It began on Thanksgiving week. It has ended, for now at least, on Father’s Day week.
In between were consultations with oncologists and surgeons, surgery, proton radiation treatments, and infusions of the drug Keytruda every six weeks.
And now. . . Stuart’s malignant melanoma is gone!
The doctor declared him to be “cancer free.”
In his last Caring Bridge report, Stuart said,
My response is deep gratitude for this result, tinged with great empathy for other cancer patients whose results have not been so positive. I think of many beloved family members, dear friends, close high school and college classmates, and esteemed colleagues who have succumbed to cancer. I especially feel for those who currently endure rounds of chemotherapy and face uncertain futures.
And so, this day we both think of fathers and grandfathers who have died or are struggling against cancer.
May the family surrounding you, the doctors and nurses caring for you, and the great wide arms of your community enfold you and hold you close.
May you be at peace.
In truth, we are all just walking each other home. If you know someone wrestling with cancer, or someone grieving after having lost a loved one, here is a song for them.