I realized that my "still alive" post was from my last birthday. Well I made it another year, but had a close call just before my birthday. In short, my chemo medicine stopped working and while waiting to get a new medicine to try, I started to bleed internally in the area of my tumors in my stomach. A rush to the emergency room and even with a low chance for survival they were able to stop the bleeding. I spent a few days in the hospital, but came home before my birthday.
So, still alive and kicking, but it was close. So far it seems the new chemo is working, and in a few more weeks I'll be doing much better. Once I'm doing better I'm
Another year and still alive and kicking. Today I turned 50 and am so happy. Not the typical reaction to turning 50, but after being diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer 2 years ago, I'm so happy to still be here so I can turn 50.
Still working on overcoming the cancer, but also taking photos and writing. I have a new short story coming out in a new anthology in October. I have some photographs from this summer I'm working on to post soon.
Birthday weekend and I can't help but compare this year to last. Last year at this time I was early in my treatment for stomach cancer, getting most of my food via a stomach bypass tuve, out of work and no health insurance. This year I'm mostly recovered, maybe a smidge of cancer activity that should be gone soon, no bypass tube since January, employeed and have health insurrance. I also became a grandfather for the first time last month.
My mind and spirit have also been coming back. I have a desire to write again, and have some good ideas to work on. I've also started taking more photos again. I'm hoping to have a few ready to post