By Caitlin Kelly
I’m so ready for this summer to end!
Not being a beach person, I don’t spend the year eagerly awaiting summer, as many of our friends do.
And this summer has felt like a series of waves smashing us both in the face:
— Husband now using insulin and adjusting to all that it entails
— My breast cancer diagnosis right around my June 6 birthday
— The ensuing tests, procedures and appointments that have consumed precious days of lost work/income since my husband and I are both wholly freelance, with no paid time off that we don’t fund ourselves. (Thank God for savings.)
— Multiple $100 co-pays to have some of these tests and procedures.
— An infection in my breast, six weeks post-op. Extremely painful, but resolved. Breasts are such sensitive things!
— Two friends widowed the same week, a friend’s young adult daughter dying and the sudden and shocking death of a former colleague and friend.
— Far too many days shuttered indoors with AC blasting, curtains drawn, escaping 90+ degree heat
— Far too many days with torrential rain
OK, what’s been good?!
— Meeting a new Canadian-in-the-States friend, a fellow writer living in Oakland, CA and his husband who came to NYC and joined us for dinner.
— The thoughtful gift of a classic Hermes silk scarf from a friend; it belonged to her mother, who died last year and was a dear friend of ours.
— So many loving cards, emails, flowers and phone calls from friends worldwide as I adjust to a new reality.
–— Blowing insane money on a designer handbag, (on sale, dammit!) after my diagnosis
— Jose made us gorgeous new wooden planters and the brilliant orange marigolds and fragrant lavender have been amazing. I love watching bees dive into the salvia each morning.
— Discovering how multi-talented my friends are, both journalists like me, one of whom made us home-made soap, the other really delicious home-made bread. I love all things artisanal and am in awe of such colonial skill.
— Snagging a potentially very good new freelance opportunity after seeing an editor participating in a Twitter chat. We met in NYC for lemonade and hit it off.