Today Jon Buller came for a visit from Vernon for most of this afternoon. It was really fantastic to see him. He has been supportive from a distance since he heard the news about my cancer through regular emails and comments on the blog. His concern had a strong impact on my day to day life here in Winnipeg. The short time we had today was very valuable to me. I love you Jon, please send a big hug to your family back home.
I was also able to spend time with my good friend Randy this evening who I haven't been able to connect with for a while. It was great to see him again. Thanks for a fun time jamming, Randy.
The big news this weekend, however, is that my mother will be coming. I felt that it was time to let my parents know that I would love to have them around for this rather challenging part of my life. My father was not able to take time off work but my mother immediately booked her flight. She will be coming during for two weeks at the end of August and early September. I am very happy about that.
Well, tomorrow is the big day: First day of radiation and a hefty dose of chemo. The truth is that I am scared and nervous...but I am finally ready to face the real treatment.
Our dear friend Gina sent me a poem this evening that I would love to share with everyone. Another touching example of the love and support that surrounds us. Thank you Gina!
|'Twas the night before treatment,|
And Olaf prepared
His pajamas, his toothbrush,
Not one thing was spared.
He knelt down by the bedside,
Said a meaningful prayer,
Then crawled in beside Angie,
And his feelings he shared.
'I love you so much', he blurted,
'And I'll never regret,
Our bond of friendship in marriage,
Your love and respect.'
They embraced one another,
And they both shed a tear
As they felt that true love
Melt away all the fear.
Olaf, I wish you God's blessing,
As you begin the next phase,
Of your treatment for cancer,
In the succeeding days.
Know that we will be praying
As the meds attack your sick cells,
And here's hoping that soon,
You'll be healthy and well!