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.
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,