Chemo Update

*1st update. 3 days out from chemo. I've been having trouble posting from my phone to blogger..... So this is a bit of a test. Chemo is tough. We went in and got treatment. Came home. Felt fine Tuesday. Then Wednesday I did not feel fine. It feels like the flu. But worse. It is death. I just hope it passed its claws through all the cancer cells as well.
Tamm sprung into action. Got me new medicine. Stayed with me and I am starting to feel better. Its going to be a long week. I am grateful for my wife, my doctors, my friends, and my puppy....
*2nd update... 5 days out from chemo. looks like I can only post text from my phone. (No pix) hmmm.... I've never felt anything like that. Worst feeling ever. With medicine and time it passes.... I feel better every day. I'm  eating again and painting. And I still feel sick at times for sure. So, here I am.
Sitting on the other side of chemo treatment. I learned a lot. I'm  starting to plan my week and pack it with goodness. I&#…

Stop Breathe & Think

I've been talking to a few people about my new habit of meditating.  I find that it is very very useful in reducing and eliminating stress.
I avoid a lot of the mumbo jumbo. I focus mainly on breathing. I like the "Stop, Breathe & Think"  app for these reasons.
Mainly it is super easy to use. It helps me identify a single topic to work on and I get to pick how long I want to meditate. Check it out, and be good to yourself.

Also - go get a puppy

Flight of the Beard


Yoshimi Showed Up

From last week,.....
Today went very well. (Just a quick note to thank you all for your love and support) It feels incredible to kill cancer cells. When I got to the machine they asked me what music I would like to listen to. (Pandora)
........Flaming Lips I said. It took them 20 plus minutes to line me up. Level the lasers. Match the tattoos, marker lines, and tape all over my chest to the scans that were taken last week. Then they air sealed and vacuum packed me down to the table so I was immobilized. This machine shoots radiation. It is a CT scan and God only knows what else, I look up at the sensors, cameras and lights on the ceiling ..... as all of those machine arms start to spin around me simultaneously, I hear someone say "Your scan starts now.".... and that is when this song started.
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part.1

Radiation and Chemo Updates

Radiation Complete
My four days of radiation surgery are over! Everything went just according to plan.I was able to lay flat on the table and not jump from phantom pain.No one in the control room said the word "Oops."And I listened to killer music every day whilea multi-million dollar machine spun around me and killed cancer cells.
It feels soooo good to kill cancer cells.I am fatigued. I will sleep well. I have none of the other side effects.Thank you everyone for wishing me well and checking in on me.
In 2-3 months I will be scanned to see if the radiation had an effect on the cancer cells.Without this treatment I would not have made it 3 months.So as you can imagine,.... I thought it was fine we did radiation this week.

Chemotherapy Scheduled
Monday March 13th, my Chemotherapy treatment begins.I will be receiving Doxorubicin and Olaratumab. I've decided to recieve my treatment downtown  at the brand newTaussig Cancer Center Building because I feel like I paid for it.
The Ch…

I'll tell ya what I'd do.....

 In the movie "Heathers", Winona Rider asked Christian Slater, "If you inheret 5 million dollars the same day aliens land on earth and say they are going to blow it up in two days. What do you do?"

I just watched the movie "Arrival" tonight and it really has me thinking. The end of the movie asks a similiar type of question. I will leave that question for you to discover.

I've been watching a ton of movies. I love the artform. Please feel free to watch "Arrival" and give me a shout! about what the question really was,...  and what your answer to one, or both of these movie questions were/are. I'd love to hear your responses.

3 days done of radiation one more to go,
Everything went very quickly so far.
Looks like I'm going to be sleeping through the weekend.


Time to Fight

UGH, so scans show some tumors I have to fight Time to Fight
b-team activated
I will use this blog to help keep in touch with friends and family  who would like a little bit more information than I am willing to put on Facebook.   Plus some folk are not even on FB and well, social media is just weird right now.
This blog is a good place for me to;  rant, rave, vent and post weird shit. I like that......AND, I'll be able to find it later, unlike FB.
So, to begin again,  I think every one knows I was being scanned every three months.  Last month my spine scan showed a tumor recurrance. Not good. This tumor is inside my spine, between the bone and the nerve. Soon after that discovery, a second tumor was discovered, ... south of my lung. 
The treatment plan is to radiate the first tumor, with an incredible high level of radiation called radiation surgery. It is different than regular radiation used in other cancer treatments. It will take place four times over four days and I …