On Monday, November 15th, 2021 I had treatment at 2:30 pm. As you can see in the table below, my key bloodwork values are both up and down. Ideally, it would be good to see a higher White Blood Count (WBC) as it is an indication that my Immune System is in good shape to deal with any infections, viruses, etc. but the numbers don’t lie and masking, sanitizing my hands, etc. are a high priority.
When people ask how I’m doing, my usual response is, “I have good days and bad days but more good than bad.” Today is not one of the good days. I’m taking it pretty easy. All those with cancer have days like today where the degree of exhaustion is way beyond anything you’ve experienced in the past. The good news is it just takes time for it to improve so I expect I’ll be back to near normal tomorrow.
Last weekend, Brad and I spent the weekend in Boston visiting his daughter Alexis and hanging out with his grandson Carson. We visited Plymouth Rock, saw the replica of the Mayflower, ate some great Mexican food at Sam Diego’s Mexican Cookery and Bar, dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse, diner breakfast at the Breakfast Club near Harvard, a long walk down the Escalade running by the Charles River, a stroll over the Finish line of the Boston Marathon and dinner at Bricco in North End Boston. Brad put on a few pounds finishing off what was left on my plate. We had terrific driving conditions on both the way down and the way home but it rained like crazy when we were in Boston. Both Brad and I love this city.
Trips like this give us a lot of time to think outside the box and gave Brad to write and post the following:
I had some different conversations over the weekend with Big Brother Phil during our travels and listened to a few that he and my daughter Alexis had. One that stood out was one about ‘Time’, particularly how valuable it is, how we take it for granted, how we think we have lots of it, and how to convince others to take it seriously. We all know how precious it is yet do we really value it and invest in the ‘right’ things, the things that are truly important to us? Are we taking advantage of every moment in time and doing things that matter or make a difference? Why are we waiting till tomorrow or for the right time?
Generally, we often put our dreams and desires on hold because of lack of money, employment/working hard and often, to benefit others, for materialism, bills, weather, obstacles/difficulty, using the excuse that you don’t have time, staying in your comfort zone, or the simple fear of taking a chance. Regret is painful. That regret can be magnified, especially if presented with a life-altering or potential life-ending incident or disease.
I know it is not that simple and it is difficult to do all that you want and be all that you want to be. Dreaming is good but…Start Doing! If you want to go on that ‘dream’ trip with family or friends – Do It! If you want to attain better health or fitness – commit and Do It! If your thing is a dream home or car, get after it – Do It! If you want to climb that mountain, ride the bike across countries, do a marathon, raise money for someone in need, become a doctor – get after it! Do It! Easier said than done for sure but step outside the comfort zone into a space that is new, rewarding, and rarely crowded.
There is no time…no time like NOW!
Those of you who follow the articles I post know I’m trying to live large and have lots of adventures. I am fragile, weak, and my balance is off so there are physical limitations. I also need to rely on others where I’ve spent a life as a pretty independent individual. I’d like to go climb mountains but that’s not in the cards. But there are plenty of things I can do. In particular, spend as much time connecting and re-connection with the people in my life. This is easier than you think. Especially when you reach out to people and let them know you care you’ll find people reciprocate in kind.
If like me, you are living with a life-threatening disease, then you know your time is limited. As Brad puts so eloquently above, there is no time … no time like NOW!
As always, I think you for following my ramblings and being support pillars in my life. It is a source of motivation that helps me keep forging forward. Most of my days are better than today; thankfully.
Peace, Love, and Laughter
PS – And thanks to God who presence I feel in my life every moment. It is such a source of comfort.