This from Don as of about 4pm today. He will have CT scans done on Tuesday, and will get the results on Wednesday. Pray that the scans will show the tumors continuing to shrink with this new chemo treatment. Don is really hoping the liver tumor is less than 3 cm, which is the benchmark for going in and removing the tumor surgically. Let’s pray for that, and for lessening of the chemo side effects, as he asked in his update.

Keep those emails coming to him. They really lift him up.

Skip, for Don & Heather


It has been a few great days and a few hard days since I last wrote. After chemo on Wednesday I felt strong for a few days.

The former Congressman and Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, Tony Hall, arrived here in Seattle and spoke at the King County Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Friday. He was nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Ambassador Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights conditions in the world (Tony Hall). Heather and I were able to have dinner with him Wednesday night along with a few friends and had just an amazing time.

Since the Friday breakfast was 7AM at the Sheraton downtown, Heather had the great idea that we spend the night on Thursday at the Sheraton, and just walk downstairs for the breakfast. We had a coupon for the Sheraton we bought at a school auction and it worked great. The boys came and we had pizza in the room then headed to the 35th floor to swim and enjoy the hot tub and sauna. The boys left about 8:30pm so they could get their home work done and Heather and I enjoyed the rest of the night on vacation, 5 miles from home! I told Heather this was the first time I have felt totally normal in months. It was great!

d-h-sheraton.jpgFriday at the breakfast Tony Hall gave a great message. His theme came from spending time with Mother Theresa– do what is right in front of you. He told several stories from his time in Africa while Ambassador.

Friday afternoon and evening I started to fade which is normal a few days after chemo. I was given IV fluids Friday afternoon and following the fluids got trembling chills. They loaded me with blankets, hot pads and hot packs and after about an hour I was ready to go home. Friday night I went from chills to my high temperatures of 102.6. I was able to eventually get to sleep.

Saturday I woke up feeling pretty good having had a good night’s sleep. My temperature was still up and I was having trouble with my liver tube draining. Since my oncologist, Doug Lee was on vacation, I spoke to my infectious disease specialist, Dr Bill Ehni and we decided I needed to go to the hospital and have my tube changed. Dr Joseph, the interventional radiologist was on call, and he was the one who placed my original tube in September 2006 thinking I had an amoeba. I was in the hospital most of the afternoon then came home to sleep.

Today started off well with the sun shining again, although when I got up to take a shower and drain my tube, I blacked out and ended on of the floor for several minutes. Fortunately I only twisted my back and was able to get up and call Heather to come help me. She just got out of church and rushed home to help. Now it is 2:30 in the afternoon and I finally finished my shower and got dressed.

So in just a few days I have had good days and hard days, but all of them have been great days.

My prayers would be that my chemo side effects would end soon. Blessings


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2 Comments so far

  1. scott hightower on April 30, 2007 6:52 am


    What a witness you are of our Almighty God’s sustaining power. It is only through your relationship with Christ that your are able to say every day is a good day, no matter how you are feeling. We continue to pray along with others that the chemo side effects would end very soon, and that the liver tumor will be shrinked enough for surgery.

    Our God is able to do far more than we can even imagine or ask through the power that works in us.

    Blessings, Scott and Betty

  2. clee230 on April 30, 2007 5:29 pm

    Don, it was great to see you and Heather for a second while I was on my way to my luncheon meeting with Mr. Petrie. I remember this time of year when I got to meet you and get to know you while you were giving Andy Marshall and I a ride home after the King County Breakfast event was over. It is a great blessing to see you always smiling and having a great time with everything you do.
    Thanks Don for continuing to put hard work in these student leadership conferences because without it, myself and my peers wouldn’t have had the chance to listen to great messages we need to continue to hear to become a great leader like yourself. I will continue to pray for your chemo side effects and the results of your ct scans.
    Thanks and God Bless,
    Chris Lee

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