Day 31– 9 Radiations and 1 Chemo to Go!


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Day 31 179lbs

Another exhausting day, I keep waiting for an up one this week, but I am happy and pleased with where we are.  I feel pretty good, just tire very easily and getting through the needed things is taking up most of my day because the tasks seem to take more time and thought.  Kat went with me today for the meeting with Dr. Dagan and we rolled at 7am.  I got done with my radiation at 9 and weighed in for my appointment.  Did pretty good at 179 lbs and 123/73 on the blood pressure.  We met with Michelle today because Carlene is out sick and has been for 2 days.  She was very pleased with my progress and physical state.  I am still doing better than most.  Dr Dagan reported that the tumor at the base of the tongue is virtually gone and he very happy with the lymph nodes expecting the same.  He says that my throat is rough and ulcerated but is pleased that I have been able to make his job so easy.  He urged me to keep it up.  We were done by 10 so decided to hit the road and get some stuff done instead of hanging around for lunch even though it was being catered by Sticky Fingers.

We did it up kids, the bank, Walmart, Home Depot and Popeye’s for lunch.  I had beans and rice, and dreamed about how good Kat’s fried chicken tasted.  I seriously can’t wait until I get my taste buds back.  I watch Kat eat and just dream about how good it tastes, but I know it will happen and until then I will taste vicariously through her. We were back home by noon and napping by one.  Kat got up about 3 but I hung in until about 3:30.   Oh! the GasX is working – no more bubbles! What a relief.

Today’s task was figuring out benefits for next year – what a nightmare and of course Wells Fargo does all benefit communication on line, no local meetings.  Thank God for 15 years of HR, but quite frankly it has gotten very scary and confusing.  HRA, HSA, EIEIO…lol.  It took me almost 4 hours to get through it and in my shape that did it for tonight…brain dead.  We did get some great news today we have a new niece!  My brother Joe and his wife Nancy received their 9th grandchild.  Justin and Blair brought Campbell Pearl Phillips into the family last night at 10:30pm at 6lbs 11oz.  Congratulations I know she will be cherished and loved!

That’s it friends stick a fork in me I’m done tonight!  Thank you for the love, support and prayers they keep me strong and fighting and it is working.  Love you all and goodnight.  We will fight the good fight again tomorrow!


LESSON OF THE DAY – Even on the hard days God gives us joy to pick us back up

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.

One thought on “Day 31– 9 Radiations and 1 Chemo to Go!”

  1. Thanks Don, for another inspiring blog. You are amazing!  Prayers going up for continued healing and blessings!  Hugging you with our prayers!  Dy & Larry

    Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone

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