Day 5 – 30 Radiations and 5 Chemos to Go!

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Day 5 181 lbs

WooooHooooo!  Week one done and damned if I’m not OK.  I  have had some problems with my stomach, as i mentioned a little tired and my lymph nodes are getting a bit tender, just a little worn but still standing!   I had 2 radiation treatments today the first was at 8am.  Now, at any other time of the day I can get to the hospital in 30 minutes, but to get there by 8 I need to leave the house at 6:45. Yep – you got it I -10 traffic.  Now normally that would be a problem, but with the new sleep patterns it was a piece of cake.  I have been doing this crazy 2 hour snooze all night long.  You know, you go to bed at 10, wake up at midnight, then 2, etc, etc, etc…. I had set the alarm, but was up an hour before it went off.  While waiting for Hana and Jenn, I was chatting with a couple from Punta Gorda, FL.  John has 4 more treatments to go.  John and Mary are retired and John has prostrate cancer and that entails 12 weeks of proton therapy.  His wife Lori was saying how different their life had become while being here.  She was surprised because they live in a large motor home and, as she put it, “we just unhook it, drive it and plug it back in,”  but even it looks different.  We talked about the switch in direction and attitude that you must adopt to survive. And she commented how positive all the successful patients seemed and that she was surprised how many cried and didn’t want to go home when they completed treatment.  I mentioned the blog and my comparison to new sobriety and Mary smiled as John proudly told me that she just celebrated her 40th AA birthday.  Small world, but she quickly agreed, reminiscing back to a time when she was a sick person, who was presented with a new way of life if she was willing to follow a program and change her attitude.  And she suddenly she understood the change.  There was now hope for a new life together without illness just as John had experienced with her.  As Bob J says – “It’s a God thing.”

Well Jenn broke it up and took me back to strap me down and nuke me and I was on my way by 8:40.  I decided to run by the bank to wrap up some business and stopped by Jan’s to have a cup of coffee and chat.  We hadn’t spent anytime together in about a week and she had some goodies for me to pick up.  The Center  gives Halloween bags to all the kids in treatment and patients donate candy for the bags.  There are between 40 and 60 kids being treated currently.  Dr. Hank Brietmoser, Jan’s boss, generously donated toothbrushes and toothpaste for all the bags! A memory to my dad the dentist who passed out toothbrushes every Halloween, God I miss that guy.  I was home napping by 11 and on time to see Hana and Jenn again at 2:30.  Only to come home for a another nap to get ready for Bernard and Susie instead of cleaning up for them.  See I am getting it! Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.

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Bernard and Susie

We had a wonderful dinner of pizza and salad on paper plates with two of our best friends.  Kat met Bernard at a woodturning club meeting several years ago and the two have been thick as thieves since then.  It is funny that each of them are in awe of the other’s talents, they push each other to try new things and explore together.  Susie is the sweetest, most caring and giving person you would ever care to meet and they accepted me into their lives with love and support from the first day.   Bernard just celebrated his 82nd birthday yesterday and shot his age on the golf course the day before.  Gotta get that last 81!  He is the youngest man I know.   We are blessed to have these two in our lives and we love them dearly.

Another day in the books my friends, thank you for your love and support, my life would so different without you. Good Night

LESSON OF THE DAY – Take time to smell the roses


Author: Don

Hi my name is Don Penny I am a professional woodturner in Jacksonville, FL. I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic squamous cell carcinoma in 3 lymph nodes and the base of the tongue and this is my story of day to day life while fighting cancer.

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