Sunday, December 11, 2016

Surgery tomorrow! Wish me luck!

It has been so very long to post anything on this blog because things had been so quiet.
Everything was stable until recently. A scan in October showed there has been growth in the spot where the tumor had been resected in 2009. The team at the neuro-oncology research department at NIH including director Dr. Mark Gilbert advised surgery. So tomorrow morning, December 12, I will have surgery at NIH (National Institutes of Health) in Bethesda, MD. It should last 4-5 hours. They are telling me that I will be there until the end of the week. It is a great facility with a great staff so I am very confident in having good results from the surgery. Please keep my family and me in your prayers.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I AM still alive

I am the worst blogger ever.  If anyone had followed me previously they might have assumed, for dire reasons, I could not blog any more.

Nahh, it was just busy-ness and some laziness, too.

I am alive and very well. I really have nothing to say about changes in my health. I just had a MRI and report at NIH this week. No real change was shown. I did get to meet the new director of the Neuro-Oncology Branch of the Center for Cancer Research at the National Institutes of Health. Seriously, that is the full name of the department. Mark Gilbert is the new director. I am excited that he is here. He comes from MD Anderson in Texas and has done great work there.

It is a snowy day here in the DC area. Time to light a fire and enjoy the afternoon with the family.

Keep warm,

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day!

Visiting family in St. Louis. Wonderful time. Enjoying my fifth Christmas since dx and craniotomy. Enjoyed a good run tonight to work off some of the holiday goodies.

One of the favorite gifts I received is a 6-pack of Black Butte Porter from Deschutes, Oregon. Oh, how I miss Oregon brews.  Cheers to all!

Hope all the brain cancer fighters and their families and supporters have a great 2014!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Happy December!

Hey all,
I am doing just dandy. A snow day tomorrow will be even better. It has been a ridiculously long time since my last post. Basically, no news is good news from my last MRI in October.

They pushed my next MRI back by a month, every four months instead of three months. I have to check my calendar. I think next one is in January.

I have a beard now. It's very hipster.

If you are doing the Spartan 30 burpees a day for 30 days, don't miss days. Doing 150 burpees in one session is not fun. I add penalties for missed days. I needed to do 150 so I did 190 instead. Aroo!

Speaking of Spartan Races, I watched the Spartan championships on NBC Sports yesterday.
There was an athlete, Ivar Leon, who raced. He is also fighting brain cancer and is a top athlete, winning marathons. Awesome story, awesome guy.
Spartan video:

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Team G-M triathletes!

Whew...busy summer. Only a couple weeks of rest before school starts.

Who am I kidding? Team G-M does not rest. We just got back from Michigan and Ohio. Marcie, Carrie, Amara and Genet competed in their first triathlon. I was so happy to see them compete. I was really excited to watch them as I was always the racer in the past.  My cancer did not keep me from competing. I freely made a choice to watch because I wanted to see them cross the finish line. Tears were in my eyes when they did.

I am not sure if I will do a tri this fall. I definitely will be doing a few cyclocross races though.

Home Gym

Being a cancer fighter is not easy. It is very stressful to say the least. I have said it before that a kick-butt workout releases much of that stress. We have finally put together our home gym to release that stress.  We have a great treadmill that all of us have been using. I wanted and got a weight rack and set from Rogue Fitness. It is awesome. The stress is flying out the window and hopefully a few pounds, too.