Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas!

grin It’s Christmas morning....  early morning.....  I am so excited about Christmas!!

We have lots of family with us this year and it’s been a blast.  I am looking forward to later this morning when we open gifts.... not for the gifts, but for the joy of the others.  We’ve all got a new appreciation for things this year.  It’s partly due to my cancer and partly due to other life events we’ve shared in.  We’ve all experienced such changes in our lives. 

May this day bring you and your families a lot of joy and love.  Christmas isn’t about the gifts you will receive.... You’ve been given the greatest gift.... LIFE.  Live it!! Love it!! Enjoy each minute.... each second. Share your love with family and friends.  Embrace it!  We’ve taken it for granted.... it can change or be gone so quickly. 

Merry Christmas!

Posted by John on 12/25 at 05:20 AM
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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

1st Anniversary….

It’s been a very long, trying year, with numerous ups and downs, but I made it through the first year. The first anniversary of my cancer diagnoses.  I wish I could say I am cancer free, but that’s not the case. I can say that I am feeling well.... much better than even a few months ago.

I really can’t complain.... things have been going well, other than my memory seems to be packing it in.  I’ve misplaced, or forgotten my keys 4 times today.... That and forgetting messages, plans etc.  It’s more of a bother than a problem.  I’ve takent to writing myself messages.... when I remember. smile

Christmas is less than two weeks away.... I think I’m all ready for it.... I know I’m ready for a lot of fun with family and friends!!

Until next time....

Posted by John on 12/14 at 12:07 AM
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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Summer… even during the Winter

Things have been going pretty good lately.... My energy levels have been up for the past couple of weeks.  I’ve been able to increase my workouts and recuperate fairly quickly. The weather has turned to winter (what a surprise) and although I feel the cold more than I ever have, I have been able to adapt. The hardest part is dealing with the ‘Hot Flashes’ in the cold....  ‘Hot Flashes’ are one of the ‘side effects’ of Hormone Deprivation Therapy.  I start to sweat even when it’s freezing out.... which of course, makes me extremely cold.... and it’s worse if I’m doing something physical. Trying to figure out what to wear is a real pain. 

I’ve been trying to keep track of my ‘Hot Flashes’ for the past 6 months.... I’ve noticed that the last 3 to 4 weeks of each injection (Hormone Deprivation Therapy) cycle is when I experience the ‘Hot Flashes’ the stongest and most frequent.  I’m two weeks away from my next injection.... so the ‘Hot Flashes’ are more frequent and more intense these days. It sounds bad, but is not unbearable. I just tell everyone that I have my own personal summers.... all year long!

Til next time.....

Posted by John on 12/08 at 12:31 AM
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