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一生一逝 第八部分

(2008-02-20 19:43:42)
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一生一逝 第八部分
 
Dying A Day At A Time: A Mother's Journey Part VIII
 

As Cyndie French hits 40 and her son Derek turns 11, they encounter a world of tough decisions that no one should have to experience.

Cyndie40岁了,她的儿子也有11岁了,此时他们面临着没有人会有机会做的抉择。

 

NOVEMBER 2005

200511

 

The winter sun is beaming down on Cyndie French's chilled skin, and she tilts her face toward the sky.

冬日阳光洒在了Cyndie发冷的身上,她抬起头对着天空。

 

Beneath her dark glasses, her blue eyes are droopy and tired. But her son Derek is having a good day, so what else really matters?

黑色的眼睛遮盖着她无精打采的眼睛。但此时她的儿子很开心,还有什么比这更要么?

 

On the picnic table in front of her, a chocolate birthday cake she has fashioned to look like a mound of fresh dirt is crawling with gummy worms. Kids in blue jeans and sweat shirts tear at a bag of spicy Cheetos, dip spoons into vats of potato salad and fill paper plates with slices of congealing pizza.

在她面前的野餐桌上,她亲手制作的像一堆爬满了虫子软糖的生日蛋糕。穿着蓝色牛仔裤和运动衫的孩子们有的正在争抢一袋辣味Cheetos(类似虾条的零食),有的则用勺子将装在桶里面的土豆沙拉盛在纸盘上并摆上一块块正在变凉的披萨。

 

In the middle of it all is her boy Derek, who has made it to his 11th year.

她的儿子Derek在一切灾难中活到了他第十一个年头。

 

He dips into the icing of his cake and runs his gloppy index finger across his tongue. He looks over at his mom, a dimpled grin on his face.

他用手指挖了一大块蛋糕的外皮,又将那黏糊糊的手指放在舌头上抿了一下。然后他看着妈妈,脸上泛出带着酒窝的笑。

 

Victory, Cyndie thinks.

Cyndie想到的是,胜利。

 

"Not bad!" she says, hands on her hips, blonde hair tumbling from her straw hat.

“味道不错!”她说,手掐着要,金发从草帽里落了下来。

 

Not bad for a 40-year-old single mother of five whose bank account is inching toward zero, and whose refrigerator contains a milk carton that is nearly empty.

对于一个40岁的、五个孩子的单身母亲,而且银行存款几乎为零、冰箱里只有一个半盒的牛奶的Cyndie来说,这一切已经很不错了。

 

Cyndie has three older boys, and she has no idea what she will put on the dinner table tonight. If not for a generous friend and a trip to the Dollar Store, she never would have been able to throw this party, which she is calling Derek's Life Celebration.

Cyndie 有三个大一点儿的儿子,而且她不知道今晚的餐桌上会有什么吃的。要不是一个慷慨的朋友的赞助和在一美元店转了一圈,她不可能为Derek这次宝贵的生日庆祝。

 

Her son's yearlong medical crisis has cost Cyndie almost everything, including time with her other sons and her daughter, Brieanna, who is almost 6 and now lives mainly with her father in Orangevale so that Cyndie can focus on Derek.

她儿子全年的治疗对她来说就像一场空前的灾难,几乎夺去了她的所有,包括陪伴其它儿子的时间,还有使她冷落了6岁的女儿Brienanna,她现在住在家在Orangevale的父亲那里,这样Cyndie就可以全心照顾Derek了。

 

Derek has neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer that begins in the nerve cells and spreads to the rest of the body. The good news is that UC Davis doctors have harvested enough healthy stem cells from his bone marrow to perform a blood transplant that could save his life. The bad news is that the treatment is risky and comes with no guarantees. But at least it carries hope.

Derek患有成神经细胞瘤,这是一种罕见的儿童时期发作的癌症先是病发在神经细胞里,然后向身体的各个部分扩散。好消息是UC戴维斯的医生们已经从他的骨髓里获取了足够的干细胞来进行可以拯救他的血源细胞移植。但坏消息是这项治疗极具危险性并无法确保安全。可至少它会带来希望。

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