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Alphabet soup

June 11, 2013

For the past 5 years my life has been like alphabet soup. It started at “A” well actually triple A.
which resulted in a 21 inch scar and a repair to the main aorta. Then it moved to “C”, yea the
big “C” cancer. I’ve been fighting that for the past 4 years. Except for an all too brief 8 month period during 2012, I’ve been receiving Chemo therapy. Every other damn week. Plus on the off weeks I got blood work to check my condition.
Every fourth week I would fight the effects of the chemo, these effects ranged from bone aches, depressed immune system, break outs of sty’s and shingles. Followed by bouts of nausea,diarrhea, constipation and of course depression. Oh and of course the complete loss of hair. I mean complete. Bald, and no body hair at all. Then every 12 weeks the CAT or PET scans Which led to 3 weeks of waiting before being told the “C” was still active. Then the whole sequence would start again. During the past 3 months I’ve been fighting the uphill battle trying to get to the stage of my treatment where the oncologist would tell me there where no signs of the cancer left. Then yesterday we received our last letter of the alphabet soup. “R”. Remission. I think the letter “R” is a pretty great letter. Arlene and I are still trying to digest the news. We left he doctor’s office and headed to a local bar, downed a few beers and roasted clam’s. Headed home and are just grinning at each other. Don’t get me wrong, we where here once before. During that brief 8 month period in 2012. But now, The sun is shining, And life is good.
I wonder what the next alphabet letter might be. “H”? Hope.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. AJ Serrao permalink
    June 11, 2013 12:34 pm

    That’s great news!

  2. Loren permalink
    June 11, 2013 2:08 pm

    really wonderful Uncle Dan; sending hugs and love to you and Arlene and Chrissy!
    -Loren

  3. Anonymous permalink
    June 12, 2013 12:55 am

    wonderful news. H for hope is yours. love ya.

  4. Anonymous permalink
    June 12, 2013 12:56 am

    oops. anonymous is your sister Janet.

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