Winter at St. James in Oakwood

In December 2005 “watch and wait” had apparently come to an end and my MGUS had become a non-Hodgkins B-cell lymphoma called Waldenstroms macroglobulinemia. I started receiving heavy chemo, which pretty well incapacitated me. I was surprised at the side effects. I was so weak and of course lost all my hair-not that there was much to lose. The doctor lied! He said I would get a full head of black curly hair when it came back in but I am still waiting! I was so weak I could not walk out to the mailbox to get the mail. I started walking a few feet in the house and continued many times each day. I slowly became stronger and could finally walk all the way to the end of the block and back.

Golf course at Heritage Ranch

Charlotte and I decided in 2006 that the health issues determined that we had better downsize. We put our beautiful house on St. James up for sale. The sign went up on a Friday and it sold on Monday. We had purchased a smaller house in a 55+ community called Heritage Ranch in Fairview. Of course, we were 80 when we moved in.

Our home in Heritage Ranch

Many of our friends rallied to help us pack and move in June of 2006. Glenda Howard spent days boxing up household effects and her husband, Steve, helped move my shop stuff. Nina Beasley and her husband Bob also pitched in. Our friends Dr. Larry Herin and Ralph King floored our attic in the new house and moved many boxes up there for storage. David and Valeria Jones and their boys came over and unloaded the attic at St James, which was so full it filled up a two-car garage. With the chemo I was taking, I was pretty well out of it. I began to understand what true friends really mean. We were soon settled in and very comfortable in our new smaller house.

Photo of Heritage Ranch Golf Course found here.

More information on Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia found here and here.