Sunday, August 7, 2011

FCR in the Rearview Mirror!

Crazy Rachel gets air on Rice Lake :-)

Nephew Joseph DiCicco shows off a Northern Pike :-)
Hello friends, today is Sunday August 7th - let me catch you up on the last 3 weeks or so.  As you know I started my last of 6 treatments on July 11, so I recovered while watching the British Open - the third time during my treatments that I recovered while watching a major golf championship.  I'm hugely grateful to have the FCR treatment behind me, but it is another test of my faith because while it was uncomfortable and somewhat disruptive, it was a sort of security blanket because it was keeping my disease in check.  In a sense now I'm on my own, at least for a while.  I need to respond by remembering that I am NEVER alone, and that "He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world" (in this case, my cancer).  And, that my fate is not in the hands of chance, or modern medicine, but in the Lord's.  This gives me great comfort.

Sister Jill giving a touching tribute to her husband Mark on his 50th Birthday

A day trip to the Porcupine Mountains on the shore of Lake Superior - behind us is Lake of the Clouds

Coming up we have a very busy schedule - I will be on a business trip to New York this coming week;  Renee's birthday (a big one) is this coming weekend; then after a normal week, I'm off to Europe and the UK for the week of the 22nd;  then I head to Houston to see Doc Keating on the 30th and 31st. There I will get a 'final score' for the FCR treatment, i.e., how much of the leukemia - if any - is left in my bone marrow.  From there it's to Atlanta for a day (business - though I plan to have dinner with a dear pal I haven't seen in more than 10 years) - and then after a couple of days' rest, off to Colorado for a week of fly fishing with my Dad, father-in-law, and brothers in law.

Sunset on Rice Lake

The family is well, and we've had a blessed summer.  Two weeks ago we were in northern Wisconsin for a week with my parents, sisters, and their families - I hope you enjoy the pics.......

until next time....Dan and fam

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