Monthly Archives: November 2010

preparing for the portacath

Tomorrow morning at 8am I will be headed into an outpatient surgery at Kaiser Sunset in Hollywood to install a portacath. I made the mistake of not reading much information about this, until tonight. Then I made the mistake of … Continue reading

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white blood cells needed—apply within…

Went in this morning for what I thought was my second treatment—you know, got all psyched up, prepared, ready for Dana to be real nice to me all evening while I fought off being sick. No go. In the nurse’s … Continue reading

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LORD of my life

A friend of mine sings a song. Since I first heard it, it has captured my heart… it’s called Seigneur De Ma Vie (which is French and means “Lord of My Life”). I can’t hear this song, especially now, without … Continue reading

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family pics for thanksgiving

This second week since treatment life has been a lot better! We’ve had a great Thanksgiving break with Dana’s family, and today were able to go take some family photos—something of an annual tradition. Other than a bit of fatigue … Continue reading

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40 reasons i’m thankful for cancer

Since diagnosis, I’ve been making a list—reasons to thank God for allowing me to have this trial. This post has been in the works for 10 weeks. And by human reason, it sounds insane to say, “Thank you for cancer.” … Continue reading

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chemo… therapy?? really?

Note: Just for laughs—no offense intended! You have been warned… What do you think of when you hear the word “therapy?” Something “therapeutic”, right? Something with a good effect—like massage therapy, aroma therapy, cinnamon roll therapy (I made that one … Continue reading

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no place to hide

Why in the world would I want to journal this crazy experience on a blog where people can publicly see this ordeal? Frankly, I wonder sometimes. I must be half stupid. In part, it’s because I can hardly believe this … Continue reading

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food binges, solomon, and cool stuff

Had some really nice surprises today! First, at lunch time I had a bizarre craving for McDonald’s. A few minutes later, I was downing a quarter pounder with cheese and an order of fries. The taste of food has returned, … Continue reading

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thankful for a good day!

I woke up today and did exactly what the guy in this photo is doing! I shouted to Dana, “I feel alive!!!” Strange how feeling almost normal was such an overwhelming experience. I’ve obviously taken it for granted for the … Continue reading

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how this all started

People have asked, “Where did this begin? What’s the story that led up to the diagnosis?” So here is the string of events. First, I can point to about 18 or 20 months ago when I felt something changing in … Continue reading

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third day after treatment

I had a few good hours yesterday—enough to teach a class and teen Bible study, but nausea is back with a vengeance today. Woke up feeling sick, and have been pretty weak with not much of an appetite most of … Continue reading

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two days after first treatment

This is the first time I’ve really felt like typing anything since that last update. I’ve been getting lots of notes and emails from folks praying, and I’m very thankful. This is weird, but I have a movie script playing … Continue reading

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five hours after first treatment

Note to Readers: One of the purposes of this blog is to help someone else that might deal with Hodgkins in the future. For that reason, some of what I will post is just to document the  experience in real … Continue reading

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day one in a big green chair

I’ve never been comfortable sitting in a chair if my feet can’t touch the ground. So here I am, feeling like an 8 year old sent to the principal’s office. This chair is huge and sort of “hospital-ish”—not the chair … Continue reading

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jonathan edwards’ view on life

Pastor Chappell read this powerful quote in yesterday’s morning message, and when I heard it I determined to post it during my first treatment. It’s a convicting, powerful view of the life of discipleship. I pray it will encourage you! … Continue reading

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