up in her abdomen around the kidney region which was quickly removed.
Another year passed and in late 2016 her scans revealed something odd in the other thigh. It was too small and deep to test, but by February this year it had grown to around 13cm and it was obvious she had another sarcoma rearing its ugly head.
This hardly seems worthy of a lovin' life post, does it?
The whole thing sucks and it's completely shitty that she has to put her life on hold every year while she spends months fighting the Big C. The fear, anger, frustration, exhaustion, sadness, confusion and despair weighs heavily in these circumstances. Nobody should have to go through this once, let alone annually.
They say that behind every challenge is an opportunity and behind every dark cloud is a ray of sunlight. I believe that. Which means behind every sucky scenario there's the possibility of a positive post.
As she starts her treatment this week (which will then lead to more surgery in June) we're lovin' that she's qualified for a new trial. A trial that injects nano-particles into her tumour that will supposedly help the radiation do its work by shrinking the tumour quicker than radiation on its own. She's the only person in the ACT undergoing this treatment which means she has a team of experts all to herself working diligently to beat the beast. There are three others going through it in Sydney and another 140 or so worldwide.
This makes her special. But of course, we knew that already.
So as we all rally around her this week, and over the next few months, I'd like to say a big thank you to science.
I'm lovin' that we have people in this world who believe in the possibilities and have the knowledge and energy to find the answers. I love that we have groups who fund these studies and who pursue them with such gusto. I love that Australia agreed to work with the French on this trial. I love that our girl is being treated like a hospital-gown-wearing-rockstar because she could potentially have the answers they need to help her and others just like her.
Thank you science!
Do you have science in your life?
Where has scientific study renewed your hope?
Any budding scientists in your family?
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