Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cancer Clouds My Horizon

Once again, I am starting a new adventure- but this one will be entirely indoors. I am back in the hospital preparing for a bone marrow transplant, a type of immunotherapy that has a chance of attacking the renal (kidney) cell cancer I have been fighting for six years. I will be in this room for over a month, and as I write this, I am receiving via IV the third of three kinds of chemotherapy that are used to suppress my immune system for the transplant.

On Monday the 23rd (day zero), I will receive an infusion of marrow and stem cells from a donor- my brother Pete is the match- which will hopefully replace my immune system and attack the cancer tumors. The immune system takes many months to return to normal, which explains the long hospital stay and the additional months of being quarantined at home. The adventure for me is to cope with being holed up in one place instead of being as active as I usually am.

In this phase of the blog, I will talk about that process, as well as other thoughts that come up. Comments are welcome, and I will also be adding more updates and stories to my website, now that I have forced time on my hands.

Thanks to all those who have already expressed their best wishes.



rudi said...


The gang at Midwest is thinking of you always. May this be your best new adventure ever.


usblues30 said...

Though ive never gotten the honor to meet your aquaintance, you have given me strength; may your spirit flow the heavenly waterfall and guide the adventure of the life after. To soon the questions we have fade before our eyes with clutter of norm reality; before we know it the source for which the answer is told,has moved on. Through dream after life, yet new life. Im spiritual but not religious...... anyways here is something for this moment of silence to say, although never met researching your travels was inspirational, till another day, farewell. -matt flynn 5:1 Now on the topic of times and seasons, 1 brothers and sisters, 2 you have no need for anything to be written to you. 5:2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord 3 will come in the same way as a thief in the night. 4 5:3 Now when 5 they are saying, “There is peace and security,” 6 then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains 7 on a pregnant woman, and they will surely not escape. 5:4 But you, brothers and sisters, 8 are not in the darkness for the day to overtake you like a thief would. 5:5 For you all are sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness. 5:6 So then we must not sleep as the rest, but must stay alert and sober. 5:7 For those who sleep, sleep at night and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 5:8 But since we are of the day, we must stay sober by putting on the breastplate 9 of faith and love and as a helmet our hope for salvation