Category Archives: survivor

Neulasta Boost

Yesterday’s Neulasta booster shot went off without a hitch. If you are just joining our program, Neulasta is an injection given after a round of chemo to inject good, healthy, infection fighting white cells back into your system. This was given yesterday after receiving chemo on Monday and Tuesday of this week. One of the [...]
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Seemingly Innocuous and Viciously Toxic

It’s very strange to sit in a relaxing chemo recliner and watch bags of crystal clear and seemingly innocuous fluid slowly drip into your blood stream which are actually deadly killers. Here I sit the morning after two full rounds of chemo and I’m still feeling good. I did experience a mild bonk last night [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 1, Day 2

Round one is a wrap! I just finished up my second treatment day of the first round of chemo without any issues. We used the same precautionary cocktails as yesterday followed by a healthy dose of  Bendeka (Treanda). I have to say that I am really amazed at how good I felt coming out of [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 1, Day 1

Today was the first day of two which will be repeated over 4 – 28 day cycles in the coming months. In a word, today was long (6.5 hours), but I successfully tolerated my drugs, Rituxan and Treanda. Despite pre treatment cocktails consisting of Zofran, Benedryl, and Decadron, I did experience a few side effects (mild [...]
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Power Port Ready to Roll

I feel the same way today as I do the day before a big race. Introspective, edgy, nervous, but excited for race day. It seems odd to say that the day before chemo but, so be it. I’m ready to roll. On Friday I had my Power Port inserted on the right side of chest [...]
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I’ve Been “Called Out”

Remember back in elementary school when you heard someone say “I call you out after school”? This was one kid’s way of threatening another and giving them all day (or longer) to worry about it. It was simply a challenge to a dual and the terms were pretty simple. “I call you out after school… [...]
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Successful TriRock Philly for TNT

Last weekend I had the privilege of watching a couple of dozen of our Team in Training athletes cross the finish line of the 2016 TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon. These guys worked hard all season to prepare for Philly. In total, our team raised $104,000 to aid the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to fight blood [...]
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Team & Training Chat with NBC10 Philadelphia

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with NBC10’s Vai Sikahema on my relationship with the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon as an athlete, a coach, and a survivor. Michael Sneed of title sponsor Johnson & Johnson joined me as well. Here is the link to the segment: NBC10 Philly
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For This Triathlete and DCMH Cancer Patient, It’s More Than a Race

Coaching, after a leukemia diagnosis, is an even greater reward DREXEL HILL, Pa. – Steve Brown is at the top of his game. He has spent the last few decades as an endurance athlete, competing at the highest levels in the long-distance swim-bike-run as a triathlete. He is a 12-time ironman. A 26-mile marathon is [...]
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Philedelphia Agenda Radio Interview

In March I did an interview for the radio show, Philadelphia Agenda. Katie Friend of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society joined me and we chatted about the Society and its programs, survivorship, and Big Climb Philly. Click HERE to listen.
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