To my family and friends: thank you for all your support, care and prayers over the past five years and four months that I have been living with cancer. Some people think of themselves as battling cancer, I have never thought of it as a war. Having been in two wars with the Navy, I know what war is. For me it has been a way to live my life positively for as long as I can, adventuring the whole way with my beautiful bride by my side. There have been 5 surgeries, 9 blood transfusions, 7 different types of chemotherapy and 6 different rounds of radiation on 6 different parts of my body. I have been fortunate in that I had few side effects and worked through most of this until recently. My doctor called me” the beast.” Able to take it all in stride. Carol, your prayers helped that I’m sure. Don’t misunderstand; the diagnosis was very disappointing, But as my wife reminded me, there will be time to grieve, so let’s live it all.
There is a shift now as the tumors wind around the spine, put pressure on the nerves and cause fractures. In the past 2 months I have had a good deal of pain and not much sleep. Tomorrow 7/7 , I will have surgery on my spine as many of you know to help me walk. It has deteriorated in the past week to only moving toes. This will be followed by 10 rounds of radiation in two weeks. And two weeks from then 10 more on a different part of my neck so that the same thing doesn’t happen there. As you can see, I am in a different chapter of this disease.
Shaun and I have been so grateful for all for our special travels and are looking forward to more. We are grateful for my doctors, especially Dr. Grogan and Dr. Bashnagel and our in house physician, Dr. Parker. We are grateful for our children and granddaughter. We are grateful for all of you. Cancer allows you to set priorities and live what is important. It would be great not to have it but I sure have been lucky to be living this with the woman I am married to. I’d like to live until we are old and grey. It is good to be connected to my four children and granddaughter.
Writing this will keep all of you updated in the months ahead and let you know when you might give me a ride to treatment or a hand. Thanks, Scott.