Monday, August 23, 2010

Ipswich, Clam Box & Apple Pies

Thank you so much to all those who have donated so far! I can't begin to express how much your support means to me and my family. We feel so privileged to have such a great and widespread support group of friends and family spanning across countries and continents! You all raise our spirits and keep us going and for that we thank you!

Waking up after my week of chemo-spins I felt great! Following round 3 I felt as if I was fighting more the effects of the chemotherapy drugs instead of the physical pain + chemo drugs I battled previously; before I was struggling to walk with a cane whereas this round I mainly battled fatigue with little pain.

By Friday afternoon, after a week of homemade soups and meals compliments of our friends Zac, Richard and Jesse, I was back on my feet.

Autumn and I went sailing to kick off the weekend! It was the first time she came out on the water and we had a blast exploring the Charles, racing through the gusts and dodging the "ducks" and other boats floating around in the cool summer air.

Saturday we ventured to Ipswich, MA. Known for their fresh clams, we found a restaurant called the "Clam Box" and feasted on whopping plate of fried clams, onion rings and coleslaw, worth only 3 heart attacks. Afterwards we followed our noses to Appleton Farms entranced by the smell of fresh apple pie and then ventured back home.

Yesterday our Boston friends, the Kapsons, had a BBQ at their new home in Newton. We brought a fresh apple pie from Ipswich which was amazing. It was one of the first social events for us to attend since my diagnosis. In the beginning it was a little hard to stomach conversations of houses, kids and errands that seem so insignificant after all that we've been going through, but life does go on; this has been an important lesson for us to learn. In the end, it was really great to see our friends and socialize outside our home as a normal couple again. Did I mention the pie?

It was a great weekend to officially conclude Round 3. I feel better than I've ever felt going into this week, which should make for productive and enjoyable times at work and at home with my Autie.


  1. It was good to see you guys the other night. I'm sorry that Mitch's fear of dogs meant that Benson couldn't come (you know, because he's so big and scary). Benson is definitely invited next time!

  2. Hey Jeff! I just got back from Israel and am catching up on your blog now. Glad to hear you're feeling better! P.S. I went to the Kotel last Thursday and had a one-on-one with the Big Guy...I gave you a shoutout, so hopefully you're feeling the love from the Holy Land =)

  3. That food looks delicious! I am going to go get some fried food like that tonight :)! Maybe sometime when I am in Boston you can take me sailing, but it might be too cold by the time we get there at the end of sept:(. I think its amazing that you can go sailing there- great way to keep your mind off of things! Hope this next round of chemo will be like this one! Love you and talk soon!