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In the low times, all I have to do is remember

These days, I'm filled with gratitude for so many members of my support team. No. 1 among them is Belynda Adams, shown at right after paintball outing in April. Her brother, Kyle, and his daughter shared in the fun that day.

These days, I’m filled with gratitude for so many members of my support team. No. 1 among them is Belynda Adams, shown at right after a paintball outing in April. Her brother, Kyle, and his daughter, Madison, shared in the fun that day.

Not a lot to report on this Thursday, the day after my ninth treatment, except that I am still having some of the same side effects that we have already covered. My issue with
blisters on my lips remains, as does the rash. However, the rash is tons better.

I would like to use this update to share my overwhelming gratitude toward those who have supported me in so many ways. Especially, I give gratitude to Belynda Adams. As I mentioned in my last entry here, she is my caregiver. Belynda worked some years ago at St. Jude’s administering chemo therapy to children. It was a special time in her life because each child and his or her parents brought many blessings to her life. She would be the first to say that at times, it was a tough job.

So here we are many years later and I thank God that she is part of my health care team. As you know from previous posts here, the first month after getting the news was so
stressful and alarming. Belynda attended every doctor meeting. You can only imagine the number of questions we asked. I recently received my medical records from my oncologist
(it is still weird to say that I have one of these), Dr. Andres Forero. In his notes he said, “After spending over 60 minutes and answering over 100 questions ….”

At first, I was angry about the comment but later realized that my health care is sufficiently important that, if I asked 200 questions, that was just fine. Still, I have to note that I am very pleased with Dr. Forero. He is so kind and is an incredible doctor.

Belynda’s help at that meeting – and all of them since – was beyond value. She is a blessing. I would not have known most of the technical questions to ask. She is also my transportation to and from therapy. She takes me to each infusion, on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. We usually get done there around 5:30 or 6. She cooks dinner on chemo night and it has become our habit to usually make that meal breakfast. I have a big appetite and it has not diminished through my treatment.

Other key members of my core support team: My sister, Deb;  nephew, John Paul; and Sue Rubiee.

Other key members of my core support team: My sister, Deb; nephew, John Paul; and Sue Rubiee.

It is difficult to put into words the selfless support Belynda has shown throughout this process. My sister Deb is also in the medical field and has brought additional smarts and strength to helping me tackle this challenge.

Yes, I am surely blessed to have the people I have cited here in my corner. But I must also acknowledge those of you kindly following along here. Each comment, each prayer, thought, is so loving and kind. It has been incredible.

In the low times, all I need to do is remember. Thank you.