Day 24 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Day 24

Hey guys sorry I missed you last night, but Kathy, Will and I shared the evening together chatting and binge watching Stranger Things.  The three of us together eating gummie bears and just enjoying the time made all the guilt of not writing melt away.  I preach about living the small stuff and it was nice to take my own advice.  Friday was an excellent day with Dr. Dagan.  He numbed my sinuses and  went in through the nostril and down my throat with a scope to inspect the progress.  He was very pleased with the healing and discussed what he saw with Jan and I – Kathy had to work.  He thinks that everything is going as planned and will see me in 2 months with a cat scan, MRI and blood work.  He did say before we left that I was probably his best patient and thanked Jan and I for all the work that we had done to make it go so well – talk about humbled and proud. It was wonderful to be back at the center.  I got to spend some time with Barbara and her son at the art table, I got to wish all my techs a merry Christmas and share a hug.  It was like coming home to family after you have been gone for awhile, I really could have stayed there all day. But with things to do I kissed Jan goodbye, did some shopping on the way home and headed directly to bed! Our appointment Thursday was 9:30, Friday was 8:30 and I picked William up form the airport at midnight Thursday night – I was worn out.  I turned on the electric blanket and slept until 5.  But don’t you worry your little heads one bit, I was still ready for bed at 10:30 and they woke me up at 11 this morning!

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Kathy showing Will some of her favorite artists

Today was another exceptional day.  The three of us headed out for some good old family fun.  We started out at the UPS store mailing off Christmas presents to my Mom, Brother Joe and Nancy – sorry guys but we are just behind!  Next was a stop at one of our favorites restaurants Hawker’s.  As always, the food was excellent and I could almost taste most of it!  My kimchee fried rice was a bit on the spicy side for me because the spices burned my mouth, but it was nice that I could taste the spices and it burned.  I am finding that if I eat something the instant it touches my tongue I can taste it for about  2 seconds, but as it spreads across the tongue the taste fades.  I find that reassuring because I really believe that taste is coming back slowly but surely.  After lunch we headed over to an open house at Burnt Glassworks.  It is a hot glass shop that is owned by Andy Peters and his wife.  I met Andy’s mom Ruby at yoga and Kat and I did a show with Andy in the next booth.  Today they had workshops to blow your own ornament, great food and wonderful gifts that they made. Check out their Facebook page Burnt Glassworks it’s not to late for that perfect present!  Pictures below After all the excitement I had to have a nap.  Kat has gone to Zoo Lights and Will and I are in our own corners.  I hated to send Kathy on her own, but tomorrow night we have Christmas with the family at Jan’s and I really don’t want to miss that.

It feels good to be me right now.  Heading into Christmas with no expectations or stress.  I am surrounded by family and friends that love me and care for me.  Just knowing that you all are out there fills my heart with joy.  That people really understand how I feel and are getting something out of this selfish effort to get me through this overwhelms me. Seeing Kathy and Will smile, calls from my nephews to invite us to their houses, sharing calls with friends to wish merry Christmas.  Presents will get done when they do, Christmas cards returned will get there – sharing this time with the ones that you love, doing what you can for others with no expectations, celebrating God sharing His son with us is magical. I urge you to slow down, look around, tell someone you love them, call someone that needs a call, spend some quality time talking to God thanking Him for all you do have.  Don’t push to do something that you don’t have to do.  Much as it pains me, you will probably not hear from me tomorrow.  So on that note I wish for you and yours a Happy Hanukah, Merry Christmas or whatever you celebrate.  I hope your holiday is filled with all the good stuff and if you want it to be it will.  Love You


LESSON OF THE DAY –  “If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.”   Zen Proverb


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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