End of Treatment Week 9


I continue to heal and recharge with another week of rest behind me. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Today my weight is 79 kg (174 lbs). I’ve been at that weight consistently for a couple of days.
  • I can swallow almost everything with little difficulty. I still keep water handy when I eat just in case but it feels good be eating regular food. I fill up quickly so perhaps that’s a positive outcome. I still chew every mouthful a lot and I understand we should do that anyway so that’s a habit to keep going forward.
  • The ache in my chest around my breast bone is hardly noticeable. My ribs are a little sore but compared to where I was, it’s nothing special.
  • I sleep pretty well through the night and wake up more rested. I’m dreaming more than I have for a long time.
  • I tire quickly but I can correct that with a rest for an hour or so. It gets better every day so that’s good.

I think I’m doing well. I still wait to get my dates for additional procedures and surgery. I was expecting to have my second PET Scan and Endoscopy around now with surgery late in April. I just got a May 5th date for the PET Scan so I guess my the Endoscopy and surgery will be mid-May.

In the big picture, I am on the mend. Like everyone, I look forward to the time when we can start to spend time with our friends.

As always, I appreciate every time you reach out with support and curiosity about my status. It is great to have you at my side.

Peace, Love and Laughter
Phil

PS – I ask you keep the following on the down-low. I was granted a privilege unavailable to other adults in the Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth preparing for The Rite of Christian Initiation. They are in a holding pattern until a resumption of in-person church services. Because of my pending surgery and cancer treatment, in a private service on Easter Sunday, I received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. I thank Father Toochukwu Okafor for a wonderful and moving service, Chris O’Hara for the music, Becca O’Hara for the organization and readings, and Rev. Mr. Larry Worthen for serving as my sponsor. It is my honour to receive the seven gifts of confirmation: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and awe of the Lord.

9 Replies to “End of Treatment Week 9”

  1. Congratulations on your baptism, and confirmation. Doing it as a mature adult has so much more meaning although that may not be a fair comment to those who do it when they are younger. Young people are very aware of what they are doing and I continue to marvel at the wisdom of young people. That has been my blessing of working with undergrads for so many years. They taught me so much! Cheers to you and your brutalized esophagus. May it continue to do it’s job for a few more weeks.

  2. I am so glad to hear you are continuing to heal and recharge. I think of you often and send healing and warm wishes. Take care and keep safe.

  3. This is a wonderful update! It makes me happy for you, Janet and your children🙏🏻😃

    Congratulations on your becoming a member of the Roman Catholic Church, God Is Good! Welcome, you are already a awesome Christian ✝️, I saw that in you a long time ago

    Keep up feeling better and I’ll pray for you for your upcoming surgery… good Night and bless ya🙏🏻🤗♥️

    1. Thanks Ed. Just posted the following in FB – 15°C (59°F) right now, sunny and bright. Coach Brad and I just sat out on the back deck for 1/2 hour and nursed the first beer I’ve had in a long time. It is a great day to be alive and feel this good. I hope you find yourself upbeat and at peace today as I do. Onward and upward, the best is yet to come.

  4. Wonderful to hear all you good news Phil, and to hear that you are doing well. That is a blessing.
    And talk about blessing!! Congratulations on your Baptism and confirmation (not sure what the Eucharist is but I will google).
    Praying for that inner peace for you, which only comes when we are walking with the Lord. And praying that all will go well with your upcoming test and surgery.
    Stay blessed.

    1. The Christian ceremony commemorating the Last Supper, in which bread and wine are consecrated and consumed. You likely use the name Communion or Mass.

      There are seven Sacraments: baptism, confirmation, eucharist, reconciliation (confession), sacrament of the sick (I think I got this on Sunday too and I’m okay to pass on last rites for the time being), matrimony, and holy orders (thiS IS for priests, deacons, etc.)

      Cheers, Phil

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