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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.

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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.

Santa Danny (2012)

Surrey Memorial Hospital

Betty is Santa's favorite gal pal at SMH. She's in her 90's and still volunteers!

BC Cancer Agency - Surrey, BC

Santa's arrives at Cancer Centre (2012)

Santa's first visit in Chemo Room (2012)

Santa with gal pal Ellen Suarez

My adopted grandchild, Sannie

Santa with Rona, a volunteer

With Finley, the care dog Santa loved!

Santa and Nurse Donna M.

Santa & Nurse Donna getting frisky!

Santa and Rona kissing

Gal pal Harinder

Santa's buddy Norm

Gal pal Pat

Gal pal Trish with Santa Danny

Dr. Chan, Cathy, Santa, Dentist, and Donna

Cathy, Jonathan & Donna

Santa's gal pals in Oral Dentistry

Volunteers Vivian & Diane

Santa at gal pal Sue's show

Nicomekl Elementary School, Langley

Santa Danny at Nicomekl School

Santa at Nicomekl School

Castle Fantasy Park (2014)

Santa chatting with kids

Santa visits City Square Mall (2014, 15, 16,17)

Santa's favorite mall

Long lines to see Santa

Santa greets first child

Brinks Staff Xmas Party

Brink guards and Santa

UBC Faculty of Dentistry - Oral Health Centre

Dr. Leigha Rock, Santa Danny & Dr. Denise Laronde

Santa's gal pal helpers

Santa and Leigha giving candy canes to staff

Santa's favorite kids

Santa's favourite doctors

Wish I could have given more...

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

December 2, 2018

Santa's first visit in 2018

Six consecutive years

at Surrey Honda

Santa greets a fan

Santa sits and awaits first child

Another magical party! Bye Santa!

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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.

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Holly hasn’t been doing well, and I’m trying to ready myself for her passing.

My Holly Golightly - a Coton de Tulear

Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's

She'll be 14years old in November 2020

Love me, and I'll love you more

Hugging her daddy

During my cancer treatments...

Holly knew her daddy was sick...

She hugged my cancer boo-boo's

Ten months after my cancer treatments (June 2010)

After surgery (August 2019)

Somebody needs a grooming!

What do you mean haircut?

After the grooming

She was the runt of the litter, but so was I.

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.

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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.

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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!

I hope my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Hugs,

Danny

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Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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9 thoughts on “Because

  1. Oh Danny, I am very sad to read this note about your upcoming surgery. But I know that as kindred spirits you will be fine! Guess now I have to read as many of your posts as I can before the end of June 😉
    Love the Dave Clark Five song, too! Sending you love and kisses, <3 xoxo
    Me,from America.

  2. P.S. I’m also praying for Holly. I’ve been in your shoes regarding this subject. It’s never easy when it comes to our pets. I hope you take care and know that I a praying for your complete recovery on all fronts.
    Dot, in America xoxo

  3. Hi Dan,
    I just read your latest blog ‘Because’, and I am sad that you may stop writing. You are so gifted and I know that your stories have made many people laugh, smile, and yes, cry at times. I understand that with everything happening in the world, there is not much good news and I am like you; I have chosen to stop listening to the news channels.

    Maybe you just need a little break. I know that it is hard with Holly not doing so well, she is such an important part of your life. That is the price we pay for loving our pets.

    On a positive note, I’m glad that your surgery does not need to happen right away and that you are not in any pain.

    I am still impressed by your positive attitude when it comes to cancer and I have shared your 40% cancer survival story with many people who have had to undergo cancer treatment. I can say that you have certainly made a difference in how they see their chances of beating cancer. You are helping people that you don’t even know.

    The same can be said for the stories you write for your blog. I know that I will miss the tales and adventures you share, but you need to do what is right for Dan, and if that means to stop writing; so be it.
    Hugs,
    Nancy

  4. Hi Dan
    I am glad to hear you are not needing your surgery right away and your jaw is not bothering you now and hope it will continue going in the right direction but if that day comes I wish you all the best! I am sorry to hear you won’t be writing anymore but totally understand your decision but will truly miss your inspirational stories and your beautiful outlook on life and all you have gone through you continue to be upbeat, humorous and compassionate human being. I hope Holly is doing better as I know it is so difficult to lose our beloved pets as they are family and we love them very much but Holly was a lucky dog to have been given so much love and also she has given so much love in her life time. Take care dear friend and stay healthy and safe.
    Hugs Bonnie

  5. Enjoyed reading your blogs and hearing about old Oshawa Went to school with your sisters Keep well and stay safe

    1. Thank you, Nancy, for your kind words. I love to write about Oshawa and will always cherish my memories of growing up there. And it’s a thrill for me when someone leaves a comment or sends an email, saying that they enjoy reading my stuff. Sometimes, when we are down or troubled, we need ways of expressing ourselves. Writing about my experiences – good and bad – has opened the gates of happiness and I hope they remain open forever. Hugs, Danny

  6. I am really disappointed that you will no longer be writing your stories. Just be happy and stay safe and well.

    Peggy from Nova Scotia

    1. Hi Peggy, well, this morning (June 26th), when checking for mail, there was one from the website hosting company, indicating that there was a comment awaiting my approval. And when I saw that it was a comment that you had submitted on May 30th – I was surprised, because that email wasn’t in my inbox previously. But I’m happy that the lost comment was found and that I’ll be continuing to write my stories for another five years. Hugs, Danny

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