Tidying things up.
May 30, 2015
am on a mission to tidy up things and complete unfinished business. I am inspired by the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo of Japan. If you have ever been to Japan, the Japanese are the most tidiest, if not most efficient, people I know. I love Japan, especially sumo.
One noticeable thing about Japan is their small living condition. A living room used during the day functions as a bedroom at night. Tatami beds are put away after use and the area is tidy again. I remember a Japanese colleague visiting the US for work was blown away by the Marriott Residence Inn rooms we were given.
“Bo-san (gramatically incorrect in Japanese). They gave me a big room. My apartment is just the size of the kitchen” he said when we saw each other for breakfast. I thought it was funny. I was true but it was tidy.
So I find it ironic to read something on tidiness coming from a Japanese when Americans tend to have bigger houses therefore prone to clutter. To me the book was useful in further simplifying my life, a.k.a cleaning up my stuff so the wife will not have to deal with it when the time comes.
This is a difficult topic around the house and I am not one who shy away from discussing it. I am hopeful of finding a cure for my cancer at the same time I am realistic. I pray every morning for another day given, then I turn around and write instructions on how to settle things. That’s life living with cancer. We live in two worlds: the hopeful one and the real one. The real one is difficult to accept because I still, at times, ask “why”. I cannot fully understand this disease and yet it has taught me many things.
I am sure many have learned many things from me. I receive many encouragement and prayers which boost my spirits. I am grateful for them. Lately, I have been consulting doctors again regarding the recurrence of cancer to my liver, aside from the existing ones in my lungs. Each time I see a new doctor I have to relate my medical history. I started compiling all my medical records in a binder now I have a box filled with all my charts, bands, blood tests, scans, images, contacts, etc. Doctors get impress once they see my collection. They are tagged and highlighted. Then I tell them about my blog.
But that does not change things. The answer I seek is often not there and the decisions I am force to make does not get easier. Do I go for a cyberknife procedure to my liver or move on to the next clinical trial? There is always something to decide…and tidy up.
Growing medical records
Running a 10 miler.
My happy place. Last May 23, I ran the Soldier Field 10 Miler in 2:22. I was happy I finished. Each time I finish a race it gives me confidence that I have somehow put one over my cancer. I finished with cancer growing in my lungs and now in my liver. Three more miles and that’s a half marathon. In fact I started looking for one and may just sign up on a whim.
2015 Soldier Field 10 mile finish. I got the medal.
P.S. Going to NY for business next week. I am on a “wash out” period to remove toxins from the previous trial before starting a new one: my third if ever.