3 years ago yesterday, Teddy started his senior year of high school, Kate started her sophomore year, Luke’s peers started 8th grade, and Luke started chemo for stage 4 high risk alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. He popped in for about 8 hours of 8th grade total. Yesterday, Luke started his junior year of high school. and Teddy and Kate are both off at college. My emotions are all over the place. Making it this far without a relapse is big deal. I'm so very grateful that Luke has done it but it's impossible to understand why so many others haven't.
Luke’s been doing really well. Monday, he went to 6 am cross country practice, then went to chemo from 11-2:30, then biked to and from the Botanic Garden with a friend. Tuesday, he went to 6 am practice and did a hard run. By lunchtime Tuesday, he wasn’t feeling great. Maybe you pushed yourself a little too hard after chemo? “Maybe.” There’s no talking him out of these things in the moment though. School is going well so far. It’s crazy that he’s driving himself this year. He told me he misses “having Penny and Santo along for the ride.. (pause).. and you too.” He’s been baking a lot of bread lately -- mainly working on perfecting whole wheat sourdough. He also made some cinnamon rolls with his sourdough starter to help send Kate off. His scans are scheduled for next Saturday.
We left a piece of our hearts in South Carolina just over a week ago. I miss Kate, and it's very strange around here without her, but I still get to talk to her and to Teddy. I'll still get to see them. Seeing people lose their kids to cancer and knowing that we could have found ourselves empty nesters after Kate left really puts those college dropoff emotions in a different light.
Please send extra love today and tomorrow to Landon D’s family as they remember, celebrate and honor him. Landon was 12 and fought brain cancer for 2.5 years.