Posted on December 25, 2013
Dearest family, friends, friends of friends, classmates and kind strangers,
On a Christmas Eve filled with hope and wonder, Suzanne and I find ourselves humbled and blessed by the love, kindness and generosity shown to us by so many, and to whom, in large part, we owe our very lives. The past three months of treatment have been intense, to say the least. An undetected prescription error, administered as the first round of chemo-therapy began, took us down an eight week long side-effect road that led to massive muscle loss, physical incapacitation and an ambulance ride to the ER. Now free of the offending medication, I have been undergoing physical therapy and am feeling increasingly restored, ready to have chemo-therapy round five (of a planned six) just after the New Year begins. Suzanne also begins physical therapy in January to deal with a torn rotator cuff and frozen shoulder, courtesy of an MS fall and tumble last summer, but we remain hopeful that surgery can be avoided.
Everyone faces their own series of trials and tribulations, and we are so fortunate to face ours with your loving help. It is difficult to express the depth of gratitude that dwells in our hearts, suffice it to say that we look forward with joy to 2014, a Year of Renewal for one and all. Pax Vobiscum.
Michael and Suzanne