The theme and direction of this not-at-all used blog I created 6 years ago will now change. From enjoying “cookie rides” (charity cycling events where you ride 20 miles, get a cookie, ride another 20, another cookie, etc., etc., etc.), to long self-guided “get lost in the countryside” solo bicycle rides, to fully loaded cycling tours, the blog will change to what will be my longest (I hope!) ride of all.
Recently, concerns over swelling in my right leg brought Peggy & I to the Emergency Room at Inova Fairfax Hospital. After ultrasound examination I was admitted with clear indications of Deep Vein Thrombosis, DVTs. Further imaging revealed 2 distinct masses (massi?) in my lower abdomen. One of them, with ‘calcified edges’ is pressing on my femoral vein, giving rise to a rich clotting environment. Lots of imaging procedures later, and after a biopsy of the nastiest looking one, the preliminary diagnosis was “Poorly Differentiated Pleomorphic Sarcomatoid Neoplasm”…that’s Latin for “DudeYou’reScrewed”. The pathologist felt the need to forward the tissue samples to NIH (National Institute of Health) for further study and confirmation. Of course I asked if a new cancer was discovered, did I get to name it? They politely chuckled at my insolence.
Yesterday that confirmation came back and with the help of the oncology team at Sibley Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center…we begin The Long Ride.