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Camino Chrissy

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I have just received a new email update from Dave Bugg, and because of the many heartwarming replies and concern he received from forum members, so with permission I am sharing a portion of his relatively good news with all of you. Dave has spent nearly a month at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio undergoing a bone marrow transplant which is looking quite successful.

"I am now home, having arrived yesterday afternoon. The recovery time was quicker than had been expected, although the final evaluation of the treatments effectiveness won't be known for another 3 weeks. But so far, things are wonderfully optimistic.

It is almost surreal in a way being home. . . sorta like being on a boat for a while and then needing to readjust to being on land again 😁😁 But it is a most wonderful sense of comfort and peace to be here and to have family around.

I actually feel pretty good, considering. I have been out walking to start to regain my strength back. I told Jill that Santa could bring me some muscle strength and energy as a stocking stuffer :) I just decided that I need to start ever-so-slowly working into some level of fitness, no matter how long it takes. My Doc says its OK to be out walking, so why wait?

One thing had me spoiled, and that was the hospital mattress that I had in my room. My gosh, it was the most comfortable mattress EVER. . at least from my experience. I wonder if Santa has room in his sleigh for one of those?

Anyway, since the preliminary results are promising, I just will keep focused on what I know now, and take comfort in that information for the present. It also really helps that the arsenal of medications that I need to take during the day is being handled by Jill.

Thank you for all your support. I am doing well in both body (for now) and soul."


Dave
 
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I have just received a new email update from Dave Bugg, and because of the many heartwarming replies and concern he received from forum members, so with permission I am sharing a portion of his relatively good news with all of you. Dave has spent nearly a month at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio undergoing a bone marrow transplant which is looking quite successful.

"I am now home, having arrived yesterday afternoon. The recovery time was quicker than had been expected, although the final evaluation of the treatments effectiveness won't be known for another 3 weeks. But so far, things are wonderfully optimistic.

It is almost surreal in a way being home. . . sorta like being on a boat for a while and then needing to readjust to being on land again 😁😁 But it is a most wonderful sense of comfort and peace to be here and to have family around.

I actually feel pretty good, considering. I have been out walking to start to regain my strength back. I told Jill that Santa could bring me some muscle strength and energy as a stocking stuffer :) I just decided that I need to start ever-so-slowly working into some level of fitness, no matter how long it takes. My Doc says its OK to be out walking, so why wait?

One thing had me spoiled, and that was the hospital mattress that I had in my room. My gosh, it was the most comfortable mattress EVER. . at least from my experience. I wonder if Santa has room in his sleigh for one of those?

Anyway, since the preliminary results are promising, I just will keep focused on what I know now, and take comfort in that information for the present. It also really helps that the arsenal of medications that I need to take during the day is being handled by Jill.

Thank you for all your support. I am doing well in both body (for now) and soul."


Dave
Thanks for the update. I do hope to see Dave back on here in due course, please add my best wishes to the others if you’re in contact with him.
 
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Am so happy that you are responding well. I had a stem cell transplant June 2019 and was back to most work by October. Walking is the best....we all know that...and go only as far as feels good. I still take siestas (Camino gift) almost daily. Merry Christmas and a healthy 2021 to all
 
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I have just received a new email update from Dave Bugg, and because of the many heartwarming replies and concern he received from forum members, so with permission I am sharing a portion of his relatively good news with all of you. Dave has spent nearly a month at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio undergoing a bone marrow transplant which is looking quite successful.

"I am now home, having arrived yesterday afternoon. The recovery time was quicker than had been expected, although the final evaluation of the treatments effectiveness won't be known for another 3 weeks. But so far, things are wonderfully optimistic.

It is almost surreal in a way being home. . . sorta like being on a boat for a while and then needing to readjust to being on land again 😁😁 But it is a most wonderful sense of comfort and peace to be here and to have family around.

I actually feel pretty good, considering. I have been out walking to start to regain my strength back. I told Jill that Santa could bring me some muscle strength and energy as a stocking stuffer :) I just decided that I need to start ever-so-slowly working into some level of fitness, no matter how long it takes. My Doc says its OK to be out walking, so why wait?

One thing had me spoiled, and that was the hospital mattress that I had in my room. My gosh, it was the most comfortable mattress EVER. . at least from my experience. I wonder if Santa has room in his sleigh for one of those?

Anyway, since the preliminary results are promising, I just will keep focused on what I know now, and take comfort in that information for the present. It also really helps that the arsenal of medications that I need to take during the day is being handled by Jill.

Thank you for all your support. I am doing well in both body (for now) and soul."


Dave
That's wonderful news. Thank you for sharing. A great chunk of Christmas cheer has just exploded in my heart!
 

JamesVT

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances 2019
I have just received a new email update from Dave Bugg, and because of the many heartwarming replies and concern he received from forum members, so with permission I am sharing a portion of his relatively good news with all of you. Dave has spent nearly a month at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio undergoing a bone marrow transplant which is looking quite successful.

"I am now home, having arrived yesterday afternoon. The recovery time was quicker than had been expected, although the final evaluation of the treatments effectiveness won't be known for another 3 weeks. But so far, things are wonderfully optimistic.

It is almost surreal in a way being home. . . sorta like being on a boat for a while and then needing to readjust to being on land again 😁😁 But it is a most wonderful sense of comfort and peace to be here and to have family around.

I actually feel pretty good, considering. I have been out walking to start to regain my strength back. I told Jill that Santa could bring me some muscle strength and energy as a stocking stuffer :) I just decided that I need to start ever-so-slowly working into some level of fitness, no matter how long it takes. My Doc says its OK to be out walking, so why wait?

One thing had me spoiled, and that was the hospital mattress that I had in my room. My gosh, it was the most comfortable mattress EVER. . at least from my experience. I wonder if Santa has room in his sleigh for one of those?

Anyway, since the preliminary results are promising, I just will keep focused on what I know now, and take comfort in that information for the present. It also really helps that the arsenal of medications that I need to take during the day is being handled by Jill.

Thank you for all your support. I am doing well in both body (for now) and soul."


Dave
Wonderful news about Dave’s progress and return home. Dave is a living treasure to those who have read his words and thoughts regarding the Camino over the years. It’s so good to hear that Dave is outdoors, walking, building his strength, and has his family with him. Bless you, Dave. Good luck in the year ahead.
 

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Sept (2017)
Wonderful news! I am so happy to hear that Dave has cause for optimism! May he continue to gather health and strength, and may his loved ones rejoice in having him home and in the bosom of family. Chrissy, thanks for updating us and please pass along my good wishes when you have an opportunity. (And also my amazement that hospital mattresses come in a variety other than loud and crinkly :)
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I sent Dave a quick note that I have posted to the forum on his health status and that many folks are liking his update and sending such kind replies.
I know we are all blessed by his words and are showing it; I'm confident he will log in occasionally to take a look at the thread.
 

StFina

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CF, July 2012
CF, September 2016
Camino Primitivo, May 2017, followed by Camino Frances, late May, 2017
Dave: Please be sure to keep the faith. I had two allogenic bone marrow transplants for CML leukemia some time back with my brother as a donor. I am in remission, and have walked multiple Caminos since then. At 58, I might add that my appreciation for the joy and wonder of walking any of the various Caminos has only increased. May you experience the same and more. I wish you all the best in this difficult journey, and am hoping to see you on future Caminos. - Steve
 
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Cam Frances SJPDP to Santiago ('17): Finisterre ('17); Muxia ('17): Camino Portuguese ('19)
I have just received a new email update from Dave Bugg, and because of the many heartwarming replies and concern he received from forum members, so with permission I am sharing a portion of his relatively good news with all of you. Dave has spent nearly a month at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio undergoing a bone marrow transplant which is looking quite successful.

"I am now home, having arrived yesterday afternoon. The recovery time was quicker than had been expected, although the final evaluation of the treatments effectiveness won't be known for another 3 weeks. But so far, things are wonderfully optimistic.

It is almost surreal in a way being home. . . sorta like being on a boat for a while and then needing to readjust to being on land again 😁😁 But it is a most wonderful sense of comfort and peace to be here and to have family around.

I actually feel pretty good, considering. I have been out walking to start to regain my strength back. I told Jill that Santa could bring me some muscle strength and energy as a stocking stuffer :) I just decided that I need to start ever-so-slowly working into some level of fitness, no matter how long it takes. My Doc says its OK to be out walking, so why wait?

One thing had me spoiled, and that was the hospital mattress that I had in my room. My gosh, it was the most comfortable mattress EVER. . at least from my experience. I wonder if Santa has room in his sleigh for one of those?

Anyway, since the preliminary results are promising, I just will keep focused on what I know now, and take comfort in that information for the present. It also really helps that the arsenal of medications that I need to take during the day is being handled by Jill.

Thank you for all your support. I am doing well in both body (for now) and soul."


Dave
I had scoured forum posts to see if there was any way of finding DaveBugg’s email just to let him know I was thinking of him. This is wonderful news! Camino Chrissy, this truly is a gift! Love and best wishes to all...especially to Jill and DaveBugg!
 
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Camino Chrissy

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I had scoured forum posts to see if there was any way of finding DaveBugg’s email just to let him know I was thinking of him. This is wonderful news! Camino Chrissy, this truly is a gift! Love and best wishes to all...especially to Jill and DaveBugg!
Sally, I had posted Dave's email address on the previous original thread, "Update on Dave Bugg"...you will find it there.
 

lt56ny

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
Sally, I had posted Dave's email address on the previous original thread, "Update on Dave Bugg"...you will find it there.
I hesitate to write to Dave as I do not know how inundated he wants his inbox to be. We have consulted a few times and I ALWAYS read his comments. I can't say how many times other Pilgrims as well as myself would refer new pilgrims with questions to Dave. His generosity knows few bounds here on the Forum and I am sure more so in life. He is someone who is missed by so many of us who have grown to depend on Dave for so many things. I know his work here was important to us but I am sure that his work in his life was far more important and he touched far more people in a deep way. Please send him my thoughts and that my Camino spirit walks with him. Thanks Chrissy and happy Holidays to you, Dave your families and everyone this forum touches and means something to.
 

lt56ny

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CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
Dave: Please be sure to keep the faith. I had two allogenic bone marrow transplants for CML leukemia some time back with my brother as a donor. I am in remission, and have walked multiple Caminos since then. At 58, I might add that my appreciation for the joy and wonder of walking any of the various Caminos has only increased. May you experience the same and more. I wish you all the best in this difficult journey, and am hoping to see you on future Caminos. - Steve
You give me hope my friend. I have been hit hard on all sides by Cancer this year. As if the Pandemic wasn't enough. I lost one great college friend to Cancer about a month ago. Two other of my college roommates have had the shadow of Cancer befall them. One has prostate cancer that has spread, the other just found out his wife has breast cancer. Another of our group from college has melanoma and has cancer in one of his eyes but the treatment seems to be doing very well. One of my childhood friends also has prostate cancer but thankfully he too is doing well.
The three college friends I spoke of were going to walk in October with me on the VDLP. I pray that I will not be walking alone with a rock in my pocket to pray for them. Hopefully the boys will all be walking together to celebrate 50 years of love and friendship.
 
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Dave has been on my mind a few times this past week. Thanks for posting this!

I'm so glad to hear that he is doing well and I pray that continues. This is the best news I've heard all week, I'm taking it as my Christmas present. He has given so much of himself to this forum and to the Spirit of the Camino.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I absolutely love all of the many replies, whether they be encouragements to Dave, appreciation for all the help he has given to forum members, and especially those of you who have shared your own personal struggles with devastating illnesses. I am both tearful and happy at this moment that Dave will be seeing all your appreciations...right in time for Christmas! I am humbled that he has allowed all of us to see him as he is "today" in his struggles with illness, but with hope on the horizen.
I think of his kindnesses not only here, but in the area where he lives and the help given to the Indian reservation in Arizona, which are the recent ones we know about...he is one fine man and your "likes" and wonderful comments are testimony of his goodness.
 
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Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
It’s been a very tough year I‘m still recovering too from the foot surgery..finally able to walk properly without crutches but nothing in comparison to what Dave and others are going thru.
Wishing Dave and his family the best in health and happiness. Best holiday wishes to everyone. Cheers to a Camino 2021 !!
 

Walton

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Year of past OR future Camino
2016 Sjpp to Sdc. 2018 Lisbon to Sdc to Finisterre. Next up hopefully VDP or Del Norte.
That's the best news I've had in a long while Dave. Made my Christmas Day.

I know there is a long road ahead but as Carol 06 above said "Onwards and upwards Dave.

Wishing you and your patient wife, a great Christmas and may 2021 be a heck of a lot better than this one, for you especially and the rest of us, generally!!!

Is this the wonderful hospital bed you talked about Dave?

(A local farmer, near where I live, builds a wonderfully creative display beside the Tyalgum / Murwillumbah road every year)

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Chrissy, thank you so much for posting Dave's health update! I have been wondering how he is doing. Dave, if you or someone you know is reading this message, I like many others, have been thinking about you and hoping and praying that all is going well. Your willingness to help so many people shows that you are a caring person. I pray that you and Jill are getting all the care that you need at this time. Enjoy your walks!
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Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
Wonderful news on Dave, especially in the midst of all the bad news about the coranavirus. Dave, if you read this, we wish you well on your road to recovery, and especially that the road remains smooth without any bumps or detours along the way.
 
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If not for Dave’s many posts and several kind replies to my emails full of questions, my pack would not be standing at the ready for my first greatly anticipated Camino. Dave, you will be with me as I take my first steps one day, singing « Hark the Herald Angels Sing » as I climb the Pyrénées towards Roncesvalles. So very happy for this amazing news!!! Thank you and God Bless ❤️
 

shefollowsshells

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Year of past OR future Camino
Several alone and with children
I have just received a new email update from Dave Bugg, and because of the many heartwarming replies and concern he received from forum members, so with permission I am sharing a portion of his relatively good news with all of you. Dave has spent nearly a month at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio undergoing a bone marrow transplant which is looking quite successful.

"I am now home, having arrived yesterday afternoon. The recovery time was quicker than had been expected, although the final evaluation of the treatments effectiveness won't be known for another 3 weeks. But so far, things are wonderfully optimistic.

It is almost surreal in a way being home. . . sorta like being on a boat for a while and then needing to readjust to being on land again 😁😁 But it is a most wonderful sense of comfort and peace to be here and to have family around.

I actually feel pretty good, considering. I have been out walking to start to regain my strength back. I told Jill that Santa could bring me some muscle strength and energy as a stocking stuffer :) I just decided that I need to start ever-so-slowly working into some level of fitness, no matter how long it takes. My Doc says its OK to be out walking, so why wait?

One thing had me spoiled, and that was the hospital mattress that I had in my room. My gosh, it was the most comfortable mattress EVER. . at least from my experience. I wonder if Santa has room in his sleigh for one of those?

Anyway, since the preliminary results are promising, I just will keep focused on what I know now, and take comfort in that information for the present. It also really helps that the arsenal of medications that I need to take during the day is being handled by Jill.

Thank you for all your support. I am doing well in both body (for now) and soul."


Dave
I'm just now seeing this news, and have been off of the forum for a bit, for no other reason than being busy and I guess accepting of no Camino or travel in 2020. What a wonderful update on Dave!!! We love you, fellow pilgrim!!!! We just this past week got the results of my husband's bloodwork to see if he can be a bone marrow match for his brother with AML Leukemia. He is a 50percent match, but the best match they have so far, so we think in the next several weeks we will be traveling to donate. I'm not certain if this has been addressed on the forum but one of the biggest gifts we can give each other is to be in registry to give marrow/stem cell. In many cases, you are CURING a patient from such a simple act. I've been in the registry since college always feeling I will be called to donate one day, now I wonder if my strong thoughts were actually for my husband to donate.
Keep us posted Dave and know you have an Army of Pilgrim love, support, and wishes !!!
N
 

shefollowsshells

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That's the best news I've had in a long while Dave. Made my Christmas Day.

I know there is a long road ahead but as Carol 06 above said "Onwards and upwards Dave.

Wishing you and your patient wife, a great Christmas and may 2021 be a heck of a lot better than this one, for you especially and the rest of us, generally!!!

Is this the wonderful hospital bed you talked about Dave?

(A local farmer, near where I live, builds a wonderfully creative display beside the Tyalgum / Murwillumbah road every year)

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Being a front line worker, and one of the first 1,000 to get the vaccine in the States I wish I could duplicate this at my hospital! I LOVE IT!!!!
 

CarolamS

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Camino Ingles, Caminos Muxia and Finisterre 2019
I am very pleased indeed to hear the good news of your progress Dave. Thanks Camino Chrissy. I wish you well with your road to fitness and may 2021 be a better year for us all but especially those facing serious health problems.
 
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I have just received a new email update from Dave Bugg, and because of the many heartwarming replies and concern he received from forum members, so with permission I am sharing a portion of his relatively good news with all of you. Dave has spent nearly a month at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio undergoing a bone marrow transplant which is looking quite successful.

"I am now home, having arrived yesterday afternoon. The recovery time was quicker than had been expected, although the final evaluation of the treatments effectiveness won't be known for another 3 weeks. But so far, things are wonderfully optimistic.

It is almost surreal in a way being home. . . sorta like being on a boat for a while and then needing to readjust to being on land again 😁😁 But it is a most wonderful sense of comfort and peace to be here and to have family around.

I actually feel pretty good, considering. I have been out walking to start to regain my strength back. I told Jill that Santa could bring me some muscle strength and energy as a stocking stuffer :) I just decided that I need to start ever-so-slowly working into some level of fitness, no matter how long it takes. My Doc says its OK to be out walking, so why wait?

One thing had me spoiled, and that was the hospital mattress that I had in my room. My gosh, it was the most comfortable mattress EVER. . at least from my experience. I wonder if Santa has room in his sleigh for one of those?

Anyway, since the preliminary results are promising, I just will keep focused on what I know now, and take comfort in that information for the present. It also really helps that the arsenal of medications that I need to take during the day is being handled by Jill.

Thank you for all your support. I am doing well in both body (for now) and soul."


Dave
Sending warm wishes for quick recovery and know you are in our prayers. Stay safe !
 

jascreative

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Great news! So happy to hear about Dave -- sending New Year blessings & many hugs for his healing journey!
 

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I'm just now seeing this news, and have been off of the forum for a bit, for no other reason than being busy and I guess accepting of no Camino or travel in 2020. What a wonderful update on Dave!!! We love you, fellow pilgrim!!!! We just this past week got the results of my husband's bloodwork to see if he can be a bone marrow match for his brother with AML Leukemia. He is a 50percent match, but the best match they have so far, so we think in the next several weeks we will be traveling to donate. I'm not certain if this has been addressed on the forum but one of the biggest gifts we can give each other is to be in registry to give marrow/stem cell. In many cases, you are CURING a patient from such a simple act. I've been in the registry since college always feeling I will be called to donate one day, now I wonder if my strong thoughts were actually for my husband to donate.
Keep us posted Dave and know you have an Army of Pilgrim love, support, and wishes !!!
N
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That is great news!

Thanks for the update.

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I have just received a new email update from Dave Bugg, and because of the many heartwarming replies and concern he received from forum members, so with permission I am sharing a portion of his relatively good news with all of you. Dave has spent nearly a month at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio undergoing a bone marrow transplant which is looking quite successful.

"I am now home, having arrived yesterday afternoon. The recovery time was quicker than had been expected, although the final evaluation of the treatments effectiveness won't be known for another 3 weeks. But so far, things are wonderfully optimistic.

It is almost surreal in a way being home. . . sorta like being on a boat for a while and then needing to readjust to being on land again 😁😁 But it is a most wonderful sense of comfort and peace to be here and to have family around.

I actually feel pretty good, considering. I have been out walking to start to regain my strength back. I told Jill that Santa could bring me some muscle strength and energy as a stocking stuffer :) I just decided that I need to start ever-so-slowly working into some level of fitness, no matter how long it takes. My Doc says its OK to be out walking, so why wait?

One thing had me spoiled, and that was the hospital mattress that I had in my room. My gosh, it was the most comfortable mattress EVER. . at least from my experience. I wonder if Santa has room in his sleigh for one of those?

Anyway, since the preliminary results are promising, I just will keep focused on what I know now, and take comfort in that information for the present. It also really helps that the arsenal of medications that I need to take during the day is being handled by Jill.

Thank you for all your support. I am doing well in both body (for now) and soul."


Dave
Wait--what? A comfortable hospital bed? Tell me more!!!
 
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I have just received a new email update from Dave Bugg, and because of the many heartwarming replies and concern he received from forum members, so with permission I am sharing a portion of his relatively good news with all of you. Dave has spent nearly a month at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio undergoing a bone marrow transplant which is looking quite successful.

"I am now home, having arrived yesterday afternoon. The recovery time was quicker than had been expected, although the final evaluation of the treatments effectiveness won't be known for another 3 weeks. But so far, things are wonderfully optimistic.

It is almost surreal in a way being home. . . sorta like being on a boat for a while and then needing to readjust to being on land again 😁😁 But it is a most wonderful sense of comfort and peace to be here and to have family around.

I actually feel pretty good, considering. I have been out walking to start to regain my strength back. I told Jill that Santa could bring me some muscle strength and energy as a stocking stuffer :) I just decided that I need to start ever-so-slowly working into some level of fitness, no matter how long it takes. My Doc says its OK to be out walking, so why wait?

One thing had me spoiled, and that was the hospital mattress that I had in my room. My gosh, it was the most comfortable mattress EVER. . at least from my experience. I wonder if Santa has room in his sleigh for one of those?

Anyway, since the preliminary results are promising, I just will keep focused on what I know now, and take comfort in that information for the present. It also really helps that the arsenal of medications that I need to take during the day is being handled by Jill.

Thank you for all your support. I am doing well in both body (for now) and soul."


Dave
Thank you for sharing Dave's good news with us here on the Forum. This is a bright spark in the general gloom and I am happy for Dave and his family. Blessings to all pilgrims and prayers for Dave.
 

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I have just received a new email update from Dave Bugg, and because of the many heartwarming replies and concern he received from forum members, so with permission I am sharing a portion of his relatively good news with all of you. Dave has spent nearly a month at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio undergoing a bone marrow transplant which is looking quite successful.

"I am now home, having arrived yesterday afternoon. The recovery time was quicker than had been expected, although the final evaluation of the treatments effectiveness won't be known for another 3 weeks. But so far, things are wonderfully optimistic.

It is almost surreal in a way being home. . . sorta like being on a boat for a while and then needing to readjust to being on land again 😁😁 But it is a most wonderful sense of comfort and peace to be here and to have family around.

I actually feel pretty good, considering. I have been out walking to start to regain my strength back. I told Jill that Santa could bring me some muscle strength and energy as a stocking stuffer :) I just decided that I need to start ever-so-slowly working into some level of fitness, no matter how long it takes. My Doc says its OK to be out walking, so why wait?

One thing had me spoiled, and that was the hospital mattress that I had in my room. My gosh, it was the most comfortable mattress EVER. . at least from my experience. I wonder if Santa has room in his sleigh for one of those?

Anyway, since the preliminary results are promising, I just will keep focused on what I know now, and take comfort in that information for the present. It also really helps that the arsenal of medications that I need to take during the day is being handled by Jill.

Thank you for all your support. I am doing well in both body (for now) and soul."


Dave
Thanks so much for the update. I hadn’t known why I hadn’t seen Dave chiming in on the equipment questions. I’m glad things are looking up for him.
 
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I also took a Forum break, and am so happy to see this news.
Wishing Dave a speedy recovery!
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I had a request for an update on Dave Bugg's health today on the older thread from October, so decided to post my new reply on here, too, as in better sequence...

Dave had a really nice Christmas with his family and his son, Caleb, whom he has walked the Frances with, had come up from Denver for the week.
Also, he was relieved to know that if any additional followup is needed it could be done in his local area.
 
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Can I just say how delighted I was today to see that davebugg appears to have rejoined the Forum?
Yes, I heard the news from him yesterday! I have yet to see his appearance, so will take a look!🙂🙂🙂
EDIT- Dave is feeling stronger physically and is in a "good place" so decided to re-engage on the forum. I know he enjoys it as much as most of us do.
 
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Yes, I heard the news from him yesterday! I have yet to see his appearance, so will take a look!🙂🙂🙂
EDIT- Dave is feeling stronger physically and is in a "good place" so decided to re-engage on the forum. I know he enjoys it as much as most of us do.
I haven't seen any postings yet, either, but I did a double-take when I saw he had reacted to one of mine. :)

In these times we look for what good news we can find, and that davebugg is in a "good place" and is re-engaging on the forum counts twice!
 
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Yes, I heard the news from him yesterday! I have yet to see his appearance, so will take a look!🙂🙂🙂
EDIT- Dave is feeling stronger physically and is in a "good place" so decided to re-engage on the forum. I know he enjoys it as much as most of us do.

Great News @davebugg . Good to have you back buddy :)
 

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I am happy to be back. Believe me, I wasn't trying to be coy about returning as much as I was trying to slowly get my bearings, and see how the Forum was flowing. I guess that I am now an old, new member. :)

Right now, I feel more comfortable posting a 'hello' on this existing thread rather than starting a brand new thread.

Life over the last 6 months has had some hills and challenges, and I have missed you all. In a way, my fondness and appreciation for this Forum - with all of you - felt similar to being away from home and family. Absence making the heart grow fonder?

There were so many special emails from members while facing sickness and debilitating, aggressive treatments. Every one of those helped lift spirits and morale. I want to thank Chris publicly for her help and support and counsel. It is the many, many individual members, like Chris, who make this Forum the special place that it is.

Chris also let me know that she shared my progress with the Forum and encouraged me to read those threads. Chris was right when she said that your posts on those threads would brighten my day. More than that, the expressed warmth and friendship was a balm to my heart and mind. Thank you all so very much.

If, in the very short term,you don't see much direct posting from me, it is because I want to get a better feel of the community after being away. Just know that aside from my feeling a bit awkward right now, I also feel a comfort from being back.

With my warmest regards and deep appreciation,
Dave
 
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If, in the very short term,you don't see much direct posting from me, it is because I want to get a better feel of the community after being away. Just know that aside from my feeling a bit awkward right now, I also feel a comfort from being back.
Yours is the best post of the day, hands down.
Very warmly welcome back, Dave! May you feel that comfort in every cell of your body.
 

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I am happy to be back. Believe me, I wasn't trying to be coy about returning as much as I was trying to slowly get my bearings, and see how the Forum was flowing.

Delighted that you feel ready to return to the forum and, I hope, to the Camino in due course, and belated thanks to @Camino Chrissy for undertaking to keep us informed.
 
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I am happy to be back. Believe me, I wasn't trying to be coy about returning as much as I was trying to slowly get my bearings, and see how the Forum was flowing. I guess that I am now an old, new member. :)

Right now, I feel more comfortable posting a 'hello' on this existing thread rather than starting a brand new thread.

Life over the last 6 months has had some hills and challenges, and I have missed you all. In a way, my fondness and appreciation for this Forum - with all of you - felt similar to being away from home and family. Absence making the heart grow fonder?

There were so many special emails from members while facing sickness and debilitating, aggressive treatments. Every one of those helped lift spirits and morale. I want to thank Chris publicly for her help and support and counsel. It is the many, many individual members, like Chris, who make this Forum the special place that it is.

Chris also let me know that she shared my progress with the Forum and encouraged me to read those threads. Chris was right when she said that your posts on those threads would brighten my day. More than that, the expressed warmth and friendship was a balm to my heart and mind. Thank you all so very much.

If, in the very short term,you don't see much direct posting from me, it is because I want to get a better feel of the community after being away. Just know that aside from my feeling a bit awkward right now, I also feel a comfort from being back.

With my warmest regards and deep appreciation,
Dave
Welcome back! Enjoy reading up on the forum.
 
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I am happy to be back. Believe me, I wasn't trying to be coy about returning as much as I was trying to slowly get my bearings, and see how the Forum was flowing. I guess that I am now an old, new member. :)

Right now, I feel more comfortable posting a 'hello' on this existing thread rather than starting a brand new thread.


With my warmest regards and deep appreciation,
Dave
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I completely missed this over the holiday season. Such wonderful news -- reading this has been the best 3 minutes of my day.
 
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This is turning into a much longer post than I intended to write. Sorry. My thoughts just sorta cascaded.

In reading your responses, I am tremendously thankful and grateful to each and every one. You offer such generous warmth and encouragement with your posts that the only thing I can say is this: It is good to be home :)

It was fairly recent news that the aggressive series of medical treatments over the last 6 months have apparently done their job. Periodic monitoring and test will need to be done to keep tabs, but the docs say things are good. This half-year journey started with the darkest of expected outcomes, but is now at a point of having the best of possible outcomes. There are times when I stop and actively remind myself that I am OK, and that life can now move to an A. C. mindset and recovery. . . After Cancer.

You, my wonderful Forum Friends, are a positive part of this new AC period. :) I know it sounds all corny and stuff, but it is true.

What makes this true to me is the pretty amazing stuff that we all share in common, drawing us to this Forum, making it a Community of sorts. We share a commonality, a like mindedness -- not necessarily in all things, but in enough things. It is sufficient enough to make this Forum the place that we all want to participate in and to be a part of. This is a compassionate and caring community of folks, so much so that many of you took time to offer encouragement and contact while I was gone.

This Forum is just a small part of our day-to-day lives; but it allows us to have a special connection to others who live in distant areas of the world.

Physically? The primary task over these last weeks has been to slowly work toward recovering some level of fitness. It is a question of how much can be recovered and over what period of time. There may be undetermined systemic damage done from the treatments and well as the disease . . or not. Age can be a factor. . or not. Attitude and determination can accomplish a lot and make up for a lot. . . as long as one's reach is metaphysically possible.

I told a Forum friend in an email exchange a few days ago that I am now walking up to 5 miles per day in a single walking session. With a very light daypack. It has taken weeks to get to this point, but that was starting from a point of being a rather limp pile of goo.

It is a beginning. Right now my pace is so slow, that a Galician snail would have a giggle-fit as it sped by. :)

Dave
 
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You are so inspiring.......there’s no keeping you down. But go easy ...... It’s so wonderful to see you back here. I haven’t been around much myself of late, as life does become overwhelming at times. However, I have read @Camino Chrissy ‘s updates and worried about you. Great to read that the best possible outcome has come about for you.
You have been missed by all of us.
Welcome home.
 

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This is turning into a much longer post than I intended to write. Sorry. My thoughts just sorta cascaded.

In reading your responses, I am tremendously thankful and grateful to each and every one. You offer such generous warmth and encouragement with your posts that the only thing I can say is this: It is good to be home :)

It was fairly recent news that the aggressive series of medical treatments over the last 6 months have apparently done their job. Periodic monitoring and test will need to be done to keep tabs, but the docs say things are good. This half-year journey started with the darkest of expected outcomes, but is now at a point of having the best of possible outcomes. There are times when I stop and actively remind myself that I am OK, and that life can now move to an A. C. mindset and recovery. . . After Cancer.

You, my wonderful Forum Friends, are a positive part of this new AC period. :) I know it sounds all corny and stuff, but it is true.

What makes this true to me is the pretty amazing stuff that we all share in common, drawing us to this Forum, making it a Community of sorts. We share a commonality, a like mindedness -- not necessarily in all things, but in enough things. It is sufficient enough to make this Forum the place that we all want to participate in and to be a part of. This is a compassionate and caring community of folks, so much so that many of you took time to offer encouragement and contact while I was gone.

This Forum is just a small part of our day-to-day lives; but it allows us to have a special connection to others who live in distant areas of the world.

Physically? The primary task over these last weeks has been to slowly work toward recovering some level of fitness. It is a question of how much can be recovered and over what period of time. There may be undetermined systemic damage done from the treatments and well as the disease . . or not. Age can be a factor. . or not. Attitude and determination can accomplish a lot and make up for a lot. . . as long as one's reach is metaphysically possible.

I told a Forum friend in an email exchange a few days ago that I am now walking up to 5 miles per day in a single walking session. With a very light daypack. It has taken weeks to get to this point, but that was starting from a point of being a rather limp pile of goo.

It is a beginning. Right now my pace is so slow, that a Galician snail would have a giggle-fit as it sped by. :)

Dave
Well done, Dave. In the midst of so many negative stories around us these days, it is really great to hear positive news. I know you will progress at your own pace but seems that you'll be ready for the Camino when the Camino is again ready for you. God only knows when that will be but pretty sure he has his finger on the pulse of both matters ;)

Be well,
Jordon
 

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