Wednesday, May 27, 2009

All kinds of people

Mike went this morning to be fitted for his radiation mask. He will have to explain the process... I could only go so far to hear instructions and then I had to go to the waiting room. It only took about 15 minutes. Now the radiation and chemo have to be figured out and the technician said it would then be 7 to 10 days before the treatments actually start. It is funny the new things one becomes anxious about... We are anxious to get the treatments started.

The center is full of all kinds of people, old and young, big and little, bald and hairy, rich and poor. We feel like we fit in with everyone. We are striving to be cheerful as we encounter others. It is obvious that cancer can strike anyone at anytime. We are grateful for optimism. That seems to abound at the center!

We saw a couple of people we know at the cancer center this morning. Again it was so nice to see familiar faces. I honestly don't think Mike can go anywhere without seeing someone he knows. If he doesn't know a person, he can somehow make a connection with someone he does know.

Mike will go to a client meeting this afternoon with Andy and then he has an event this evening where his business will receive an award for Historic Preservation. He is so surprised and pleased about this. He told the fellow who informed him about the award that he hoped it wasn't a "sympathy vote!" I am sure GEA is worthy of the award.

We are facing another beautiful day... I just looked up and saw a book on our shelf that is entitled "14,000 Things to be Happy About." I'll not list 14,000 things, but today I will share one - I am happy that each of you are in our lives!


  1. I have that same "happy book." For a few years while I was in college I attempted to do the same, to list the things that made me happy. So I bought a little notebook and started writing things down. Ultimately it turned out to be more of a gratitude book than a happy book, but I actually liked that better. It really is amazing how much brighter everything seems when you look at the world through grateful eyes.

    Congrats on the award! I'm sure it was well deserved.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful weekend - good food, folks, and fun. I'm so glad you are feeling the Lord's hand every day - what a blessing for you and Mike and your children. Tell Mike congratulations on his reward. Your backyard looks beautiful and the fountain seems to be a piece of heaven.

  3. Nancy - this is what I do for work. I am a radiation therapist, I am the one who delivers the radiation treatments. While I never worked at the facility there in Muncie (I was working at a place in Anderson when we lived there) the medical community is small and I heard nothing but absolutely GREAT things about the Ball facility. I imagine you guys are in awesome hands.

    We're thinking of you.

  4. Nancy and Mike, I think we could all say that one of the happiest things in our lives is having you as friends. One of the happiest days of my life was the day I lost my keys at Old Country Buffet. They were in your purse! I knew I had the best of friends. Love, Karen

  5. I have fond memories of Mike. Ten years ago I had my temple interview with him right before I went to the temple to get married. He is a sweet man and gave me such great advice. We wish him luck in his jounry ahead. Our prayers are with you both. You have touched many.