Day 15 – 23 Radiations and 4 Chemos to Go!

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Day 15 178 lbs

Whew!  I’m a little better today but reality is setting in.  Mouth and throat are sore.  Not unbearable, but soft food has become the mainstay.  Smoothie for breakfast, ramen for lunch and baked potato with butter sour cream, and cheese for dinner.  Now don’t be sad, I had eggnog and a Little Debbie oatmeal creme pie and some gummy bears for a snack and there is definitely a chocolate malt in the bullpen for later.  It’s just a change and Kat, Jan and I have thought it through.  Potato soup, bean soup, vegetable soup, beans and rice – and for you that followed Woodschool Guy, throw in some oatmeal and this boy is in his element.  They also suggested that I buy a product called Throat Coat Tea, you can get it a Publix and it is awesome. It contains slippery elm, licorice root and marshmallow root add some honey and it is delicious and throat numbing.  2 naps today and I am still a little worn down but I got the laundry done and I’m on the couch with Kat so all is fine in my world.

We have all heard that when we assume we make an Ass out of U and Me.  Well I almost went there today, but someone was watching out for me…LOL!  I keep talking about Hana and Jenn that do my radiation treatments.  I had always assumed that Hana was the technician and Jenn was the assistant.  Nope, when Jenn came out to get me she took me back and introduced me to Mykayla.  After the treatment Jenn was unlocking me and I asked if Hana was under the weather today.  Turns out that UF cross trains all technicians on all the machines in the unit, Proton and traditional.  The machine that I am assigned to is a True Beam and it is not only the newest in the UF arsenal, it was installed in May of this year, but is the Mac Daddy of x-ray treatment, and ahhhh Jenn is the expert charged with training the staff on it’s usage.  I immediately confessed the error of my way and we both had a big laugh over it.  The second bright spot in my day was getting to spend time with my friend Tony and his son Josh.  Tony, his wife Lisa and Kat have been friends for years and they accepted me into the pack with open arms and love.  Tony, Lisa and I share sobriety together and Tony and I have had some great discussions about life, God and how to fix the world.  Tony is our “Landscape Care Specialist” and folks if you need an honest, fair, dedicated and meticulous person to take care of your yard, Tony, Lisa and their son Josh are the guys for you.  They treat you yard like it was theirs and I can’t say enough good about them.  Kat and I look forward to them coming because the place looks so great when they are done.  And I always get to spend some time with them.  God smiled on me when he put them into my life and I cherish having them there.

Finally, warning I’m tearing up, due to the generosity, caring and kindness of all of you we are in the black for the first time since this ordeal started.  So much in fact that we were able to reduce the Go Fund Me campaign by $30, 000. It is not just donations, but gifts, food, projects to be done with no rush and purchases of our work.  It’s the prayers, compassion, the cards that come almost daily, reading this blog, and the encouraging words.  We are strengthened by your thoughtfulness and I want you to know that I am made stronger by what you do for me daily.  Thank 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 15 – 23 Radiations and 4 Chemos to Go!”

  1. Hi Don, I look forward to reading your blog each day.   I can relate to your blog a day ago where you admitted to over doing it.  I did that yesterday, I felt good so  I was on my feet a lot and I paid for it during the night, my leg really bothered me and I was woke up aroung 2am with a panic attack.   Live and learn they say, lol!   As I was having my quiet time/devotions with the Lord this morning I read this scripture.  “Help us Lord our God for we depend on You” (2 Chronicles 14:11)  So very true, He provides the next breath we take.    Regardless of what injury/illness we are facing if we walk in faith and obedience we can depend on the Lord to fight for us.  He wins every time! Have a blessed day and eat some high calorie sweets for me!! Hugs,Dyanne

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Tablet


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