A close friend asked that I fill everyone in on the Indy 500 that I attended, so here it comes. (She also asked for info on coping, that’ll be another post.)
About a year ago my wife and I made plans to go to the 500 this year, along with visiting family and friends. This was arranged well before my diagnosis that the cancer had metastasized. It was a great trip, but stressful physically and emotionally.
Watching the race was a lot of fun. Temperatures in the low 90s kept us sweating, though. The seats we had were fantastic thanks to the good friend who invited us.
I enjoyed taking lots of photos of the race. In the shot below Dario Franchitti just damaged his car’s front wing and spun the car around. Despite this serious error he went on to win the 500!
Over the course of five days, we met with family or friends every evening. Looking back on it, that was too much. It’s only been in the last few years that I started to become close again with family in that area, so there were lots of questions about my health. AFAIK none of them are following this blog so it make sense. Still, it’s stressful to spend so much time repeatedly describing my cancer and situation. I actually wrote two posts on this, but was never able to get them quite right and finally deleted them.
The evenings spent with old friends were very nostalgic. AFAIK they don’t subscribe to the blog either, but asked no questions. I offered to answer any questions they had, and we talked for a short time. All around a much more pleasant interaction. I could tell they were upset that the timeline is potentially so short. We agreed to get together again this fall. It’s sad that good friends can’t remain that way forever. A very bittersweet experience.