Just seven months earlier, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Stage 3. Stage 3 is not good. I can’t tell you what the survival rates are, because I decided it was best for me not to look that up. But I can tell you that life-saving measures moved very quickly—an invasive surgery with six weeks of rest and recovery, then cycles of chemotherapy treatments, blood tests and transfusions. My hands got track marks from all the IVs. My hair fell out. Eyelashes too.
Winter became spring became summer in a blur of hospital visits. As the rest of the world “opened up” after COVID-19, I canceled travel plans instead of making them, and learned first-hand the saying that healthy people have many dreams, but sick people have just one—getting better.
The good news is that I did get better. Thanks to medical science, a world-class oncology team and luck, I suppose, by autumn, I was free of disease! Which meant it was time for a “f*ck cancer” trip.