My friend Claudia recently underwent her regular six month post-cancer testing. Some of her numbers came back a slight bit elevated which was enough of a concern to warrant additional tests. The results of the subsequent tests still indicated elevated numbers, so she was scheduled for a PET scan—a more accurate and definitive means of knowing what is truly going on.
Almost anyone who knows Claudia falls deeply in love. She is a vortex of positive energy and enthusiasm. She also owns a velvet covered steel boot and is willing to kick me in the butt if I start sputtering about my college work, which I deeply appreciate. But I digress.
Many people throw themselves into a depressive hole when medical experts dabble with their wellbeing. Not Claudia. She throws herself into research. While faith and inner-knowing are important, she needs science, data, and studies. She’s an active participant in her health, and she fights for answers. Claudia surrounds herself with loved ones and friends who focus on affirmative outcomes and not fear-based assumptions. She meditates, eats a healthy diet, runs for joy and exercise, and is filled with gratitude. It is a powerful combination.
The results of Claudia’s PET scan were to be delivered on the same morning that she and I had scheduled an “It’s summer, let’s have fun” lunch. Both of us were nervous about how we would respond should the results mean more fighting for understanding, more research, more questions. It’s hard not to want to hold her and protect her from any more uncertainty, but Claudia resists any fussing or hovering.
Shortly before I was to leave to meet her, she sent out a simple email and I almost cried.
I now put those two words right up there with “Jesus wept,” and “I do.” Having a healthy, beautiful, and strong Claudia in my life is the best part of my day.
(See Claudia’s interview and words of wisdom on my home page under the Menopause, what are they saying now? icon. Then go to In-10-tions. If you have questions about cancer please feel free to contact her. She’s an incredible resource.)