?xml:namespace>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.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
people who read my blog are also Facebook friends and I have posted a bunch of pictures from the weekend. It was a blast but if ever if there was a crowd that needed some skin cancer prevention education it’s the NASCAR crowd. Lots of bare red skin everywhere. Ironically a year ago I would have been one of them. Not this year, pants, a collared shirt, a hat, and lot and lots of Sunscreen. We had passes that allowed us to go just about anywhere except drive on the track. We saw a ton of drivers and owners up close and even had a brush with the king himself as well as Roger Penske. Jeremy got to meet Jeff Gordon who he is a huge fan of which was one of the highlights for me. Being in the pits during the race, being in the garage before and after the race, and having full access to the media center was great. We ate and drank for free and could retreat to the air-conditioned media center anytime we needed to cool off. Jeremy knocked out the national anthem as I knew he would, all while rockin the Livestrong band in support of among others me which was by far the coolest part of the weekend for me. I posted a link to the video of him singing below. He is a great kid and extremely talented. Luckily he gets his musical talents from his mom and dad and not his uncle Paul. I am blessed with wonderful nieces and nephews and their support during my trials this last year has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. I have said it before but I will say it again I have no idea how people get through this without the support of their friends and family. I spent my first national cancer survivor’s day as a cancer survivor hanging out in the pits with Jeff Gordon and Dale Jr., I got to see Richard Petty and Roger Penske, and watched most of the race from pit road. Take that cancer and I hope you could feel the collective energy of over 28 million cancer survivors all flipping you the bird on the same day.