I wasn’t feeling so well when I left Tokyo in June for a long visit to the U.S. and there was good reason why. I have lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes. No panic necessary – it’s a curable form of cancer and I am tolerating the treatment – chemotherapy – quite well. Oh, I don’t mean to imply that it’s all fun and games, but the good news is that treatment appears to be working already and I will be my regular reading, writing and raring-to-go self in a matter of months. I have an excellent team of doctors at the George Washington University Hospital and my friends and family in the U.S. have been wonderful. I have treatment every three weeks through October, and then post-treatment testing, so it is likely that I will not be back in Tokyo until after the December holidays, in January.
In the meantime, as I undertake this treatment, I am going to try to do some writing about not the ins and outs of cancer treatment, but more like what’s happening in my brain as I go through it. What happens in my brain is much more interesting (and less..um…gross!) than what’s up with my body.
So, dear reader, I hope you will forgive my many-month digression away from solely Japan-based writing and continue to read my blog for other reasons as well. Don’t worry – I’ll be back in Tokyo and writing about it with fresh eyes in no time.
Happy summer, wherever you are.