Day 22 – 17 Radiations and 3 Chemos to Go!

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Day 22 176lbs

Another one of those “What a difference a day makes” kinda days.  I think that it has to do with the chemo drug level coming down in my system, but I really don’t care why I’m just thankful for the day.  I probably have told you that I am on the early rotation for radiation, so I am usually scheduled at 8 or 8:20.  That works because I normally wake up about 5:30 and that gives me time to shower, eat, medicate and be out of the house by 7 for the hour in traffic.  But the advantage is that I can come home and take a nap and be pretty good by noonish.  Today was a breakthrough in dining!  On a whim I thought about chicken noodle soup and chicken won ton soup.  None of that fancy smansy stuff – just plain old Campbell’s.  IT TASTED JUST LIKE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO! HALLELUJAH!  I also tried breaking up oatmeal cookies in a glass of milk, then cake in a glass of milk.  It worked!  Tomorrow I am going to run by Taco Bell on the way home and pick up a bean burrito.  The arsenal is building bit by bit, I just have to remember to buy one or to make 2 servings of something until I taste it. It was so gratifying to look forward to eating something.  I am going to talk to Dr. Guthrie about the indigestion that I get on Friday Saturday and Sunday and if we can get a grip on that.  If we can it will be much better, but if we can’t after 3 of them I know it is just temporary.

Reality played a huge part in today too.  I ran into my friend who was crying last Monday that she couldn’t go on, but they fixed her with some extra fluids and today she was smiling looking forward to her last 4 treatments.  We talked about food and she gave me some wisdom, hope and strength and the reassurance that although it sucks, just keep

exploring until you find the foods that you can still taste.  Next Michaela, came to get me asking how my weekend was, and I told her pretty good but I started losing my beard, she replied “just a part of it, but if it makes any difference, it just looks like you trimmed it closer”  Later I got to talk to my friend Jeannie who has been through breast cancer and it is just nice to talk to others who know what you are talking about.  Metallic zing, 1 1/2 hour sleep blocks, losing concentration, nausea, indigestion, hair loss, and daily change.  It is reassuring to see someone who has been through it and is relatively normal again…lol love ya Jeannie!

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1/2 Done

No expectations completed a wonderful day. 2 naps, did the laundry, did a little burning on the fish that Kat and I are doing for the mobile, ate and watched tv.  Tonight I can do this! Especially with the help of you, my community, because without you to tell my story to, I would be lost in the depths of my own mind and a lot of us know what a dark place that can be!  I love you Kathy and Jan and the rest of you that make my life so special.


LESSON OF THE DAY – One day at a time one moment at a time


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 22 – 17 Radiations and 3 Chemos to Go!”

  1. I have not been through what you are experiencing but I know you fought and won another battle in you life. Keep up the good work and pleae keep on writing, your writings have been a real inspiration to me. Dyanne and I have come to love you. We pray for you and Kat every night but remember one thing, Your heavenly Father love you much more and remember He is “THE GREAT PHYSICIAN.”



    1. Thank you both for your support and kind words. I am touched by your love and have grown to love you too. My Dad had a sponsor known as The Fishman who was full of God’s spirit and love. His favorite saying was “Whatever the question, love is the answer” if nothing else this has taught me the value of those words.


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