In Eight Steps to Happiness Geshe-la says "'Self' and 'other' are relative terms, rather like 'this mountain' and 'that mountain ... 'This' and 'that' therefore depend upon our point of reference. This is also true of self and other. By climbing down the mountain of self, it is possible to ascend the mountain of other, and thereby cherish others as much as we presently cherish ourself."

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Working on Another Comeback

I am still on a break from chemo, having had a "stable" brain MRI a couple of weeks ago. Over the last 2 months off chemo, I've noticed improvements in my brain, such as better memory (a small notebook helps with that too). I also have more mental energy to be able to work on more than one project a day (whoo hoo - amazing, huh?). After a bigger day, I know I'll need to take off the next one. I continue to hope & pray that this improvement continues, until at some point I'll be back on chemo. Probably that will be the same chemo I was on, which didn't have too many side effects, but did add to the cumulative effects of chemo over 6+ years. That chemo, called Gemzar, was helping, but it didn't put me in remission - I'm only off chemo because my oncologist recognized I needed a break. I expect that when I'm on chemo again, in the next month or two or three, it will cause a bit more "brain damage", as one of my MDs called it. But my brain will be starting from a higher place.