Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rather than using my personal Facebook page or Sam's Facebook group page: Sammy Rulz, Cancer Droolz to update friends and family on Sam's condition I've decided it's best to post in a blog.  This way if friends choose to know what is going on with Sam, they can click the link (which I will post on both my personal page and the group page). It will also allow non-Facebook users to read updates on Sam. So here goes...

I named the blog, Enough for Now because I can't put together the right words to describe all this blog may encompass. I just knew I needed to get started. It's Enough for Now.

As most of you should know by now, things are not going well for Sam. In late May we received news that his brain cancer was not responding to chemotherapy and the tumors were growing  in size and number. We were told then that we were out of treatment options and were referred to hospice.

At some point I will probably post the entire history of his diagnosis and treatment, but for now I just want you to up to speed.

Sam has grown increasingly tired and foggy throughout the summer. He will lie down and nap a few times a day now, he doesn't speak much, and he has some trouble walking. This is how brain tumors work, I'm told. Soon he will sleep more than not, and may become completely unresponsive to us. For now I am thrilled that he is awake more than he is asleep, can get himself around, answers yes and no questions, and laughs at our jokes. He is not in pain.

He still loves to cook, but there's just not much he can do. I recently introduced him to watching cooking shows on T.V., so we could watch something other than Spongebob and Johnny Test. We don't have cable but we found we could watch Giada at Home on Amazon. He adores her. My sister-in-law came to visit recently and wanted to know what Sam was into, so I told her about his love affair with Giada. She gifted to him 3 of her cookbooks. Naturally, this week's menu revolves around those books. Tonight he "helped" me make Pastini with Peas and Carrots (he scraped the already cut up carrots from the cutting board into the pan, and he stirred in the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese). He was happy and it was delicious.


  1. Starting a blog is a great idea. I will certainly be a follower. I love Giada! Sam has excellent taste in who to emulate. Sending lots of love and hugs.

  2. Thanks for the update, Sabrina! It's good to hear how he's doing and be a fly on the wall during these sweet moments that you and your family share with him. Your strength, both individually and as a unit, is inspiring! All my love!

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  4. Giada's aunt, Rita De Laurentiis, taught me how to make eggplant Parmesan! I'll tell you the story next time I see you, Sabrina and Sammy. <3 <3 <3 <3

  5. Thank you for the update. The Food network puts some of their shows on their website. Giada just hosted the next food network star so Sam may like to see that too. Its Foodtv.com
    Strength and hugs to you, Sam and your family.