Friday, October 19, 2012


We arrived at Indiana University Hospital and the Simon Cancer Center for John's MRI.  After a short wait, John was escorted to the "inner sanctum" of the hospital.  Then, I waited for an hour and a half.  I had no idea that it would be that long.  

While waiting, I watched many patients come for their tests.  Some had huge "cocktails" to consume prior to their test.  Others had their hair in pretty wraps to cover their bald heads on a very cool, windy day.

One gentleman sat in the warm sunlight and enjoyed the garden on the other side of the huge, glass window.  He radiated peace.  It was good to glance up from my reading and see him sitting there.  

Another gentleman came into our area and sat down, placing a huge backpack and what looked like a case for a medium size musical instrument.  He quickly struck up a conversation with the gentleman in the sunlight.  Then they included me in some of the conversation.  

I what kind of instrument was in the case.  As if he was just waiting for someone to ask, he opened the case and revealed a ukulele.  It was larger than the ones I have seen previously.  

He played the ukulele for a while then segued into his version of AMAZING GRACE.  After his song, he returned the instrument to it's case and the conversation turned to "why me?".  The man in the sunlight shared that he went from "why me?" to "why not me? The ukulele player said he has not reached the why not stage, but he does see life in a new perspective.  

Both men were then called for their respective tests and I resumed reading my book until John came out.  We then went to have lunch.  

While eating, my phone rang, but before I could get to it, voicemail took over.  I looked at the number and it revealed one of the dealers in Kentucky that we visited Tuesday and Wednesday.  We decided to finish our lunch, do our shopping and then call the dealer when we returned to our home on wheels. 

Tuesday, we had made our offer on a 40' Tiffin Allegro Bus and the salesman countered.  His counter was unacceptable to us and we walked.  

Wednesday, we returned and shot him our final offer, we left for him to think about it.  We came back to Indy for John's appointment.  We were totally at peace with what we offered and we knew that eventually, we would have a motorhome that met our needs.  

To make a long story even longer, I can now say that he accepted our low ball offer!  This is based on the buyer of the condo completing his purchase next week.

Soooo, here is our new to us Tiffin Allegro Bus!  It has only 26,000 miles, new carpeting, four door refrigerator, washer/dryer, tons of storage.  Thank you all for your prayers, advice, and your encouragement.     

One by one, we tick things off our list.  The only thing holding us back from heading to South Dakota is the results of John's MRI and biopsy.  

Did you catch the ONLY???

Thanks again for your good wishes and prayers.  Keep them coming!  I am praying for zero cancer!  I know the doctor said eighty percent, but I am asking for John to be in the twenty percent!  

God Bless!


  1. What a beautiful new home. Praying for a cancer free test result.

  2. Oh my, the wait has got to be the hardest!

    What a great rig you have there (and at YOUR price) Good going.

  3. Congrats on the Allegro! I'm thinking positive thoughts for John...

  4. Congratulations on the purchase of the Allegro Bus. The Tiffin rigs have a great reputation. I think you will be very happy with that rig, especially since you got it at a price that you are happy with. Now for some good news about the results of the MRI! Definitely, when a person can get to the stage of thinking "Why not me?" instead of "Why me?", it allows a whole different perspective about one's troubles. I am praying for you, John and Nan.

  5. Looks like a beauty. So happy for you two. Prayers for John and your new home.

  6. Congratulations on the new home on wheels. Looks beautiful. Music seems to soothe many a troubled waters. Praying for a positive outcome for John.

  7. Congrats on the motorhome, I am sure it is a good sign for the future:)

  8. Congratulations! It looks wonderful. I had a small lump removed from my breast on Monday. I had Breast Cancer several years ago and was a bit nervous about this, which is why I didn't post anything about it. A little while ago my doctor called to tell me the biopsy came back and it was a benign leasion! Horay! Hop John is clear too.

  9. congrats on the new to you 40 foot home on wheels!!!..sure hope the 'only' thing holding you back will be but a distant memory soon!

  10. Congratulations to you and John, Nan. She's a beauty. I'm hoping for 0 cancer for John, too. I know how hard the waiting must be for you--especially on the verge of starting a full time life.

    Merikay, I'm so happy for you. :)

  11. Praying for a peace while you wait for answers, and wisdom for all the care givers, and that you are surrounded by supportive positive people. God is in control. Your new home looks awesome, and I love what you've done with your blog. Haven't stopped by for awhile, and promise to be a little more faithful to read and reply. Blessings.

  12. Our prayers are with you and John.
    We await your postings for follow up.

    Rick & Kathy
    It's about time


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