Bob Allen is thankful on this Thanksgiving weekend. He spent the day with family members, and he continues to make progress in treatment of T-cell lymphoma with hopes of returning to KHOU (Channel 11) next spring.
Allen said the next significant milestone in his treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will be another round of chemotherapy followed next month by a stem cell transplant that doctors hope will prevent a reoccurrence of the disease.
In the meantime, he’s chafing at the bit – “There are only so many TV shows to watch and books to read and movies to see,” he said Tuesday – and counting his blessings for the hard but valuable insights that come when observers become participants in life’s struggles.
“It’s strengthened my faith and put things in perspective – what is important and what isn’t,” he said. “A Texans loss isn’t quite as severe as it used to be.
“My family and I are closer and I’m closer to friends, and it makes you open your eyes and see things that you wouldn’t have taken the time to reflect upon.”
That’s a particular telling observation for Allen, who barely blinked between his long-term job at KTRK (Channel 13) and his move across town to Channel 11.
In general, he said, “I’m getting there. The prognosis is good.”
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