Welcome back Team David followers,
TGIF to everyone!! As Cousin Minnie would say, “I’m so proud to be here!” I am delighted the weekend if finally upon us, especially this weekend in particular. On Saturday, I will be celebrating two very special occasions: my second anniversary as an Alive Hospice patient and my 51st birthday. These are two very personal milestones events for me to have achieved against all the odds of being diagnosed by the medical doctors as my cancers are incurable, inoperable, and unstoppable. I have gone from the prognosis of immediate death to occur within 6 weeks, then it went to 6 months, now it’s a year and counting onwards.
I should have went out to Las Vegas last year to see if I could get any takers on betting to see if I would make it to today. I would have made enough in wagers to ensure all my immediate family and in-laws would be of benefit for years to come. Honestly folks, I don’t know how or why I am still here eluding Death at every corner. It’s a game I have learned how to play well over my eight year struggle and I tend to think of it as my ultimate personal game of Survivor.
Nurse Louise and I cannot believe how the time has flown by since I picked up the phone last year to schedule my own “in-take” appointment as my birthday gift to myself. Talk about a gift which keeps on giving. During this time, I only experienced 3 major “cycling” events in which I quickly recovered from and I have continued on like the Energizer Bunny. I am most graciously thankful to the staff at Alive Hospice for their continuing efforts to maintain my levels of comfort, mental health, and spiritual guidance. They have provided me with the best expert level of care I could ever hope to have during my final battle.
If in life you find yourself backed into the corner of no hope with a terminal illness, I would highly recommend making Alive Hospice as your new friend, buddy or pal. I can truly attest to the fact of the wealth of knowledge, deep compassion and understanding of Death which they are renowned to have and they have demonstrated with me is deeply appreciated. Thanks Alive Hospice and I look forward to celebrating my second anniversary next year.
My 51st birthday is another landmark event which I will gratefully accept with pleasure. I was presented to my parents, William Franklin Fleming and Barbara Ann Kinney at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, September 21st at the Carrollton County Hospital in Kentucky. My dad was working on one of the locks and dams along the Ohio River when mom’s water broke while she was doing the breakfast dishes. I love you Dad and Mom. <3.
I have accomplished and achieved many great things in my fifty-one years of life. All of which I would not trade for another event not even my cancer battle. My strong belief and convictions of faith have allowed me an opportunity to experience all the fantastic marvels bestowed to me I once took for granted. I now find myself stopping by every rose to take the time to appreciate all its majestic beauty from the spiral rosette petals to the end points of the thorns. I will prove the doctors wrong again and I will be looking forward to celebrating my 52nd birthday next year.
Well good folks, it’s my birthday weekend and I have 100 things I want to do to commemorate my two special landmark events. Everyone have a great rest of the weekend and I will see everyone back here on Monday.
Go Team David!
Stay positive until tomorrow…
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