Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Anyways, other than that, everything is going fine. I got to see my niece for her first birthday the other day. She was so cute! I'll post some pictures on my blog when I can, hopefully this evening. I got her one of those stuff-a-bears, and it has a heartbeat to it. I thought it would be kinda cool to have a teddy bear with a heartbeat, but after feeling it, it's kinda creepy. LOL O'well, hopefully she'll like it when she grows up. Not much else going on. Hope everyone is doing good, and had a good thanksgiving. And Merry Christmas!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
One good thing through all of this though, is that I've met a lot of great people, both nurses/doctors and patients. Everyone has their story to tell, and it's great to hear where they're coming from and how they're dealing with everything. Everyone has a positive attitude about their outcome. And pretty much everyone has a genuine interest in what you have to say, even if it's a story they've heard a dozen times. Which I think it's good. It's good to get it out sometimes with someone who knows exactly where you're coming from. Great people here that I hope to stay in contact with once everything is over and done.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Starting next week, I take the regular chemo, through the central line in my chest. Shouldn't be too bad, as it's the same stuff I had to do before. But just a higher dose. But they're going to be watching me like a hawk for about the next month. If I even get a fever above 100.5, off to the hospital I go. It's all for my good though, and I'm grateful for it. It's just a really big inconvenience. I just can't wait to get better again, and get back to life as normal. But the Lord has been good to me through all of this. It could be a lot worse. And like my step-dad says "I have the best worst luck of anyone in the world." Pretty much rings true. Other than that, nothing else really going on. Just enjoying my Nintendo Wii. I can't wait to get some more games for it.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Other than that, not much new at all. I've been playing some games on my new Nintendo Wii. Man, that thing is so much fun. I'm so glad I got it. Now I just need to start getting more games. On the not so great side, my desktop computer has pretty much kicked the bucket. I can't even get the cd drives to work any more. I built it up almost 4 years ago, so I suppose it's served well. I could keep replacing the parts on it, but it's pretty outdated. So, I think I'm just going to start "experimenting" with it. haha. But I do have my pretty new laptop (less than 6 months old), which is probably going to be my main computer for the forseeable future. Which is fine with me. It's a great laptop, a Dell XPS 1530. Couldn't ask for too much more.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Well, since the hospital stay last week, everything is going fairly good. Can't complain too much, except the hair on my head is falling out. It's pretty weird actually, it hasn't 100% come out, but there's only a few patches here and there. So, I just shaved it down all the way. Also, my facial hair almost completely fell out. I was in the shower, and while washing my face, half of my gotee came out in my hand. I thought "well, that's not cool." And of course, about 90% of it came out then, so I shaved the rest of it off, and haven't had to shave since. Kinda nice actually. But it just looks weird, to me anyways. And since I'm looking like Mr. Clean now, I've even had friends not even recognize me. I'm setting there waving or saying something, and they give that uncomfortable "hey" response, with the look on their face like "what's this wierdo want?" You all know what I'm talking about, we've all been there. I just laugh.
I started my third round of treatment today, another three days of setting here for hours on end. I had my checkup CT scan, to make sure the cancer is responding to the chemo, and thankfully it is. Which means the cancer is on it's way out again. So, everything is still on track for me to get the stem-cell transplant on time. Which that should start in about three weeks or so. The doctor asked me if I was nervous about it, and I told her I wasn't, but that I just wanted to hurry up and get this over with. I'm tired of being so worn down.
As far as non-cancer related news, I'm moving to another apartment this week. It's the same apartment complex, just moving to a 1st floor apartment. That 3rd floor is really getting to be a pain to walk up and down to all the time. Just need to finish packing, and I'll be ready to go. Almost seems like a waist of time to have to pack everything up, because I'm just moving across the parking lot. But it's been good to go through everything and weed some stuff out that's just taking up space.
Well, not much else to report on, I guess. I attached a picture I just took during chemo this morning, so you'll be able to recognize me. I won't dime anyone out for not recognizing me up until now, but after this, no excuses! Just kidding. Hope everyone is doing good. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Other than that, everything's the same as usual. Not much else going on. Yeah, pretty exciting, huh? lol I'll give another update as soon as I find out exactly when the chemo starts. Until then, everyone take care. Thanks to everyone for the encouraging cards, phone calls, etc.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Not much else to report on. Just doing things as normal, trying not to think about all the treatment and all. But that's easier said than done, as they say.
Friday, July 4, 2008
As far as treatments go, I will be getting my port put in again in about a week, then start chemo the week after. I didn't really want to get the port again, but each treatment is basically going to be about 3 days long, each day being a few hours long. One of the chemos has to be given over a three day period, then after that I have to go in for 2 or 3 days for a Neupogen shot, basically a blood booster. So, this time around is going to be much more involved. After about 3 treatments, or about 2 1/2 months, I'll get ready for the bone marrow transplant. The doctors said I shouldn't get too sick or anything during the chemo, probably just get tired pretty quick. So about like last time.
Not too much more going on here. My last day at the bike shop was last week. I really do hate not being there, as I do enjoy the work. But I just have a lot going on, and soon enough I just won't have the time. So, hopefully when all is said and done, I can go back. But that probably won't even be until next year. We'll see though.
So, until next time, hope to hear from you all soon. Thanks to everyone who's kept in touch. Thanks for the calls and emails.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
"You see the question isn't are you going to suffer any more
But what will it have meant when you are through?
The question isn't are you going to die, you're going to die
But will you be done living when you do?"
This just sets my perspective straight each time I hear it. I play it about 3 times each time I'm driving somewhere. It's a very powerful song, and the rest of the lyrics are just as good. These lyrics help me to see that what I'm going through isn't just about me, but when I get through this, what am I going to do with the experiences? What does all of this really mean? Why? And there's no use in worrying about death. Everyone is going to die at some point. But the thing to look at and question is whether I have lived this life to the fullest? So this has been a good thing for me to focus on. Knowing that God is going to be with me through all of this, no matter what the outcome may be, is a huge relief. Even though I know I'll get frustrated, angry, sad, sick, depressed, just about every emotion, I know that God will always be there in some form or fashion. My prayer is that I continue to live this life as best I can. And maybe my story can help someone else. Who knows. We'll see. Thanks everyone for the help and encouragement so far.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Other than that, nothing else is going on. I don't get much time to ride my bike, but I'm trying. For the next 3 or 4 weeks, I'll be working day shifts at the base, so hopefully that will help out to give me time to ride. Lord knows I need to. But again, we will be doing a lot of overtime for June. I think it will be easier to ride then, as I won't be so tired from working these midnight shifts. As far as the LiveStrong challenge, I've set out some information pamphlets at the bike store, so hopefully a few people will want to donate. I still haven't received any more donations, other than the one from Keith. But I have until October, so I'm not worried about it. I look forward to going to the challenge. That will be a fun time, I think.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I started some online classes this past week. I'm finally getting off my butt, per se, and getting it done. I'm enrolled in a Graphics Design course with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online. Basically it's computer graphics, which is what I always wanted to do, but due to multiple set-backs, it never happened. So, now's my chance. And I'm taking it. I'll probably be experimenting some with this website, so it might look different in the future. I also got a new laptop so I can do my schoolwork while I'm at work. The computer at work won't let me load the needed programs on to it, and I wanted to do the majority of my homework at work. Lord knows I have plenty of free time there. Needless to say, the laptop is extremely nice. And I got a screaming deal on it. Everything else out there that's even close to comparing to it is at least $500 more. So, I think I did good by getting it.
Well, nothing much new other-wise. Still trying to work on getting on the road bike more. The weather is finally starting to get nice, so hopefully I have a chance to get out and ride more. It just needs to stop raining so much. All in due time though. I'm also going to get a class with a personal trainer at my gym. I know I have some specific things to work on, and have an idea on what to do, but not very well defined. So, a trainer should be able to get me on the right track. I'll write back and let everyone know how that goes.
P.S. If anyone is having any problems getting to my LiveStrong donation site, let me know. A few of you have had problems, and I have no clue on what's going on. So, shoot me an email or leave a comment and I'll help out.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
So, I've been signed up for the LiveStrong challenge for a while now, and have received my first donation. Thanks a ton, Chris. It's a big encouragement to know that people believe in me enough to make a donation. But it's not really about me, it's to help others that are in the same (or worse) condition that I was in. Now I'm going to begin requesting donations from businesses and such. Lets hope for the best, and that I can rise to the occasion.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
It's a huge relief to be on the other end of treatment. I have a lot to look forward to this year. My friend Amanda and myself have pretty much decided that we are going to do the LiveStrong ride in Austin, TX. It's not till October, so I have plenty of time to get ready for it. She's already a good rider, fitness wise, and she has experience doing charity rides. So, that's part of my motivation to get good on the road bike (so I'm not too embarrassed by being this big guy on a tiny bike with no clue on what he's doing). Some other people have expressed some interest in doing the LiveStrong ride with us, but I don't know if they will do it or not. I'm excited to be going to Austin. This is the main event, if you will, of the LiveStrong rides. It's spread out over a few days, with a lot of stuff going on in the community. I think it will be a blast.
Well, as soon as I heal from the surgery, my training begins! I won't be following a training plan yet, as I'm basically coming in to it as a beginner. Chris, the general manager at the bicycle store I work at part-time, advised to just start riding for 30 minutes at a time to begin. That way, I get use to it first. Every week or 2, begin increasing the time I'm riding, by about 10 minutes each time. I figured once I get up to about 1 to 1 1/2 hours at a time, I should be good to start a training plan. We'll see though. I'm excited to begin training. I have a good amount of extra weight that I need to get rid of (partly due to the cancer), and I know I'll start feeling better once it starts coming off. All in good time though.
I'm going to post a few pictures of my new road bike next post. It's a 2007 Lemond Alpe De'Huez. Good looking bike, in my opinion, and extremely comfortable. It's been rated as a very good bike for longer distances and people who have had back troubles, so this suits me almost to a T. There's still a few things I want to upgrade on it, as most of you know I can't help myself when it comes to putting money into a bike. It's just that I really enjoy doing it. So, be looking for those pictures here in a week or so.