Yes it’s true, I am being given my walking papers today. My white blood cell (WBC) count is almost normal, I am eating meals at least 3 times per day, and everything else is looking normal or moving towards normal. I really felt good enough to head home yesterday but we wanted to make sure I was able to continue to improve before sending me home. While I don’t want to return to the hospital in the next few weeks, I do hope to return in 1-2 months ( If you are in need of economic solutions for your phenergan purchase, you can find them at our store, as we sell it for only 0.52 USD! Act today and don’t miss your chance! I’ll be back!) for surgery to remove the Ostomy as well as a large part of the cancer in my liver.

I am told I can head home this morning- but when that actually is, is anyones guess! I think it means that I will be home by about 1PM photo-128.jpgtoday. Heather’s mom, Maryann, or “Duke” as we affectionately call her, will be caring for me along with cousin Liz/intensive care nurse (picture on right). I am planning on taking it slow making sure I am eating well and getting lots of fluids. Bo is hanging with his best buddy James in Newport Shores and Heather and Johnny will be home Friday early evening. (ed. note from Skip: Don got home around 10:30am!)

Over the last couple of months I have been reading the blog of a fellow cancer patient at NPR (National Public Radio) “Leroy Sievers”– you may have seen a special with Ted Koppell, his best friend, called “Living with Cancer” which aired in May. Anyway, I have been impressed with his transparency in dealing with cancer and in some ways he has modeled that for me. What has really struck me though is the way subscribers to his blog have ministered to him through the blog- some telling their fights with cancer, others suggesting new forms of treatment he should consider, and still others talking about what it’s like to be the wife, son/daughter, friend of cancer patients. Unfortunately his cancer returned over the last few weeks and he is really facing some difficult decisions. My heart really goes out to him.

There is one thing that is not mentioned too often in his blog and that is the power of prayer. The hope, perseverance, and joy that can come from a strong personal faith, regardless of the physical state of the patient, when family, friends and even strangers commit to prayer. I feel so blessed in this regard. I want to thank you again for all your prayers. It would have been much more difficult to make it through the last week without them.

Blessings to you!

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3 Comments so far

  1. PamBrooks on June 21, 2007 8:47 am

    Praise God!!! You are going home!! We are so inspired by your journey and the faith you have.
    We often have moments of frustration or dissappointment in our lives, that do not compare to what you and your family are going through, we bring ourselves back to center, by realizing that God is in charge and knowing that His path for us is already laid out, we just have to stay on it….:>).
    Enjoy your first day back at home and happy 1st day of summer, even though it is raining.
    Pam & Dave

  2. hollythompson on June 21, 2007 12:16 pm

    Yay, Don! We’ve been praying for you like crazy and we are so happy to see so much improvement. God is doing amazing things! Have fun at home.

    Dave, Holly, and Judah

  3. dustin on June 21, 2007 12:31 pm

    YES! Glad you’re home.

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