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It’s Always Something

It was one of those days.  One of those days when I should have just stayed in bed. My day started out poorly. Just climbing out of bed took some effort. I felt lethargic – which wasn’t too uncommon in my daily struggles with polycythemia vera – as I got ready for work. To add insult to injury I could tell the AC on this hot and humid South Texas May morning was not working up to its potential.  Then traffic sucked.  Not that it doesn’t normally, but it was especially bad, ultimately making me late to work.

Who said it?

As I fought the traffic on my way in that morning, I was thinking, “if it isn’t one thing, it’s another, it’s always something.”  I searched to see who said this quote once I arrive at my office. I figured it was a profound comment from a famous poet laureate. Nope…Google results came up with the late comedian Gilda Radner.1

That day was May 20, 2019, which ironically was the 30th anniversary of Gilda Radner’s passing from ovarian cancer.  Since I was fascinated that I searched for that quote on the exact anniversary and she was also affected by cancer, I thought it was a sign and so I did some more research on her.

Glida chose “It’s Always Something” for the title of her book that she wrote before she passed away.  It was one of her catch phrases on Saturday Night Live…”It’s like my father always said to me, he said to me, he said, Roseanna Roseanadana, it’s always something. If it isn’t one thing–it’s another! It’s always something.”

I faithfully watched Saturday Night Live every week back in the late 70s.  I still remember her crazy frizzy black hair, bright red lipstick and her nasally voice as she played the role of the rather obnoxious Roseanna Roseanadana. She was part of the original cast, back when in my opinion, the show was actually funny.  I knew she was married to Gene Wilder and passed away from ovarian cancer in the late 80s.

My mantra

“It’s always something” has kind of become my mantra. From the cancer diagnoses of breast cancer and polycythemia vera three years ago, through chemo treatments, multiple surgeries, more procedures than I can even count and now living with my “new normal” I always feel like if it isn’t one thing it’s another.

Not sure about others diagnosed with cancer but for me it seems that there “is” always something; a constant barrage of bad news. I would finish a treatment and think everything is good only to be diagnosed with yet another medical condition either related to the cancers, treatment, or from just plain getting old.  Most of the time it would blindside me, just like the polycythemia vera diagnosis originally did.  It’s gotten to the point that I’m afraid to go to the doctor wondering what they’ll find next.  Just last week my provider reviewed the results of my recent bone density scan. Apparently now have osteoporosis.

…Ugh…it’s always something…

RIP Glida

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  • Ann Harper moderator
    3 months ago

    Yes, it is always something, but sometimes those somethings aren’t as bad as we imagined. I try to think of them as just a bad day and it will get better.

    I know sometimes optimism isn’t the answer, but so far for me it has worked. I hope you get some good news about osteoporosis. Good luck to you.

  • Deb Wesloh moderator author
    3 months ago

    I have a lot of good mixed in with the bad. I also try to stay optimistic. I’m still here after all! Thanks for your encouraging words!

  • Susan Gonsalves moderator
    3 months ago

    @DebWesloh –This rings so true. There always seems to be some issue to deal with and outside forces like bad traffic just ratch up the anxiety. I remember Gilda and her quote. Hang in there. I try to remember I’ve gotten through something before going on to tackle the next battle. Please take care. Susan

  • Deb Wesloh moderator author
    3 months ago

    Thanks. Yes, I am always looking past the bad towards the good.

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