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2003 Reunion News
Dec 4, 2003
Another great reunion took place
House in the Irvine Spectrum.
Click here to see all the pictures...
Update from Dick Samstag
Dec 12, 2003
Hi All you Guys and Gals:
Well, its been a year ago this month that I completed my last of 6 chemo
treatments for stage 4 lymphoma, so its about time I sent out an update to
all my buddies that sailed with me through out that treatment period. Again,
thanks for helping me thru that journey. It's great to be alive...
Well, I've been back into the swing of life for the last year and I feel
great about it. My sailing trips have taken me from Long Beach, to Catalina,
to Oxnard, to Santa Barbara, and around Anacapa Island, which is part of the
Santa Cruz Islands. My wife Jennie doesn't sail easily, so she isn't part of
this life. My tennis has made up for the many days spent sailing without any
decent exercise. Jennie loves tennis, so she's a big part of this life. And
I've remodeled the kitchen and den and just finished painting the outside of
our home. So, as you can imagine, I do feel great. My strength and endurance
is back to normal. And I can thank Rituxin and CHOP (a chemo therapy mix of
various chemicals) that has put my lymphoma in remission. It doesn't cure
lymphoma. It just beats it down below the line. It'll pop up again sometime.
Then I may require another bout of chemo. In fact, my Oncologist, during my
October visit, identified a lymph node under my right arm that is larger
than it should be. It's nothing to worry about right now since I do have
"slow growing lymphoma," but he'll keep an eye on that one with my next
Jennie has become very active in "Light-the-Night" walks for Leukemia &
Lymphoma research. In fact, her company, along with many donations from our
friends, raised over $7,000 alone for this year's drive. From Orange and
Riverside Counties alone, the drive raised over $240,000. There's a lot of
research going on to find a cure for my disease. And I just love it...
Like I said, it's great to be alive. I'll keep you guys and gals posted on
any developments. In the mean time, here's wishing each and every one of you
a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And keeping praying for anyone
who has lymphoma or leukemia.
Love and good sailing to all*
* Including, but not limited to: Sail Jennie, Tug Boat Ron, Compass Norm
(RIP), Anchor Francie, and Barnacle Jim.