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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Cautious Personal Update

It's too soon to fire off rockets in the street, because more tests are coming. That said, my last chemotherapy session was Friday, my last radiation session was yesterday, and today the surgeon is removing the annoying rubber feeding hose from my stomach (never used, in case anyone is in need of one). CAT scan from Friday shows no new cancer spread. And so, after seven long months, my little cancer adventure is winding down to a finish. I'll still get scans every three months for a while, but the truly scary and uncomfortable bits are over, and once the radiation fatigue wears off, I'll get back to my old self, albeit thinner with slightly odder looking hair.

My deepest thanks to so many folks for their kind thoughts, cards, letters, emails and prayers. You have no idea how much they have meant to Alice and me as we both struggled through this.

I hope to slowly start traveling again by the end of November, barring any complications, and Alice and I will be speaking together in New York City on December 4th at the 92nd Street Y.

Thanks again, to all you, my friends, for your support. It is greatly appreciated, and I owe each of you more than I can ever hope to repay.


  1. Dear Chris,

    Hang in there! Good to see that you are progressing well so far.


  2. So glad you are reaching the end of this rocky road. You truly are an asset to Masonry and a source of light for many Brothers, including myself. Godspeed on your continued recovery. So Mote it Be.

  3. Dear Chris,

    That's great news!!

    May God add his blessings to you and yours.

    I've been fascinated with your work since seeing you at the Toledo Scottish Rite.

    Your blog has been an inspiration and I have recently started one in our local area.

    We look forward to many more insightful posts. Keep up the good work. God bless.

  4. Sending you good energy, Brother, for continued strong healing!

  5. God bless. I just don't even know what else to say.


  6. That is such good news. Very glad to hear it.

    - Eoghan

  7. My prayers to the GAoTU for your speedy recovery.

  8. Thanking the Great Architect for your progress so far. Asking him for a full and speedy recovery.

  9. Great news!! So glad you are on the road to recovery. You are an inspiration to so many of us.

  10. Glad to hear you are better and cancer free. We will still pray for you just in case. I will be in Auburn New York all of Nov and Dec,at Bass Pro Shops, but I guess that is not on the way home from NYC. Well it might be if you go thru Canada. I would say stop in and get picture with Santa but you will probably be busy. Enjoy.

  11. Glad to hear you're on the mend Bro. Chris.

  12. Hip, hip, hooray! I hope we can get together when I'm in town to visit the grandchildren. Let me know.



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