Day 2 – I’m going to make it!

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Day 2

God bless you all for the words of encouragement and support.  I got the most amazing description of the end of treatment from another survivor today that gave me some great perspective.  She said that get through the treatments we begin to imagine the last treatment as some Hollywood version of the end of a grueling footrace.  We cross the finish line, breaking the tape, arms raised in victory, the crowd going wild as you rejoice in your achievement surrounded by people lifting you up and carrying you away, when in reality you stumble across the line with a groan, fall to your knees exhausted and puke your fool guts out until you pass out.  What an great way to start the day.  It wasn’t much of a day, but it was better than yesterday and that is a blessing and a gift.   I took a 45 minute Epson Salt and Baking Soda soak before I went to bed last night and it really seemed to help me sleep.  This morning I got up, ate, showered and shaved.  Let’s talk about this shaving thing.  What a pain!  I knew there was a reason that I had not really participated in this exercise for 40 years!  Yes I did shave my neck and cheeks but those are flat surfaces, now I have to hunt for growing whiskers precariously sprouting from my jaw and chin.  It is a small price to pay for a cure and on the bright side the hair in my ears is also gone so again my friends, there is a God!  AND He has a sense of humor. The rest of the day was spent eating, drinking and moving from the couch to the bed.  I did take a stroll to the mailbox and took out the trash, but I am taking this seriously again.  Rest, calories and hydration, it has gotten me this far – why muck with success?

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God’s beautiful end of the day

Tomorrow I start the day with a trip to Lavilla for fluid and a return home for more calories and rest.  And we got another $300 in donations to the fund so we are officially 1/3 of the way there!  Thank you all for all of your help, love and support!


LESSON OF THE DAY – “Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time, and maybe not the third time. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting, for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success.”

Annie Oakley 


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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