Many for you, your family, and your father!
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1/22/08 at 7:28pm
Hugs to all of you wonderful people... your kindness really truly does help me feel stronger in coping with all this. I've told my mom, too, about your thoughtful posts, even from people I don't know yet, taking time to wish us well. We appreciate you so very much.
The first chemo treatment was today, and although it was a nightmare trying to get Papa up and dressed and down to the clinic, it ultimately went very well. No nausea, no pain or burning... he tolerated the drugs beautifully. He slept for most of the three hours we were there, and when we left, he was actually moving a little better than he was on the way down. He's terribly tired now, but that's normal for him.
The other good thing: he hadn't talked much about Uncle Bobby's death, but he liked the nurse who gave him his treatment, and he started talking to her. He said, "I had the greatest love for Bobby. I'm so sorry he's gone." And then he cried a little, and I think that made him feel better, somehow.
I want to share a picture of my father, taken in Hawaii in 1944, when he was flying Piper L-4s as an Army forward observer. I think this will probably be the front cover photo of his book, "Above The Thunder," which is being published later this year by Kent State University Press in Ohio.
Oh, I wish he could feel like this again!
Carol, I just have to say it...your dad was a hunk!
How wonderful to have his history written!! It would be a rare and special thing to have something like that even if it was just for your own family, but to have something published is especially remarkable. You have every right to be proud of him!!