Interval enlargement of bilateral lung nodules, largest one in the left upper lobe above 42mm in size. Heart size normal.
**IMPRESSION**:I realized today that a big factor in the meeting with Dr. Nelson was her anxiety. She seemed truly alarmed by my x-ray. The last CT scan was October 18, the x-ray was December 5. 47 days.
Enlargement of bilateral lung nodules.
Result coded as action required.
I spent much of yesterday selecting books off my shelf to get rid of. Probably around 40 books. And a few more this morning. It was relaxing. Time alone on a project can be very nourishing. Sometimes I need a break from, among other things, other people's sadness.
What does it mean to "never give up hope"? That's the consistent cancer advice. Does it mean never give up hope that you'll be cured? But at what point does hope merge into denial? Maybe it simply means despair isn't good.
I seem to have an extremely rare, probably incurable at this point in time, aggressive cancer. Is it separate from my body? Is it an accident, or wrong? Some Buddhist texts use the word "adventitious." Cancer could even be described as an "adventitious defilement" of the body. But the cancer is now part of my body. My body produced it. Can there ever really be an accident?
I was also thinking of the difference between thinking "as if" you're going to die in a year, and planning one's life around actually not being around in a year (or less). Apparently, neurologically, imagining something is almost the same as experiencing it. Yet, these two different varieties of imagination feel VERY different!
And what about living as if this day were your last? The idea is that you might do something radically different from what you were already doing. But what if it's not like that? What if it's not communing with the lemurs in Madagascar or climbing Mount Everest. What if what you wanted to do was walk around for a while somewhere nice?
What do I want to do (or not do) in the next year? Get rid of most of my stuff? Move to Oregon where they have a euthanasia law? How many retreats? I don't know. The news has opened a box of questions about how I want to spend what remains of my life. The open box of questions feels very freeing in a way. No answers, so far.
Blood tests, CT scan, and appointment with palliative care social worker tomorrow.
Emotions go to my chest in the same way they always have, it just hurts more now.