Wednesday, March 25, 2009

March 25 - Still Keepin' On

I am happy to say that things are going well for us. Outside of a nagging cough that has been hard to shake over the last month I'm in very good shape. Last weeks recovery from treatment #4 was actually a little easier on me. A couple contributions to this were that one of the chemo drugs was reduced, some of Lynda's family was in town to visit and we had great weather.

I challenged Lynda's family that I was up for some activity while we were in town. We took the time and spent the day downtown on Monday visiting the top of the Hancock building and then walking up to see the Bean sculpture in Millennium Park. Getting outside and stretching my legs was a huge help!

Lynda's brother Tom surprised us by joining the Bald Melon Club. Tom's been a big help to me since day 1 when I learned of my cancer. He is a pharmaceutical doctor and loves to research. He immediately dove into researching Lymphoma. As Lynda and I went thru those first days of testing and diagnosis Tom was able to confirm thru his research what we were hearing from my doctors on the type of cancer and the treatment plan. This gave us big boost in confidence that we were headed in the right direction.

Today is Wednesday and we are looking forward to Monday morning when we go in for my Petscan. This is the big test we've been looking forward to since day 1. I am hoping for a clean scan which will tell me that I have two more treatments and I'll be considered cured!

You'll be hearing from me again by this time next week. Between now and then I have some big plans. Friday, I am going to try nine holes of golf and Saturday I am heading to the Bulls game with my brother-in-law Jim and my uncle Jack. Yes, as you can see from this blog (and others) I am doing my best to enjoy life and praise God I have been able to do so.

God bless,


  1. It sounds like you're on the right track with your treatment! That's wonderful!

    Do you also get CT scans or PET scans only? John gets both. He's now seeing his doctor every 3 months to keep a closer eye on his remission (since the lymphoma showed up on his spleen earlier this year). He's feeling good, so we're hoping for a good contnued prognosis.

    Well, here's to clean PET scans! (raising my glass of OJ)

  2. Tom, I wanted to tell you about a product I saw at the CVS store yesterday when John was picking up a Rx.

    You mentioned having some neuropathy from the chemo. John also has that problem, from his chemo last year and also from his diabetes. I was looking at the different products for diabetics and came across this topical ointment for neuropathy. It's called Neuragen. It's not inexpensive. A small bottle was $29.99. John decided to try it and within 24 hours his neuropathy in his toes and fingers have decreased quite a bit! The directions say it can be applied up to 4 times a day. John uses it before he dresses for the day and when he's getting ready for bed.

    Anyway, I just wanted to pass that info on to you.

  3. There is a website for the company that makes Neuragen. It is
    This ointment is homeopathic too.