Survivor : Fredericksburg

Hello again, friends! It has been a whirlwind of a month, from diagnosis to cure, but I am now a part of that growing population that calls themselves a cancer survivor. 10 days ago the wonderful surgeon, Dr. Earnhardt, removed 8″ of my colon and 3 days ago the lab report came back with the wonderful news that no bad cells were found in the lymph nodes that were also removed! The surgery was more extensive than the Dr. had hoped, but with results like that one can only be grateful.

I am eating most anything I choose, walking around the block, and you would be hard pressed to know what I’d been through if you could see me now. I’m still very sore and trying to ‘manage the pain’ without depending too much on the serious drugs they’ve given me.

I can’t begin to tell you how important all of the good wishes mean to me and if the power of positive thinking truly exists, I have countless people to thank for my recovery. I’ll be laying low for a while yet, but it won’t be too long before I’ll be heading out to the studio. Happily I enjoy making little pots.
One of the most extraordinary people to help me along the way is Steven, one of the 7 nurses who attended to me. That’s him below. He was upbeat and kind while at the same time pushing me to walk and move when it was the last thing I wanted to do. He was as therapeutic as any medicine they gave me! If there are angels on this earth, he is one of them. More soon about all the support I’ve gotten.

18 Responses to “Survivor : Fredericksburg”

  1. Alex Solla

    So good to hear you are making it through this process in such good spirits.

    Having just had my colon removed, and had almost the opposite experience, I am so relieved for you. Seeing the outpouring of help and caring from your fellow potters is so wonderful.

    Good luck with your continued healing!

  2. Anna

    Yay! So glad you are up to joining us again! Also glad that you took advantage of the enforced hiding to begin your recovery. 🙂 Cant wait to have our Dictator back amongst us again.

  3. Jerry

    So glad to hear that you are doing well. It was nice getting updates from others, but it’s always good to hear it from the horse’s mouth. I hope that your recovery continues with ease.

  4. Hannah

    ello ello, fab to have you back! That’s a cheery end to a bugger of a day. Welcome back, we missed you. Been thinking of you.

  5. Shelle

    Hi Dan. Shelle Chentow here. I am so happy to hear you are doing well. I’m having my coffee out of a Dan mug and sending healing wishes to you.

  6. HJ

    Hi Dan,
    I don’t know you, and you don’t know me,but I was dismayed to read of your plight several weeks ago.
    I am glad to read of your recovery, and hope that all will continue to go well in the future. From one potter to another :Get back to the mud as soon as you are able!

  7. Carrie

    Hello Dan,
    I just finished baking my pumpkin pie for tomorrow in my very favorite pie plate – yours, truly! I’m glad to see and hear that you are doing well. Much Love and a Very Happy Thanksgiving from England, Carrie Ray


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