Certificate of Achievement – November 10, 2005

Today Lis had her follow-up doctor’s appointment. It wasn’t much of a doctor’s appointment as it was a celebration or graduation, if you will. They gave her a Certificate of Achievement for “Meritorious Conduct on Completion of Your Course in Chemotherapy” and she got her picture taken with Dr. Congdon. Not like that is anything special but it’s still nice of them to show Lis some love.

The doctor also complimented Lis by telling her that she was one of his better patients. He said he has some male patients that are big and strong yet all they do is complain about what’s going on with them. Men…we’re sissies! He mentioned that Lis never complained through this whole ordeal. Her response…why complain when complaining isn’t going to make anything better. You see why I married this girl…very optimistic! I used to be a half-empty kind of guy who would complain a lot about the little things in life. She made me more optimistic and this situation made me realize that life is much too short to complain about the small stuff. After I met Lis I thought to myself…we’re going to be dead a lot longer than we’re alive so might as well make the most of it and have a lot of fun doing so.

Unfortunately, I missed out on this “graduation” because I had to work, but it’s still nice to know that she was acknowledged for being a good patient and also for making it through chemo in one piece. The certificate is also a nice reminder to us about what we have (are) went through and is also a nice reminder of how this thing may finally be over.

Congrats Lisy! I’m so proud of you! You’ve done an awesome job through this whole cancer-thing. You never complained – unless you had to eat more hospital food or share a bathroom with someone – and always kept your composure – unless they were poking you a few more times than they should be or making your arm swell up. Many people have complimented you on how you kept a positive attitude through the past seven months of course it helped having a little rascal like Lukas around but it was you that never let yourself get too far down. Congratulations again Lis, thank you for being awesome!

5 thoughts on “Certificate of Achievement – November 10, 2005

  1. Congrats Lis!!!! It has been very interesting and inspiring to watch (via the blog) you go through all of this and you are pretty amazing. I am so glad chemo is over!!! Good luck with your continuing good health. XOXOXO


  2. Congrats Lis!! Even though I do not know u personally, I feel like I do b/c of the wonderful job Kevin has done on sharing this whole experience w/ us about your life w/ cancer and how one family deals/dealt w/ it. May many more healthy days come to you!! 🙂


  3. Yeah, I\’ve heard women say that us men can be bigger babies than them! Lis\’ attitude through this whole ordeal really is a testament to her character. She was always so strong and optimistic. I\’m sorry that we couldn\’t have been there to visit more but you know, the whole moving to Japan thing. We definitely will have a lot of catching up to do with you guys!


  4. Yeah! I am so happy for you and Lis. I visit your site often and have been following your story. To be at the end of therapy-I bet it felt at times like you would never get there and yet it seems like only yesterday that you got the horrible news. We are 1 1/2 years out of treatment and I sometimes feel like it was all a dream, but then again when we were living it it felt that way too. I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season-maybe Santa will bring you that vacation you need! Good luck to you both.Missy


  5. MARAVILHOSO… realmente lindo… Vi suas fotos e tentei entender oque está escrito(rs)… uma maneira de saber se você está bem…Lendo, notei que seu otimismo foi marcante… Isso fez com que o tratamento fosse uma pouco mais "ameno". Você está sendo muito forte. Como as mulheres dessa família são.Daqui de longe, torcendo por você, fico muito feliz por ter passado por mais essa barreira…Fiquei emocionada de verdade…Parabéns minha prima…


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