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One Lesson Learned During Time In The Cancer Space

My Wendy and I have worked with Rotary’s Youth Exchange program for a couple of years now.  The US students that travel to distant lands repeatedly hear the same thing from the committee members:

ADAPT!!!

ONE WORD says everything you…

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Optimism Validated!!!

My health was down enough Tuesday that it prompted Dr. Bryson to suspend chemotherapy for one week.  He scheduled us for an assessment yesterday to check my weight and hydration levels.  My weight continues to steadily climb, and hydration was…

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Riding a Wave of Optimism

My Wendy and I are feeling optimistic about finishing this cancer treatment off without so much discomfort and anymore delays.  We understand it can all change without our permission. We know we’ve even more deliberate in our attempts to manage…

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Sock Swag Is Still Rolling Along…

The turn of events over the last 7 days forced Sock Swag into the background lately.  It is still going along for sure.

Monday was a great day to load up new patients with some Swag.  They were new to…

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Back To Radiation Treatment

Yesterday was “Doctor Day.”  We met with both doctors (at different times) to discuss the status of treatment.  Dr. Bryson’s efforts to crack the gag-reflex code was enough to convince me to resume radiation treatment too.  Dr. Bryson also chose…

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Warrior, Fighter… Is That What Cancer Patients Are?

I love MMA matches.  They are exciting to watch: two well trained athletes who are willing to get in the octagon and go three to five rounds until the fight goes the distance, one fighter taps out, or one fighter…

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Weight Loss 2 . 0

Another bad weekend is now behind us.  In its wake are eight pounds that did not think they needed to stick around any longer.  I reckon I was on the binge and purge diet… heavy on the purge side that…

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No Relief Over The Last 48 Hours

Today is day 4 of a five day break from radiation treatment.  We decided to take a break so I could have some relief from the side effects.  Unfortunately, there’s not been any relief in sight as of today. Things…

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My Wendy’s Perspective On The First Day of Chemotherapy

The following was penned by my Wendy in a journal she keeps on her night stand.  I invited her to add a post whenever, and she offered this one. 

Seems like that first day of chemotherapy left an indelible impression…

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Maybe Yesterday's Early Morning Rant Was Legit!!!

Yesterday was (emotionally speaking) the lowest I’ve been since the cancer diagnosis popped in early June.  I wrote the post with a sense of frustration that did not improve as the day progressed. It reached the point of “overwhelming” when…

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I Wish The Distractions Could Last Longer!!!

Sock Swag and drums are wonderful distractions.  These days… they’re ONLY distractions.

This dealing with the side effects is an all day AND all night proposition!!!  Let’s start with the nights.

I slept in one hour segments over the past…

More Distractions from Cancer

Day Off Swag in my Happy Space!!!

Sock Swag is a great distraction, but not the only one used to divert attention from the life of cancer treatment.  Drums get a bit of attention every day, and more so since…