A Good Day, No cats, and GvHD

Perseverance pays off.  Trying to find a place to hold my party, a party for 75 people.  The cheapest I had been quoted was 1000 dollars before add ons, for a place big enough to hold 300+.  Well, I certainly didn’t need no 300+ sized place for 1000+ dollars.  So I called and called, finally I googled the American Legion post in Urbandale (Duh, should have started with them).  Holds 150 people seated, we have a DJ and a Dance Floor, so still plenty of room for my 75 expected guests.  500 dollars + 200 dollars cuz I have decided to have alcohol and for that a Urbandale Cop has to be on site.  I have decided, to cut costs down, it’s going to BYOB to share.  I’ll supply the coolers and ice.  Otherwise, if I supply the alcohol, I have to get a liquor license for 1 night at 999 in Urbandale.  So, I am supplying ZERO alcohol myself, but directions to the nearest liquor store will be available.


75 guests is a huge number.  I really only figure 50.  But I got 50 yes comments on my posts when you count families.  So 75 might be doable.  I am gonna collect addresses and send out RSVPs in January I think.  That’ll give me time to dink with the catering if I have a smaller of large number than I expect.


Would love to reach 100 and its not impossible.  Just highly improbable.  Once all the woopity do about me dying calms down, people might just come out of the woodwork to say goodbye to an old friend.   PLUS, only 1 single local person made any notion that he’d be there, Drew is my friend, he, his wife, and 2 sons will be there.  I’ll get him to bug Chandler, and I’ll but Jon, plus there are all the chamber people who I would love to see again.  Yeah, I can probably get 20-25 local, makes the 75 and 100 goals more reachable.


Gotta find a caterer.  Used to be Brenna was the go to for all things catering.  But she quit a year ago.  So, now I gotta find a different caterer and that makes me sad.  At least now I have a confirmed date and location so caterers will talk to me.  That is a job to start probably next week.  I got 199 days to pull this off.   It’s all good right now.


Heh, I may even have hair on top of my head by March.  So I wouldn’t have to wear my red baseball cap for the party.


My doctor shot down me going to Thanksgivingfest.  Cats are my downfall as of now.   Can’t be around cats for that long.   Oh well, most of the Thanksgivingfest crew are coming to my party, so it turns out All Good.


Teresa asked me, “What if you aren’t gonna die?”  Remember there is a 20% chance that I will survive, maybe not well, but survive.  Well, if that’s the case, then my party becomes “Screw the Odds”.



I’m slowing starting to get more GvHD symptoms.  Same once I reported before.  Just more of them.  I’m a little scared of the chronic GvHD symptoms, maybe not little, maybe lot.  They are coming, I am sure of it, I am sure I will not avoid the chronic GvHD stuff, I am not that lucky.


This week is another trip up to Mayo on Friday.  Don’t want to do it.  Think he could easily treat me over the telephone.  But 5:30am we will be on the road to Mayo.  So he can go, “You’re doing good, see you in 2 weeks.”


Oh well.


Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 48 year old guy, who is dying now. Still married to the most wonderful woman in the world. She is standing by me thru this cancer bs. I have about a year or so to live. So I am trying to make every day worth it.

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