Category Archives: survivor

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

You make time for the things that matter. I am extremely excited to take on a new venture this year. Beginning this fall I will start working with the incredibly caring and talented staff at The Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County and their LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. This is a research based physical [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 3

For those of you keeping score at home…round 3 of chemo concluded today without any issues. My blood counts were good and I continue to both respond and tolerate treatment pretty well.  I haven’t slept yet since yesterday due to the beauty and curse of my favorite (said nobody ever) steroid decadron but sleeping is [...]
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What’s New? Glad You Asked

Happy Blood Cancer Awareness month!! I haven’t posted in a little bit but that doesn’t mean life hasn’t been busy. Let me try to catch you up to speed with some recent news and happenings. First, as I’ve been actively writing and talking about, I commence with round three of chemo treatment on Monday and Tuesday, September [...]
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It was a Good Day

It was a good day yesterday. It was a really good day. Starting with a great mid-cycle check up with my oncolodoc. Blood levels look good, lymph nodes are retreating, and I am tolerating treatment very well. I wish I could put his reaction in a bottle for future use. He was genuinely  happy and [...]
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Cancer’s Give and Take

Many of you have heard me say in the past that cancer has created more opportunities than it has taken away opened more doors that it has closed. You’ve probably heard me say that and dismissed me as a crazy man with delusional perspectives on life. I won’t deny that crazy claim from time to [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 2, Day 2

And BOOM, another round is in the books. I hit the rack pretty early last night after a full day of treatment and believe it or not actually got a little rest. I drifted off and on because the steroid decadron had me racing but I quieted myself enough to feel rested. Then bounced up [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 2, Day 1

Well day 1 of round 2 is in the books. It was another very long day and we needed to pause the treatment at one point for about 25 minutes because I developed an alergic reaction to the Rituxan. This exercise is more the rule than the exception with me but after a brief hiatus [...]
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Whatever Normalcy Is

I’m gradually realizing that I really don’t like the side effects associated with my treatment meds. Fatigue and shortness of breath with activity are not exactly conducive to supporting a running and multisport lifestyle. I know the effects from the treatment are temporary. And I’m thankful that they are indeed working. This is evidenced by [...]
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Post Vacation Check In

Greetings!! Don’t take my lack of posting as a bad thing. I was actually on vacation last week and tried to unplug a little bit. I had a great week with just the right balance of all things good. I’m generally feeling good since my initial round of chemo. Some days have been better than others [...]
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What a Difference a Run Makes

I can happily say that my mood shifted 180 degrees from yesterday. If you read yesterday’s post, that’s a good thing.  Since one of my treatment drugs (Bendeka) is new to me, I’m still learning what my typical rate of physical and emotional rebound will be. I’m one week post (round 1) treatment and feel [...]
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