Day 40 – 2 Radiation Treatments To Go!

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Day 40 173lbs

OOPS – I lost a day!  I was having a wonderful Thanksgiving with Albert, Jan, Kathy and Finn when it hit.  I went to the couch about 5:30 and stayed pretty much in bed until 5 tonight.  I am so grateful that the last chemo is done, I have never been hit as hard as this one hit.  One minute I was fine and the next it was like my whole world came crashing down.  I was too sick to go to bed so I wrapped up on the couch until Kathy woke me up and took me to bed.  I woke up about 10:30 this morning and ate breakfast with Sydney then took care of my neck and went back to bed about noon.  You are not going to believe it, but that crazy parrot has decided that she loves grits.  So when I fix my breakfast I have to spoon her out a little bowl or she raises hell!  She has also taken to eating a peanut butter sandwich at lunch – it is a scream!  I am feeling better, but I have nothing to do but sleep, so I am fine – it can only get better from here.

I hope that you all filled up with your holiday favorites and got to spend time with those near and dear to you.  We had an amazing day, I in my pajamas and they with their feast!  Kathy fixed beer cheese soup and marinated, grilled salmon served on a salad.  It looked and smelled absolutely delicious.  Albert, Jan and Finn showed up about one, we ate then sat and enjoyed each others company for the afternoon.

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“Stave” puzzle

Jan brought a couple of “Stave” puzzles.  These are the most insane jigsaw puzzles that you have ever seen.  They come in a box with no picture and include negative space and the occasional extra piece. The puzzles are wooden and individually painted and cut with an ultra fine jig saw blade.  We figured out one, but the other was impossible.  They are decadently expensive, a 250 piece can run up to $7,000 and the small ones like we worked are about $350 and come in different skill levels. We relived memories, read, Kat worked in the shop and we just enjoyed the day being thankful for all the blessings in our lives.

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Under Finn’s watchful eye

William got home tonight, working his way south from Jersey City, New Jersey, through North Carolina, Tallahassee then home.  He and Kat enjoyed steak and baked potatoes and caught up while I relax here on the couch.  Tomorrow we are hosting a non-traditional thanksgiving dinner for family and friends.  Kathy is whipping up manicotti, chicken piccata and meatballs in alfredo sauce for 11. I am sure that I will make an appearance but I’m not going to promise a thing!

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I am extremely grateful for this Thanksgiving.  Even though I felt like hell today it taught me the importance of the small things that so often get overlooked.  Talking to my brother Joe, spending quality time with Jan, Albert and Kathy.  The anticipation of William getting home and seeing his face smile as he came in the door.  Texting with Coleman and other friends. Watching Kathy sneak out this morning to meet Jan, being so careful not to wake me.  I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams. To be loved and cared for unconditionally – what more could I possibly want or desire.

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A boy and his Mom!


LESSON OF THE DAY – “Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.”  Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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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