Good Evening All,
I share with you the following email Ellie Calabro received from Fellow Jasper, Kevin Kitson, Esq, ‘ 70 BA. Kevin has been in our prayers and we need to keep the volume up for him and his Family.
This email will serve as an update to you my dear friends,
My treatment has been overseen by an excellent physician and very good man named Joseph Ruggiero. Joe is an Italian American from Brooklyn who no doubt spent a great deal of his time in the library at Harvard while I was during my college days pursuing other activities.
It was touch and go with Dr. Joe for a while since he didn’t easily adapt to my Irish sense of humor. However, we’ve gotten past that now and have become friendly to the point where recently he engaged me in a discussion the day after St. Patrick’s Day wherein he was trying to convince me that that St. Joseph’s day had comparable festive traditions to those engaged in by my fellow Celts.
It was rather hard to keep a straight face because other than the special pastries made for St. Joseph’s day there wasn’t much else happening. I thought back to the years of marching up Fifth Avenue behind a bagpipe band with family and friends and then post parade dinners and drinks. So after we discussed where you can get the best pastries for St. Joseph’s day I thought better of trying to win any argument with my oncologist so as far as I’m concerned St. Joseph’s day is more important than Christmas.
I have finished my fifth round of chemotherapy and am scheduled to undergo CAT scan studies March 31 to see what effect they have had on the cancer and then regardless they have scheduled a sixth round of for April 1st
The good thing about cancer is that it gives you time for focused thought and prayer. The bad thing about cancer is that it gives you time that you have to deal with it. Prior to be diagnosed New Year’s eve I had had great plans. I was in Florida at our home on the ocean with my wife and children for a family vacation. I was going to slow it down and spend more of my time enjoying what I considered to be the fruits of my labors.
Evidently God had other plans for me and he called me to go on this journey. When you are healthy and things are going your way its easy to lose sight of the fact that there is so much that is outside of our control.
So at this point you know everything I do and I ask that you continue to remember me in your prayers.
Please keep Kevin and his Family in your prayers as we continue to pray that Kevin’s treatment’s have the desired effect and that he will be on the road to recovery. Thank you. God Bless.
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
Kitson, Kevin [MC1970]
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