Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"It's Always Something" Essay Update







From The WIfe:

On July 21,2009 we were invited to attend an award ceremony for all the essay entrants. The ceremony took place at the Gilda's Club in Cathedral City. It's a non-profit organization to help cancer patients and there family with information on cancer through out the community.

The last couple of times we went to visit S3U5, Marco had seen the billboard that mentioned the Gilda's Club supporting cancer patients and their families but never really paid attention to it. Till we were driving up to Cathedral City and he had seen the billboard again and noticed that it was where we going. As we approached the doors to Gilda's Club we were all excited and were wondering if maybe DLP had won. They served a beautiful buffet of finger foods and desserts with some wonderful lemonade. They invited us to sit in a medium size room and told us to wait till the ceremony started. As we were all sitting there a woman was strategically setting down kleenex boxes at the end of the rows. The V (S3U5) asked the woman if she was expecting people to cry and the woman responded with I think they may. I turned to DLP and told her they may make you read your essay, she looked at me with wide-open eyes and said " I don't want to read it I will cry the whole way through. Just as we were talking they started to mention that there were two 3rd place ($250) winners and the first one to go up was a young guy 15 years old, I believe.....and he started to read his essay.....all hell broke loose he had the whole room balling. Hell there wasn't enough kleenex in the box for one row.

The girl who won 3rd place ($250) didn't read her's well that didn't stop any of the judges they read her's and oh boy! The girl who won 2nd place ($500) didn't read her's either so you guessed right the judge read her's too.
The 1st place ($1000) winner was a 17 year old who lost his dad in March of 2009 to prostate cancer and he also read a poem he made for his dad. Everyone else was called to go up and receive there award. As they called their name they would read the title of there essay also. When they called DLP and then read her essay title "Cancer Sucks" everyone started to giggle and then there was laughter it was an ice breaker for everyone in that room who had been balling prior to the reading of the other entries. We all thought it was funny that they all loved the title.

Each essay was a personal encounter with cancer and how they dealt with cancer, DLP was a winner with us though, she did a great job with her essay and it was a personal expericence just to be participating in the essay. All the rest received an award (honorable mentioned) and received $25.00 visa card. They invited all the participates to take a picture all together at the end of the ceremony which was nice. In all there were 24 entries.

We left very sentimental let me tell you, I couldn't control my tears. We cried all the way back home. DLP was so emotional she said she didn't want to do it again cause it was to much but I explained that it was good that we all went because there are a lot of people affected by cancer and how they cope with cancer was a learning experience for all. You get a better understanding of how much cancer SUCKS.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sarcoma Awareness Week (July 18-26)



From the Wife:
Zuma Beach in Malibu was great. It was windy in the morning but it was calm later on in the day. We set up our spot on the beach and into the water we went. Marco even got in the water twice, well three times if you count the time that he decided to be sneaky and attack DLP from behind to put her in the water.

You should have seen his face! He was determined to get her in the water...while she is screaming at the top of her lungs... Marco lunges backwards pulling DLP down with him, he lands flat on his back and was laughing so hard! Needless to say, DLP never landed in the water.

I was very happy to see Marco having fun and getting into the water...the smile on his face especially when he is feeling great brings a smile to all of our faces.

We all had a great time out at Zuma Beach we missed all of you and would have loved to see you all but we knew it was last minute.

Hopefully we can all get together soon. Mark your calendars for August 30th on a Sunday for the Oceans of Hope at Manhattan Beach, Ca. We'll cheer in the paddleboard racers coming in from Catalina to Manhattan Beach to raise money for the Sarcoma Alliance. We can make it another day at the beach. I will post more information about this event later to remind everyone. Enjoy the pictures!

Update: This is now week 5 of the Phase III Trail and all is well so far no side affects and no other changes. He will be having another CT Scan first week in August to see if there are any changes. So far all is well and Marco is feeling stronger and looking great, looking good.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ALL CLEAR!



From the Wife:

Well, Marco's Birthday came and went, and now his is officially the BIG 4 0.

The morning start with a carrot cake Kray had gotten him (his favorite) and gifts. The thoughts in our minds where more like -- oh no today is the day that we go to COH, have a CT Scan and doctor appointments to determine if he is still cancer free,
two months after the surgery to remove the tumor that was on his diaphragm.

We hate these appointment because anything can happen or it sends us on a damn rollercoaster ride with your heart in your mouth or it sends us to orbit on the greatest feeling ever that you are beating the shit out of cancer (but on guard no less).

We always remember not to let our guard down. Marco's appointment would not be till later in the evening so I had already forewarned DLP that if all hell broke loose at the doctors we would come home, and if all went well we would take him to eat somewhere to celebrate. Since we have to be conservative with $, we chose not to take him to one of his favorite resturants in town. With that in mind we had no idea how it would play out.

Finally he had his CT Scan done and we met with Dr. Grannis.

I swear it seemed that no matter what the doctor tells you - good or bad - I think we still have that confused, puzzled look and "what did you just say" look as the doctor repeated: "The CT Scan is all clear with no concerns of any kind. Cancer free" Oh my word..... I thought as tears start to fill my eyes...then as he examines Marco he says that he is really glad that he is looking so good after his surgery.

So he asked the magic question..."How do you feel"? Marco answered "Good, I have been doing things here and there trying to test my limits". Then doctor said "Ok, that sounds good...I think you can go back to work".

WHAT! We were not expecting to hear this soooo soooon, especially me.

That just took me over the edge.....sniff sniff and a clear of the throat. As the doctor left the room Marco let out a big sigh and you could see that a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders.

The whole time all I could think of was - We need to celebrate his 40th and this good news we just got! We are taking him to Todai ! Marco had the biggest beer and we all ate till we couldn't eat no more. It was delicious and we even made a toast.

Great news! Now get the hell off the rollercoaster and move foward through the park of life.

We are all very excited...we don't know if the Phase III Trial has anything to do with it but we will take this good news anyway.

We love you! Marco you are an awesome fighter...keep up the good work.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Look who is turning 40!



From The Wife:

Today Marco is turning 40. Seems like just yesterday we were running around our neighborhood. Time has gone by so fast...I have know Marco since we were 9 or 10 and I have to say from the first time I saw him we clicked somehow. We were together for a couple of years and broke up a couple too. But at the end we came back to each other ...yeah, I know cheezzy, right, but it's true.

Marco hasn't changed much in the 30 years that I have known him. He is still pretty much the same. Always there to lend a hand, to lend an ear, to give advice and always a great friend to be around. He has accomplished a lot in these 40 years of his life.

What do you write for someone who is turning 40? I have already given some insight to his life and what he has done these couple of years. Maybe it should start with cheezy stuff? I think everyone loves cheezy so lets start with...

Marco is a wonderful husband and father. He has accomplished lots. He is witty, funny (sometimes), but his humor could use some help! Sometimes his jokes suck but he means well I guess...I tell him after one of his jokes not to quit his day job because he wouldn't cut it as a comedian.

But sometimes (notice I said sometimes) he can make you piss your pants, of the shit that he comes up with, especially at his age 40 (oops! that number just keeps popping up).

Well this morning I asked him if he felt any different he said "No" then I asked if he felt like he grew up overnight and he said "No, I still feel like a ToysRus kid."

I think celebrating 40 and still feeling like a kid is great.

Honey, I hope you enjoy your day today! We love you!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Not your average Quinceañera...



We are back from a great 15th birthday celebration for DLP.
We started with a surprise for DLP at the Sahara Casino where they had a NASCAR Café and SPEED the Ride, then we got our room and when it was almost 3:30pm we started to go get something to eat and we realized that all of our shoes were missing. We spent about 45 min. looking for them all over the hotel, car and even went in to the luggage hold at the hotel and found nothing. We had to go on a store hunt....I am not kidding you when I say 20 min. later we see TARGET and it saved our lives. We finally had our shoes to wear to the opera. We all got ready and headed out. Machini in his suit looking handsome as ever with his phantom mask I made him. DLP and myself wore the mask that we made especially for DLP's special occasion. Everyone loved to see Machini and after a while I should have started to charge for every picture that was taken with him and all the women. He was loving every famous moment. He was too cute.

DLP was looking so elegant and all dressed up.....let me tell you, I had to hold my tears back to many times. She would of thought that was cheezzy.

The Phantom of the Opera in Las Vegas was just AMAZING! We couldn't believe how beautiful and great it was. We are still talking about it.......Marco didn't want to have anything to do with the Phantom so he waited for us as he watched NuNu. He was his side kick for the night and Marco loved every minute of it ........due to the fact that "quote" "unquote" He was a "chick magnet" we were all laughing as he was tell us how all the girls thought NuNu was so cute and of course I am sure Marco loved the attention too.

We all froze our asses off in the pool, here we thought that in 100 degree weather the pool water would be at least somewhat luke warm but boy were we surprised....the first one to jump in was DLP and you would of thought just by looking at her face we should of stayed out of the pool and I do believe she did say it was hella cold, but we all ignored her. The next one in was Machini and again looking at his shivering teeth. Marco just plopped right in and no it didn't stop there I decided to jump in as well because by then Marco was already on his way over to throw water at me and I was going to get wet anyway so yes I did jump in. Hell-a-cold was not the word I wanted to use. It was so cold that I could feel the metal in my hip getting cold.....Marco looked like his body was going in shock and out we went within 5 min.

We laughed all the way to the room. I don't know what we were thinking at the time ...it had to be all the smoke in the casino I guess.

All in all we all had a great time on our outing....hope you enjoyed the pictures.