Doug is scheduled to return to work on February 12th. He is looking forward to getting back to a routine he once cursed. His job is very physically demanding: he literally will lift a ton of boxes and move them per day. He has grown very soft, in a way, over the course of his cancer treatment; though the treatments have hardened him in other ways. He is just not as physically strong as he was back in December.
He is healing well. His pain level is decreasing slightly each day. He refused to take the last three radiation treatments. He seemed literally terrified when he thought they were going to wheel him down to radiation while he was trying to get stabilized in the hospital. He said he felt instinctively that his body was trying to tell him that no more treatments were necessary and the cancer was gone.
I know this whole process has changed him; but, he is still too close to the whole nightmare to really see just how much and in what way. He had never been hospitalized for the first 52 years of his life. He says it will be another 52 years so he won’t be in the hospital again until he is 104! Now that’s the spirit!
Thanks to all who have shown their support for him along the way with their visits, cards, thoughts, and prayers.
Doug will know nothing about the status of the tumor for about two more weeks, yet seems to know something in his heart. Doug might well have said the quote below himself.
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”