What I’ve Learned So Far

A lot of you say you’re benefiting from my posts about my life during cancer treatment. That makes me feel good. I like doing a service.

On the other hand, every time I feel a pain or suffer a brief setback your Facebook comments make me feel like you’re seeing this worse than it is.

Let’s put everything into perspective for my case and probably others. Cancer treatment sucks. It hurts. But the pain doesn’t last. The indignities are brief. By the time I’m writing about my crappy day most of the crappiness has passed.

The same goes for my post-chemo weekend. No one wants to feel absolutely exhausted before taking a step. I knew it wouldn’t last. I even expected it. My shitty weekend was already on-the-calendar.

I felt bad, but there’s a difference when you know what it’s about and you expect it. And certainly there’s a difference when you know it will be short lived.

You have no idea how much I appreciate and value your prayers and support. They have meant the world to me. What has happened so far is exactly what you prayed for. Thank you.

I am headed in the right direction to live a long life. Speed bumps along the way don’t warrant additional worry on your part.

Everything’s good. I do, however, love the attention. I won’t lie.

10 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned So Far”

  1. You’re human. You’re honest. You hope for the best and prepare for the worst. I think you are doing and are going to do wonderful and I am glad you are sharing.

  2. You are an inspiration to me and all who are following your story…I’ve been watching what you’ve been up to since you first came to Ct…some of your days were better than others I admit but you’ve NEVER said out loud that you quit….that’s not your nature….it was then and for sure it is now.
    I remember meeting you personally at the Orange Firemans Carnival and at several Special Olympics functions at Southern Ct.S. U.Moore Fieldhouse pool..( my youngest daughter is a swimmer for Special Olympics,age44)
    I was impressed always by your personal charm and perpetual ” glass half full” attitude….you’ve still got it,Geoff…..don’t change a thing, that’s who you are and your fans in Ct. all seem to enjoy the memories.
    BTW…I’m from Quincy,MA. before moving to Hamden in middle 60’s…I belonged and was active in Temple Beth Shalom, don’t let my last name fool you….
    Keep up the attitude and the smile….it fits you well…as always , wishing you a full & speedy recovery….wish you were here….

  3. You Americans – always complaining when u get a little bit of treatment. Come on – man up here = it’s only cytotoxic.

    In Scotland we have a few nips of that stuff before we hit the town..

    Whisky is gaelic and translates to “water of life”. Recommend Isle of Jura – the island that George Orwell wrote 1984…which seems relevant today..

    1. My friend Kevin is a fellow Whipple survivor. His was under NHS care in Scotland where they pushed him out of the hospital in five days.

      Kevin – here is SoCal we refer to whiskey as medicinal marijuana. Also available for purchase at a store.

  4. Having gone through cancer treatment myself I found that even though it gets difficult at times, I truly believe it was harder on the people who had to watch me go through it. Family, friends, etc… When you are in the battle, you do what you have to do and keep muddling through. I think it’s a helpless feeling for the people who care about you. They want to do something, anything to help, take your pain/symptoms away, “make it better” etc……..yet they can’t “fix it”. I am so fortunate to have had a ton of support also. Most people have no idea how much simple gesture, comforting words, cooking a meal etc… meant to me. I will never forget what people did for me and will always try to pay it forward. Think of you often. Keep up the good fight.

  5. Geoff,
    you are an AMAZING man! I ALWAYS liked you a lot when you were on Channel 8 in New Haven and now, i must admit, you are my idol! You are an inspiration to all! God bless you and i know that you will come out of this and live a long, happy, life! Your mind is half the battle and you have that in the bag, now help your body along with a holistic diet to BOOST your Immune system and to strengthen you through treatment. Keep up the great work. We are all with you on this!

  6. I too am going through chemo and it is hard but just take one day at a time or one hour, you can do it and focus on the good times. Prayers are on your side allover the country and especially from Connecticut. Hang in there.

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