Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Playing the Leukemia Card

I don’t know how most people deal with illness and cancer, but my sick and warped family typically deals with it, with an abundance of humor and intermittent pity parties. I know that the very first time I played the “Leukemia Card” I was in the market with my daughter. We were buying yams and they were super-sized. I was holding a bag with three or four in it when the bag broke. My daughter and I watched the yams hit the floor and roll to a stop. We looked at each other and I said, “Well, pick them up! I have leukemia!” We both cracked up and she picked up the yams.

Since that day, I have played the leukemia card on varying occasions; sometimes they were legitimate plays and sometimes they were not. I must say that I had to play it when I mailed my son’s birthday card a week or two late, and STILL have not mailed my daughter-in-laws birthday card; legitimate play. Walking into a room and not knowing why I am there; legitimate. Leaving the water running in the garden for hours and hours; legitimate. Send someone else to the market late at night; legitimate. Missing dance class; legitimate. Asking for help; legitimate. Not being Super Woman; definitely legitimate.

Loosing at Hand and Foot (cards); Well, I tried playing the leukemia card, but no one was falling for it. Loosing dominoes; doesn’t work. Being mean, nasty and angry; nope. Blaming others for your own misgivings or stupidity; certainly not.  Stop living and crawl under a rock or your bed covers; wrong again.

My rule of thumb; do when you can and are able, and don't when you can't. There are many legitimate reasons to play the leukemia card; the trick is knowing when and where to pull it out of your pocket! 


  1. Story of my life! My house is a mess, laundry piled up, and 5 flats of flowers ready to be planted..and today I am playing that card long enough to rest before baseball...and thats pretty much my rule of thumb!

  2. I can SO relate!! It took me weeks to get the flowers planted; sometimes you just have to pick and choose!

  3. That is so true. I bought tomato plants and flowers to plant this spring. I got the tomatoes planted ok. Flowers were still sitting in flats out front weeks later. I was watering them in their flats lol. I didn't care anymore if they were planted, I just didn't have it in me. Surprise to me, last weekend my hubby planted them for me without me asking, sometimes he's a keeper :)

  4. Robin, that is too funny! I also got help planting my flowers!Sometimes the CML just sucks the "will" right out of you!

  5. Had to laugh at this one, everyone has a card to play, yours just carries a "bit" (lot) more weight than others! But - when you are in remission --- will the card be "I - am in remission!!! Strenuous activity could throw everything off"! It - could work for you Michele!! You may want to keep THAT card in your pocket for later!! Love to you!!! Julia xoxo

  6. I was given some movie tickets just before being diagnosed. They expired last week. With so much happening over the last twelve months, I wonder ...

  7. Remission! I like that word! God bless and heal you. Hugs, Joy
    PS I learned Hand and Foot card game a while ago. Fun game.

  8. Hey, Ian...I would definitely play the leukemia card at the theater!!

  9. I love this post. I laughed so hard. Playing the "card" is a tricky situation. But I do use it when I have to. Thanks for the laugh.

  10. Funny how playing the card works for some, but doesn't work for others! lol

  11. I love this! And I can relate to the walking in the room and even going down stairs at work and having to do a brain check.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Shannon...I often wonder if the fog will EVER clear! lol

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