And yet, Amy and I have managed to find a few silver linings in the chemo routine we've established in recent weeks:
- Java Girl, a wonderfully cozy and comfortable coffee shop that's quickly becoming our standard "I'll meet you there" spot. Where else can you get brewed chocolate pretzel flavored coffee? Yum!
- The opportunity to shut out the world for a while -- just because we can.
- The hard-working chemo nurses, ever willing to answer questions and kibitz, even as they carry out their serious (and lifesaving) work.
- Panera Bread's comfort food-filled, "Pick Two" lunch that we sandwich (pun intended!) between the chemo session and our hunkering down for an afternoon of quiet togetherness -- reading, chatting, and answering friends' emails and texts, all from the comfort of the couch.
When they're finally over, sometime in March, I doubt that either of us will miss the chemo sessions themselves. We may, however, miss some of the simple pleasures and human connections -- the silver linings -- that we've made a part of the process.