There's been some beautiful weather during Spring, clear blue skies and warm south winds. This photo was taken on one of R.'s better days this month. All through April, I've watched silently as day by day he has become thinner and paler. He's quiet - the radiation therapy has burnt his throat and taken his voice. Thankfully, these physical side effects are mainly short term, but I can't help wondering about the emotional side effects? How will he feel when the treatment ends? How will I feel? How strong does a relationship have to be to get through cancer?
I've read that most cancer sufferers (and their families) experience grief, in response to various losses they feel cancer has caused. And that this grief involves denial, anger and finally acceptance. It comes and goes, like waves in the ocean as you understand and recognize various aspects of the loss.