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September 18, 2005

sandy's new hat

Actually Sandy has many new hats. These are two of her favorites. The straw hat is her Sunday-go-to-meeting one that Breanna affectionately nicknamed the "Gilligan Hat". Not in memory of Bob Denver, the actor who played the television character and who died recently. Sandy bought the hat about two weeks before he died. The other hat was a present from Shirley, Steven's mom and my ex; thanks again Shirley. It is a pink Packer hat sold through the Packer Organization; a part of the procedes go to support Breast Cancer research. Sand was talking to her sister Lori while I was taking her photo. Which hat do you like the best?

Sandy's new hat marks the ending of one leg of her journey. She has only one more radiation treatment left on Monday and her two oncology doctors tell her she looks and is doing great. She did not experience the fatigue they predicted and, as you can see, she has kept a majority of her precious hair. We and the doctors are not certain at this point if Sandy will lose any more hair when the chemo dose is increased. The chemo has made her only slightly anemic so the doctor has prescibed one iron pill a day.

In a month, Sand will need to have an MRI done. This one will be the baseline for future visits with radiation oncologist, Dr. Bastin.

In my mind's eye, I always see Sandy as the 21 year old college student I met in astonomy class at UWGB the summer of 1980. Below is my favorite photo of her that I snapped on the old bridge in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. It was a grey cold Sunday afternoon in mid October of the same year and we had taken a motorcyle trip up to Door County. On the way home, it began to drizzle and we were frozen by the time we made it back to Green Bay. I keep a framed copy of this memory on my dresser.

You can click on all the photos for a larger view.

Posted by jhyden at September 18, 2005 10:57 AM

Hey Sandy,
I love the photo John has of you when you two first met. You look just the same; young and vibrant! Personally, I think I like the pink baseball hat. I always wore baseball hats too.

I recently received an email from Christi about us all getting together for dinner. I would love that. Christi and I are going to get our calendars together and then we'll call you and see when we can make this work.

My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. Please tell John and the girls I said hello and that I love this website!

CU Soon!

Posted by: Jill Due at September 18, 2005 08:09 PM

Dear Sandy
The Kelley family would like to know if you still
need a home for Melody?Because we think she is sooooooo cute!!!!!!!!So if you could either
please call (414)-481-1692 or e:mail us at
PS Shannon will not shutup about Melody she wants her really bad!

Your little buddy!
Buh bye!!

Posted by: kelley family at September 18, 2005 11:10 PM

Hi Family!
I am glad that all is going well. Sarah and I were just looking at the update, and Sarah said, "my Sandy hasn't changed much, she is pretty". I thought you would enjoy that :-)

Posted by: Sharon & Sarah at September 19, 2005 02:20 PM

Thank you Sarah for the sweet comment.

Posted by: Sandy at September 20, 2005 08:07 AM


Sally and I like the straw hat, Sally says it makes it look like you are fresh off the ferry from Martha's Vineyard. That works for me too. We think you look good in all the photos. Thanks John, the pics and feedback are wonderful. Send our love to Breanna and Erin too.

Sally and Mike

Posted by: Sally and Mike at September 23, 2005 07:19 PM