We pause this morning with heavy hearts reflecting on the tragic loss of life that occurred 10 years ago during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation. We pray the good Lord will be especially with those families who lost loved ones giving them peace and comfort knowing they will one day again be reunited with those lost on that
Chemo round 8 went well on Wednesday. My counts were within normal limits (likely due to the fact we dropped Carboplatin from the regimen as planned) so it looks like we're in "maintenance mode" with chemotherapy drugs (Alimta and Avastin) administered every three weeks "for the duration" ... until something changes or with God's grace my "quarterback" working with the Head Coach eradicates this demon for good. Chemo session time has been reduced from approximately 4 to 2-1/2 hours per session as well. Just the expected chemo-related side
effects ... a bit fatigued, some nausea, mouth sores and loss of appetite ... all a part of "our new normal".
Martha and I had a great time last night attending a college football game (The Citadel vs Furman) as guests of our good friends Meg and Johnny Herndon. We met Meg and Johnny through our church. Meg and I were both diagnosed with cancer at about the same time this year and are both receiving treatment at the Charleston Hematology and Oncology Center. The Herndon's have an incredibly close and loving family whom we've come to know well. College football is HUGE here in SC. It was great fun to tailgate with Meg and Johnny and their family and friends and to observe The Citadel cadets swarm in after the game to consume any and all remaining tailgating food and beverage! The Citadel (Johnny's alma mater) unfortunately lost the game but a good time was had by all. We're off to Julie's house in North Charleston this afternoon to watch the Buffalo Bills open their season via her DirecTV NFL Ticket connection. Go Bills ... and Go Panthers!!!
The new house continues to progress well. Granite surfaces have been delayed a few days but should go in this coming week ... along with the concrete driveway, tabby sidewalk, RO water system and beginning of landscaping. Kitchen and laundry appliances and our new battery (yes cordless, battery!) operated lawnmower (so very little grass to mow finally, yeah!) are being delivered this week as well. We've ordered our house numbers, mailbox and lamp post so we're getting close ... we should take occupancy by "the middle of October" (unofficially of course per Greg) ... Lord willing and the rest of thihurricanes stay away from the coast!
All our best .... Dan and Martha