Saturday, December 5, 2015

Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls, Cancer, It Tolls For Three

On Thursday last,  Madame Padre got to ring the bell at the Cancer Treatment Centre to mark the end of her chemotherapy.  Six cycles, each of three weeks, began in late August and finished in time to celebrate Christmas.   When I say she rang the bell, she damned near pulled it off the wall.

Take that, cancer!

It’s a somewhat uncertain future that we face, as this type of cancer is sneaky and persistent, though after surgery and months of hellacious drugs running search and destroy missions through every nook and cranny, I think the foe is routed.   At any rate, we plan to live life as fully as we can and start that process by enjoying Christmas.  Mdme announced some epic decorating plans over breakfast, and we returned with a real tree and some bags of shiny things from the craft store.  I was hoping to score another bag of Christmas village trees for a winter warfare project I have in mind, but all the Christmas village stuff was wiped out.  

So on we go.  I can say that the concern, thoughtfulness and support of friends, including readers of this blog, has made a huge difference.   Thank you.

Blessings,

MP+

36 comments:

  1. Encouraging news and a big milestone.
    Please give the determined Madame my best.

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  2. Best wishes to you both. Argh, what a tough time you must have been having.

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  3. Lovely news at any time. Extra good for the holidays.

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  4. Wish you a great December. Enjoy life as much as you can.

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  5. Positive and encouraging signs starting the holidays out of hospital and Mrs Padre planning Xmas.
    My best-best wishes to you both. My family and I, We'll have you in our minds and hearts this Season.

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  6. Great to have that behind you. All the best for the future guys. Enjoy getting ready for Christmas!

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  7. Good news! Best wishes to both of you!

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  8. What a superb start to may day and the best Christmas present for the pair of you - ring that bell!

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  9. Well done both of you. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  10. Good news! Wishing you both a wonderful Christmas!

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  11. A great way to end the year. I wish the two of you many more happy Christmases together.

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  12. Fantastic news- even better getting it as an early Christmas present.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  13. Now THAT'S a Christmas present! Excellent news!!!!!!

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  14. That is wonderful news Mike. My very best wishes to both of you.
    Jason

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  15. All the very best to both of you for Christmas, the New Year and far beyond.

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  16. Good news! I pleased. My best to you and to Madame Padre!

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  17. Fantastic news. I wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year to come!

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  18. A fine Christmas gift! All the best!

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  19. What fantastic news, have a most excellent Christmas

    Ian

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  20. Best Christmas pressie ever! Let there be decorating so epic your are still finding strips of glitter at midsummer!

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  21. *hurrahs and the sound of distant, but heartfelt hooting*

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  22. Excellent news for the holidays!

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  23. Such good news. Do enjoy your holidays.

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  24. This news has made my day. ^_^

    Much love and warmth to you both.

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  25. Smashing news Mike. Bravo Zulu to you both.

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  26. Great news! I hope you have a wonderful holiday too!
    My boss, er Mrs, has me decorating anything not moving and moving all sorts of boxes and furniture. I'm blaming our wee ones as my wife and I are pulling all the stops out for em.
    I hope you and madam Padre have the best days of 2015 as your worst days of 2016!

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  27. Thank you one and all for your kind comments - they are a blessing to us. I read them all to Madame and her spirits were greatly bouyed as a result. Now we have a new ritual. Every day when I come home I am asked to examine her head and see if the hair has started to return. There is definitely some stubble now. :)

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  28. All the best to Mdme Padre and enjpy your hols! You two definitely have earned your time off.

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