Five years ago today, my sister Lib had to cancel her annual St. Patrick’s Day party. Our hometown always has a big parade, and her apartment is right on the parade route, the perfect location for viewing and celebrating. She couldn’t have the party that year, because she and I were on our way to Ireland.
We got a great deal by traveling on St. Patrick’s day, and we arrived in Dublin in time for the national hangover. I started blogging as a travelogue of our adventures for our family. If you’d like to read all about it, start here. **Warning** The posts are longer than the actual trip, at least according to my loving family.
Three years ago today, we had to cancel the annual St. Patrick’s Day party. We gathered around Lib’s hospital bed, instead.
Lib was out of town and I came home to help host the party at her apartment. My sisters and I were at the grocery store the night before the party, when we got a call. Lib had suffered a seizure and friends rushed her to the hospital. CAT scans revealed a shadow on her brain. My sisters and I made arrangements, packed bags and all hit the road, arriving at the hospital late at night.
It would take weeks of testing before the doctors were sure of their diagnosis; she had a brain tumor, a nasty piece of work called an oligodendroglioma. The same type of tumor that killed our brother, Pat.
Today, Lib is recovering…from too much celebrating at her annual St. Patrick’s Day party. I wasn’t able to make it home this year, but I’m sure it was fab.
Lib has been living with cancer for the past three years. Surgery isn’t a good option for her, so she first did an extended chemo treatment. She completed a course of radiation less than 2 months ago. I’m thrilled to report the tumor responded well to the radiation, showing significant shrinkage. Yeah!
She’s a little worn down by the treatment, but she’s back to work and, most importantly, able to host great parties. She has her ups and downs, but she’s playing the hand she was dealt with grace and humor.
Next year, I’m sure the annual St. Patrick’s Day party will once again take place. I’m volunteering right now to make the beer run. I like my Guinness fresh, so it’s best to get it straight from the source. Who’s up for a beer run to Dublin?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day – sláinte!