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It has been suggested to me by Joan and several friends that I set up on a Caring Bridge Web Site on the internet (see next paragraph below) to make it easier and more efficient for friends to check in on my progress and easily exchange messages with me about my course of care for the Lung Cancer that is now, of course, enjoying our focused attention. After learning that I have lung cancer on Saturday morning Oct. 8, in the ER at St. E. Hospital here locally, phone calls to Doctor friends resulted in my getting test results and consults (in the following week of Oct. 9-15): including CT, PET scan, biopsies of the tumor in my right lung and of proximate top lymph node and am MRI of my brain (still have one!) and appointments with Thoracic Surgeon (Dr. Calhoun) and Oncologist (Dr. Doug Flora) at St. Elizabeth Hospital locally … and as a result of calls to contacts by our good friend, Bob Sathe, we received a call from M D Anderson in Houston where Joan and I met with the Doctors there the following week on Oct. 27 resulting in our deciding to have Chemotherapy performed here at St. E with three cycles beginning yesterday (5 hours) at St. E Hospital locally using “cocktail” recipe authored by M D Anderson … am in my office working today and feeling pretty well but am advised that I may not feel so well tomorrow and Saturday when pre-op chemotherapy meds have worn off … it’s my intent to Chair our ABA St. Comm. on American Judicial System meeting and welcome everyone on this St. Comm. to Cincinnati but Bill Weisenberg is lined up to Chair the meeting if I am physically unable to do so …. am then to go back to MDA on Dec 14 & 15 for further testing and to have surgery scheduled at MDA probably the last week of December or first week of January (3-5 days in MDA Hospital) for removal of all or part of my right lung and removal of several lymph nodes in the area of my right lung … to follow (after several weeks of post-surgery rest) will be 6 weeks of Radiation at MDA … if all goes as planned, it looks like this cancer treatment adventure will take us up into mid to late February …. Of course, Joan is at my side and taking great care of me every step of the way … am blessed with the prayers of so many, like you, which are needed and very much appreciated as THE key to beating this cancer ... am very much at peace and approaching this with my usual enthusiasm and optimism … my cancer is Stage 3A, so I have a chance to beat it and intend to do everything possible to accomplish that … of course, this is in God’s loving hands and we will willingly accept whatever His Divine Providence determines to be the best ultimate outcome … Upward and Onward!