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Greetings, Family and Friends!
I’m back from three weeks in London, spent caring for my sister Lori.
Yes, I was there for the heatwave – London reached 104° – but I was fortunate enough to find the Tooting Bec Lido, a 90m long open-air, unheated pool built in the 1930s, and accessible to the public. The pool was cool and absolutely delightful!
Lori’s summer has been grim, marked by daily visits to the Royal Marsden Cancer Centre’s Head & Neck wing, where she received radiation and chemo for six weeks. I visited just before she completed her treatments (thanks to the University of Maryland SOM for making my FMLA possible!) so Lori was in the darkest, most oppressive part of her trajectory. One can hear all about the possible, even probable, side effects, but living with the reality for months on end ushers in a whole new dimension of misery. Unable to eat or even drink water without pain, without speech due to mouth ulcers, and incapable of walking her dog for ten minutes as a result of nausea and fatigue, her life comprised sipping nutritional supplements and resting. Thank goodness for her clinical team, who truly made her journey survivable through their wonderful case/care management. And she has finally rounded the corner; her body and her emotions are healing, albeit frustratingly slowly. I’ll be heading back to London for a week in September, just to check on her.
The swimmers at Meadowbrook raised over $450,00 dollars for Swim Across America’s labs last year. As a nurse working in an academic facility, I can attest to the power of grant money. It makes research and development possible. It helps create a future where cancer is not invincible.
Please consider making a contribution to Swim Across America, to support my swim and our mission. Swim Across America funds early cancer research, which filters leading-edge treatments into the cancer therapy pipeline. These treatments edge us ever closer to curing many cancers.
Thank you! My family is deeply grateful for your support.