Day 23 – Whew!

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Day 23 168lbs

A milestone day!  This morning Kat and I visited Dr. Guthrie, the chemotherapy oncologist, for my first follow-up visit.  As usual I started with a blood draw, and it turned out that with the exception of my white blood cell count and lymphocyte % that my blood markers are back to normal ranges.  Dr. Gutherie did an exam and released me from his care.  He told us  that he sees no indication that we did not get this and that the follow-ups from Dr. Dagan will be plenty.  I weighed in at 168 lbs much to my wife’s dismay, but the Doc didn’t seem to mind. The real test is tomorrow when I get checked by Dr. Dagan, the radiation oncologist.  I have already been warned it will entail another scope through the nose, but with news like today I will let them look.  I came immediately home and took an hour and a half nap because I had to be there at 9:30 and that was way before I wanted to get up.  After that I cleaned up the house getting ready for William’s arrival tonight.

I send out an email to some folks in the program every morning.  It is a reading from the book Alcoholics Anonymous.  It started about 18 years ago and has continued ever since.  I just read the book until a section strikes me and send out that section.  It keeps me in the book.  Today’s reading was – “Both you and the new man must walk day by day in the path of spiritual progress.  If you persist, remarkable things will happen.  When we look back, we realize the things that came to us when we put ourselves in God’s hands were better than anything we could have planned.  Follow the dictates of a Higher Power and you will presently live in a new and wonderful world, no matter what your present circumstances.”  It struck me that with your help that is exactly what has gone on during this process.  God has brought me to a place that I could not have imagined.  He has brought me all I need and more, just from trying to please Him.  “We claim spiritual progress not spiritual perfection,” is another phase from the book that helps me along this path.  The desire to please pleases God, that is all we need to progress. I am glad that my God is a forgiving nurturing God that realizes that I am human and therefore imperfect.  I will keep trying how about you?



LESSON OF THE DAY “The jump is so frightening between where I am and where I want to be … because of all I may become I will close my eyes and leap.”  

Mary Anne Radmacher


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.

3 thoughts on “Day 23 – Whew!”

  1. Don, congratulations on the good report today!!! I pray that tomorrow will bring equally good news. I don’t know anyone who could have walked this journey the way you have…and along the way you’ve managed to teach me a thing or two or… let’s see how many blogs have your written! 🙂 Continuing to send prayers, hugs and lots of love your way. Keep on, keepin’ on!!!!!


  2. Don sounds like things are going well. You are a true trooper. I follow your post and think how amazing of a journey you’ve been on. I know it’s not done but being I’m a follower of Bill W as well I think your a fine example of how it’s done. Keep up your hard work and hope to run into in one of those rooms we go to. I know your down south but mabye one day our paths might cross. I will continue to keep you in my prayer list.


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