Thank you. As many of you know, I spent the last sixteen weeks with Trish as she was diagnosed with cancer, had a subsequent surgery, and then underwent an every-day therapy of both chemo and radiation.
Today is the last day, in fact, we leave in an hour or so to go to the hospital for the last time. Chemo ended Monday. Here is a picture.
The prognosis is very good, and we should have her around for decades. This is not the place (but if you wander over to my personal FB page, Holy S… suffice to say I am not afraid of my emotions) to write about how amazing everyone was that took care of her.
But it is the place to say thank you for your patience in all of this. From sponsors sending notes saying “do the podcast whenever” to Richard Press and Bruce Boyer abiding by my has-to-be-day-by-day production schedule, to the amazing notes I got, to Dr. Miles (a reader here and in the FB group whom we will be featuring next week) calling and walking us through the plastic surgery process and, well, the whole process. To Dean who actually makes me look somewhat professional and has the patience of a saint. Everyone. We do a ton of talking about the values of Ivy, and I used to eat a bucket of fill-in-the-blank for even bringing it up, but we were right then and we are right now, and the last four months is proof.
Over the next few days we will be working on getting our lives back, and I will answer the emails and notes. I am really sorry I haven’t.
On the first day we went to the first surgeon, on the first day we went to the first oncologist, on the first day we went to chemo and on the first day we went to radiation, I wore a suit. Today, on the last day, I am wearing a suit. And you know the drill if you wear a suit to anything that isn’t court or… court. Every asks why you are so dressed up? And they did at the hospital all the time, too.
Because this is important and I respect you.
The year ends, thankfully, but also not so thankfully. So many great things happened here, and while a lot of plans got shelved (and thanks to the 2 of you who litter up the comments with “Why aren’t you… yet?” – see the picture above) the first quarter we will have our days back and can get after it.
May you have blessings beyond what your head can hold this next year, THANK YOU SO MUCH for hanging in with me.
Oh, and if you need to know ANYTHING about champagne, go here.
Happy New Year.