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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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One Road, Two Directions – Living with Lymphoma Week 75

Retrospection & Consideration. Back or forward – which is the best way to look? There hasn’t been much time for me to look back.  And when I do, the things I see are strange. A guy on an Acoustic Neuroma Facebook group I belong to recently solicited positive things people had gone on to do […]

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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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Why Halfway Through Chemotherapy Isn’t the Milestone You Think – Living with Lymphoma Week 18

Let me preface this by saying that I appreciate all the kind well-wishes, prayers, and thoughts that everyone has offered.  Lately, many of them have been centered on the fact that I’ve finished six of my twelve scheduled chemotherapy appointments treating my Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. But halfway is NOT the milestone you think it […]

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The Three F’s: Fear, Fitness, Facts – Living with Lymphoma Week 16

Sheesh – has it really been four months along this road already?  Some days it feels like it’s been four years, and other days I look back and wonder how the heck I got to this point.  Sixteen Weeks. I want to discuss three issues I’m dealing with lately. 1. Fitness – I think it’s important for […]

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50% of Royalties donated to American Brain Tumor Association

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month – and it started out in the brain tumor community with the usual fervor that these things have: lots of posts on FB and Twitter with pictures of grey ribbons and “I survived a Brain Tumor” images.  All very good, great stuff.  Important to know about and support, right? […]

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Portacath Install – Living With Lymphoma Week 8.5

Hey – Nice Job on the Gallery homework!  It has gotten several great additions: a beautiful art piece to help think calm thoughts, my columnist buddy, Al Owne, pictured on a charity walk, Tucker greyhound sending snuggles, and a couple of uplifting inspirational pieces.  Thanks to all who have participated!  If you haven’t – send an […]

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Observations on Chemotherapy- Living With Lymphoma Week 7.5

I thought an end of the week wrap-up might be good since I finished my first week of Chemotherapy this week.  There are several things that I hope will be insightful to both those headed for this process and for those of you who have seen it, but never experienced it yourself. I wasn’t sure […]

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Rally The Troops – Living With Lymphoma Week 7

Important Tip: It’s time to Rally the Troops. One of the things that we learned during my brain tumor struggles was how important it was to have help.  You just can’t complete all the normal daily tasks when one of you is incapacitated and the other is acting as care giver.  It’s a model that […]

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