I don’t need comfort, comfort, comfort…
Music. Travel. Service. Cancer?
This was not part of the adventure plan…but it turns out I have breast cancer.
Needless to say, we were taken aback when the news came at us in Bath, England on January 31. Just two weeks earlier, after finding a small lump, I had seen a doctor just to clear any concerns, and he didn’t think it was much of anything but recommended a scan for peace of mind.
When the doctor in Bath recommended further testing, I told her if I couldn’t swim after the biopsy, I’d have to come back because I was NOT going to miss out on soaking in the hot springs. After all that’s why we were in Bath, NOT for biopsies. (I will never regret this brief delay—it was awesome).
One week, two unused train tickets, two replacement train tickets, and three more expensive tests later, we were in the surgeon consultant’s office. He said cancer. Invasive ductal carcinoma, to be exact. Randy looked shocked. Somehow, by then, way in the back of my head, I had figured out that something was wrong. I was still surprised.
After this news, we went straight to the Gathering in Llandudno, Wales for the weekend, where we saw the Alarm, and it was absolutely the perfect place to process our news.
We saw our friend Sara who is a BC survivor and wealth of support and information, In addition, we got to play a sing-along/informal gig at 3rd Space/Great Orme Brewery. So fun! Here’s a video clip.
Our plans to go to Malta were cancelled, so we could get home to Ireland ASAP. Ferry to Dublin, bus to the airport, rental car back in County Wexford.
As bad news goes, we are told this is a best case scenario. Early detection. Small tumor.Soon enough, there will be surgery and radiation, and with any luck, no more big surprises. Our church community and friends here in Ireland have been amazing support and we are so grateful. Ireland will be home for a while as we take the steps to get me back to health.
Our days here are spent driving to and from Dublin for appointments, and working on new music in the home studio, as well as doing the practical moving stuff like looking for a house to rent, car to buy, etc.
We are learning not to make definite plans for the moment, but we are very much hoping that schedules will still allow for us to join the Sweet Sorrows on the UK tour March 15- April 4. (This morning, we were told that was going to work. I just got another call saying MAYBE. See what I mean about this planning thing?)
We also have been given every reason to believe that a US summer house concert tour, though possibly a shorter one than planned, will happen. We hope to see Colorado, the Midwest, and the southern part of the East Coast.
In the meantime, we are so grateful for your prayers, support, and encouragement.
Beki (and Randy).
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