Introduction

September 28, 2006 from Don | Photos, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | 1 Comment

In 1997 our family went through a major crisis that rocked our marriage to it’s core. As a senior executive at Starbucks Coffee Company, heading up Research and Development, creating new coffee based products and manufacturing platforms, I had let Starbucks become much more than a job. Somehow, day by day since joining Starbucks in […]

Research on the Nasty Amoeba

October 14, 2006 from Don | Photos, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Research on the Nasty Amoeba

Skip, I found a great site from India and here is some information that might explain the abnormal cells: On microscopic examination the pus may show dead and deformed hepatocytes (although often they are not recognizable as liver cells), RBCs and a few polymorphs. The trophozoites of E. Histolytica are usually present in the wall […]

The Dreams and Visions Begin

October 15, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Photos, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on The Dreams and Visions Begin

The Lord has been waking me up a lot these last few days– 3:30AM yesterday, 2AM this morning and I have had these amazing conversations with him that have been so sweet and tender that I can hardly put them into words. There are a few thoughts specifically about our leadership gathering at the Rainer […]

Dr. Greg Schroedl has continued to watch over my test results and talk to other physicians in order to determine what the abnormal cells are in my liver and why the abscess is not shrinking. One of the initial CT scans of my liver also detected another smaller mass in the lower right lobe of […]

Telling the Family the Diagnosis is Cancer!

October 19, 2006 from Don | Photos, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Telling the Family the Diagnosis is Cancer!

Thank you Skip- you know I love you and I am not going anywhere until you share my joy. Heather’s family from Yakima, Kirkland and Seattle are coming to the house at 5:30 tonight for dinner where we will share the news. Let’s talk more today but I think it would be great if the […]

Escape to Whidbey Island

October 23, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Photos, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Escape to Whidbey Island

If you could see what I am seeing you would be so amazed you would never think about the problems of the body. This is an illness and I can see so many glorious things that I am totally at Peace- actually more than Peace- I am so alive that I can taste the air […]

A Word to the Agros Board

October 26, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Photos, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on A Word to the Agros Board

Dear Board, I love you guys (Agros Foundation Board of Directors). You can help me by loving one another. Learning and teaching one another. We all can learn something from everyone and we can all teach as well. We need to have open hearts and seek first to ask how we can help one another […]

Losing my Hair with a Little Help from my Boys!

December 2, 2006 from Skip | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, Photos, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Losing my Hair with a Little Help from my Boys!

You’ll understand what a good day this has been when you see below the 2 update e-mails sent by the one and only Don Valencia. The decision to stay at the hospital instead of going home in a couple of days was prompted by Don’s own sense that this would be the best way to […]

Gaining Strength in the Hospital!

December 2, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, Photos, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Gaining Strength in the Hospital!

Skip, Had a good night sleep last night (12:20AM- 8:30 AM with the usual nurse prods and pokes at the deepest part of your sleep). Good shower, eggs, bran muffin and a bowl of prunes. Heather slept over again and it was great to hear about the fun time she had with her small group […]

Ready to Kick-Butt on Those Tumor Cells

December 5, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, Photos, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Ready to Kick-Butt on Those Tumor Cells

I know it is early for a report today but I’ve had some good news so I thought I would pass it on. I have seen Dr Doug Lee, my Oncologist and Bill Ehni, my Infectious Disease specialist. They both think I look great and appear stronger than ever. So good that they are calling […]

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