Day 32 – 8 Radiations and 1 Chemo To Go!

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Day 32 178lbs

Wow, the treatments are melting away like snowflakes in July how did we get here so fast?  It is kind of deceiving because of the Thanksgiving holidays I still have just about 2 weeks to go.  I try not to get too excited and focus on my one day at time because it has served me so well up to now.  I am really finding that trying to do the next right thing each day is keeping me where I need to be.  Eat, treat, rest and repeat, slow and steady.  There are so many little jobs that I wanted to accomplish during treatment and they nag at me a little, but then I remember that it is going to take awhile to rebuild before I am back to 100%.  They told me in the beginning to expect to be at about 70% in three months so I will still have plenty of time to get those done.

I had a pretty incredible day today.  I got up to a beautiful start of the day, standing in awe of God’s beauty and solitude.  2017-11-16 07.28.41After I got done with treatment I wandered over to the art table to see what Barbara was up to.  She had a family of 4 boys and a girl ranging from 1 year to 7 making coffee filter flowers for their mother.  Way to much activity and action for me!  The boys were trying all the markers, switching the marker tops and bottoms because they looked better, then they got bored and started making paper airplanes and decorating those.  They worked themselves into a tumultuous uproar until Mom came over and took them outside to play with their planes.  I was laughing my head off watching Barbara trying to keep the activity to a dull roar and them focused on the task.  She finally showed me to do it so I

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My coffee filter flower

could take the boys while she tried to straighten out her stuff.  It was so much fun.  When I got home Kat had our nephews Jack and Noah in the shop.  She was helping Jack make a Christmas tree and a top and Noah was carving so I helped Noah make his first pen.  I wish that I had gotten pictures, but I will tomorrow.  It is the best feeling to work with someone, especially children when they finish a project and realize that they made it themselves and it is nice.  They get such a dose of confidence and pride that you can feel it as well as see it.  Kat and I love to teach it is so gratifying to share your craft and watch that spark of creativity start to burn.

As you can probably imagine, I was wiped for the rest of the day.  Lunch, a long nap, sit on the couch, dinner and time with you.  What more could a boy ask for?  Not much, it is good to be me today.  It still amazes me that getting out of yourself and trying to help somebody else can lift your spirits more than anything else in the world.  No amount of medicine, food or rest could have put this smile in my heart. I think that I will try some of this again tomorrow.  You guys have a wonderful evening – tomorrow is Friday and my last double radiation! I love you all sleep tight.


LESSON OF THE DAY – “The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.” Paramahansa Yogananda



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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