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Thursday, February 28, 2019

C6D21 CT Scan

Click here to see photos of Thursday evening in Nashville (including a stop in Murfreesboro to have lunch with my sister at Chuy's). It was a beautiful day in the 70's. So when I checked in at the hotel I was able to take a walk in short sleeves a couple of blocks away to Hurry Back Tavern for a beer. They had the walls open to the outside. It was nice sitting there watching people walking by and walking their dogs. The crowd was friendly, so I was able to socialize a good bit and have a few laughs. I needed that, considering the stress that always happens the day before a CT scan.

The end result from the scan is that all my spots in my lungs are growing. I also have a new one in a lymph node in my pelvis and one in a lymph node on my neck area or something. I've exhausted my traditional chemo options. They don't yet have another study to join, that I meet requirements for, that have space for new patients. So I'm left with no treatment indefinitely until/unless another study comes along. They put me on Palliative Care to work on quality of life and symptom management (pain, etc.). I don't have a time limit yet, but the cancer will continue to grow at-will unless they can find something for me.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Don’t ASSume We Can’t End Colorectal Cancer

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance is challenging you to avoid assumptions and get more information about colorectal cancer that my help you or a loved one manage this deadly disease.
Colorectal cancer – cancer that starts in the colon or rectum – is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. Approximately 140,000 people are diagnosed and more than 50,000 people die from colon cancer in the U.S. annually. At the same time, colorectal cancer is also the most preventable and treatable type of cancer. The five-year survival rate for colorectal cancer found at the local stage is 90 percent, compared to 14 percent for colorectal cancer found at distant stages.
Through research and education about prevention, screening, and treatment, it is possible to end colorectal cancer in our lifetime. Whether you are a patient navigating your diagnosis or caregiver providing support, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance has resources for you.
For more information, visit

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Daddy's Funeral Celebration

That was some party! It was the perfect celebration. Lots of food and people and music. Here is a photo of my dad's 3 best friends in the world. They are all from his gas company days. Two of them I have known for most of my life. Taking this photo choked me up some. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Friday, February 8, 2019

C6D1 Infusion

Infusion was more or less routine this time. The only excitement was the maintenance man fixing one of the TVs. There were some adjustments to meds for my thyroid. Routine is good because it's not stressful. It's also not good, because it's routine.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Obituary for My Dad

Click here to see his online obituary page.

At the age of 82, surrounded by prayers and warm thoughts from relatives and friends far and near, Cleston Curtis passed from this world on February 1, 2019, as a result of a massive stroke. He was born on August 1, 1936, and was a native of Warren County, residing in Rock Island, Tennessee, at the time of his death.

A retired propane gas service technician and well-known nurseryman, he was the son of the late Martin and Myrtle Curtis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Icalee Dowell and brothers, Rodean Curtis, Beachel Curtis, and Tony Curtis.

Cleston is survived by a daughter and son, Cheryl Hitchcock and Darryl Curtis of Rock Island, TN. In addition to his children, he is survived by five grandchildren and spouses, Jessica (William) Mooneyham, Jamie (Cleo) Sanders, Nathaniel (Kayla) Hitchcock, Maya Coe, and Joseph Hitchcock; seven great-grandchildren, Brookelyn, Carli, and Milly Hitchcock, Isaiah and Asher Sanders, Catherine Mooneyham, and Alex Coe; one sister, Clema Owen; one brother and sister-in-law, Avery and Teresa Curtis; 20 nieces and nephews, their spouses, children and grandchildren; and many beloved cousins and friends.

He had a love for family get-togethers, helping others, and attending music festivities. He favorite past time was driving around, socializing and visiting with friends and acquaintances.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in his honor at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 10, at John Henry’s Music Barn, 358 Norene Road, Sparta, TN. Visitation with the family will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the celebration service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life in Warren County, American Stroke Association, Arbor Day Foundation, or Nature Conservancy Tennessee.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Cleston Curtis

My dad had a stroke and left us on Friday. It was sudden. He lived at home and drove his Ford Ranger 'till the day he died - just like he wanted. He lived over 80 years, didn't get cancer, didn't suffer, wasn't sick. He will be cremated per his wishes.
As we settle back into our routines this week and everybody goes to work or school or wherever, I will continue mine. I will hear his power chair coming through the gravel. I will hear the incessant clicking of his joy stick. I will hear his squeaky pulley in the greenhouse. I will continue to collect his mail in a stack near the door. And when Cher or Rebecca calls I will not be saying "Bout the same. Only time I've used my voice this week is to talk to daddy". I will experience the oneness of being left behind from an intertwined, lifetime relationship. One that transcends father and son. One that almost mimics an old married couple who live in separate bedrooms, yet has become so comfortable and normal that for one to be without the other is unfathomable. I guess it sums it up to say that we still receive holiday cards addressed to the both of us.
Ironically our best day of the year together is Super Bowl Sunday. I do not like football. He loves it. So I always use the day to give him the red carpet treatment: light pre-apps served at 1st quarter; main dish app tray at halftime; sweet snacks served up at 4th quarter to aid in his effort to stay awake.
My love of social situations came from him, as well as our distaste for somber audiences in a funeral home that are not conducive to table hopping and socializing. Therefore we will be having a casual, informal get-together at one of his favorite places. Come on out and join in. Wear what you have on.
His Get-together will be at:
John Henry’s Music Barn
358 Norene Road
Sparta, TN
Sunday, February 10
11am - 2pm Visitation
2pm Celebration