Treatment #2 brought the surprise visit of JP, best man in Lynda and my wedding, who made a special trip from Fort Worth as a welcomed sign of love and support. When you’re hooked to an infusion machine for 8+ hours, it’s good to have an old friend around keeping things light. And if anyone can keep things fun, it’s JP. He had done his extreme research (Google) to find out a common side effect of chemotherapy is dry, ashy skin. Out of his travel pack he pulls a very large tube of hand lotion. He’s that kind of guy. And, no, I’m not ashy.
We spend the day doing two things: reminiscing and laughing about our life’s many past adventures together and daydreaming about future trips to come. JP and I spent the entire summer of 1996 riding our bicycles over 3,000 miles across the U.S. as part of the Journey of Hope team raising funds and awareness for the disabled. 20+ years later there is rarely a day that goes by that I don’t recall an adventure or friend(s) from that trip.
Our next adventure has us running the Cowtown Half Marathon next month in Fort Worth, TX. The most exciting part of the run is that I get to do it laughing with JP as we push a wheelchair enabled athlete for the entire 13.1mile course. Now that’s what I call quality time with a friend! Our goal is to raise $1,500 for the Ability Experience, organizer and host of the annual Journey of Hope event. See more about our challenge and make a donation to the cause.