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Friday, October 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, John!!




John, boogying with my daughter, Gina at my niece's wedding two weeks ago


Today is John's 57th birthday!  There was a time when we didn't know if he'd make his 55th or 56th or 57th birthday.  With his stubborn aggressive Lymphoma making unwanted appearances over and over, we weren't sure how much time John had left on this earth.  But this tough retired paratrooper wasn't going to let a little thing like cancer stop his life!  See that picture just above?  That was taken on October 10, just 42 days after receiving a stem cell transplant and 48 days after receiving a very high dose of chemo for 5 days straight.  On September 21, just one month to the day after he entered the hospital for transplant, he was back to work, full-time.  He's one tough old bird and I'm absolutely convinced he's going to outlive all of us!  A PET scan in about a month will tell us if the transplant worked.


So, here's to you, John!   You are the love of my life, the reason I smile all the time now.  I hope I get to spend the next 30 years with you, with an option to renew.  Besides, you promised to show me Alaska in all its glory someday. I love you with all my heart! 


19 comments:

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Happy birthday to John!! What a loving and heartfelt tribute Joanie.

CK Lunchbox said...

Hey! Happy Birthday, John! You two such a great couple.

Jan said...

Happy Birthday, John, and many, many returns!

lisa said...

Happy B-Day. Enjoy the good times ahead.

Twincerely,Olga said...

HI! stop back by.I changed the question

Ice Queen said...

Happy Birthday to John, indeed! Although I wish we had a video clip of those dance moves. =)

Garret of Jim and Garret said...

Happy birthday John!

Joanie, I'm looking into Alaska too. :-)

Mandi said...

What a great celebration! Happy Birthday, John!!

Joanne said...

Happy Birthday John- so glad you are both enjoying his 57th birthday!!! Ohhhh you HAVE to do ALASKA -- I think I did a post on my blog after we returned in June - I think the picture slide show is still there - enjoy!!

Big Mama Cass said...

Praying the PET scan comes back with wonderful results!!

I am Harriet said...

Wonderful post!

Stopping by via SITS.
Have a great weekend!

The Retired One said...

I would like to join the many others extending a very happy birthday to John and to thank him and you for being such an inspiration to all of us. You have shown humor and bravery in your fight against your cancer and given us all hope! May you have a million more HEALTHY birthdays ahead...many trips, many other weddings to go to and hugs for each other.

Daria said...

I'm a bit late but Happy Birthday John!

Martha in PA said...

what a sweet post. happy birthday, and many many more to john!

Nina P. said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN! May your day be filled with all the Love, Joy and Laughter life has to offer and may you find that you are healed and the cancer has left for good. I send prayers for you and your family. May you be well. Blessings to you and yours. Love and Light, Nina P

Maureen@IslandRoar said...

What a celebration this birthday is for you both!
Congrats John AND Joanie!

Eternal Lizdom said...

Happy birthday, John!!

Angela said...

Awesome!!! Congrats on beating lymphoma and making it to 57!

I like your sidebar tribute (I love this face). Makes me think I need to be nicer to my husband....

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. I am so glad that I visited you. Your love is so obviously displayed for this man :) I LOVE THAT! I love in your "about me" section that he "curls you toes". Good for you guys! I hope that all turns out well and that you DO see Alaska together ;)