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Posted 2017-08-14T20:29:37Z

A New Hope

Dear Family and Friends,

Great news, I am in remission! I have been given a second chance at life, and I am incredibly grateful.  Your support and prayers, some wonderful medical care, and divine intervention, have meant all the difference.  My blood cell counts are back to normal, and the doctor is so confident that he has said the port can be surgically removed. This was the best possible outcome. 

After receiving the good news, the doctor and I talked about how to be a long-term cancer survivor. My plan will be to eat well, lose weight, exercise more, and have a better work-life balance with less stress.  I will have regular medical follow-ups for the rest of my life to watch for any signs that the cancer has returned. This will principally involve blood tests to watch for a drop in my blood counts to below the normal range.  There are still some restrictions on my travel for now because my immune system is still technically in recovery. And it will take a while for my energy level to return to full strength. The body is still healing, and I will stil take a nap as needed.

After all of that, I thanked Doctor Huynh for saving my life. And that's when I got a little emotional.  Some of the most poignant moments in my life have involved either good and bad medical outcomes for loved ones, and now for me.   I know there are many, including my folks and other relatives, who have been watching over me.  Today is a prayer answered.  Going forward, I will live each day as a special gift, and resolve to be a better person. 

I would like to thank all of you for your steadfast support along this journey. I am the luckiest guy in the world have such wonderful people in my life.

With heartfelt thanks,

Jim

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Comments (30)

  • justintocars
    justintocars

    YEAH! AWESOME NEWS! CONGRATS!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mike King
    Mike King

    That's truly great news Jim! I heard you are a "secret' golfer, time to strap on the bag, let's go play!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Lisa Davies
      Lisa Davies

      I'm taking golf lessons, so you guys better watch out! ;)

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Adrienne Richart
    Adrienne Richart

    Jim! This is such wonderful news!! We're doing a dance for you in the SDSU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Office! We're all so grateful for this wonderful outcome!

    2 years ago · Reply
    • Mike King
      Mike King

      Can we get video of the dancing!

      2 years ago · Reply
  • Darin Smith-Gaddis
    Darin Smith-Gaddis

    Wonderful news Jim! We are excited to continue to support your recovery and focus on the future. You are loved!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Cindy Casale
    Cindy Casale

    Thank God! So happy -- wonderful news, Jimmy -- Mick, Cindy, Mike and John

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Luis Vega
    Luis Vega

    Hi Jim, It was great seeing you on Saturday. We all are so happy for you. With your positive spirit and determination, I am not surprised at all of how well you are doing. Keep up the good work amigo!!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa Davies
    Lisa Davies

    We are all truly blessed to have you in our lives, you bring out the best in us. Now it's time to celebrate your fabulous news. See you tonight, Dr. Galvin!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Daniel Pederson
    Daniel Pederson

    What wonderful news, Jim! We rejoice with you and celebrate the gift you have been given, and the gift that you are to us and all those who know you. God continue to bless you, Jim!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kim Burton
    Kim Burton

    This is such great news, Jim! So happy for you and all of us who know and love you. Can't imagine this crazy world without you in it. Hugs and joy!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Frederick von Schmeling
    Frederick von Schmeling

    Jim, I'm very happy for you! Fred

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Christie Johnson
    Christie Johnson

    Oh, this is such wonderful news!!!! Congratulations, and I hope you can truly enjoy each day to its fullest!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Roseanne Galegher
    Roseanne Galegher

    Your unwavering spirit and positive outlook is a lesson I will always hold near and dear to my heart Jim. I can't say how happy I am with this news today. Now you have to remember that good advice and take some time for Jim!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • David Taylor
    David Taylor

    What terrific news, Jim! Sending continued good thoughts and support your way!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • LaSharon McLean Perez
    LaSharon McLean Perez

    Jim this is great news!!!!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Valerie casale
    Valerie casale

    I'm so glad your in remission ! I hope your cancer stays in remission. Thank the lord! Val

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Katya Newmark
    Katya Newmark

    Jim, Congratulations on the best of all possible news and for sharing your journey with us. I feel compelled to add that you are hardly a Scrooge nor George Bailey, so I am hopeful you do not feel compelled to strive for sainthood in your quest to be a better person. That said, finding the best work/life balance and making time for yourself (and family/friends) sounds like a wonderful life goal! You are Jedi knight!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Katie Palumbo
    Katie Palumbo

    So happy for you!!! What wonderful news.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jodi Malmgren
    Jodi Malmgren

    Great news, Jim! An answer to prayer!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kelly O'Donnell
    Kelly O'Donnell

    Such fabulous news, Jim! So happy to read your posting!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mike Stebleton
    Mike Stebleton

    Great news Jim. Thanks for sharing. MJS

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa Loberg
    Lisa Loberg

    THE BEST NEWS!!!! So glad to hear this update. Sending you lots of love and continued strength. And naps...I fully support naps. Take good care!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kathryn Alcock
    Kathryn Alcock

    FANTASTIC NEWS! So happy to read this. Continue to take care of yourself. All good wishes x

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Angela M.
    Angela M.

    This news made my day....congrats, Jim!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Kacy Vega
    Kacy Vega

    Such great news!

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Chrystal Fairbanks
    Chrystal Fairbanks

    That's great news Jim! So happy to hear that you are in remission. Good luck in achieving your new goal to eat well, stress less, and exercise more! A very important goal for all of us to strive to achieve.

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Jessica Keith
    Jessica Keith

    What a wonderful gift, of good health!!! So happy for you and for all of those surrounding you. I like your resolutions but I'm not sure how you could even 'be a better person!' - Jess

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Sabrina Kaiser
    Sabrina Kaiser

    So overjoyed to hear this, Jim!!! Continuing to send you positive vibes! :)

    2 years ago · Reply
  • Mary Dhooge
    Mary Dhooge

    Jim your update and comments are an inspiration to me (and I am guessing to all of us)! Thank you for share the wonderful news and the lessons we can all take away for your experience. All bet to you, Mary Dhooge

    2 years ago · Reply