January 8, 2014

Greetings Marie,

Six months into retirement, I was diagnosed with an uncommon uterine cancer, and a rare vaginal cancer.

I had a total hysterectomy, refused radiation, and today had my first session of chemo.

Your book was on a table in the waiting room. I read all of it.

I really appreciate your wit and willingness to step way out of your comfort zone.

I moved to Washington almost 9 years ago to be closer to my son, daughter-in-law and two Granddarlings who live on Whidbey Island, so I was familiar with many of the places you mentioned. The last time I saw the oncologist, I said “This is a big crap shoot, isn’t it”?  He looked offended, or hurt. (It is possible that my tone was not as neutral as I thought). I laughed out loud when I read the same observation in your book. I am quite old enough to understand that life is a crap shoot, but cancer REALLY makes that point.

I spent 21 years in medical imaging, and have done many, many mammograms.

I do understand how traumatized women are to lose a breast. In spite of my reticence to have a hysterectomy, it does not even compare. After all, who sees your uterus? My baby factory shut down years ago. No doubt that sentiment would offend a woman who wants children. I am speaking strictly for myself.

So, how are you doing? You rather left your gentle readers hanging.

Warm Regards,

Katrina Thompson
from Washington