From Plodding to Zeal

Monday, March 25th was my actual birthday and what a lovely day it was. Quite simple and easy, but with the addition of warm and sunny weather, MARVELOUS! Thank you for all the varied greetings.

Since energy is a big challenge these days and because I am determined to dance at Saturday’s dance party, I am trying to do very, very little this week. (Plus, I fly off to the east coast early Monday morning which demands even more caution in my current schedule as travel is exhausting.)
Three years ago my chest cavity was filling with migrating cancerous fluids collapsing my lung. April 4th 2010 I could barely walk into the ER my breathing was so limited. This April 4th my assignment is to prove just how fit I stay despite three years of cancer treatments as we convince the UPenn docs to accept me into their competitive trial.
Three years later we are still celebrating the marvels of being alive while accepting how tenuous it can be. It is perfect that Saturday’s party is both a hello, as I connect with friends from varying stages of my life, and a goodbye sendoff as I get ready to start my east coast adventure in extending my life.
Thank you everyone for contributing to my still being alive on this glorious planet.

About marcy westerling

I am a long time community organizer with a passion for justice and founded the Rural Organizing Project in 1992. Derailed by a Stage IV Ovarian Cancer diagnosis in spring 2010, I have stayed in treatment since then. I am learning how to embrace livingly dying and hope that by starting a Phase One immunology clinical trial at UPenn in spring of 2013 I will have more time to find the sweet spots of thriving while terminally ill.

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