Ninety days was not the answer I was
prepared for. During my drive to the doctor’s office on Wednesday, October 29,
2008, I convinced myself I could handle
anything, but all my scenarios involved
years, not months. Kathy’s diagnosis
was acute lymphatic leukemia, a cancer
that was rapidly taking over her blood
stream, squeezing off her blood’s abili-
ty to carry oxygen and fight infections
throughout her body. Without immediate
and aggressive treatment, she would die.
No question, no doubt, no argument—
absolute certainty. From that date on, our
lives were forever changed. We would each
be pushed to our limits fighting for her life
and dealing with a household that includ-
ed our children, 11-year-old Ryan and 8-
year-old Rachel, and our pets, Snowball
the dog and Shadow the cat.
Three months. I looked into my wife’s eyes as she
answered in somewhat of a hysterical tone, “It
means I have three months to live.” My eyes shifted from Kathy to the doctor, and I saw his slow
nod affirming her response to my question. Time
warped into a slow-motion horror movie where
you see the serial killer but are powerless to stop
his actions. Emotions took over; I felt my stomach coil, my blood rush to my cheeks and my
hands start to shake.
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BY QUINN DEANGELIS