Tuesday, November 9, 2010
DAY 944 - Day 794 in Recovery Paradise
An excerpt from my blog on that day was: "They were giving away apple slice samples at one of the stops. Without thinking, I accepted and popped one in my mouth and started chewing, not realizing that I couldn't do it. Miracle! I was able to eat it. I ended up eating two more entire apples. It's the first solid food I've had in three months."
Tonight, I fixed stewed chicken and and garlic mashed potatoes with a big green salad with lime juice and Asian chili sauce dressing. No way I could have had that two years ago. Good progress. Still have dry mouth and need lots of liquids...just may be a permanent thing.
I participate in an international on-line forum for tonsil cancer people (what is the proper word here: "patients", ":sufferers", "survivors", "D - all of the above?") Two of our long time members have noted that cancer has come back more aggressively and in virtually untreatable areas- brain and lungs. It is sad to see strong people beaten down, that rise up, only to be beaten down again.
I am now re-purposed again as a result of reading their stories. I am motivated to make a few more marks in my tiny portion of the universe while I can. Last night, I enjoyed watching old VHS movies of my sons (now 26, 25, 23) when they were 1, 2, and 4. Then I pulled out old 8mm tapes of my daughter (now 12) when she was 8 months old. Great memories. Now fixated on converting them all to DVD (soon to be replaced by ???) for posterity and an enduring legacy.
My oldest son now has a 3 year old son and another one soon to arrive. We are getting Ian and Jen a new video camera to start a new generation of recorded memories.
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." - Winston Churchill