Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I'm so grateful....

Tuesday. Day+12. Yesterday, Hillary took me down to the beach for a brisk walk and some sea air. Today, I'm feeling about 85% of normal. I not all that fatigued. My appetite is near normal, although I still experience some queasiness. All in all, I'm recovering well and much faster than I would have expected to.

I'm very grateful for that.

But it may go without saying, but I feel I should say it anyway, I'm SOOOOO grateful to the community of support I've received during this ordeal. Specifically....

I'm grateful to all of you who have called, written, come to visit, and expressed your care and concern throughout. It is particularly gratifying that this community encompasses old friends from places in my past such as Horlick High, UW, UCLA, CUNA, TECU, Kforce, JWA, and many other stops along the road. And to hear from new friends from places like Pinpoint, my tennis group, the synagogue, the Manhattan Magnums, the Beach Cities Folk Music Group, Manhattan Beach neighbors, business colleagues, and, of course, my extended family is both humbling and heartening. It honestly makes me feel like I must be doing something right in my life to deserve such wide ranging care and support.

I'm extraordinarily grateful to the medical community that has done such an excellent job of taking care of me and making me feel comfortable and confident. The nurses and doctors at Cedars were outstanding and made a difficult situation not all that bad. And I can't forget the ongoing support from the local Cancer Care Associates. I've always said that I don't really mind going there, I just hate the fact that I have to.

I'm grateful to my fellow travelers. Those that have been through the same treatment and helped prepare me for what was coming. And those who will soon be taking the journey and have expressed their thanks to me for helping show theme the way. Of course, I wish you all a comfortable ride, a speedy recovery and excellent results.

And I could not possibly be more grateful to my spos. Not to get too drippy about it here, but how did I get so lucky?

So, thanks to all of you who have been keeping up with me by reading this blog and showing your support in so many ways. I am truly blessed.


  1. This is very good news, Ed. So glad to hear you're doing well. Best....Andy

  2. wow! I can feel the LOVE in this amazing letter, Ed
    I am so HAPPY to hear how you are doing today!!
    You are an inspiration to me to see how you managed through the thick and thin of a rough cancer ordeal

    will ring you on my lunch break
    Love Jeanne

  3. Whoopee from "inside the Beltway" (although I do not have the entire DC metro area under my control!).
    Kindda cuz Phyllis

  4. Hi Ed,
    We are so blessed to have you in our lives.Love reading your blog.keep sending great news!
    Mal and Irv

  5. Ed,

    You're doing just great.

    Happy for you.


  6. You look like one of the YOUNG surfer dudes on the pier not a cancer patient! I can't believe how fast you've bounced back from the assault on your body. Sheri

  7. WOW!!! You've made it all look ALMOST easy!! I'm very happy for you and your family that you're enjoying such an amazing recovery...and as I'm a soon to be 58 year old with SMM you have indeed helped me believe that if there's a SCT down the road for me that maybe, just maybe, it might not be too bad. Here's to your continued recovery and wishing you a CR soon!!!


  8. Ed, just started my ice therapy and melphalan. Woo Hoo! My mouth is freezing! 1st day in the hospital, hope to be out as quickly as you were! Hope you are still feeling at least 85% or more back to normal. Don't overdo it. Take care