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Joe’s Story

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Joe has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Joe is now done with the all the ct scans, MRIs, bone scans, blood work, blah, blah, blah! So, now we know that the cancer is in one of his lungs, his liver, and his bones. We got good news late this afternoon - the cancer has NOT reached his spinal column. So, for now that means no radiation. Tomorrow they will start his chemo. Wednesday will be about a 3 hour drip, Thursday a 1 hour drip, and Friday a 1 hour drip. Then we can go home! We'll have to come back in 3 weeks to have the 3 day chemo gig repeated. Joe is feeling better now than he has for over a month. So we are grateful for that. Thank you to everyone for all your prayers. Joe and Cheryl


Latest Journal Update

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Here we are at Thanksgiving.  I have so many people that I am so thankful for.  I couldn't begin to name all of them, so let me just say I am Thankful for every one of you who have helped me during these last 11 months. 

I knew it had been a while since I wrote here, but didn't realize it had been since August!  Tthe  month of September is kind of a blurr because I was so busy.  Julia Dacy and I spent a few days in Newport, RI and then I went up to Boston and spent a few more days.  My niece, Nicki and her husband are in Boston and I was able to see them while I was there.  I love Boston because you can walk everywhere in the downtown area.  It's a great place.

I went on  a motorcycle trip with some friends (Myron & Jeanette Bishman and Jeff & Deb Roepke) to the SW part of Wisconsin (Lacrosse area).  We were lucky to have nice weather the whole time.  We have all been friends since school, so it was a blast.

Got home from that trip and 4 days later got on a plane for San Diego with my dad and sister, Kathy.  We met my other 2 sisters out there and spent a long weekend with our dad!  He has a sister and brother-in-law that he had wanted to see, so we all decided it would be fun for all of us to go.  It was a wonderful time.

I loved all the travel, but was also very happy to be home. 

The next month is going to be just as busy.  I'm involved with a couple of fund raising events the first part of December and then I'm going to FL for a long weekend to spend time with my sister's family down there.  And then it will be Christmas.

All of my family and friends know how difficult the holidays are going to be for me (and them), so we'll just lean on each other to get through them.

People ask me how I am.  Really, most of the time I'm ok.  I certainly have some not-so-ok times though.  I know I've said it before, but I am so grateful that I can cry, because it is such a release for me.  I've spent the last 11 months figuring out how to take care of things with just me instead of two of us.  There are so many things that Joe just did and I never had to think about.  But, there are many friends that I can call on and they are always there.  I love you guys.

So, now we gear up for December.  I've done quite a bit of my shopping, so I won't have to deal with the crowds.  As much as I love to shop, crowds are not my thing. 

May all of you enjoy this holiday season and remember to take time to just "be" with family and friends.  Cheryl