I don’t have much to report to you.

Thursday I had doctors appointments at 9AM, 11AM and 1PM in preparation for my surgery next week. Fortunately Heather joined me. I don’t think I have ever given such a thorough history- it was exhausting. We also learned about how the new ostomy bag will work and options to make it easier. I have to say I am not thrilled about this new external device. The ideal area for my opening is right in the center of where my liver tube bandage is. I’m not sure how things will get organized but I’m sure it will all work out. I don’t like having all this external plumbing- forget a bathing suit this summer. OK, yes I am complaining, whining, I don’t want this stupid bag but I know it is necessary.

Yesterday I spent the day at Whidbey. It was the only day this week we had beautiful sunshine and temperatures near 70 degrees. I did a few chores then relaxed reading and taking in the beautiful day.

We don’t have a lot of plans for the weekend. Monday and Tuesday I have managed to fill up my days with a number of meetings knowing I won’t be up for many after my surgery on Wednesday.

This last month I have almost forgotten about my cancer. Surgery next week is a harsh reminder that cancer is still present and there is a significant battle going on in my liver. I am very curious what it all looks like from the surgeons’ viewpoint- the camera moving at will throughout my abdominal cavity.

It’s interesting I don’t worry about this surgery or the future. I know it is that peace that transends all understanding. It is one thing to read it in Philippians and quite another to experience it. This cancer does not feel like the end to me, but rather the beginning. The things I am learning feel like they are preparing me for this next stage of life. What that looks like and how long it will last is impossible for me to say. I can say I feel so blessed and encouraged that I want to speed up the cancer treatment so I can get on to this next stage of life. Obviously I have a lot left to learn, a long battle still to fight! I am learning every step of the way, what’s the rush anyway?

We appreciate your ongoing thoughts and prayers.

God is Good, All the Time, God is Good!

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1 Comment so far

  1. Bruce Hosford on June 9, 2007 3:31 pm

    Don: You are a true inspiration to all of us who have had the privileged to accompany you in your journey. Please know that I pray for you and your family often. I keep wondering to myself as to how I would handle the situation you find your in and would hope and pray I could travel that road in the same way you are.
    Have you talked to John Medina or Paul Lange about the new technology that attacks tumors using the physics of how a tumor grows? I’ve seen the presentation as the company is looking for financing. Chuck Hill who used to work with Bruce McCaw is involved as well.

    Blessings to you and your family,


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