Lauren With a Side of Lewy
by Lauren U,
PAC Core Team Member
Another difficult month for so many. COVID-19 is out and about and awful. No need to speak about that except to ask that people stay safe and wear a mask please!
For me it has been a month of MD visits, labs, and consults. I will have several procedures in December and January. Maybe it's my liver, maybe it's my lupus, maybe lots of stuff. I'm a horrible patient. I am compliant but disinterested, cooperative but dragging my feet.
Much worse is happening with my very dear friend. Andy and I have been friends since age 15. We did all the things that teenagers do, we did it quite well. We weren't bad kids, we prefer spirited. He and I should be together right now, having our annual Andy and Lauren vacation. COVID-19 cancelled that. Andy has cancer. He has been doing sort of okay for six years. And now it is rearing its ugly face more fiercely and it is now invading my friend's body quickly. I can't even be with him in person. My relationship with Andy has been one of those that has significantly influenced who I am. More than 40 years of close friendship. So many things we did, so much laughter. We agreed pretty quickly into our friendship the rule of No Editing with each other. It has been followed for all those years. I love Andy as much as I can love anybody. I am not ready to say goodbye.