Friday, January 31, 2014
A DOG NAMED "BOOB"
It's been five years since I sketched this dog on a napkin and named him "Boob". Some of you were with me back in 2009 when I had my breast cancer journey. Many of you were not. Monday morning I'm scheduled for an appointment with my oncologist and this will mark my five year survival. I was fortunate that mine was caught at stage one. Two lumpectomies, 8 weeks of radiation and now still cancer free after 5 years.
But "Boob" is a funny story and I wanted to celebrate 5 years with him and hope you get a chuckle as we did that day.
This is what I wrote back March 2009 : "A week ago Monday I had my annual Mammogram. On Tuesday evening I got a call from St. Joseph Breast Center that they needed further pictures and possible a sonogram. I was scheduled for those pictures on Friday the 13th. (Good thing I'm not superstitious) After several hours of pictures, waiting, pictures, waiting, sonogram, waiting for another sonogram we were told there was something suspicious. So I'm scheduled for a biopsy on March 4th.
After that grueling afternoon, I told Don I wanted to go out to dinner at a nice little Mexican Restaurant we like called Joseito's. While we were waiting for our dinner, I was sketching on my napkin to explain something the doctor had told me about the pictures. Just as I had a nice boob drawn, I saw the waiter coming back to the table, so without hesitation it became a dog! Later when we stopped laughing, I named him 'Boob'."
Sometimes a little laughter can take the tension out of a tense situation. So I will always be grateful to Boob for doing just that.
It would be interesting to know how many of you are cancer survivors.