What a Difference a Day Makes

18 Jun

This time last week I would’ve been having the third and last of my current series of Abraxane. Only I moved the treatment a day forward to give me more time to recover before our trip to South Africa– for a wedding.

What a difference a day makes. Fortunately, the flight to South Africa went well and landed me in a different world. From the heat of Israel to the cold of Johannesburg. But what a warm reception! We were met with pure love and joy by truly special friends – the parents of the bride. And we’ve been treated like royalty ever since.

How happy I am that Pam and I were again blessed with the ability to travel. I knew what a challenge the trip would be. For a day or two after landing something seemed not quite right. I can’t explain. But going to a wedding of dear friends provided me with the incentive to take up that challenge; attending happy occasions is what life should be about. And the change of surrounds has been far better than any rest – or regular break from chemo.

What could be better than the luxury of Illovo? Wide, broad avenues of quiet and seeming tranquillity. Houses that require a re-definition of palaces. The frenetics of a full day chemo replaced by the hospitality of friends. And best of all – a pampering for Pam. I’d like to think of the trip as a special thank you for Pam. So far we’ve been simply spoilt – largely because of the massive goodwill generated by my late in-laws. They were a very special couple whose kindness and generosity seemed to know no bounds.

Fighting pancreatic cancer is a full time job. I’ve always known the importance of giving myself goals – including, in my case, continuing to make travel plans; anything to keep lethargy from creeping in.

Such is the nature of this illness. You just don’t know where you stand – yet have to live with it and keep going.

7 Responses to “What a Difference a Day Makes”

  1. Karen and Russell Abel June 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    SImply beautiful and wonderfu to read!!
    So pleased that you are having the best time and are being well taken care of-just what you both deserve.
    Enjoy all the love, warmth and happiness.
    Looking forward to reading more about your trip!
    Best love and thoughts,
    Karen and Russell

  2. mike attinsom June 18, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    hi. reading your blog on the train from penn station to boston. true international circulation! regards to pam i still”owe her” 40 pages and the 800 page biography of washington is tp blame . have a wonderful trip!

  3. Felicity June 19, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Great to hear that you’re doing well and are enjoying the pampering and love!
    Continue to have an amazing time and to feel good every day.

    With lots and lots of love, xxx Fil and Stan

  4. Sara June 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    wonderful to hear that you are in such good spirits and long may this continue. you both deserve the pampering you’re getting (but be wary, back in Israel we may not be so thoughtful!!) enjoy every moment as i’m sure you both will.
    Love Sara and Julian

  5. Karl Yorke June 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Glad that you made it down south and with the warm welcome it is another feather in your caps that you both deserve but how can I write to you without mentioning golf. i got beaten by our mate Harvey today but on the last hole, where it counts I drove the ball onto the 1st fairway near the tee and then simply chipped the ball onto the 9th green and “of course” it went into the hole for a birdie on its second bounce–WOW

    Enjoy yourselves including the cooler weather and the longest night and shortest day of the year.


    • fightingpancreaticcancer June 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Karl – what could be better for a panreatic cancer sufferer, or anyone else lucky enough to have such a sincere friend, than to ddelight at their success on the golf course. Only seeing is believing. So I look forward to seeing you replicate or do better the next time we play. Hopefully on Sunday week.

  6. Angie & Albert June 24, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Wonderful to hear that you’re having such a special trip and that you are both relishing time out from hospitals and treatments! Much love from rainy Brussels! xxxxxxx

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