Noxious Toxins

Monday April 11, 2002

Cabot Tower

This world of chemotherapy is mad. I was doing fine for a day or so and then suddenly developed throbbing chest pain and low back pain. Thought I was having a heart issue. Went to the ER and it turns out to be a side effect of one of the noxious toxins I had taken. Got resolved and am doing better now.

I am trying to stay away from as many people as I can, in order to avoid Covid. But I go for rides in my truck (a 2016 GMC Sierra) and a place I often go is to the top of Signal Hill and look out at the North Atlantic and over towards Cape Spear. I spend a lot of time just looking at the beauty. I appreciate it more now than I used to.

I felt well enough to pick up a load of groceries today at Sobeys. So that was my outing for the day. That and Glenda and I went to Canadian Tire to pick up a new Keurig machine and a Magic Bullet for making smoothies.

I am reading Stephen King’s “The Stand”. About 85% through it. A long slog. I have taken two months to get to this point. I haven’t been able to read a lot in the past two months. Not well enough. Also there are a lot on unnecessary words in that book. I skimmed a lot.

I’m going back to it now to keep working through it. When I finish I think I’ll get back to my writing.

That’s it for today. Have a good one.

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  1. All the best, Marshall. Chemo isn’t the best thing to go through, but believe me, it saves lives. I am just about 2 years past chemo now and doing quite well. Hang in there aand stay positive.

    All the best to you and Glenda.

    Yetta (May) Saunders

  2. Thinking of you. Hope your treatment s help you get through this time. I can imagine how you feel after taking chemo and having 3 surgeries in the past 2 years myself. We’re praying ???????? for you.

  3. Thinking of you Marshall and was wondering if that devil cocktail was going to sting you out of the blue.So sorry it did.Happy to know you ate feeling a bit better.We are going to the cottage from 17 to 29.I am thinking you will not be cooking our Easter Dinner this year as it will probably fall on a second chemo round. I am not quite confident about being out there with Eric if you are not out there as well.Love and Healing Prayets..

  4. All the best to you Marshall, watched my sister go through chemo and radiation, and there is nothing worse than watching someone you love go through such crippling treatments. Thinking of you… Phoebe Rose

  5. Wishing you all the best Marshall! I know, only too well, of what you speak. Been down that road twice & waiting for results of a biopsy I had on April 7th. Maybe, just maybe, I could beat it again! Stay positive, & I will keep you in my prayers. Life can be hard at times but still it can be wonderful.

    Jeanette Taylor
    Lethbridge, NL

  6. Hey Marshall:
    Good luck with your treatments. Barb and I think of you and Glenda a lot hoping things will go well for you.. We never got our boat ride together last summer. Maybe this summer, if all goes well, you and Glenda can give us a tour of the coastline down that way. The invitation is always open for you folks to come out this way. We can have another boat ride and supper out on the beach. All the best.
    Take care,

    1. Hi Jeff. Yes I am anxious to get my boat launched again this summer. Hope you guys can come visit and we will definitely go for a cruise of Trinity Bight. Glenda and I think fondly of the boat ride and picnic we had with you guys. It was what finally settled out decision to get a Coastal Vokey 198wt.

  7. Wishing you all the best..Sending best wishes and prayers for a speedy get well.I know with the love and support of your family and friends you will be fine..a bumpy road that you will travel smoothly..Thinking about all of you..Now take care..You are strong!!..You are a winner

  8. Marshall, we are sending our very best and most positive thoughts your way. Together, you and Glenda are a very powerful force.
    Hang in there.
    You got this.

  9. Glad to hear you’re feeling better.It can’t be easy going through chemotherapy but the outcome will be worth it.Keep positive thoughts

  10. Thank you so much for sharing Marshall. Sending some positive healing energy and strength to you. Hope to see you and Glenda this summer.

  11. Marshall. This is a bummer for sure but a 70% survival rate sounds good to me don’t you think? Your blog keeping us up to date with your progress is a great idea for you & all your friends etc. ….not that you should have to worry about any of US at a time like this!! I like what someone said “You’ve got this.” If anybody does, your family does, a force to be reckoned with, we’d all agree. Going to be thinking about you guys a lot & praying for sure. ????

  12. Hi Marshall; Sorry you are having these issues, Hope this will soon pass. I am looking forward to out time together in Trouty, You are too good a man to be down like this. I enjoy the time I spend with you and Glenda you two are special. Judy and I are keeping you in our prayers.

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Eric. Looks like you are an “early to rise” man like me. Like you I can’t wait to get to Trouty and enjoy time with you guys and our other friends in the Bight. Hopefully we can get out in my boat this summer and catch a few fish.
      God Bless

  13. Hi Marshall….I know how the chemo feels and understand it completely. It’s not easy but it worked for me and I’m through it and so glad to be.
    The best to you!!❤

    1. Hi Carol
      Yes I know…it’s short term pain for long term gain. Hopefully it will work for me as well. I’m certainly feeling better now than before I started the chemo.

  14. Just reading where you are going through chemo treatments ..very sorry to see this ..but you have that strong Newfie blood running through your veins….Pretty soon you eill be back to writing and hopefully ill be reading another one of your books …I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers Dr Godwin ..take care , stay safe ..hi to Glenda

  15. Hi Marshall. Mom, Dad and I are thinking of you and Glenda. We were saddened to hear that you unwell but hope and pray that you have much better days ahead. Take care and rest.

  16. Wishing you the very best Marshall . I went through chemo and radiation treatment in 2018. I did a lot of research on fasting before chemo . It was difficult to do but It worked for me in that I didn’t get sick after treatments. Radiation was worst than I expected but through it all so important to maintain a positive attitude. Wishing you the very best in your recovery.

    1. Thanks Mary. I’ve been doing pretty good with the nausea. The medications have kept it away. No vomiting.
      Anyway I agree a positive attitude is key. I will persevere and overcome. 🙂

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your blog, Marshall. It is a wonderful way for your friends to see how you are doing. Glenda and I have chatted a few times, but I don’t like to bother her too much. I feel you both have enough on your plate to deal with. I wish you all the BEST with your chemo treatments.
    As you say and I agree… A positive attitude is the key! You are indeed in my thoughts and in my prayers!

    Gladys (nee Jensen) ❤️????????

  18. Glad you are feeling better after the ‘blip’ with the first treatment. Praying daily for you. Hope to see you late August when we come to NL

  19. Greetings, Marshall I pray for your well-being and joy in life. I am confident that you will find the most appropriate cure.
    Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me and my Bosnian colleagues, and please accept our gratitude.
    Please accept my best wishes for you and Glenda.

    We’ll see you soon,
    Zaim Jatic

    1. Zaim, good to hear from you. I am getting chemotherapy for the lymphoma and I am feeling much better already. The first few days after the infusions are difficult but then I am good for three weeks until the next infusions.
      Hope you and your family are well. Glenda says Hi


  20. Oh Marshall, I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I wish you all the best! Take care and give my regards to Glenda as well.


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