Bad News and Good News…

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.




13 thoughts on “Bad News and Good News…

  1. Us, Ed and Marion, are with you 100%. Having dealt with a daughter who has a very rare condition called Acromegaly, we understand the unexpected challenges. But ,never doubt ,you will prevail, especially with family and friends rooting for you.And our daughter is doing remarkably well. This shit should not happen to our beloved kids. But if it does, they amaze us with their strength and determination.❣️❣️


  2. We think of you and Amanda every day since your Mom let us know what is in store for you over the next while. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and explanations with us. You know that we are always there for you and your family and rooting for the medical community to work it’s magic. Love, Rena & Brent


  3. Unlike you, we were so shocked and disheartened to read your last post that we couldn’t put thoughts into words. Now that I see this post, all I can see is your smiling faces this summer and I think that you totally have it within you to beat this monster!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all the way ❣️❣️


  4. Andrew, you are so inspiring. Positive, healing thoughts, love and prayers coming your way my awesome friend. Thank you for sharing your journey – including your fantasy hockey pool! Obviously you didn’t pick any Canucks …. 😬

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Yikes! I almost felt bad for eating that yummy meaty pizza the other week although i did leave feeling belittled for my meaty carbalisious dietary choices hahahaha. You got this!! And i do have few fun time wasting games for PS3 if you want to borrow them to pass the time on the couch! Talk soon,


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