All good things must come to an end ‘because’ of something.
I received a renewal notice from the website hosting company that provides me with this platform to tell my stories.
I’ve been writing here for almost a decade but now find it a challenge to write about happy things.
And although there is a seemingly endless list of pain and suffering in the world today, I have always resisted writing about politics or religion. If you want religion – go to a church or temple. For political news or opinions – buy a newspaper.
I can’t remain silent any longer.
My eyes and heart are no different than yours. It’s just that I won’t write about unpleasant people or things.
So, I’ve decided not to write anymore and may not renew my website on June 30th.
But wait, there’s more.
Last Christmas, Santa Danny was refused entry to the cancer center in Surrey. He was treated and volunteered there for five years.
I wrote about it in my Today, Santa Danny Cried story.
Here’s the video clip that accompanied that story:
I haven’t been back to the cancer center or Surrey Memorial Hospital since.
I’ve decided to retire my Santa Danny. He will no longer raise funds for cancer research.
However, Santa Danny will still be visiting Surrey Honda on the first Sunday in December, but he will be doing it for free.
They were my first visit as a Santa Claus for hire several years ago. The management and staff are like family to me. Santa Danny will continue visiting them each year for as long as he is able. But now I’ll be doing it for free.
Santa Danny will also continue to visit the Sampson family’s private Christmas party at Sullivan Hall. Last year was Santa’s second visit with Wendy and Nasir’s family, and it was a lot of fun. They also raised a lot of money for the Santa Danny cancer research fund.
Sadly, I recently learned that Wendy lost her 39-year-old son, Chad, on the same evening as Santa Danny’s visit! I can’t begin to imagine the heartache of burying a child – especially at Christmas time.
Santa Danny will continue to be at all of the future Sampson family Christmas parties.
I will also ensure that Santa Danny continues to visit retirement homes, schools, and charitable foundations.
In a few hours, I’ll be going for a consultation with the specialist who will be performing surgery on my jaw bone.
My oral surgeon referred me to the specialist because the tooth extraction he did last year has never healed, despite thirty days of hyperbaric oxygen replacement therapy and numerous other procedures.
The surgery will involve removing the affected area of the jawbone and replacing it with a portion of bone from my leg. I am not afraid, but I am hoping that the surgery will be soon.
Holly hasn’t been doing well, and I’m trying to ready myself for her passing.
She is losing weight and not eating on some days. She’s on three different medications and sleeps most of the time.
But her waking moments are filled with love and devotion – she follows me everywhere I go in the house.
On Monday, I’m taking her to Head to Tail, for grooming. She’s always happy after being pampered by Gail and her staff.
A few days ago, I received a note from my friend Joy, who advised that Mikey, her care dog, had just passed. She is heartbroken, and so is the staff and patients of hospitals, retirement homes, cancer centers, and hospices, who’ve loved his weekly visits.
Here’s a video clip of Joy and Mikey that I took at Surrey Memorial Hospital, two years ago:
Dogs love you, regardless of how you treat them.
We could learn much from them.
And although I stopped watching the news on television, I have been following updates on the Covid19 pandemic.
I’ve also seen some horrific images south of the border in the past few days.
I am praying for America, and I’m praying for the planet.
We are all part of the same family – regardless of race or culture.
As a wise man once said: The opposite of love is not hate – it’s fear.
We’ll make it to the finish line though – good always triumphs over evil.
It’s just that I won’t be the one to write about it.
Thank you for being a loyal reader.
Dedicated to Chad, RIP
UPDATE: Everything went well with the specialist – he’s scheduling me for a bone scan but said he thinks we can wait on the surgery because I’m not in any pain and the area isn’t infected.
He said it’s major surgery and he only wants to do it if the bone is causing me a problem. We still need to wait for the results of the bone scan but I’m happy that any surgery probably won’t be this summer – which is great.
UPDATE (June 25th): About two weeks after visiting the surgeon, I developed yet another, infection in the inside of my mouth where the tooth was extracted two years ago but never healed. I was in a lot of pain over the weekend, until I could get an appointment to see the surgeon sooner, than the June 27th appointment.
After the surgeon checked me out and gave me prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medication, I told him that I didn’t want to wait for the surgery. I told him that it has been eleven years since the cancer treatments and I’ve had to deal with one issue after another. I told him that I was seventy years old and want to live my remaining time without the reoccurring pain that’s plagued me for so long.
He agreed to see me again on July 10th. My fingers are crossed that he’ll give me good news!
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