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I just thought it was funny.
I'm sort of amazed how, about a month after chemo ended, I'm feeling pretty darn human again. My energy levels are coming back. I still have to write everything down to make sure that I remember, but the good news is that I'm remembering to write everything down. My thought processes are beginning to clear, and that makes me gladder than I can say. The lethargy of the preceding months has been shrugged off like an oppressively heavy winter coat.
The radiation doesn't seem like it's going to be that big of a deal. Today is my 6th treatment. I realize that it can cause muscle weakness on the affected side, so I really concentrate on using my left arm for everything. Yesterday was a nice spring day, so I threw and stacked next winter's firewood, listening to the birds, and sweating in the warm spring sun. I did not stop. Ka-chunk! Ka-chunk! Ka-chunk! It is a familiar sound, a sound that's rung through these tree-covered hills for generations. It is not new to me either. I've stacked firewood since I was a teenager. It is a reassuring sound to me though, a sign that I am easing back into the current of life, that I am again part of the changing seasons, that I am again productive and purposeful. I never realized just how important that is to the human experience until I found myself sitting on the sidelines, tired and foggy, watching life continue on around me, watching life continue on without me. I'm so glad to be back.