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Posted 2016-05-12T14:30:00Z

Post Treatment Scan #1 - All Clear

This past Monday I had my first CT scan since I've finished chemo treatment.  Leading up to the scan, Mary kept asking me if I was nervous.  And I kept saying, "oh no, of course not."  And I think I said that because I didn't want to be nervous, but turns out I actually was deep down.  As I was walking into the building that morning, the feelings of when I first heard about my cancer diagnosis kept coming back to me, the sense of dread.  I was nervous, to be sure.[...]

Posted 2016-03-01T19:35:25Z

A Short Health Update

The Update

Chemo treatments are finished!  I had my last infusion on Jan 25th, and my last round of pills finished up on Feb 7th.  This was my 6th cycle - and it was by far the hardest.  To cap it off, I continued to have random gallbladder attacks that last week of chemo, so I had surgery to get that silly organ removed on Feb 11th. The surgery went very well and I was thrilled to go home that same day![...]

Posted 2016-01-14T14:37:00Z

Time Not Wasted

It is high time for an update, eh?  The whirlwind of the fall swept me up and kept me busy with everything but journaling.  But we are still here!  We continue to journey this post cancer road, together.  [...]

Posted 2015-08-30T15:09:00Z

Surgery and The Days After

On Thursday we waited several hours after a very successful surgery to see our Gabe.  Once we saw him, we were so relieved.  He was awake, fully medicated, and donning lots of tubes.  He said the last thing he remembers before surgery is being rolled into a bright, white room and saying, "So this is where the magic happens."[...]

Posted 2015-06-24T18:34:00Z

Thoughts on Week 2 (and a bit of week 3)

Week two went well.  I really got a good dose of the fatigue I kept hearing I would experience this past week. It ended on a busy note with me officiating a wedding on Friday night, and then photographing a wedding all day on Saturday.  Thankfully both days went really well, however it did take a toll.  I've never quite experienced that kind of tired before.  In fact it's Wednesday and today I finally feel back to normal, or what my new normal is these days.[...]

Posted 2015-06-16T16:22:19Z

Thoughts on Week 1 of Treatment

It feels good to have the first week of treatment in the books. It went well and I am feeling alright. 

The chemo medication, which I take every day, makes me fairly tired, especially in the afternoons.  But that is the only side effect I am experiencing.  Not much nausea, which is great.  I can normally rest for a at least a little time in the afternoons, which definitely helps.[...]

Posted 2015-06-09T01:33:00Z

Day One of Treatment

Today is June 8th, the day Gabe mentioned on this post:  I have been dreading this and eagerly awaiting it at the same time.  Dreading it because I don't want him go to the hospital every day for radiation and possibly experience the negative side effects of chemo.  Eagerly awaiting it because I am ready for him to fight this disease, win, and come out the other side a stronger man.  I am ready to move on even though I know this chapter will always be a part of our lives. [...]