Today was a very interesting day for Joan and me. Some of the HDDC riders know that my cancer recently took a turn for the worse. While in the hospital this week a CTScan showed my liver had increased in size and there are new tumors that are not operable.
Needless to say Joan and I were very upset. Usually there is always optimism but for a little while there was only dispair.
Today is my first day home from hospital and it was an interesting day, to say the least. At 10am the doorbell rang and on my porch stood 4 Tibetan Monks and their interpreter. They are in Sacramento to perform the Buddha of Compassion Empowerment on Saturday night and other events relative to their beliefs. Through a friend of a friend the monks heard Joan's and my story and came to bless our house and me.
Me and the Tibetan Monks
Joan, Me, and the Monks
Even though I am not Buddhist I was moved by the ceremony. They chanted/prayed for over 90 minutes. It was an awesome experience. The scarf we are wearing is called a khata and is part of blessing ceremony. Each was blessed by the highest level monk in attendence (Geshe). Joan explains it is a high honor to have been given it and I accept it as such.
Shortly after the Monks went on their way the door rang again and it was Roger Moore (no picture needed).
Roger brought some "cheer-me-up" gifts and even brought my two shelties presents. I must admit that I almost ate one dog treat thinking it was a SlimJim. No luck, it turned out to be a dog sausage. Speedy may still have a fight on his hands for that one.
I am so touched by the "acts of loving kindness" I have received recently. It doesn't matter if we are HDDC, EXR, NorCal, or whatever, Joan and I have received great strength from the fact that in November 2002 we bought an LT and met so many nice and caring people
The Monks, Roger, and some of the POSSE members have helped me to know Joan and I are not alone in this new phase of my battle.