It's a rough time, but staying hopeful AND ON PLAN
Saturday, August 31, 2019
53 years ago this night I was sitting with my mother, who was dying from toxemia (an infection that with today's antibiotics would have been treatable) and cancer. She actually died in my arms at 3:00AM on September 1st, 1966. I used to have lots of issues, depression etc etc. Thank the Good Lord as I grew in faith and hope I got over all that craziness! I had some beautiful memories and so many confirmations of her beautiful peaceful rebirth into her true Life!
Well now I'm facing another issue of cancer with my spouse, Mark. We have had to delay the start of treatment due to some rectal bleeding and difficulties with insurance!!! Grrrrr! He's seeing a colorectal surgeon first thing Tuesday morning, and God willing we finally start the radiation and chemo therapy starting with radiation on September 11th and chemo on September 12th. There will be a practice run with the radiation on 9/10 to confirm the placement and a review of the MRI of the brain. The radiation oncologist is VERY thorough! We like that about him!
In the past this type of stress was a real good excuse to eat virtually continuously with the result of enormous weight gain, etc, etc, etc. Well that is the past! Now I walk, drink more water, and loose more weight. I'm actually 6.2 pounds below my mid-point of my goal range! I am getting my 80g of protein daily and a mix of 5 or more veggies daily but eating binges - heck no!
What a change for me! I had a delicious broiled salmon filet for dinner (about 2.5 oz) and homemade Cole slaw and our home grown cherry tomatoes and cucumber slices! I'm stuffed! And I feel great!!!!
Did I mention that having all the personal notes, bits of encouragement from all of you and my dear teammates, goes a long way to keep me positive and full of hope and confidence. Knowing that so many are sending prayers, happy thoughts and positive vibes are gratefully appreciated!
Love from us both!
Carl (& Mark too!)