Sunday, February 1, 2009

February 1 - Bald Melon Club

First off - a brief update. I had my second treatment on Friday. The treatment itself and the two days since have been remarkably uneventful - which is fantastic to be able to say! I hope and pray that I continue to do well the rest of this week. After the first treatment my struggles were with day 6-8 after the treatment - that is Wednesday. We have several counter measures in place to help minimize those issues (primarily nausea, constipation, minor fatigue).

What is the bald melon club?
I am extremely blessed to have friends who are going many extra miles to stand by me in such a unique way - by sacrificing their hair with me. From left - Samir, Bob, Mike, me, David. We've all worked together in various ways, shapes and forms for well over 10 years. I can't tell you how much it means to me to have these guys make such a strong statement of solidarity with me!
Of course the Bald Melon Club isn't limited to Accenture. Here is a picture of John. John is a member of small group faith discussion group Lynda and I host in our home.

I just received Kevin's picture. Kevin worked with us at Accenture until a few years ago. We stay in touch occassionally via email. What a great surprise when I got this email with the picture. Welcome to the club! What an honor it is to me to have such great friends!

I know others are contemplating joining the club. You are welcome - there is no pressure to join. If you do decide to make the leap be sure to send me a picture so I can post her to my blog.

I think you'll agree - this new look actually looks good on all of us! It isn't quite as risky as you might think. A word of warning though - if you join I highly recommend that you have a hat ready for going out in the cold weather!

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  1. Wow, I was catching up with you and, all of a sudden, your melon-headed friends showed up on my screen! I just had to write and remark on how blessed you must be to have such dear friends. Please know that I continue to follow your progress and pray for those miracles to keep coming your way. Terri Regan

  2. You are truly blessed and will remain in my prayers.

  3. Tom, I'm a complete stranger who accidentally happened upon your blog. I'm very touched by your story, your friends, your family... I'm going to link to your blog on my blog because I think you just might inspire others...

  4. Wow!!! You all look fabulous! Good going!

  5. Hi Tom! I found your blog via Liz at Eternal Lizdom. My boyfriend, John also had Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma, stage 4. He started a series of 7 chemo treatments, 3 weeks apart (Rituxan, and CHOP: cytoxin, hydro-adriamycin (lovely red stuff), oncovin and prednizone). John was able to work through his chemo and our lives went on as normal, if perhaps a bit slower. John was declared in remission in April 2008. In November he had a small setback, in that they found 2 teeny spots on his spleen. The spleen has been removed and he's back at work again after a 2 week recovery. We find out on Monday if his PET scan and CT show up negative. (fingers crossed!) This cancer is very treatable and very curable, even at stage 3 or 4. Hang in there! You (and John) can beat this devil!

  6. Hi Tom - Your blogs are so reflective as if someone is talking to me. I really like the way you share information/knowledge.

    Though i really do not write as well as you can but may be you would like to spend sometime reading my blog that is abt anything that comes to my mind.

  7. How awesome is the Bald Melon club - its a true friend to join you so whole heartedly. I concur with everyone else - its an impressive looking set of heads! Not everyone is so blest! I'm so glad that you're finding some ways to have a little fun with this and even happier that you're doing so well.