Can it be another week already?

Monday was my dad’s 97th birthday – he looks amazing for his age and is still quite vital!

To celebrate, we took my dad and Florence out for lunch before heading back to NYC by bus.

Antonio and I went to visit for the weekend and had a fun time with him and Florence. Ate too much, including Olive Branch crabcakes,  but that is expected by now!

A week ago Monday, was another MRI and the results were uncertain. The good news: no new tumor growth so the treatment while maybe not effective in getting rid of the cancer, it seems to be having some good effects on the tumors. That said, I am still way too tired and with low energy. Miguel was in from Amsterdam and joined us at Sloan.

 

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Antonio – who is not objective – tells me I am doing great and that I should not be so hard on myself, but it is hard to feel good when I don’t feel so good. I am trying to be patient and while on the one hand, I love when people see me and tell me I look great, I still hate hearing that when I don’t see myself that way – and when doing even the simplest things exhausts me.

We went for several social events this week, including a goodbye party for Suraj who is off to LA for work and to Lisa Gilman’s 50th birthday party at a beautiful upper east private townhouse. Also had brunch on Sunday with Miguel and Ronny, and Marc Martin.

We have started to reach out for people to take Fire Island shares for 2017 – if interested, please send me an email. You can also see https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14065195?preview but prices are very negotiable.

The light outside is beautiful right now. We are on the bus – maybe 30 mins from NYC.

Tonight had dinner with my friend Stewart at Blossom – an amazing vegetarian restaurant. Great to catch up with Stew, also.

Later in the week more therapy and more social stuff – movie with Jon Cook. Gallery with Katia and Susan.

Trying to do a bit less, but that is hard for me – I overdo it easily and then punish myself for it. Antonio helps me keep some perspective. And he forces me to nap – a good thing for my recovery.

We will take my niece Kaelah to see modern dance when she comes to visit early in February.

Sending love into the world on this electoral college sad day– hopefully more joy and love will come back our way.

Antonio was supposed to go to Spain today for Xmas holidays but cannot leave the USA because of visa issues. So we will head to Florida from December 28 until January 8th – at least a good break from the cold! We start in Ft. Lauderdale and will drive to Key West to spend a few days with my dear friend David Schofield.

This will be Antonio’s first time in both places – I have been to KW but have not been to Ft. Lauderdale yet and look forward to that. Suggestions welcome for both places – more for FL Than KW where I have been 3 times and where David lives. The overall goal is to be in a warm place and just relax – not party or overdo it.

 

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Ronny, Miguel, Antonio and me:

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Okay, all for now – until next week.

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  1. Love the photo of the 4 of you!!
    So glad no tumor growth. Have a fantastic time in Florida.
    Thinking of you always,
    Love

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  2. Great pictures dear Alan! So good to rad some news and to know you are in sunny FL! I am not there right now as I am staying longer is Italy (and yes currently freezing) and will be back in Miami mid-January. I hope I can catch you on my next trip to NY sometimes in January or Feb most likely. Reading your latest post, I can only tell you that you all have to learn to me less judgmental on ourselves. Let's make that one of the 2017 resolutions together? I think you are doing marvelous. Sending much love and wishes for a hoary and healthy 2017 (I will need some comfort after 20 January especially - I count on you!) Paola 🙂 xxx

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