After last year, having any tomatoes is a blessing. Blight is out there, and may or may not take over. But while I have tomatoes, I will can them. My main motivation for even having a garden, in the past several years, has been tomatoes. I no longer can anything else, but we actually use a lot of canned tomatoes, so many that when I have to purchase them, I get a case.
Now I move on to the difficult part of this blog entry. I was going to wait until we have more answers, but I have decided to prepare everyone now. I imagine most of the local folks have heard anyway, because if you tell one person in a small town, word gets around.
Friday we found out Cliff has prostate cancer. He had a high number on his PSI test so he was sent to a specialist who confirmed our fears. As if cancer wasn't bad enough, it's a fast-growing kind. He will go do all the things this Friday that will let them stage the cancer, although we might have to wait longer for one procedure, because the insurance company has to approve it. His next appointment is August 17, three weeks away, so I assume that's when we will actually find out what stage. My daughter, who has HAD cancer, said, "Why so long, if it's fast-growing?" Of course that question was on our minds too, but once you are in the hands of the doctors, you may as well just hope for the best.
Don't you hate just not knowing? We're both rather numb at present, wondering what to expect.
The first day we made dark jokes about cancer. Example: We stopped at Costco after going to the doctor, to get Cliff a couple packages of T-shirts. "Maybe we should just get one package," Cliff said. At the time we laughed, but I notice neither of has joked about it since the first day. As time goes on, we will probably return to humor, though.
When we know more, I will let you know. I'm not going step-by-step through every breath we take during this journey, whether it's good or bad. But I will keep my blog friends updated from time to time. Meanwhile, I keep thinking about the old "Optimist's Poem".
The optimist fell ten stories
And at each window bar,
He shouted to the crowd below,
"I'm all right so far."
We accept all good wishes and prayers.
We don't solicit any layman's ideas of a cure, such as suggestions of foods he should eat that will cure him. Holistic health might sound great to others, and that's fine. This is the hand we were dealt and we'll use the doctors we have been given.
Oh, and just so you know, I hate pink. So does my daughter. Don't share something on Facebook saying "share this if you know someone with cancer" (who doesn't?) thinking it will do some good: Find a reputable charity on charity navigator, choose one that has four or five stars, and give a dollar or five. That is the best thing you can do for those who have cancer.
And it only took half an hour after I posted this on Facebook before someone mentioned "holistic health".