Title of today’s episode: “Giving Thanks”
I am so thankful for having been able to participate in the LLS Light the Night walk on 10/12 with our team “Dudley’s Do-Righters”. We had over 20 folks walk with us! Terri had ski caps made with our team name, and was able to raise over $3000 from donations, including from many on this email – thank you very much and love you Babe for taking the lead!
I celebrated my birthday on 11/9 with my families at home and at Hopkins! I had appointments there starting at 7am and after some lab issues we were able to ‘sneak’ away 8 hours late. The nurses decorated my day bed at the clinic so that was fun. The kids decorated our family room in Hawaiian motif complete with leis and music for the cake and gift parts of the evening and that was a great surprise.
We were able to spend a few days at the beach last month which is always relaxing. We’ve also caught up with folks from in and out of town, including cousins and had a mini-reunion with some college classmates and spouses – we really enjoyed your company. I told Terri with so many people wanting to visit I felt a bit like a tourist attraction and so appreciate seeing everyone!
As far as my treatment, feedback from my doctors at Hopkins and Seattle indicated there’s no real “golden ticket” out there given my situation. We’ve been continuing with the same chemo regime as before – I seem to be holding steady on this protocol, so will be on this for as long as we can. Always looking ahead, there’s another drug we might try, and we will re-evaluate in January on whether that’s the path to take.
So, life continues with regular trips to Hopkins for chemo and product, and our family got bigger with the adoption of Leesa, a 6-year-old female greyhound. She is an absolute delight and a very welcome addition (plus Terri’s doing all the walking, etc 😊)
As per this week’s holiday, I am so grateful for each day and for all you wonderful people who are so much a part of that. Thank you for being there for me. I am truly blessed to be able to get up, read the paper, walk (occasionally) and go through my day, and am planning on doing this many, many more times.
The calendar says it’s Nov 22 this year, but every day is Thanksgiving to us.
Paul and Terri
Terri’s PS – Paul is soldiering on each month with this protocol, hopefully for many months to come! Be blessed as we are blessed in the midst of the storm.