As the title says this blog is one man’s effort to make sense out of his journey fighting melanoma. I have enjoyed reading some of my fellow melanoma warriors’ blogs and thought it might be an interesting way to share what this journey has been like for me. If you find this interesting great, if not that’s great also. Selfishly this is more about me getting this out and moving on from being a cancer patient to being a cancer survivor.

Let’s clear up a few things. Yes, I know how to use spell check and no I don’t always use it. I majored in accounting, not english. I have always been a below average writer, which is why I find the therapeutic value of doing this surprising. I think for this blog to make any sense you pretty much have to go to the archive and start from the beginning which is titled “Life Is Good”

I am not a doctor or medial professional of any type. My blog is not endorsed by any medical professional or facility mentioned in it. Every decision I have made about my care was done after careful consultation with my medical team. Decisions I have made were right for me but should not in any instance be considered right for anybody else. I don't recommend taking medical advice from an accountant.

Key West

Key West

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Late Christmas Gift

No my late gift was not the bottle of scotch.  I had to buy that for myself.  Today I got the results of my latest PET scan which was done on the 23rd and it was great news.  100% normal and NED.  You prepare yourself for whatever news may come and I was prepared for whatever but was of course hoping for good news.  My oncologist was very pleased and said he didn’t want to see me again for 6 months.  That seems like forever considering last January I was seeing him 5 days a week while getting Interferon treatments.  My blood work looked good and all my levels have all returned to normal.    My life is slowing coming back to me I think.  As of February 1st my time on the project I am working on is up and I will be off the road and back to my old job.  It will be a big adjustment to not be traveling anymore.  As much as I complained about it I think I will miss the excitement and challenge of being on the project.  That and being able to visit NYC.  I also will really miss my new friends that I have met these last two years.  The bad news from the visit today came when I stepped on the scale.  If I was playing strong safety for the Chiefs I would be about the correct weight.  Unfortunately I am not so I have some work to do. 

Well I am going to go crack the seal on the Macallans and enjoy a cocktail.  I don’t know that I will ever consider myself a cancer survivor or not.  I currently cringe at that title for some reason.  I always just think of myself as a guy somewhere between my last clean scan and my next unknown one.  Today I got six more months of peace and I will take it.  Thanks again to my  family for their unconditional love and support.  I love giving you guys good news and really appreciated all the e-mails and text messages today.