Health Update – 01/05/18

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope each of you had a restful, joyful time with friends and family. We certainly did, though there were a few memorable incidents. In my previous post on 12/19/17, Time Stand Still, I described the issues that I’ve had with the last few treatments, where I have contracted a fever, chills,…

Time stand still

Greetings folks. I hope you all are ready, or at least nearly ready, for Christmas and can look forward to a small break. I’ve just returned from Nashville for treatment, and I’m resting (and working). Strangely, the last few rounds of immunotherapy have had an adverse affect on me such that I’ve developed severe chills…

Sand

Around 20 years ago, before kids, I almost drowned in a rip current off the Gulf coast. I don’t remember exactly where we were, it may have been Inlet or Grayton beach in Florida, but it was during one of our many couples’ vacations with my high school friends. It was in the morning, and…

Strength in Weakness

Periodically, our church invites members to speak to the congregation about their experiences living by faith, in a segment we call “Living Church.”  I last spoke about 4 years ago, not long after I had completed the first round of chemotherapy. Recently, Pastor Jared asked me to speak again, this time about “weakness and faith,”…

The 100th sheep

My mother lives in a beautiful house atop a hill in Dekalb County, a turkey’s flight away from where I grew up (turkeys don’t fly very far). Thanks to some enterprising folks back in the 1930s and 40s who propagated it around the South to prevent soil erosion, kudzu has taken over these hills, choking…

Health update 09/26/17

Hey folks Oh yeah, the original purpose of the blog was for health updates for people who might care about such things!  Right, I had a CT scan yesterday, and some might wonder how that went.

Tidal Surge

I’ve certainly shared a bit about the Spring of 2013 when I was first diagnosed with (whisper voice) cancer, but I don’t believe I’ve shared much about the particular life circumstances of that time. A lot changed that April, obviously, but it had particular impact on the relationship that my wife and I had with…

Granola

I learned something this week. I probably shouldn’t eat granola, especially when it contains sunflower seeds or other nuts. But before I get into this, I should say that I was hesitant to provide this update, thinking it may be a bit too personal. But wait. Too personal? The other voice in my head reminds…

Pulp Fiction

A few weeks ago, we had a dinner party at our house, and, as we sat around the table of our pizza garden, one of our friends spoke of a YouTube video (link below) she had seen where a man, Mark Gungor, described the differences between men’s and women’s brains. I laughed as I watched,…

whack-a-mole

We’re back from Nashville, and I figured I should provide an update. I offer humble thanks to those who read these posts and for those who are praying for us. I don’t want to post too often, but if you write a post before the tests, you owe it to those who’ve read to give…

The Color Orange

I always tell people that my happy place is by a river fly-fishing. Often, when I get anxious, stressed out, fearful, I imagine myself standing in shallow water, balancing myself on slick, slimy rocks, casting a fly into a riffle, hoping to see a fish rise. I’ve been on many fishing trips away from my…

Mayonnaise

Greetings folks, I had my first ever massage yesterday. More specifically, it was a therapeutic massage, which, at least in my mind, makes it markedly different from what I expect one gets on a cruise, at a resort, or otherwise at any place referred to as a “spa”.  I have intentionally *not* gotten a massage as a…