Day 19 – 18 Radiations and 3 Chemos to Go!

Day 19 178 lbs Gettin” Some Go-Juice

The roller coaster is on the way back up again! Yesterday was particularly dark but the sun is shining today.  I ran across this in my readings this morning and it struck a particular cord.

“In my own deepening understanding of myself, I find my capacity to serve others is deepened as well. The better I am at self-care the more genuinely nurturing of others I am able to be.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
I am finding this statement running more and more true.  Today I took the time to get additional electrolytes, take a

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My art project

nap, drink a little more, take more anti-nausea medication and let go of some more stuff.   I had an absolutely wonderful time sitting at the art table for an hour talking with kids and helping them with their art projects.  I got to sit there and listen to one little girl tell me about how scared she was about her brother’s cancer and reassure her that it would be okay.  Another little boy didn’t want to go get an MRI and we told him how easy it was and that we would make a crown when he got back and he went off with a smile.  Another girl was from Dubai and her dad is a dentist I told her my dad was a dentist and we laughed about how silly dentist dads were. Then I got home and spent some time with Dixie waiting for Kat

Kat and Dixie

to get home.

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Jenn and Mikala

Big news of the day! I have completed half my treatments.  Jenn and Michela got me through 2 radiations today.  I don’t feel great, but I ate cream of wheat, drank eggnog, ensure, pedialyte and resolved that treatment, calories and rest are my job.  Even if that means skipping a night with you.  That help me to be more nurturing, caring and healthy.

LESSON OF THE DAY – You have to take care of yourself before you can care for others.

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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