Day 41 – 2 Radiation Treatments To Go!

The battle trudges on!  I had a pretty good night’s sleep and stayed in bed until about 10

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Day 41 171lbs Grateful and Happy

.  When I finally drug myself out I was treated to a cornucopia of smells and sights as I entered the kitchen where Chef McCall was putting together our non-traditional Thanksgiving Feast for our non-traditional family.  She was finishing up her manicotti, chicken piccata, meatballs in alfredo sauce and fresh yeast rolls.  Jan brought a salad and dessert and JoAnn brought her special lentil soup for me and everybody else brought good cheer.  There was Kathy, William and I, Jan, Albert, Finn and my nephew William, his wife Jessa, and their dog Braylee, Uncle Mike and last but not least Keoni and Amy.  I will admit up front that I missed lunch having gone back to bed after breakfast but was able to get up for the digestion and discussion phase as we gathered around the fire pit and enjoyed a beautiful Florida day.  Brownie and pecan balls were consumed, cigars smoked and a few adult beverage were enjoyed. Sydney even came out and joined in the festivities.

It was absolutely wonderful to spend the afternoon talking with no disagreements, fights or hurt feelings.  Keoni, Amy and Uncle Mike all lost their houses in Irma and they compared notes on how it was going and swapping tips for getting through it.  William talked about his new life in Jersey City and Kathy and I talked about treatment.  New owners of jobs, troubles at work, anxiety and fear were all shared, but at the end of the day every one of us were grateful for what we have, hopeful about the future and thankful to be sitting together enjoying the day. The biggest problem of the day was lack of beds for naps!2017-11-25 15.34.122017-11-25 15.34.37

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Amy and Sydney

Tonight William, Kat and I are sitting in the living room watching TV and chatting.  William flies home in the morning very early.  Kathy has to have him at the airport by 4am.  As this Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close I am thankful for my family, as patched up and pieced together at it is it makes us stronger, thankful for my treatment because despite the ups and downs I am getting better and thankful to have you to listen to my story and help to carry me on the way.  And REALLY THANKFUL the weekend has another day!  Until then – happy Saturday and peace to you and yours.


LESSON OF THE DAY – “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”  Wayne Dyer


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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