Monthly Archives: October 2016

Who Knew

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia is a very slow moving disease. So much so that people can be diagnosed in the very early stages but not need treatment for years. When I was diagnosed 10 years ago the disease could have been progressing for years prior to detection. One of the first questions that my doctor asked [...]
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Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation Patient Conference

On Sunday October 30th I will be speaking at a patient conference held by the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation and hosted by Columbia University. My presentation on Sunday is entitled “Living Above Chronic Cancer” and will focus on some keys and critical choices that I’ve made in ten years of living with chronic lymphocytic leukemia [...]
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I’m All DONE

I am extremely happy to say that I am all finished with my chemo treatments!!! I had my check up this morning and the decision to stop was a pretty easy one. My labs all came back normal and my lymph nodes have all returned to normal size. There is no reason to continue. I [...]
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It’s a Feeling

When you live with a chronic disease like leukemia you have very heightened intuition. You develop a honed sense of self and learn how to analyze and differentiate between the little systemic bugs, chinks, and cliches that “normal” people face, and those that may be disease related. That skill becomes more advanced the longer you [...]
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Fords Fight for Life Night

On Friday October 14th, I had the honor and privilege of participating in an amazing event. My alma mater, Haverford High School, hosts a wonderful celebration and remembrance of those impacted by cancer through their football and football followers’ booster programs. The senior and middle school communities rally together and raise cancer funds and awareness [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 4

I’m going to keep this update short and sweet because quite honestly, that’s how this round of treatment felt. Short, and sweet. Monday started with a checkup with my doc which went really well. My white count was a little low but that is to be expected at this stage of treatment. Given my incredible [...]
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Lake Placid Revisited (Take IV)

I’ve toed the line of 15 iron distance triathlons and crossed the finish line of 12 of them. While DNFs are always disappointing and humbling, there is usually some kind of take away or life lesson to be found once the emotional and/or physical bruises heal. I’ve successfully raced Ironman Lake Placid 3 times; in 2002, [...]
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2017 Ironman Lake Placid 70.3

I’m putting out a plea for some help. I figured this would be a great way to knock cancer out of the ring and declare victory. I just signed up for Ironman Lake Placid 70.3 to be held next September. This is a fundraising effort through the Ironman Foundation which raises funds for various philanthropic [...]
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