Thursday, October 24, 2013
After I finished my blog post yesterday afternoon, my plan was to (gulp) begin to hang the wallpaper in the powder room. Before going upstairs to begin, I did a quick check on Facebook and my heart just broke.
My friend and former college housemate Peter has suffered a recurrence of the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that, as of early September, was thought to be in remission. Pete was admitted to the hospital about three weeks ago and his health has deteriorated very quickly. The cancer is aggressively attacking his brain and his spinal column. Things do not look good at all and his family has traveled to New York to be with him. Pete's plan, made with his doctors' approval, is to undergo one last treatment of chemo (and possibly radiation) as soon as possible. Hopefully, that treatment will give him enough relief and functionality to release him from the hospital so he can spend some time with his family and friends. He is hoping for one week of relief but recognizes that it may be only a few days.
Please keep Pete and his family in your thoughts and prayers (if you are the praying kind). Pete has approached this fight with cancer the way he approaches everything else in life - with strength, courage and perseverance. Pete has a true heart of gold and would do anything to help someone out, friend or stranger. We are all hoping for a miracle.