Two steps forward, one step back

front facing east

front facing east

kitchen windows on right and dining windows on left; metal roofing being installed

kitchen windows on right and dining windows on left; metal roofing being installed

detail of horizontal brick banding on garage workshop end

detail of horizontal brick banding on garage workshop end

The house is progressing nicely.  No weather issues to interrupt the process.  However, in June my husband was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer and so after visiting with a surgeon,  chemo oncologist, radiation oncologist, nutritionist, gastroenterologists and several days of various tests to identify the tumor and size, etc., a plan was put into place.  Good news is that it has not spread into any other tissues and is contained so that the chemicals and surgery will get it all. He is 63 and after treatment and surgery he should be good as new (only without an esophagus).

He is on chemo and radiation for 6 weeks and is already into his third week.  No ill symptoms from treatments, except just a couple days of feeling blah, and the usual tiredness associated with the body being bombarded with chemicals.  No hair loss (yet) and the oncology nurse says with the chemicals he is on he probably won’t have much, if any, hair loss.  Amidst all this, the house is a diversion and something to keep our attention and focus on.

The only negative is that after his chemo/radiation for 6 weeks, he is on 6 weeks of recovery, and then surgery will be scheduled to remove the entire esophagus and move the stomach up and attach it in its place.  Food will no longer have an esophagus to move through  and will basically empty directly into the stomach.  Our surgeon is tops in this field and anyone we talk to recommend him so highly that we have no second thoughts about this.  He does approx. 30 of these successful surgeries a year.  The surgery will be about the time our house will be ready to  move into.  Hopefully, the timing will be such that the house and move can be completed right before the surgery.

So, when life hands you lemons…..make the best lemonade possible.

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