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July 2, 2003


It's a beautiful sunny day here in America's Finest City-San Diego! Lot's of golfers on the course and the ocean is calm. I am eating dinner right now and the food is great. My brother Bob and his family arrived here around noon from New Mexico. We had a pleasant visit and I am looking forward to spending time with them again tonight and tomorrow.

I forgot to mention yesterday that I had reached a major career milestone, my permanent appointment as a Captain in the Navy Reserve. We celebrated by looking at each other accross the bed:-)))))

I'ved been philosophizing a little about my treatment of this illness. The doctor first told me that the treatment will be a marathon rather than a sprint. To fill out the analogy, I picture this first week of treatment as the first mile of the marathon, full of energy and pumped up striding along easily. But I am sure as the treatment progresses life will become much harder, like a runner at 20 miles, tired, in pain, on his own and just moving forward on guts alone. I know that there will still be supporters by the side of the road cheering me on to the finish line.

Medical update, I had another transfusion today and started on day six of chemotherapy. The doctor's said they found no abnormal cells in my blood yesterday. This is very encouraging!

Lab Results

Blood Cell Type

Normal Low




WBC 4.5 .3 .6 .6
RBC 4.30 2.23 1.99 2.08
HGB 13.9 8.5 7.7 7.7
PLT 130 27 24 18

That's all for today!

Ted Wilcox

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