Day 35 – 5 Radiations and 1 Chemo To Go!

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Day 35 145lbs

It takes so little to confuse a fool!  Treatment on Sunday???? Come on.  I got up at my normal 5:30 to get to an 8:00 treatment only to realize in the shower that there wasn’t going to be any traffic!  So I lollygagged.  It was nice not to have to rush.  My sweety even showed her beautiful face before I left.  Sydney and I shared cheese grits for breakfast and the temperature was nice enough to sit on the porch and watch the morning for a minute.  One thing this has taught me is to take time to experience the small stuff because it enriches my life so much.  The smell of a smoldering fire, the sound of the turkeys feeding, the moisture in the air before it rains.  It looked like today was going to be a wash out when I left catching rain on the way in, but by the time that I got home the sun was out and Kathy was already in the shop.  I was ready for a nap so I iced down, slathered up and crawled back in bed until noon.  Kat and I had lunch together and headed out to the shop together.  With Kat’s help I finished a table for Kim and Johnnie then turned a pyramidal cone for another customer.  It was nice to accomplish something positive.

While I was turning Kat ran to the store and I thought it was taking her forever to get back so I stepped out of the shop to find her washing her car so I closed up the shop and came in to ice down again and drink an ensure.  Well that turned into another nap before dinner…lol.

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My Busy Babe!

Tonight we have just been vegging calling William, Kat’s son, catching up on the computer and enjoying each other’s company.  William is coming home for Thanksgiving from Jersey City to see us and bring his car home before the snow hits the Northeast.  He is having his first experience living outside of Florida and the change has been a little rude as the temperatures dipped into the 40s as a high last week.  He has never seen snow before and is in for an experience!  As the day went on the temperature has been slowly dropping and I am starting to look forward to maybe lighting the fireplace this week if it gets cold enough – but don’t get me wrong I won’t be heartbroken if it doesn’t.  I am feeling pretty good today, my neck is getting pretty burned, but still no blistering and I am on the edge of nausea but that is pretty normal anymore and I have figured out how to keep it manageable.  If this is as bad as it gets I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams.  Thank you for your prayers and encouragement they keep me in God’s arms and in the cocoon of hope and healing.  It is a wonderful week that we are heading into – a week of family, friends, gratitude and thanksgiving.  Let us all try to be a little more patient, a little more understanding, a little more kind and a little more loving toward each person we encounter – I promise good feelings and inner peace.


LESSON OF THE DAY – “Observe the Lord’s Day as he would have you, and perhaps He will observe your days as you would have Him.”  Richelle E. Goodrich

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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