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December 20, 2004

Mid-day Popping Cancer Update

There's a lot of snow in Cleveland right now. High temperature: 17 degrees.

It now appears, from the visit to the specialist, that the CAT scan was not so clear as we had thought. There seems to be a second mass, this one closer to my spine. That sucks.

Either my oncologist missed that little detail on the report or has a very different opinion of the word "clear" than I do. I'd head back to his office and start breaking thumbs if I could just stop coughing.

Of course, that's a joke. He could probably whup me, and it'd look bad on my resume under the title "pastor." Still, another growth near my spine can NOT be a good thing.

**UPDATE to the update: the specialist says he won't do chemotherapy, since it has already weakened my heart so much. He wants me to see a radiation guy and a surgery guy and talk options. Keyword from that discussion: "not many." Ok, that's two words. Geez, you guys are picky. Still, I'm not supposed to do any more radiation and surgery may be the only choice, along with prayerful hopes it doesn't return once removed.**

***UPDATE: The corn chowder at the Au Bon Pain on Interstate 80 south of Cleveland is FANtastic.***

****UPDATE: I have a meeting at about 1 p.m. tomorrow with my local oncologist. We'll see what's what then.****

Posted by Dan at December 20, 2004 01:59 PM

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Well at least you got to eat some FANTASTIC corn chowder though huh? Thats gotta count for sumpthin.....

Laughter? A must!

I actually had someone tell me it was a sin to dye my hair red.... That what God had given should not be hidden... Like there was ever any doubt that my roots would evidently show up again! I can be quick with a bottle... But I ain't always so even....

Posted by: Cam at December 20, 2004 02:45 PM

It is NEVER a sin for a woman to dye her hair red.

It was simply a shock to me when the woman I married didn't have red hair. I've been trying to get her to try it ever since, but what can you do?

Still, your point is well taken: laughter may not be the best medicine (compared to, say, vicodin), but it makes the others easier to take.

Posted by: Big Dan at December 20, 2004 03:03 PM

So whatcha tryin' to say there Dan? That she isn't always submissive???;) Oh... if I had a dime for every time I have been told, "Dear! Do as your hubby says! For the husband is always right!"

Well sometimes men are right and sometimes they are out of the ballpark... Hey? Maybe your wife just wants a hot dog?

Hint: Don't ask any longer and maybe the desire to please will take over....

Yes! Laughter does make the others easier to take... If you ever need some.. I'll be happy to provide if I can....

Posted by: Cam at December 20, 2004 05:03 PM

OK, no sports cliches for support. Did you see the Lions miss that XP? Daunte threw three TD passes and I witnessed it. Great game. At any rate, I made it to the finals in my fantasy league, I hope you fared equally well.

Prayers, good karma, vulcan mind melds coming your way as best I can deliver.

Posted by: Ralph at December 20, 2004 07:46 PM

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