There has been much to write about since I last bored you with scribbled thoughts from inside my head. The reasons for the long pause are many, chemo-brain, anemia, feeling like shit, uninspired, and a general malaise. Chemo-brain is a phenomenon grabbed onto to by cancer treatment patients like the last cold beer in the … Continue reading I have a cancer on my body…not my soul.
”Want me to get the Crisco from the supply room?…Or do you think he will fit?” These are not the words you want to hear from your Imaging Services Technicians as the Siemens Computerized Tomography machine warmed it self up, readying to gently pull me into its cold, yet somehow still warm, circular embrace. With … Continue reading Good News…for a change.
Yes, the last posting was a bit dark. The timing could have been better. It was written on the early parts of the first rest week after my first serious chemo, the MAI, the medical Latin term: Armageddon. Whether it was there all the time, a result of "chemo-brain", whatever, the depression that followed that … Continue reading It’s been awhile…
The week of July 8 was spent in the warm and embracing care of the 5th floor Oncology staff of Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, DC. There was a great deal of cocktails they prepared for me to get the serious part of the chemotherapy treatment underway. Early Monday we reported to the hospital, checked into … Continue reading Shit gets real…The Pontypool Front Row?
It was a mixed bag of news from the CT w/Contrast Scan. There was both growth and shrinkage. The growth occurred in the lung nodules. One of them shrank, I’m thinking that the reduced mass on this one was from so much tissue they ripped out for the biopsy, it hasn’t had time to get … Continue reading A mixed bag from the CT Scan
Let’s get caught up on the cancer part of this merry little good-news blog. The last little essay was one that I had been asked about and I enjoyed sharing my life philosophy by telling the story that way. Although there were many other negative consequences stories I could have told. There have been many … Continue reading Time to catch up on some cancer news…
A reader of this blog, a voice I respect, asked a pointed question regarding the tag line I use in my email signature. You may or may not be aware of it, it reads something like this, “eventually we all sit down to a banquet of consequences” Someone of note, I don’t recall whom, wrote … Continue reading And Now, a Departure from Your Regular Programming
Author's Note:The post has been edited to more accurately reflect the full team that has committed to my case. Edits in Red. There were moments in the summer of 2017 that seemed, to me at least, as indicators of my destiny. My inability to climb Highway 20 from Republic, WA to Sherman Pass, my wimpy … Continue reading US Hwy 2 in Montana?…Hmmmmm Maybe Not.
When an Adventure Cycling tour begins, the first item on the list for participants and leaders is the 4:00 PM meeting. This occurs at the location the tour will use as, and call, “the trailhead”. Usually it is a campground or inexpensive motel that the tour leaders have made reservations for all the participants to … Continue reading The Big Push-Off
One of the providers in the hospital asked me if I was an engineer, I replied, “No, but I am a bit of a numbers nerd.” The conversation was a product of my exclamation that the 2 large tumors in my abdomen occupied so much space, I was looking forward to seeing my belly profile … Continue reading For This Trip, The Panniers Are Full