Day 12 – 24 Radiations and 4 Chemos to Go!

Day 12 180lbs

Happy Friday!  I imagine a bunch of you are putting the final touches on your Halloween costumes or if you are a woodturner in Jacksonville – getting your pieces polished for the fair deadline Sunday.  When Kat got home tonight she went out to finish hers up only to encounter a minor snafu and after a some weeping and gnashing of teeth we came up with a solution……I just hate that you have to wait to see it.  Mine needs one more sanding and a coat of juju and I will be ready too.  I had a pretty good day today, it was my “double treatment” day and I learned a few things last week.  On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Saturday I am now taking an anti-nausea medication and that really helps eliminate the full gassy feeling and I’ve learned to take a nap when I need too.  So after the 8am  treatment I came home ate a snack and went back to bed until about 12:30 then, stoked up with some lunch and a pedialyte, I went out to the shop and worked on my fish for the center until time to go back for my 3:00.  My throat is beginning to get touch sore, my saliva is thickening, gums are a little tender and my lips are dry, but overall I am in pretty good shape!  Nothing to complain about.

While in the shop I got a text from Eric Miller, one of my customers, with a picture of a

collaboration piece that he had finished and it turned out spectacular.  Eric owns Farmtastic Creations here in Jacksonville and they make farm furniture.  I do table and bench bases for them and if I say so myself we do some nice pieces.  Check out his Facebook page   Farmtastic Creations . When I got to the Center I spent some time with the Art person, Barbara, showing her the fish and discussing what they wanted.  It turned out that we knew about 4 artists in common and it was a wonder that we never met.  The world is such a small place when you take the time to to get out of yourself and find out about someone else.  I know, I have a little time on my hands, but this trying to treat everyone you meet with kindness is really contagious. Here are some pictures of some of projects they have done lately and I am really sorry that I missed the masks.

That is about it for me tonight….time to crawl in bed and snuggle up with my beautiful wife.  Have a great Saturday and thank you for checking up on me, I am blessed to have such loving caring friends.


LESSON OF THE DAY – Listen to your body talking to 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.

2 thoughts on “Day 12 – 24 Radiations and 4 Chemos to Go!”

  1. My Dear friend Don
    I hurt to know you hurt. I am comforted by knowing your faith and how Gods healing arms are wrapped around you. Fight the good fight my friend. I will always cherish our times together. Let’s make a point to catch up


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