Aloha Friends !
Thinking back on 2008, it very well could turn out to be my ultimate adventure. It definitely was an adventure but not one I want to repeat. I don't plan to fill out an application to try it again, like I've done at ultramarathons. In my opinion, cancer should be limited to one time, and one time only. Once is absolutely enough.
There were some definite highlights during the year, even after learning about having cancer. Heather and I were able to pull-off two trips to Glacier National Park, one immediately following chemo and radiation and another just prior to surgery. We were able to still enjoy hiking in the beautiful mountains. Also, the final two chemo treatments were finished just in time to allow adequate recovery to be able to still have our annual-end-of-the-year two week vacation, which we took in cold, snowy, icy but beautiful Canada. Now we're back and I feel rejuvinated and ready for a brand new year and a new beginning.
2008 also provided a rare opportunity to hear my own eulogy, while I am living...kinda neat. I found out that I have many more friends than I ever realized. I'm a very lucky man !
Yesterday I had my 3 month follow-up wth Dr. Pang, my radiology oncologist and everything came-up roses...even after the ol' finger rectal exam and tomorrow I'll be doing my first Saturday training run (walk for me) in more than 6 months, with my HURT buddies.
2009 is a new beginning. Thanks everyone for all that you've done for me, especially last year. It helped more than you will ever know. I hope to see you all very soon. Love, Don.