So I had my first round of the two chemo meds Wednesday and Thursday. I wasn’t sure what to expect. The first one didn’t seem to have a lot of side effects (of course, they also gave me stuff to counteract side effects). The second one was a bit different. The first day was O.K., I even piddled around in the garden for a while. It was probably the steroids. About mid-day Friday I started feeling nausea so I took the nausea medicine they gave me. It seemed to work, but it gave me a headache. The rest of the day I just felt like I had “medicine head”. I could definitely feel the drugs in my system. I just kept telling myself that the drugs were affecting the Beast (tumor) much worse than they were affecting me. Die Beast!

Saturday was pretty much the same. I must have taken 6 naps on Friday and Saturday – which meant I tossed and turned all night. By late afternoon I was going stir-crazy so I suggested we go walk around a store. We did, and I felt wiped out

Sunday was much better. I had my appetite and some energy back. We went to church. We have such a great church family who love and care about us. I am so not used to receiving ministry at church. I’m used to being on the other end of that action. We went on a ride down the Colonial Parkway and walked around Williamsburg with beautiful weather. I enjoyed every minute of it. We came home and I made Thai Curry for dinner. It was yummy.

The only reason I’m documenting a lot of boring details is in the odd chance that someone else facing this will know what to expect through the process. I fully anticipate things getting much worse before they get better. I know it is cliché, but I am appreciating little stuff a lot more than usual.

Charles Cheek, who is navigating me through this process, keeps advising, “Keep moving!” That’s what I plan to do. Today is Labor Day. We are heading to a family gathering in a little while.



  1. I remember those days! I did not know you had cancer, I’ll be praying for you as you go through your treatment. Get plenty of rest and let your body help you heal. Blessings, Pat

    1. Thanks Pat!
      I thought about you the other day. I was meeting with some folks from Grace Bible Church. I mentioned to them that I know David.

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