Tillman Smiles November 2019




Dr. Tillman Is Cancer-Free – Praise Be to Thee! KEEPING UP WITH THE TILLMANS

First, here’s the big news: Yes, I amCANCER-FREE! If you haven’t followedmy journey with cancer, I was diagnosed withmultiple myeloma in 2011, and after an autologous bone marrow transplant andmaintenance chemotherapy, I thought I was in the clear. NOT! The chemotherapy drug Revlimid causedme to have acute myeloid leukemia, which was diagnosed last April. After three rounds of chemo and another bone marrow transplant, this time from another person (who I still don’t know the identity of), last August, I battled back. I lost 54 pounds (not a good diet), had lots of nose bleeds (at one point I had one white blood cell per 1,000 cells), and had something called chemo-brain (thanks for putting up withme, Julie and staff). But thanks be to God and the great care fromDr. Kansagra and UT Southwestern, I am 100% cancer-free. Yes, nomultiple myeloma and no leukemia! The bottom photos withmy son, Harrison, were taken last October and last month. What a difference a year makes! I’ve fully recovered just in time for fall; at least I think it’s fall. Outside, it’s 96 degrees —somuch for fall weather. Also, instead of slowing down after a busy summer, I ambusier than ever. Last month, I took two trips to Austin to work at the Texas State Dental Board, one trip to Chicago for a different dental boardmeeting, and a trip to Houston to help evaluate my old dental school for accreditation. Yes, I’m crazy busy! But fall alsomeans“back to school.”For the Tillmans, that means our home is a lot quieter. Harrison, our oldest, spent summer running for Texas A&M in preparation for cross country season. His goal this month is tomake the SEC championships. Good luck, Harrison.

seeing OU beat University of Houston), games of intramural Supreme Frisbee (whatever that is), and college life. But he’s also very serious about his studies, so hopefully, prayerfully, he will do well. For Tristan, my high school senior at Aledo, fall means senior activities, including Birchman Baptist Youth Group paint wars and last weekend’s homecoming dance, which she thoroughly enjoyed. It alsomeans college trips and AP classes with lots of homework. Have fun, Tristan.

Finally for my wife, Julie, fall means preparing our payroll, keeping the bills paid, and basically keeping our family organized (oh, what fun). These aren’t glamorous jobs, but I truly appreciate her for doing somuch for me, our family, and the business. So, thanks, Julie! As fall flies by, through the travels and activities, I’m enjoying this phase of our lives. Frankly, I’m already looking forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and future family activities. This means one or twomore trips to College Station to watch Harrison run this fall, some visits with Brendan watching football or just catching up on his new life, and enjoyingTristan’s senior year with her. Julie and I are almost empty-nesters, but we’re holding onto life with our children as long as possible. It would be great if time could slow down. But since it won’t, we’ll take pictures, share stories and memories, and enjoy one another’s time and love while we can. My hope is that your fall is going well, too, and that you’re appreciating every moment of it with family and loved ones. Our office has several fun activities coming up for you to be a part of. Check out the insert in this newsletter to keep up with those events— I hope to see you soon! In the meantime, give Tillman Smiles a call so we can help you keep your health and enjoy the season.

Brendan, our second child, starts life as an Oklahoma University freshman with hopes of going to dental school this year. He’s having a blast at football games (we enjoyed

—David Tillman


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