Day 10 – 27 Radiations and 4 Chemos to Go!

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Day 10 152 lbs

Good evening!  Another day in paradise and I am KING!  Still riding the high from the chemo boost with only some indigestion going on so not too bad.  After I finished up my evening with you I stayed up until 3 reading and finally fell asleep about 4 only to get up with Kat at 6:30….so the crash is coming, but I am enjoying it while I can!  I had my weekly meeting with Dr. Dagan this morning and with the extra fluids and my eating frenzy yesterday I got back up to my starting weight of 185!  The tumors are slightly down and I didn’t know it until today, but the daily radiation includes a CT scan that Dr Dagan reviews to watch the progression of treatment and make alterations if needed.  It was pretty cool that I could actually see the progress.  He is very pleased and needless to say so am I!  They did tell me to enjoy it while I can because a downturn was coming probably next week, but not to get to hung up about it because I am doing exceptional.  Next was radiation and catching up with Jenn and Hanna.  They spent last night looking for Halloween costumes for next week.  The whole staff dresses up so the child patients can trick or treat and they encourage the patients to dress up too.  Hmmmmm it’s been awhile, but who knows!  It is chemo day!  I skipped the lunch today because they where having spaghetti and meat balls and my stomach just couldn’t have taken it, so I went down to see Pam at the art table and committed to making some wooden fish for the patients to paint and be used on a hanging they have been working on for awhile.

Studio Apothecary

Next up was a visit to one of the galleries that carry my work.  It is a new place on the outskirts of Riverside called Studio Apothecary.  It’s at 1268 McDuff Avenue and is open 10 – 7.  It is owned by Christianna White Fletcher and her Husband Jon and is a wonderful place. All of the artists are local and include a multitude of disciplines.  I got to meet their new employee Christina Bruno and her husband Wesley and spent at least an hour getting to know them and telling them about my pieces and the characteristic of the different wood.  But  all of you know how much I love holding my bowls  and talking about them.

Finally was a trip to WalMart for snacks!  Children I did it up! candy bars, eggnog and then Kathy Lynn brought home Little Debbies, Honey Buns, Sugar Wafers and 2 kinds of Oreos – Hoooked Uuuupp!  Gonna be the only patient to put on weight!

My intention today was to try to acknowledge everyone that I met and to greet them.  I opened doors, let people out in traffic, asked about them instead of talking about me, complimented appearance or just said hello.  I was as happy as ever and have never met so many smiling people.  It was infectious and gratifying.  I am going to try again tomorrow and encourage you all to give it a try.  I started that it was another day in paradise and I’m KING….I think I might have figured it out!  Sleep well guys!  I hope that you are all well.

LESSON OF THE DAY – Try to be nice to everyone you meet, they feel better and so do you


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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