4-11-11 Monday  + 5 1/2 months

Status:  Feeling better with more activity and lifting weights.  Now, I must tell you that these are teensy little weights, but then again neither Rome nor Arnold Schwarzenegger was built in a day.

Events: Good day at Hopkins.  Everything is stable, and you know you had a good visit when the conversation with the oncologist is all about sugar-free lemonade.  Next appointment for labs is extended to 2 weeks!  I guess I must be doing better.

 But of course this isn’t like getting over a cold and saying you feel better.  It’s a long slow climb.  But I’m seeing progress and definitely going in the right direction.

Comments: Hard to believe I started this blog and my treatment a year ago.  At the time, things went sluggishly slowly, but looking back I don’t know where the year went. 

Isak Dinesen (pen name for Baroness Karen Blixen) wrote in Out of Africa, “Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever …”




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  1. Chaya Says:

    1 pound weights?

  2. judy moss Says:

    We are so happy to hear of your progress and we hope and pray that you continue to improve. We have missed reading your blogs.
    Take care and stay well.
    Judy and Larry

  3. Judie Davidson Says:

    Hi Bruce,
    Happy to hear that you feel much improved. I, too, will be much improved when tax season ends…4/18!

  4. Jill Stewart Says:

    Thanks for reminding us what’s really important! God bless and continue to progress and keep us updated! Love, Jill

  5. Reggie & Fred Says:

    Great news, Bruce!! We’re so happy to hear of your progress! Lots of love. Reg & Fred

  6. Roxanne K. Young Says:

    Outta sight, Bruce! Keep up the good work. Roxanne

  7. Beth Pitt Says:

    Its awesome that you can feel and see your progress. Thanks for the reminder of appreciating all aspects of life and what is truly important. Its easy to get caught up in the day to day stuff and forget this. Like your friend Judie, I will also be happy to see April 18th! Thanks to you, I will also appreciate the days before the 18th!

    Cousin Beth

  8. Laurie Samuels Says:

    Bruce… a quote from one of my FAVORITE movies. So true. Life’s difficulties do make us appreciate with abundance. Thrilled to hear of steady (even if slow) progress. Warm thoughts and good wishes for continued recovery and good health. Love to you all. Laurie

  9. Warren Says:

    Sounding good. Keep it up.


    Warren and Marilyn

  10. Aileen Says:

    Good reminder this morning Bruce–as I head into this teacher conference! Ohhmmmm (so glad to hear of steady progress outside 9th grade Spanish :)) Love to all–Aileen

  11. Penelope Douglas Says:

    HI Bruce,
    You’ve given me and the rest of the ITV crew many words of wisdom over the years (usually about the best way to communicate accurate medical information to a hospitalized patient population) but that quote from Isak Dinesen is just priceless!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing! Glad to hear about the progress…slow perhaps but steady nonetheless!

  12. joel steinberg Says:

    We are so glad to hear you are doing better and better. Joel and Margaret S.

  13. Kathy Shands Says:

    Isak Dinesen got it right. Very glad to hear about (slow but steady) progress. Love, Kathy & Joe

  14. Donna Hill Howes Says:

    Beautiful life and beautiful progress Bruce. Steady she goes….. Love to you and Lisa, the real beauty in your life, by any measure. XO Donna

  15. Gail Lehmann Says:

    Wonderful to hear you are now able to focus on strengthening your body once again.
    Gail & Mark

  16. Bill Crounse Says:

    We are all inspired (and saddened) by your battle. Keep up the good fight. I just wanted you to know that I am one among the many, many people from your past and present who are following you, often thinking of you and cheering for your full recovery.

    Bill Crounse

  17. Claire Broome Says:

    so when are you going to be ready for Babette’s Feast???
    Much love and hugs,

  18. mike magee Says:


    I like this Jeremy Irons quote on time:

    “We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.”

    And this Helen Keller reflection on confronting difficulties:
    “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

    You have done us proud, my friend!


  19. Debbie Blum Says:

    Hi Bruce,

    I have read “Out of Africa” but had forgotten about that lovely quote. When I find myself slipping back into sweating the small stuff, I’ll have to remember what she said.
    I’m glad you continue to make good progress (slow is OK). Best wishes for Passover. Love, Debbie

  20. Len and Lisa Says:

    Well how much were you lifting before big fella??? So glad the news is all good. I often think of the nice visit I had with you at Hopkins-lifted my spirits more than yours I am sure!

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