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Running Toward the Lighted End of the Tunnel 
Sep. 22, 2010 8:32 am 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2011 12:03 am
Here’s a link to Dan Lepp’s page at Caring Bridge. Cindy has posted an update.<

Kira Glock’s link<
It was this time last year when I first felt those lumps. So much has transpired in that time that a complete landslide of emotions has occurred with my family and myself. Even though my cancer was easy for the medicals to eliminate, it was every bit a killer and I had to prepare all of us for my death while keeping my attitude positive and my life outlook constructive. We have had our saddest times and our happiest times and we stand stronger and more loving for it all. I have experienced a side of life only a select few have experienced, and I am very, very grateful to God for allowing me to enter and return from that part of life which everybody fears. Perhaps this is why so many cancer patients and survivors seem so relaxed and content? Just two more weeks and all this will be over. In five weeks all the healing should be done and life can return to its "normal" routines.
Nearly all the symptoms I mentioned in my last post remain as they were except for taste. There isn’t much that tastes good, at all. When I fix a meal I watch my wife. If she eats it, I figure I can- unwillingly, though.

There has been some improvement in my face, though. When I awakened this morning I could immediately tell that a large portion of the numb area has feeling in it again. I can even feel in the area where the salivary gland was removed. There’s still a large area that remains numb, but to have so much improvement between last night and today was amazing! It seems that some of the paralysis is gone, also, but I am still biting my lip, anyway.

Quaker Oats has a commercial that I had seen only once and I found it to be profound and inspirational. (I believe I was watching the history channel.) So, I hunted it down. Here’s a thread to see it.<
Sep. 22, 2010 8:47 am
thanks Mike, love the commercial-everyday that I wake up is a perfect day to me.
Sep. 22, 2010 8:56 am
Thank you, Mike, for sharing your story. Thank you for thinking of the others also and reminding us to think of them as well. Thanks for your inspiration!!
Sep. 22, 2010 8:58 am
I so enjoy reading your blogs and am so happy the numbness is improving. Just 2 more weeks wooohooo!
Sep. 22, 2010 10:37 am
Great commercial! A little over two months ago my dog and I started walking every morning for an hour. Nearly 3/4 of our walk is in the dark or close too it. Walking that early in the morning has changed my perspective on alot of things. It is so calming and peaceful. My entire adulthood has been spent starting my day in suchy a hectic manner (I am a nightowl)!!! No more nightowl, no more hectic. Glad your numbness is better. Take care!
Sep. 22, 2010 12:56 pm
So glad to hear of your improvement! Hopefully the taste part will return soon. I think your "normal" routine will have changed some thru your experiences. I do believe those who experience what you have get a different outlook on what's really important in life. I know, in my family, that has happened - twice. Once when my dad had his open-heart surgery and then this past year with my mother's breast cancer. Both are doing well. In fact my dad rides a bike 3 miles several times a week at age 74. I think he may be in better shape than me! Take care, Mike!
Sep. 22, 2010 2:20 pm
So happy to hear you're doing better, Mike! The strength of your heart will take you far. Wishing you wellness.
Sep. 22, 2010 3:49 pm
Heading toward the home stretch... Wishing you the best, Mike!
Sep. 22, 2010 4:05 pm
Mike, Hi. How wonderful that you see the blessing of God even through the shadow times. I'm glad you awoke with such a marked improvement. That is encouraging and cause for thanksgiving. // I had never seen the oatmeal commercial, but, as is so very often the case when coming here to various blogs, I find echos of my day-to-day. Last night I had declared to DH, "I want some oats." (Not cool weather here, yet,, it wasn't that.) I think God communicates to us through his Word and through community, as well. And today I hear Him in your blog!
Sep. 22, 2010 5:07 pm
Hello Mike, Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I am so happy to hear that some of the feeling is coming back. And, hopefully your taster will catch up as well. I loved the commercial. I agree; every morning we get to start afresh. Mornings have always been my favorite time of the day. God Bless you Mike.
Sep. 22, 2010 5:09 pm
@Hezzy, I love what you said.... God communitcates to us through His word and through community. That's awesome!
Sep. 22, 2010 7:32 pm
Hi Mike: How quickly one year has passed. You have gone through much. Count our blessings everyday.
Sep. 22, 2010 8:55 pm
Hi, Mike. Your blogs have been such an impiration to me, and I love how you can see the work of God in times of hardship. I will pray that the numbness will continue to fade and that you will enjoy the taste of food again. God bless you as you finish your're almost done! :o)
Sep. 22, 2010 9:27 pm
Hi Mike, so glad to hear that you are sensing an improvement-that is great news. I hope your sense of taste returns also so that you can enjoy eating again. I'm doing well also & try to keep negative thoughts out of my mind. Live Strong!
Sep. 23, 2010 8:35 am
It is almost unbelievable when one feels that moment or period of "that" healing process you've described. So happy for you and yours. You keep us all on the brightside with your great blogs, Mike. Thanks for the commmericial (gosh I never thought I'd ever say that regarding a commercial!?) and for keeping Dan and Kiera in our thoughts and prayers.
Sep. 23, 2010 12:35 pm
I agree, rg. Waking up is a very satisfying way to begin a day!
Sep. 23, 2010 12:38 pm
Hi, Cat! Kira, Dan and Good Eats are deserving of every attention we can give them. Their fight continues daily.
Sep. 23, 2010 12:40 pm
You're absolutely right, Nurse Ellen! WooooHoooo!!!
Sep. 23, 2010 12:44 pm
maggie, the early morning walks are a very special time if we pay attention to all the things that happen only in the few minutes before sunrise.
Sep. 23, 2010 1:00 pm
Mother Ann, normal for me is being able to do those things that keep the house in good repair, presentable and keep my wife quiet! I'll be joining your dad for bike rides as soon as I can stand being in the sun again.
Sep. 23, 2010 1:00 pm
Thank you, Mominator!
Sep. 23, 2010 1:01 pm
Thank you, Magnolia Blossom! BYD!
Sep. 23, 2010 1:09 pm
Thank you, Hezzy! Your comment is special!
Sep. 23, 2010 1:11 pm
I figure there might be two more posts regarding this misadventure, Candice. Thank you.
Sep. 23, 2010 1:16 pm
The year surely has flown by, Janet. I had never been a patient in a hospital, took darn few pills, and had (maybe) ten shots in my civilian life, never figured a doctor was worth what I paid, never allowed any probing of my body, ate what I wanted to eat and smoked like a badly tuned semi truck. Guess what? All that has changed!
Sep. 23, 2010 1:17 pm
Thank you, Kristin B.!
Sep. 23, 2010 1:22 pm
Glad to hear that you are doing well, Goodeats! Are you still in treatments?
Sep. 23, 2010 1:24 pm
Lace, you were the first of two that commented on my first blog. Thank you for watching over me!
Sep. 23, 2010 2:15 pm
Hi Mike: I am sure that you are thinking differently now about doctors....I on the other hand had surgery when I was one day old, back then and especially in such a small town, surviving the surgery was a miracle in itself. Since then I have had other surgeries, I have never smoked and have lived a life where I feel I am needed to help others...I have always considered my life a gift, I am not writing this to put anyone down about living their life differently; I have always felt so lucky to have been given this life and have always felt that I would do extraoridinary things with it. You have experienced a situation that has made you more aware of how much more precious everything and everyone is to you. I think most of us experience this in our lifetime for one reason or another. Mine happened to be at a very young age, you discovered it a little later. I think you will live such a richer life now because your gift has finally come....I hope this makes sense, it is hard to put what I mean into words, I just live it daily.
Sep. 23, 2010 7:17 pm
Hi, Mike! I'm glad you've got you some good feelin's comin back, I'm still breezin' along with the the whatever comes along. I'm dealing with some other interesting symptoms,that keep me slower than I wanna be. But as you mentioned, and as those who have successfully suffered before,the apostle Paul said and recorded to the Roman Christains at Ro5:3-5 endurance of tribulation produces an approved condition,hope, that doesn't lead to disappointment because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy spirit which was given us. One of the cross references to this Scripture is Titus 54:-7, referring to Jesus gift of the ransom of his perfect life for what Adam threw away. So We are recipeients of help to bear up . I'm so glad, as I'm not a long distance runner with pain, and I don't do pills well. I like my heating pad, my homemade stuff, my friends,family,fone,my fizzy fruit drinks,and old movies, &old&new recipes.My EEG says both sides of my brain has abnormal activity now,we know some things being affected,also goiter on the thyroid again, and otherstuff.SO!Remember that old Rubber Tree Plant? I may not be able to move it far, but, I'll perhaps I can make some cute planters from the rubber. So Long For A While K-A-L-A-M-A-Z-O-O!! There Is A Guy In KALAMAZOO.. There's A Moon Out Tonight. If You Spend An Evening You'll Want To Stay, (finish it)
Sep. 25, 2010 1:52 pm
Thanks, Mike, I didn't realize that fact but you do write a great blog, especially for someone with such health issues. So happy you're feeling better!!
Sep. 27, 2010 2:01 pm
Well, I feel I need to give you another thank you. With Kira's story as sad as it is, one little nice thing came from you sharing it. I made a new friend-SGma. She is truly a sweet lady! She thought the same thing you did about the photo of the butter churn. Good enough to frame. Today photos of it are winging their way her. So again thanks for helping me make a new friend!
Mrs. C 
Sep. 28, 2010 9:22 am
Hi, Mike! I know that I feel I have made friends here at AR, because it is NOT just all about recipes! The commercial was a great reminder that everyday is a new day, a new start, a new opportunity, and we need to start ourselves off with fuel to power us through. Fuel for the body, heart, and spirit1 So glad you are waking up to new healing, so super!Lights are coming on in the tunnel!
Apr. 19, 2011 12:03 am
I continue to have faith and hope in you....keep on, keeping on! I can be your cheerleader! Hugs and love sent your way...thank you for all our well wishes, my Sweet!
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At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
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Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog.
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Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
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