December 9, 2013 (Mon) – I Guess I’m Just Average After All

20131209-191200.jpg Apologies in advance as I am writing this blog on my iPad here in a Chicago hotel room. The ap is not nearly as friendly as doing this on a desktop so I won’t be including many images. Unless I can figure that out.

So I was sitting on the runway (Ok, I was in a plane ON the runway) today ready to debark here at O’Hare airport in Chicago. Sounds like the lead-up to a 3-men-walked-into-a-bar joke, eh? Thought the worst thing that I would be facing was the 10 degree weather. Thought I’d check my zillion emails from work and noticed I had a voice mail. Since I was in the absolute last row of the plane, I decided to listen to it. Shoulda waited.

The message was from my onc-doc telling me that the cancer has reappeared in two areas – any guesses where? Yup, my hip and sacrum (just above the tailbone). Gee, think there is any correlation to the nasty pain I’ve been experiencing in exactly both of those pieces of my anatomy? Unfortunately we played voice mail tag after that so I still have not spoken to him. He indicated that there were no other areas that “lit up” but I’m not sure he was including my lung, since that never was fully clear. But the good news is that there is confirmation that there was no fracture. I’ll take what I can get.

So the average workability lifespan of the wonder drug Tarceva that I have been gobbling is 10 months. It just about hit that on the nose since I was diagnosed last February. And here I thought I was above average. The gall of some people. The body just gets used to the drug and it quits working, as I indicated in a previous post. Then you have to go with plan B.

So what is plan B you ask? Good question. Since I really haven’t spoken to my doc directly yet, all I got were 3 options given to me on my voice mail: 1) Another approved drug…2) Chemo…or 3) A new drug trial if there is one that fits my situation. May need that beret I modeled in a previous post after all. I did think it looked kinda cool.

My onc-doc is also referring me back to the lung cancer specialist at UCSD to see what she might be able to offer.

The toughest part about this is being away from family and friends. I have to admit, believe it or not, I think tonight was the first time I’ve shed a tear (OK, more than one) over this whole journey. I don’t get back until Wednesday night so I have to deal with it for a couple more days. As my high school football coach would say, “Tough it out Blower!” Guess I don’t have a choice, do I?

Eh, just another glitch. Stay tuned.

Business as usual. Day at a time.


24 thoughts on “December 9, 2013 (Mon) – I Guess I’m Just Average After All

  1. Craig, you are in my thoughts and prayers.


    Craig Blower update – Get fuzzy! wrote: > craigblower posted: “December 9, 2013 (Monday) – I Guess I’m Just > Average After All Apologies in advance as I am writing this blog on my > iPad here in a Chicago hotel room. The ap is not nearly as friendly as > doing this on a desktop so I won’t be including many images. Unles” >

  2. Hang in their Craig. You will find that on your journey of fighting Cancer there are many bumps in the road. Keeping you in our prayers!

  3. Ah, Craig. For whatever bit it’s worth, you have an ENORMOUS cheering section in spirit. The cheer section fortunately is not remotely frozen and full of warmth, encouragement and support.

  4. Hang in there, Craig, and keep that positive attitude and out-there sense of humor! I’m currently in Australia offering what support we can to our daughter (being treated for endometrial ca), and your handling of your journey is an inspiration for us all. No ups without downs, so hang in there till the next up!

  5. The fact that u r not with your family right now makes me especially bummed for you. But yep this is just one more bumpy blip, with more undoubtedly to come. If u need to get your mind off the C’s….cancer and cold….you can start rough drafting your next edition of Ye Ol Dreaded….and if u r anything like me, typing one finger on the iPad consumes a lot of time! So wish my fingers (and most other body parts) were skinnier! Hang in there Mr. Blower. Xoxo

  6. Geez – stuck on a tarmac and hearing that VM – ugh! I’m thinking good thoughts for you and sending high hopes that whatever option you choose is going to be great!!!! Go kick fuzzies ASS!!!!! – Janine

  7. Darn, darn, darn (not the first words that came to mind)! O.K. . . deep breath. With your amazing attitude; surrounded by the love of family & friends, you will prevail! Sending lots of love, positive energy & prayers your way.

  8. That Tom Petty song comes to mind: waiting is the hardest part

    Try to stay positive and know we are all pulling for you.


  9. You are above average – that is certain. Keep the positive thoughts that you have carried throughout this journey. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Safe travels home.

  10. Sorry for the news and especially at such a distance. A good cry is a terrific stress reliever so you are off and running on Plan B already I suppose. Wishing you safe traveling and lots of family comfort when you return home. N

    Sent from my iPhone


  11. Not the gift under the tree you were hoping for, that’s for sure! One day at at time, eh? Prayers going up for you my friend.

  12. Dear Craig!

    Sorry to hear, but know you will deal with this setback with the same aplomb and fearlessness as before! Many are praying for you, friend!

    Grant Freeman
    Electronic Printing Solutions, LLC

  13. Craig, I have followed the blog for months and never felt compelled to post a comment until now. Your strength and humor have been inspirational. A good cry is well deserved and long overdue. Hang in theres we surround you and yours with light and love. Peg

  14. Craig,
    You don’t know me; I am a fellow AHS grad & have been following your journey courtesy of Carmelita MacPherson. I haven’t posted before but I felt compelled to today. I have been praying for you & your family from the beginning & will continue to do so. You have shown amazing strength & humor & I have to believe that you will win this fight. Please know we are all in your corner & praying for the best resolution.

  15. Iam so sorry to hear of your recent news. 😦 This is the first time I have posted, but I have been reading your blog for many months now. Iam sure there are many more out there like me, so I want you to know we are all praying as you go down this road.

  16. Hey Craig, so sorry to hear the news…But hang in there buddy ~ we are all gonna get through this together ! Your attitude & spirit will take you far on this crazy cancer journey we are on. I feel your pain & understand how frustrating this news must be …but try to remember that there are alot of new treatments out there to still try & many more coming down the pike SOON. A good resource on the west coast is Bonnie J. Addario of the Bonnie J. Addario lung cancer foundation in CA .Bonnie is a long time lung cancer warrior/survivor & has TONS of connections & info. on the latest treatments… definitely worth a checking out. Thanks again for sharing with us all your ups & downs…Sending you more “UPS “& Hugs. You are not alone. We CARE about YOU ! Always,Maureen


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