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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Today was supposed to be the start of the hardest phase of side effects of chemotherapy. Despite that prediction, K and I had a fun hike on the trails this morning. It was warm, above freezing, and we heard chickadees singing their spring songs. We saw a Bald Eagle soaring over our heads. And, we saw lots of tracks of deer who are eking out an existence in our snow-bound world.
As I watched K moving along side me, I saw the happy bounce in her stride and her eyes watching my every movement. I felt so lucky to have the love of this dog.
After hearing the news of K's cancer today, an acquaintance asked me if I thought that it was "worth the end-of-life grief to have a dog". I whole-heartedly said that the joy by far outweighed the grief. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I'd share my life with K all over again despite our recent challenges. But, I hope that we have many happy days still ahead of us.