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Susan Walther said:   February 9, 2013 3:30 am PST
I read your February 8 entry, Phil, at 5 a.m., no doubt just a few hours after you wrote it. God speed you on your 20 hilly miles today! By contrast, I walked two blocks on Thursday to get my second chemotherapy treatment: half-way there! There are soft chairs, wonderful nurses, other patient infusees, efficient pharmacists and administrators. And wonderful pre-meds to minimize the effects of the powerful chemicals: I haven’t thrown up yet! Inspired by Matt’s inspiring action before my first chemo, Rich shaved his head last week, and on Monday, buzz-cut my head. In addition to the emails and cards and calls and cookies, I’m now wrapped in the love and warmth of scarves and hats: I sported Jen’s bright yellow UC-SD call cap over my polka-dot doo-rag at the Y yesterday, for my stationary bike ride and weight routine. I’m in a slower, more confined world than you, trying to minimize contact with any nasty germs but still determined and willing to work in my chosen profession (“artistic wanderer on an unknown path”): homework for a figure drawing class, watercolor sketches in my chemo journal, designs for Lenten services. Books are stacked up, at the ready, for the sleepless times that do come. But those hours are no longer awash with the fear of rampantly evil cells destroying my life; God has graced me at this particular time with a wonderfully wide-ranging team and the means to fight the good fight for as long as I need to be on this earth. I will tack up your statement today, and the verse, and keep it in mind as I carefully test any new limits brought on by these powerful drugs “... in the unexpected events we get to decide how we will act and react... We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed but of those who believe and are saved. Hebrews 10:39” Thank you.

Susan Walther said:   February 2, 2013 7:23 am PST
I�and my husband, Rich�have been humbled by your support, Phil! We are surrounded by a great group of family and friends who continue to surprise and delight me with their incredible, personalized support. There are those who have shaved their heads, added tags to their helmets, sent funny postcards and a G�ma Bear, delivered books, balloons and beach hats, cards and casseroles... What could be just my private battle is now framed as an inspiration! It gives us courage to continue the good fight, and to support others who are going through similar trials. I might experience momentary set-backs, but trust me, I have great faith that �in all things God works for the good of those who love him... � (Romans 8:23). I look forward to your posts, and to supporting you and Team Wounded Bear on April 21. May the Lord continue to bless your good works!

Jill (Gibson) Shokery said:   June 26, 2012 4:24 pm PST
Phil - I missed Lydia's initial (May) post on your efforts this year. I just caught her update and I'm honored to help in my small way. You are an inspiration and I am grateful for what you are doing. I've re-posted Lydia's post in the hopes that some of my contacts may be moved to help.

Dan and Kathy Wendland said:   June 5, 2012 9:41 am PST
You are such an inspiration in your thoughts and actions! God go with you and your family in this summer's challenging races--

Paul Laybourn said:   March 23, 2012 3:31 pm PST
Best of luck on the run and see you at the Vipers games.

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