Friday, November 15, 2013

New Beginning

Celebrated my last Chemo treatment (last Wednesday) with a 1hour brisk walk at Keopuolani Park today, also my first attempt to rebuild my endurance. It was easier than I thought - heart rate was below my previous training rates, didn't even sweat, but when I tried to do a slow jog, no can! My legs gave up almost instantly. My last visit there was in July when I did a 2 hour run only a few days before I was diagnosed with Leukemia. 

Today, I thought it might be a wonderful way to be alone, give thanks to the Lord once again, and give Him praise and glory. It was a beautiful emotional walk to simply reflect on his loving grace and mercy over me and blessing me with a miracle of life. 

As I said before, my cancer is now on remission and I will now go through a year of what my Oncologist referred to as the maintenance phase. At the end of that period, I guess he will do more tests to see if I would be cancer free. 

Last Wednesday's Chemo dose was supposed to be strong so I suspect that during the next ten days, the side effects  would slow me down a bit but like Jesus said to Paul, "my grace is sufficient for you". 

I'm looking forward to resume my regular runs to start the new year in 2014, God willing, and of course a more focused life in God's presence, under His authority, and for his praise and glory. With all my heart, I thank all my friends and relatives again for your prayers and emotional support.  Most of all I thank my beautiful wife and Princess for caring for me during the last 3 1/2 months while enduring with me the same pain and emotional distress. I'm lost for words to properly express my grateful heart to her and to all of you.