Tomorrow I go back to work. It has been eleven months since I stopped working. This is momentous for me. My first day is already hectic as I begin by doing lithotripsy (breaking stones) in Sacramento. It seems fitting as stones have always been my forte. I am still fatigued; the severity of which varies from day to day. but I am invigorated by the prospect of seeing patients again.
Soon it will be one year since Barbie and I began this website. At the time, I had no idea the impact that this endeavour would have on me. The wonderful feedback that we have received has carried us through some tough times. I remain unaware of its total readership. Some have suggested putting a counter on the site to see how many 'hits' we get. However, there is some bliss of ignorance as I assume there are only a small number of intimate friends reading this. Thus, I tend to write without self-censoring.
I wish to thank you faithful followers of our remarkable journey with a small token of gratitude. I want to share a story that I wrote. The kernel of this story of fiction came initially in a dream that I had while in the hospital for the stem cell transplant. As I awoke and lay there in the dark, the kernel took root and begin to grow into the story that I now share. Ultimately, it took over my waking thoughts in those quiet moments as one tries futilely to fall asleep. The only solution was to write it down.
I will post it in five chapters; the first chapter tomorrow.
I hope that you enjoy it.