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Dad got the results back from the spot they removed from his lower eyelid. Here’s about how it went:

Me: “How are you feeling?”

Dad: “Not as bad as I’m gonna be.”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Dad: “It’s cancer.”

Me: “Hah! You’re kidding, right?”

Sometimes there’s just nothing left to do but laugh. It’s either that or fall apart, I think.

The good news is that it’s minor, basal cell carcinoma, and not melanoma. (Dad said he jokes with the doctors and calls it oregano cell.) I actually found a lot of information about it. Unlike in mom’s case, the information I’m finding is putting me more at ease. Well, everything except the pictures. Yuck.

Dad’s going to try to schedule surgery soon. He said they weren’t going to put him under for it, but I can’t imagine how else they’re going to do it. I would not be able to sit still while someone freezes off my eyelid. No thanks. LASIK was bad enough.

Mom is getting worse. Dad’s worried that it’s her heart. Hopefully she’ll be able to see someone soon who will do more than give her energy pills.

It’s going to be fun for a while. I’m glad I’m working at a place that allows me some flexibility in terms of where and when I work. I have a very supportive manager, so it will be easier for me to hang around the house and help out since both of my parents will be laid out for a while.

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