Day 14 – Breakthrough!

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Day 14 and Feisty

It could have been the weather or the process but after breakfast I decided to head to the shop!  It takes so little to make me happy.  I finished a spindle job for WoodCraft and took apart my lathe head-stock.  Did I tell you about Kathy coming in and asking me why my lathe was smoking a couple of weeks ago?  Somehow, someway, the electronics on my DVR unit melted down, so I had to remove it from the lathe, pack it up and send it to St. Pete for repair.  Good news it only has to go to St. Petersburg – better news Kathy has a lathe! – best news people may still get Christmas presents!  We will see how tomorrow goes!  It was really nice to wake up motivated to do something, I have kind of felt it coming on, but believe me I will not rely on it!  One Day At A Time! It is starting to fall together, yes I am still weak and the brain is only banging on 6 or 7 of 8 cylinders but I am aware of it and double check my safety points before I start.2017-12-12 16.51.56

I kid about the “chemo -brain” but it is a serious part of this mess.  Thank god for spell check and proofreading or you would never understand a thing that I write.  I sit here pouring out a well thought out sentence only to see that I left out words or totally typed letters in the wrong order.  It’s like my hands aren’t quite connected to my brain.  I get tpyed, onlu, spll, nwes, and it’s one or 2 words per sentence and then you get to numbers.  I am only marginally competent when fully functioning  because I naturally transpose numbers and hell maybe I’m getting them right for a change.

I am just going to close with I am so grateful for a good day.  It feels nice to accomplish a little something for a change.  We don’t need much to keep us going going, just a spark of hope that there is something more out there.  A little improvement, a little closer to the finish line makes me want to go to bed earlier, eat a little better, rest a little more often and share the victory with you. Good night we will catch up again tomorrow!


LESSON OF THE DAY – “The strength of every life lives in it’s expectancy. It is not the whole truth to say that who we have been makes us what we are. We must add that what we hope for–and–expect–makes us what we are.”       William Ralph Inge  Anglican priest, professor of divinity at Cambridge, and Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral


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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