"Our soul must perform two duties. The one is that we must reverently wonder and be surprised. The other is that we must gently let go and let be." Julian of Norwich

...Cancer teaches both!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Robyn & Brandon 10-10-10

We had a great Thanksgiving Weekend in Edmonton celebrating Robyn and Brandon's wedding.  The weather was fantastic, we had an awesome collection of family and friends, and the weekend was filled with many wonderful moments.

I had been very sick the week before the wedding and was only able to pull off the travel after significant help from my oncologist, my GP, and a new pain management regime.  As it turned out my energy increased through the weekend and by 10-10-10 I was able to walk Robyn down the aisle and dance 'til 1:00AM!!

One of the many highlights of the wedding was attendance of a few special friends from my High School days in Calgary.   It was like a mini-reunion!  Gerry came down from Manning, Alberta, Nancy, who we hadn't seen since our own wedding 30 years ago, came up from Calgary,  and Missy also came up from Calgary, where she has lived since relocating from Vancouver a few years ago.  It was a wonderful treat to share a table with them at the wedding!

Rob - Missy - Nancy - Gerry
  The following video features some highlights from the wedding.  Pictures were taken mostly by Kelly's partner Jerome.  It is impossible to capture all of the great moments or wonderful people who attended.  Even so, this short clip gives a sense of the celebration.  I've used a couple of Beatles tunes again.

Be well... Rob, Father-of-the-Bride; in Vancouver...

Friday, October 8, 2010

Greetings From Edmonton!

We're here in Sunny Alberta to celebrate the marriage of our daughter Robyn and her partner, Brandon.  It is shaping up to be a great celebration as family gathers from coast to coast in this beautiful Alberta city.  The "nuptials" themselves will take place on 10-10-10!

Major Health Down Turn

I don't have time now to say all of what has happened over the last several weeks.  Suffice it to say that the nice little "bubble of wellness" I have enjoyed for most of the last year seems to have burst!!   I had a very tough time of it after my last chemo (last Monday).  Increased pain, loss of bladder control, debilitating fatigue, bowel distress...  you don't want the details. To make a long story short... I spent my birthday, this Monday, with my Oncologist and a palliative specialist to get me on my feet for this trip.  With the help of my GP, a new "catheter", and a new pain management regime I was able to get on the plane Thursday and come to Edmonton!!  Today I had a major rebound of energy and by Sunday I hope I'll be fit to walk Robyn down the aisle!!  YEAH!!

I'll post more details on the wedding and my health when I am back and settled in Vancouver.  For now... All is well!!

Peace and blessing... Rob; in Edmonton!

"Yesterday I decided to go to the office.
I got as far as the bedroom door.
Chemo strikes."
Peter Jennings