My November Post

It's been nearly a month since my last post. Maybe this is becoming a once-a-month blog.

These pictures are from a hike I took with a Meetup group last weekend. The hike was a 9.5 mile meander along 3 trails in Raven Rock park, near Lillington NC.

The last month has seen a few changes in my life.

My mother succumbed to lung cancer after a 2+ year encounter with the disease. She was diagnosed 23 months ago with a fairly advanced tumor in her left lung. Fist sized, they said, and gave her a couple of months to live.

She stayed nearly pain free for almost the entire two years. It was a very slow growing tumor and really fooled the doctors. The last 2 weeks were bad though---the cancer, relatively mild for most of its span, showed its fangs at the end.

That happened a month ago.

During the two bad weeks and the month since I managed to gain some serious weight. I don't know how that happened. (okay, I ate a lot) And now I'm up to 193 and am supposed to see my doctor on Monday. Uh-oh. She's going to cuss me out. :-(

I'm now going out with someone after a 6 month sabbatical from dating. She's got far too many pets so my allergies are all over the place. Two dogs, 4 birds, 3 cats, and some chickens outside. But so far I'm surviving.

Other than that things are pretty much the same: same house, same job, same car, same bad habits. See you in December!


kenju said…
Dave, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. It's so hard to lose a parent. I am glad to know that she was pain-free until the last.
srp said…
I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. There is NEVER time enough to adjust to being without a mother. I know you now will worry more about your dad as well. I've missed you here. Do take care of yourself.
Thumper said…
Oh man, I am truly sorry about your mother's passing. It's only been 3 months since my dad died, and every once in a while I still have to remember's an odd, odd feeling.

Beautiful hiking the heck out of the walking around my little town that I do...

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