Monday, November 15, 2021

A Trip to UNC Cancer Hospital

Like most people, I'm always trying to think of the positives in life. One of the very best things to happen to me was UNC Cancer Hospital. Here Becky was treated for 4 years while she battled with endometrial cancer. Oh my, the picture below brings back memories! 

Here we spent on average 2 days a week as Becky underwent chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and multiple surgeries. It was our home away from home -- so much so that when we left the farm the van automatically drove itself to Chapel Hill. 

Today I was at UNC to give the cancer center a check from this weekend's fundraiser. Per usual, I had a meeting with Dr. Victoria Bae-Jump (Ph.D., M.D.), who is leading some pretty cutting-edge research into endometrial cancer. (More on that later.) 

They have just launched a major study that will evaluate cancer patients in North Carolina. They are off to a great start and I was glad to be able to make a financial contribution -- if a small one -- to their efforts. Afterwards I celebrated their progress by treating myself to some Ethiopian food. Tonight I ordered kai wat -- one of Becky's specialties that she often cooked at home. 

I always love it when I indulge myself in some good injera b'wat. I sometimes find myself wondering, "If Becky were still alive, I wonder if we'd still be going to Ethiopia twice a year?" I imagine so. So many happy weeks and months were spent in her native land. I still can't believe I married someone with such a rich cultural heritage. 

I'm off to teach class. Don't forget to thank the Lord for your good health. And for the excellent health care we so often take for granted here in the U.S.