|Ben before his lymph node biopsy surgery|
So many people are affected by this terrible disease in so many different forms and at every age level including children, so having a "why me" perspective would be disrespectful to others fighting this fight. I choose to be thankful and grateful that I'm one of the lucky ones with good odds, a great Oncology team at Northwestern, excellent insurance, and a very supportive workplace.
The outpouring of support has been overwhelming. I can't describe the feeling when someone tells you they've been praying for you, dropped off food, mailed a thoughtful card, or sent flowers and chocolates. The support we have received from friends, family, co workers, and people I've never even met sending well wishes has been nothing less than amazing. This support team, our baby's arrival in December, and my absolutely amazing wife has given me the strength I need to fight and WIN!
So where does that leave boating? This was to be our biggest travel summer yet with 3 weeks planned in the North Channel and other smaller Michigan trips, but sadly we have had to cancel our plans. Depending how I feel during chemo we will try to take some long weekend getaways around Michigan which we will gladly share with you. Since I will have even less hair than normal most of the pictures will be of Dana and Seapickle :-) We have always said our boat is a healing place for whatever ails us so we will gladly consider it's use part of treatment. It is our happy place.
|Captain Ben of Seapickle II, enjoying the healing effects of Lake Michigan|