I have some bad news, and some good news.
The bad news is that we’ve recently been told that the tumor in my chest is too large, and too close to my heart to treat with radiation. As a result, I’m going to have to do a regiment of high intensity chemotherapy and a very aggressive stem cell treatment paired with more high intensity chemotherapy.
The good news is that I’m winning my fantasy hockey pool.
This news came as a huge shock to the family, and it’s taken all of us about a week to fully process. To be honest, this time has been harder than the first time. It’s difficult to know that my previous experience was Chemotherapy with training wheels… what’s coming is Apollo 7.
It’s really tough to recognize that my experience is getting closer to those stories we’ve all heard that don’t have a happy ending.
On the bright side, the tumour is still smaller than it was when we started chemo the first time, it hasn’t spread to other systems in my body, there are still lots of proven treatments available to me, and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks has returned from his groin injury.
Here are some of the images that have been pervading the thoughts of myself and my family over the last year.
Q: How do you know if someone is on a fad diet?
A: Oh don’t worry, they’ll tell you all about it.
Yeah, I started the Ketogenic diet. There is some pretty good evidence that s
uggests a low carb/starch/sugar diet is good for putting metabolic stress on cancer cells (particularly lymphoma cells). So now I wear a cravat, and spend all of my social interactions talking down on people who eat normal things. It feels pretty great.
So it goes.