Dear Faithful Praying Family & Friends,
Stephen & I travel to Gainesville, FL [tomorrow, Sunday] for me to begin chemotherapy, on Monday morning at 9.50 AM at Dr. Carroll’s office. You remember that I will participate in a clinical trial? I was “randomized” into the group that will receive four drugs vs. three.
Phase One: Three months [six rounds] of therapy, with four infused drugs. Each round will include one full day [six hours] followed by a rest period of three weeks. Phase One begins Monday, 09.21.09 and ends Monday, 01.04.10.
Phase Two: Nine months of therapy, with two infused drugs. Each round will include one-half day [three hours] followed by a rest period of three weeks. Phase Two begins Monday, 01.25.10 and ends in September 2010.
Phase Three: Five years of one oral drug, no infusion. Phase Three will begin September 2010 and will end September 2016.
I am dedicating each of the first Six Rounds in Phase One to a hero or heroine. Round One is dedicated to:
Alton Bernard “Nobby” Blair [1919-2006] and Margaret Elizabeth “Peg” Van Hoy Blair [1918-2005]
Descending from hard-working NC farm folk, Nobby was the first family member to attend college. He wrote a letter home from Guilford College to his parents, in 1943, telling them that he would soon be drafted into WWII. However, he assured them that he was honored to serve his country and that he would “make them proud.” Peg [his college sweetheart] sent him off to war in 1943. Because they knew he might never return, they did not become engaged at that time. After completing cadet training, Nobby flew 21 missions over Germany in World War II, first as a bombadier and later as a navigator. He witnessed many of his buddies being killed by enemy fire; at least one of these deaths was on board the plane in which he was flying.
Nobby returned home from WWII [first photo, above] and married Peg in 1946. Peg supported Nobby while he earned a Master’s Degree on the GI Bill at UNC. His three vocations were coach, educator, and career Air Force military officer. Nobby & Peg raised their family on one income and gave each of their five children an opportunity to finish college. Peg supervised ten family moves and parented alone, when Nobby was away from home on military duty [including one entire year, when Nobby was in Japan].
When Nobby was 78, he valiantly fought for his life, in a hospital ICU unit, after severe complications from surgery. He endured one solid year of excruciating rehabilitation. Peg was with him through all of this, as Nobby had been with her during her health challenges.
Nobby & Peg celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1996 [second photo]. They were married for 59 years, until Peg’s death in 2005.
Dad and Mom, this round is dedicated to you! I plan to fight valiantly and I hope to “make you proud.”