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October
24
2018

Oh how I miss John Ward

Many of you supporting me will not recognize the name John Ward.  John Ward was the voice of the Tennessee Vols for twenty-five or thirty years.  He was an sports announcer legend known across the country for his creative way to verbally paint a picture with his radio voice.

I can hear him now. 25. 20. 15. 10. 5-4-3-2-1.  What did he do?  HE SCORRRRRED!

 Tom’s at the five.  He’s at the four.  He’s at the three.  Yes. What has he done? On Tuesday Tom passed the ONE MILE WALKING MILESTONE 7 days after surgery.  Yeah for ole Rocky!

Now it’s Wednesday.  He’s at the 5-4-3-2-1.  What did he do?  He took a call from Dr. Chang’s office that the pathology report WAS NEGATIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!       The really important part of that is nothing in the lymph nodes.

Now I’m at the goal line.  The next play called is - cancer free up the middle! AND. HE. SCORES!!!

So on Thursday we return to the hospital clinic at 9 a.m.  Out come the two stents going to each kidney.  The  32 stainless steel staples ‘really?’ come out.  Hope there are no ouchies!

Thanks for your prayers.  Keep sending them.

Next steps in a few weeks are teaching the neobladder to pee when I SAY PEE.  And not before.

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Comments

  • GRACE DAVENPORT : Congratulations on your biopsy report! That is so awesome. Now you just need to focus on strengthening that badder!!
    10/31/18
  • Linda Brakebill : Love you Buddy. So glad you are doing great.
    10/27/18
  • Glenda Ennen : Awesome news! Safe travels back home today.
    10/25/18
  • Jean Hubbs : Praises Go Tom!! 🏈
    10/25/18
  • Carol McKeen-Rowlett : Great!!!! I felt like it would be and you are cancer free!!! Babe called with the great news - I doubt if taking those staples out and those drains are totally pain free but after that it will be nothing! and you will be heading home - you can do the rest - you've come so far in such a short time! Yes SCORE!!!! How good it will feel to be in your own bed tonight with a heating system that actually works and your own home around you. Here comes loving arms for you both and be careful coming home - watch out for those Tennessee drivers! love you - Carol
    10/25/18
  • Debbie Shaffer : Nothing any better than those 2 words-CANCER FREE!! I have been praying and will continue to do so.
    10/25/18
  • Joan Jenkins : We are soooo excited!! Prayers have been answered!! We are so glad you're doing so well and breaking all kinds of records. John Ward would be excited, too!! Can't wait to see you back in your own home with some of Eva's good home cooked jello and broth! Mmmmm!! Keep up the good work and we'll see you soon!!! Let us know when you can eat and we'll start bringing treats!!
    10/25/18
  • Vicky Jones : Praise be to God! Prayers have been answered!! So very happy for your whole family. Praying that all will continue to go well Thursday with the staples and the stents. 🙏👏👍❤️
    10/25/18
  • Matt McKeen : Thanks you Jesus Prayer and healthy living works! Love you guys!
    10/25/18
  • Linda Carraway : By the way, there appears to be more than just a couple of wordsmiths in the Carpenter clan!!!
    10/24/18
  • Gary and Paulette Anderson : Hallelujah!!! Such wonderful news. We are so happy. Have enjoyed the posts of both you and Leah. You both have a gift and just recieved the greatest gift. Love to all
    10/24/18
  • Don Feather : Tom - so very happy for you and Eva with this great news! Looking forward to seeing you back at home!
    10/24/18
  • Linda Carraway : Prayers are answered!
    10/24/18
  • phyllis long : And those people in South Carolina thought they won the lottery!!! Ha ha! You, your family and your family of friends just won the lottery!
    10/24/18
  • Russ Covington : That is fantastic news! And told in true John Ward fashion!
    10/24/18
  • Ginger Rummel : Congratulations Tom🎉🎉🎉🎈🎈🎈🎉🎉💙💙 Such wonderful news. Can’t wait to get to church and SHARE what the Lord has done. Couldn’t be more happy for you. Tell Eva she can breathe easy now😂😂😂😂
    10/24/18
  • martha shields : Hallelujah!!!!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻have been answered!!! I know you all are so excited, as are all of your friends and family. Hope all goes well tomorrow. 🎉🎈🤗Have a safe trip home. Steve took the trash out.
    10/24/18
  • Donna Allen : I’m loving your updates. Thank you for sharing in such a creative and informative manner! I think you have a family of excellent writers——maybe a second career?! Love to you all and thankful for the good news—-I’ll hope for the bladder to follow your directions!
    10/24/18