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Posted 2017-08-04T04:31:14Z

Slow but Steady Wins the Race

Dear Super Fans,

The last couple of weeks have been marked by slow but steady progress. Overall I'm feeling better. Fatigue is the main side effect from my chemotherapy. I am still averaging 1 to 2 naps per day, but my body is healing. Overall my appetite is normal.  My main goal now is to get enough rest and to avoid an infection which which would land me in the hospital. Fortunately I'm coming through the period where my immune system is at its weakest.  I still have 10 days until I know if the chemotherapy was effective in knocking the cancer into remission. Until then, I will continue to work remotely from home as I am able. 

I have received so many wonderful pieces of information, advice, and support since my diagnosis. Today I would like to highlight one of them.  My good friend Luis Vega sent me an article about the health benefits of gratitude. Research at the University of California, Berkeley demonstrates that practicing gratitude actually helps your mental and physical health.  If you would like to read more about it, then go to the following website and follow the links to the articles and videos about the beneficial effects of gratitude.

greatergood.berkeley.edu

I am grateful for the incredible acts of kindness and generosity from each of you.  Due to the amazing efforts of Lisa, Kim, Andra, Roseanne, Tonia, Rachel, Kacy, Laura, Sabrina, Jessica, Barbara, Jane, Robert, Ali, Jesus, Katya, and Justin; I have not had to prepare a dinner since chemo began over three weeks ago. A guy could really get spoiled this way! In fact, I feel a little bit like a bear at Yellowstone National Park. Every day at about 4:30 a car drives up and friendly person hands over a delicious meal in the parking lot to the hungry creature. Thank you for feeding the bear. Happily, I'm feeling well enough to cook for myself now. And I've even got some really cool recipes and ideas to try out.

I'd also like to thank so many of you for the kind gifts that you have given. The iPad, gift cards, Netflix, books etc... are all wonderful. Tonia had some particularly good advice with the T-shirt that says "keep calm and eat chocolate." That's my kind of motto. A special thanks goes out to Julie for making a quilt in my honor!

But most important, your support has been an inspiration to me during one of the toughest periods of my life. I'm very grateful that each of you have been walking this journey with me.

With heartfelt thanks, 

Jim

 

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Comments (5)

  • Nikki Hemingway
    Nikki Hemingway

    Hey Jim - glad to hear you're on the mend, I'm looking forward to seeing you in a few months! Thank you for sharing these stories :)

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Matthew Janus
    Matthew Janus

    Jim, you're looking great. Must be all those home-cooked meals! Glad to hear you're back on the upswing.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa Davies
    Lisa Davies

    I love all the photos, especially the selfie of you with Kim and Seaworth!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Chrystal Fairbanks
    Chrystal Fairbanks

    this greater good website is awesome! Thanks for sharing. Also I'm glad the bear is well fed and happy :)

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Julie Van Vechten-Smith
    Julie Van Vechten-Smith

    So grateful for you, Jim! Take care of yourself. Sending a big Texas hug!

    2 years ago · Reply