Monday, January 4, 2010

Christmas/New Year

Happy New Year everyone!

I am sorry that it took me so very long to write a new entry.
My Christmas in Germany was wonderful. It was definitely a time of emotional healing. It was soothing to be with my family. I was able to talk to them if I needed to and we were comfortable to be quiet with each other as weIl. It was important for me to see my dad and my sister for the first time in person since the cancer started. I am also sure it was good for my mother to see me recover physically since she saw me last. During my 12 days there it became obvious that my old me came more and more to the forefront again. There were moments when I laughed while having a beer with old friends when I actually forgot about my troubles for a while. Life is starting to look a little bit better every day right now.
It was also good to be back. Angela and I had friends over for new years eve which was fun. It wasn't hard for me to say good-bye to 2009. Not exactly my best year. Here is to a more hopeful 2010!
Today I started my last round of chemo. I have been dreading it but at least it will be over soon. Just a couple more weeks of uncomfortableness and then I will finally be able to return to a more normal life. I am excited to be back at work full time. I am sure Clint is looking forward to have his business partner back as well.
Last week we had a meeting with my oncologist who was also visibly very pleased with the MRI results from early December. Apparently the written report states that the remaining tumour is most likely fatty deposits. Things feel very hopeful at the moment. My next scan will be in the end of February.
It feels like we are turning a page right now...


David et Delphine said...

Happy new year, Olaf ! This new year will be a revival for you. It is good to hear you had a good time in Germany with your family and your friends.
Happy new year to you and your family !

Wendy Broadfoot said...

Happy New Year indeed, Olaf, and thanks so much for the update. What a gift you gave to your family, and to yourself, spending Christmas with them. I am so happy for you and hope that this last round of chemo goes by quickly--hang in there, you are near the end of a horrible experience, and 2010 will be your best year yet!!
Thanks again for sharing--you are indeed a "real gem".

Laura said...

Glad you went away and great that you're back!

I just know 2010 is going to be your best year ever. Get the last of that chemo behind you and look forward to a bright new future.

Happy, Happy New Year Olaf and Angela.

Nolan said...

You've spent time at the end of who you are and discovered things both about yourself and about life that many people never discover. I look forward to the return of Olaf in 2010; rebuilt... better, stronger, faster and now with even more cleaning power!

Love you my friend.

Anonymous said...

In our weakness...we are made strong. Have a GREAT MANY, MANY NEW YEARS......

gina said...

I believe this round of chemo will complete the 2nd movement (the slow movement) in your dramatic Symphony in O(laf) Minor. Now you can move on to the scherzo...make more jokes, laugh more, and execute life in a playful manner!

Looking forward in 2010... :-)

GoMamma said...

Happy New Year Olaf and Angela!!!

I'm in tears right now knowing that you had such a good time at home with family that you feel so much more positive about the New Year :D Glad you are home, you are going to kick this last round like it's a bad habit. Make sure to let hubby in on the update. With all our love.

Anonymous said...

dear bro

I'm just having an awesome Wii party-night with my friends and having some good memory buying it with you. Hope you are not feeling too shitty anymore. I am thinking of you lots and really enjoyed having seen you for a few days over christmas. Take good care of yourself and the family. Lots of love. your sister

Wendy Broadfoot said...

Hi Olaf,
I am just wondering if you are feeling too well, since you haven't written anything for a week. I continue to think of you often and wish you all the best.
Take Care

Anonymous said...

My daily devotional prayers for your victory, since last August, have been answered. Praise God for this development. Only learned of the blog last night when I was in town. Sad that I missed it all.
You be well now and always. Byron