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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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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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It’s all in the Wrist – Living with Lymphoma Week 34

Magic tricks, a wicked wrist-shot, that forehand winner at Wimbledon, and having your cancer in remission… What do they all have in common?  A single phrase: It’s all in the Wrist. The Lovely Bride suggested that Week 33’s update might have been a little too much of a downer.  “You need to give people hope,” […]

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Status: REMISSION – Living with Lymphoma Week 33

I’m in Remission. There, I said it.  My post-chemotherapy PET Scan on Tuesday was completely negative.  Remember how freaked out I was to discover that my cancer wasn’t going to be a simple fix?  That it was Stage IV?  It’s hard to believe that was only six months ago.  I remember looking at the scan […]

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Progress and Persevere – Living with Lymphoma Week 32

I’ve talked at length here about the need to make changes in my life and work harder at doing the things I’m inspired to do. I’ve discussed it until everyone, including me, is thinking “yeah, yeah, hurray… good for you.  shut up and do it already!”  So I did. I’ve made a few minor tweaks […]

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Rock Bottom – Living with Lymphoma Week 29.2

Yep, I think we’re there – today, two days after chemo, is typically my most difficult day after an infusion.  We’ve had six months of treatments whose cumulative effects have brought us to today. We’re at Rock Bottom. You wanted proof?  How about this… I’m sick.  I’m miserable.  I’m weak.  And I’m tired.  And eyelashes? […]

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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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5 Things Cancer has taken that I Want Back – Living with Lymphoma Week 27

No Matter What type of illness, whether it is a common headcold or terminal cancer takes certain things from us that we would like back.  A headcold might take away your ability to breathe through your nose, right?  Or the Flu has given you a fever that keeps you in bed for a few days. […]

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