The Good Professor Speaks:
Well it looks like I’ll begin the final leg of my cancer treatment – back to a six week regime of chemo infusions. That entails chemo once a week for two weeks then a week off (party week!). This treatment is normal after surgery to make sure if any cancer cells have escaped they can be dealt with. Last time I went through this my body seemed to handle it quite well so I’m hopeful it will be similar this time. Indeed I actually gained about 20 lbs over that time period which also included radiation and chemo in the form of a pill. So I’m hopeful I’ll again put on some pounds.
Hooks for Hook was a nice success with students (and faculty and staff) raising about $300 purchasing these hooks for anywhere from $1-$5. They sell these hooks at tackle stores that can be attached to fishing caps. Remarkably I’ve been seeing students still wearing their “hooks” to school. Anyway the money raised will go to fund one student per semester to conduct research at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. Our goal is to create an endowment large enough to use the interest to fund the students.
Finally I need to thank all of you that are wishing me well in a diversity of means and ways, and especially my wonderful wife. All this support has made my job of getting completely well again so much easier.
Editor’s Note: Hooks for Hook has raised over $800 so far. Unexpected and heart touching to us both.
Regime, Regimen, Regiment
I had no idea there were so many spellings for regimen which I’ve always spelled regimenT (militant) but which Hook spelled regimeN (training) until spell check suggested he use regimE, the original French spelling (political). Since Hook is half French and since I often feel the need to politic my way through his medical appointments, regime it is.
I missed this last appointment with Hook because I thought it was another routine visit like his last one with the surgeon when all the sugar propaganda was shared. When I attend any of Hook’s appointments, I write out my list of questions in advance, laying a strategy of when and what to ask so we get all of the information instead of only the information the doctors willing share. Maybe Hook’s decision to agree to the additional chemo may not have changed even if I had been there to fling questions at the doctor until he cried, “uncle,” but I know I would have understood more of what I understand very little of at all. What can I expect of myself when I didn’t even know there were three spellings of regimen.
For today, I’ll resist the urge to continue writing my misgivings about this latest diagnosis. Instead, I’m satisfied to have Hook’s contribution to this week’s blog. I hope you are, too.
It’s SXSW (South by Southwest) week in Austin, Texas, and during the interactive portion of the festivities, my brother, Dave, & his wife, Mary Joy, and Hook & I, all attended the MichAGAIN event sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development group. It was part of the Pure Michigan campaign to entice former Michiganders and wannabe Michiganders to give the great state of Michigan a try, employment-wise. If I haven’t mentioned it before, I’m a Yankee, a Michigan girl born and raised. For those outside of the U.S., you like to call all Americans, “Yanks” or “Yankees.” Inside the United States, only people who live north of the Mason-Dixon line are considered Yankees.
March 2013 marks the 24th anniversary of my debut onto the Austin scene from Michigan. Someone should alert the press. Even so, on the way to the MichAGAIN event, Hook and I talked about the possibility of moving to Michigan for a few years. It was just an idea, one that I’ve toyed with on and off for the last 24 years except now my roots have grown even deeper in Austin.
On behalf of my home state, give Michigan a try especially if you’re a career changer. The Michigan Economic Development group created a program called Michigan Shifting Gears and Shifting Code which supports new and seasoned talent with the career shift they need and want — a new beginning in a new state. The beauty of Michigan can only be experienced by dipping your toe in one of The Great Lakes, walking in fresh air surrounded by evergreens, or responding to HIs and HELLOs from strangers because, well, that’s the Michigan way — very friendly — kind of like Australia
Michigan’s economy is becoming healthy again just like Hook’s body is becoming healthy again.
MichAGAIN. HookAGAIN. AusAGAIN (Hook’s return to Australia).
Austin to Australia in August is still on.
p.s. Right hand over my heart and scout’s honor: Hook’s “wonderful wife” quote was a surprise to me, too!