Caught in a Catch-22.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
You'd think after 23 surgeries to fight the lymphoma that threatens her life, that she'd loose count, that she'd feel discouraged and you might think she'd give up...but, Lynette (Lynn) is a fighter. She's battling two different types of lymphoma with no cure available, but she keeps fighting.
Her husband Paul says, "No matter how frustrating or how bleak the day looks, you get up, put one foot in front of the other and try to live the life you did before cancer."
Starting years ago as Melanoma, she's now battling non-Hodgkins and Hodgkins lymphoma's and is classified as Stage 4. She's caught in a catch-22.... She can only take half the recommended chemo to combat the cancer. Her blood counts fall below tolerable levels from the chemo, so they have to back off. But then the cancer advances and the need increases for more chemo and then the white counts fall further.... Catch-22.
"The hardest part", she says, "is that there is no cure and they can't seem to control it now. But, the sun comes up every morning and we start all over." Paul, reaches over to hold her hand as she tears up during our interview after her photo session...."We'll get through this. I love her more than the day I married her."
THAT is not a Catch-22.... that is love, that is commitment.
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