Day 15 – We are getting it now!

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Day 15 WooooHoooo!

Wow I can’t believe it had been 2 weeks since I finished treatment!  I just have no concept of how I lost 2 weeks.  I had to go back through the blog posts to see where I have been.  Pretty scary stuff if you ask me but, it is clear as a bell that I could not have gotten through it without you, so again thank you for getting me here.  I got up at my normal noon this morning but again felt passable.  After breakfast and chores I headed out to WoodCraft to get some goodies and deliver the spindles.  Then traveled to the Post Office to mail my DVR controller to Nova.  Success on both counts and the Post Office wasn’t even crazy yet!.  I ran into two friends at WoodCraft, one was Jim Ford the owner and the other was John Catches from the woodturning club.  What an awesome name for a woodturner!  John Catches, hell John we ALL catch! And he is such a nice guy, it is always nice to spend time with him and swap stories.  Jim is one of the finest craftsmen I know as well as being a kind, caring, and fair man.  If I need a piece of equipment I try to talk about with Jim because I know he will not steer me wrong – even if WoodCraft is not in the equation and despite what Julie thinks, he can be pretty damn funny. All joking aside, if you need a last minute wood working gift you cannot go wrong at WoodCraft of Jacksonville.  I got home in time to change the sheets and get out a little Christmas. It dawned on me today that it is only 12 days to Christmas and if any decorating was going to get done I had better get my sick rear into gear…lol.2017-12-13 19.28.34

Today as I talked to my friend Peter on the phone I was overwhelmed by the realization of how truly blessed I am.  I talk about it almost every night, but God has truly shined his light on me and given me so many gifts over the past 6 months.  Friends, finances, health, love, family and so much from each.  Hugs, cards, phone calls, gifts, prayers and today I know that I am healing.  What more can I ask for?  Nothing that is what, it is like we tell newcomers in sobriety – Make a list of all things that you want out of sobriety and put it away for 10 years – in 10 years when you check that list you will find that you so shortchanged yourself.  If I had made that list at the beginning of this I would have already shortchanged myself 10 fold.


LESSON OF THE DAY – “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”     Joseph Campbell

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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