Cancer

My Journey With Lymphoma

Dave

  • After six weeks of chemotherapy, my latest PET-CT scan showed a complete response with no detectable disease 🎉 After the tidal waves of panic and grief that dominate the first weeks of a cancer diagnosis, the challenges of treatment… it was welcome reprieve to finally get good news — it’s gone again. That good news…

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  • The first time I was diagnosed with cancer, I learned your photo app will sort you as multiple people no matter how many times you tell the AI you’re the same person. And if you make a blog called Cancer, website uptime services will send you poorly-considered emails like “Great news! Cancer is back online.”…

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  • As someone who often has too many words, today I have only a few: I received PET-CT scan results today that show no more evidence of disease 🎉 I start radiation soon, but I have a lot to celebrate today! Here’s hoping for more (and more, and more) good news in 2021 for us all.…

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  • (Cliff Notes: I’m drained but slowly beginning to feel more human. Scans show treatment is working well and I’m on-track to be “done-done” in the spring. Parts of my 2020 were hellish, but I’m not alone in that group.) Voracious research has always been my go-to panacea. In elementary school I developed a deep love…

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  • Now boarding Mindfulness and meditation have long been haphazard practices in my life. If humans have a supernatural power, it’s the ability to willfully adjust our emotions, reactions and outlook. Often much easier said (or recommended) than done, but like anything practice helps with incremental improvement. In recent weeks, I’ve hardly mastered mindfulness and meditation,…

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  • … during a global pandemic. That is always — has to always — be a thing. On today’s episode of Things I Never Imagined, my oncologist instructed me to buy a plastic face shield to wear over my KN95 mask because the COVID-19 outbreak in Arizona is quickly becoming the worst outbreak in the world and the state of my…

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  • Discovery When your neck starts swelling and you pull up WebMD, it tells you about viruses, bacterial infections and swollen lymph nodes. Likely a skin or tooth infection. Maybe it’s Mumps? A little, reassuring footnote mentions in rare cases it could be related to cancer, tuberculosis or thyroid problems. But it’s probably an infection. The…

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