Welcome to my CaringBridge website. I am using this to update family and friends on my battle with lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system. Putting periodic updates in one place makes it easier to keep all of you informed. I am learning about this disease and its current treatment regimens for the first time, so I'll be posting the kinds of things that are interesting to me as a student in a new field. I recognize that the details appropriate for immediate family members may be too much information for casual friends. I understand completely if you don't have the same level of interest. Please feel free to skip or skim or drop this course without guilt.
The journal entries are posted by date with the most recent first. The story starts in Bulletin 1, which cites the first curious symptoms I observed in January, 2017 but neglected to see my doctor, even as other disparate maladies emerged. It was four months later that my concerns rose to the level of taking action, and the dots were finally connected when I received a positive diagnosis on June 20, 2017. This journey is also helping me to understand and empathize with all of you who have undergone similar battles, either yourself or through loved ones. Thank you for caring enough to read this. I always appreciate other people who have the courage to be open and transparent during adversity, and I will try to be that way as well. It is through sharing our travails that we connect most deeply with other people and establish a common bond of humanity and vulnerability. I appreciate your support, prayers, and words of encouragement.