The Great Cancer Escape a.k.a.Two Weeks of Being my Old Self
For over two years now, my world revolved around cancer.
Eye cancer, breast cancer, re-occurrence, treatments and the fall-out of those.
When one counselor asked me what I did for fun, at first I couldn’t think of anything and then I found myself stuttering something about cooking and taking walks with my dog. Even I knew how pathetic it sounded.
That’s why I decided to do the biggest compartmentalizing feat of my life so far and forget about cancer for two weeks during our vacation in Prague.
I forgot about all the diets, articles about what causes cancer, prevention tips, prognoses, everything.
We drank zazvorak and sahleb in a hookah lounge located in a cellar of a building from the Middle Ages.
We took shots of homemade slivovice from my 90 year old Grandma who claimed it was good for health.
I met up with all my cousins and aunts and uncles whom I have not seen in more than 20 years.
I met up with friends from Elementary School, Middle School and High School.
I felt cobblestones under my feet and weaved my way through narrow streets.
My husband and I stayed in a nightclub, dancing to the 80’s music till 4AM.
I ate all the fresh pastries and buns and rolls I could find in the bakeries.
I re-connected with my father to whom I have not spoken for 18 years.
Instead of wearing an extra sweater, we warmed up with mulled wine.
I imagined being the baroness in the castle we visited.
We drank shots of pear moonshine one night.
I ate dumplings – and many of them.
I visited my grandparents’ grave.
I drank Plzen almost every day.
I ate a whole cake by myself.
I spoke French on the plane.
I had beer with lunch.
I petted strange dogs.
I didn’t worry.
I lived my life.
- Posted in: Breast Cancer ♦ Eye Cancer ♦ Miscellaneous
- Tagged: anxiety, breast cancer, Cancer, compartmentalizing, coping, depression, escape, eye cancer, reality
I am so happy to read this Eva! All you did sounds like so much fun 🙂 ! What does slivovice taste like? Is it sweet? Bitter? Strong? You should post some more pics for us to see 🙂 I am truly happy for you and I hope weeks like these happen more often to you 🙂 All the best my dear!
Thank you!!! Slivovice tastes like fire – haha! It smells OK, a little bit like plums and then you drink it and your throat is on fire. 🙂
Well it sounds like fun to me! 🙂 Merry xmas dear!
Haha! Merry Christmas too! 🙂