Day 9 28 Radiations and 4 Chemos to Go!

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Day 9 180 lbs

What a difference a day makes on this Roller-Coaster ride of cancer.  I felt better today than I have felt since treatment started.  I could speculate and say the chemo from last week had worked it’s way out of my system and while getting chemo they give me 2 anti-nausea drugs and a steroid before the cisplatin and then top off the cocktail with a bag of electrolytes. Instead I will be grateful and say that I had an appetite, energy and a renewed outlook.  There we a BUNCH of us in the room and the nurses were scampering.  Apparently the Doctors had a meeting this morning and came in 45 minutes late, so we all showed up at the same time.   Kelly was still as gracious and funny as ever and kept me grinning the whole 3 hours.  There was a fellow there with my type of cancer who was at 4 1/2 weeks who was really having trouble swallowing.  He is at the point where he comes in every day for a bag of electrolytes to keep hydrated and his treatment going for another week and a half.  Kelly held my hand and explained

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UF Health Proton Center

that his case was more difficult than mine because the cancer was on on both sides of his throat. She also told me that he didn’t keep up with his liquids and calories while he could.  She finished by promising to kick my ass if I let it happen to me as she gave me a pack of cookies and an orange juice with a smile.  My appointment with Dr Guthrie went great and to my relief I officially only lost 5 pounds.  While we were waiting Jan and Kat went over my food diary and suggested that I keep more junk snacks around while it is easy to swallow.  Candy bars, halloween candy, cookies, peanut butter, bacon, salami and just keep grazing!  Next up was the Center where I took my radiation treatment with Hana and John and headed home to ice down and get to go to yoga….I told you I felt great!  Oh and I did need to stop by Bernard and Susie’s to return her sunglasses that she let on the table when she came by to drop off dinner and get her jacket that she left Friday – HALLELUJAH!  I am not the only one!  Praise to the good Lord!

I am really glad that I went to Yoga tonight.  It was nice to be with friends in an environment of healing.  Trisha’s talk tonight was on acceptance.  She asked us all to set our intention of our practice on acceptance of the hardships and problems that face in our lives, not as a hindrance, but a part of God’s plan. Even though we don’t understand it just try to accept it as what is going on and try to have faith that it is meant to teach us something or play into something that has yet to be revealed. Most of all, that we will be enriched by the experience.  She has such a way of humbling herself and sharing personal experiences that have led to this discovery and to show us how it has benefited her in her life, all the while laughing along with us at her story.  Being a part of this group of humans, each with their own struggles coming together as a community, to grow in health and spirituality has become a cornerstone in my life.  Thank you Trisha and my group of Yogi’s, I love you and your friendship.

That is it today my friends.  Tomorrow is another day filled with challenges, growth and glimpses into who we are.  Thank you for being on the journey and we will chat again tomorrow!


LESSON OF THE DAY – Worry doesn’t change anything, instead of worrying try acceptance, take action and let it go.



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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