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I’ll Be Worth Saving – Living with Lymphoma, One Year of Remission

One year of Remission. That’s what the scan said.  It’s great news, right?  My Oncologist had a big smile on his face, The Lovely Bride and I went out for a celebratory dinner, and as usual – I was left questioning everything.  Searching for perspective in a sea of other people’s joy.  Wandering the desert […]

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Green Courage – Living with Lymphoma Week 54

This article is for all us people dealing with illness.  Cancer patients, survivors, my fellow Acoustic Neuroma warriors – anyone fighting the good fight. I want you all to ignore the healthy people.  Just for a few minutes.  Let’s stop thanking them for everything.  Let’s stop offering them advice and understanding on how they to […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!

The Holidays are a good time for reflection about what you have.  A time to appreciate the good things in your life.  A time to be the only house in your Southern Tennessee neighborhood not slathered in colored lights. No matter what you celebrate or how, I think we can all agree that it’s usually […]

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Mile Marker Zero – Living with Lymphoma Week 30

Having survived last week’s visit to Rock Bottom, I have now moved on to the beginning of the long road that will be recovery.  Thankfully, I’ve been down this road before with the brain surgery and have learned some valuable lessons. These lessons aren’t new.  They have been around a LONG time.  I find myself […]

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My Final Chemotherapy Treatment – Living with Lymphoma Week 29

Final.  End.  Ultimate.  Finish.  Conclusion.  Last. Those were some of the words I was thinking about as the Lovely Bride and I headed to my Twelfth (cycle 6b, for you medical types), and final chemotherapy appointment on Monday.  My feelings vacillated about it.  I wanted to be excited about the chemotherapy being over, really I did. […]

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A Tale of Two Birthdays – Living with Lymphoma Week 28

This past Friday was my birthday.  My birthday has always been the most important “holiday” in my life.  I’m not a religious person, and while I’m extremely patriotic – I don’t express it in the ways or celebrations that most people do.  So what?  So none of the traditional holidays carry a lot of weight […]

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The Eleventh Hour – Living with Lymphoma Week 26

Have your last couple of weeks been as crazy as mine?  I hope not.  The good news is that I don’t usually have to learn too many lessons twice.  I have been feeling pretty good this week, but have been very tired.  Absolutely exhausted, if I were to be honest with you.  The chemotherapy is […]

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Contemplating the Way Forward – Living with Lymphoma Week 22

The Future. It’s an interesting concept when we think about it –  Time moving forward.  The unknown.  Where do we go from here?  I think as a species we’ve always been driven by the future.  Driven by the desire to see around the next bend, over the next mountain, or a new shore.  Newton, Magellan, […]

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Destination Generosity – Living With Lymphoma Week 21.5

Giving back… That term and concept really a pre-requisite of an initial “Give”, doesn’t it?  I’ll scratch your back IF you scratch mine.  A bad thing?  No, not at all.  We need to do better.  But we’re all wrapped up in our own little lives, right?  The job, the kids, baseball or soccer practice, and the […]

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Five Year Anniversary – Living with Lymphoma Week 21

First thing – Today is the fifth anniversary of my 14 hour brain surgery to remove my Acoustic Neuroma brain tumor.  Hurray, right?  Yeah… How am I celebrating?  By having Chemotherapy, of course.  How else would someone celebrate that milestone?? My miles today are going to be done in place.  Today is Chemo session #8 […]

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