December 6, 2014 (Sat) – Gettin’ a Little Scary

Halloween 1977No, I am not chronologically challenged. Challenged in many other ways, as several of you might attest, but not as it relates to dates. I’m actually one of those guys who remembers my wife’s birthday and our anniversary. Right honey? Right?!

So no, I am not confused as to what holiday is coming up. I know it is not Halloween although the picture to the left might give you pause. Actually that is me and my two older brothers, getting ready to roam the neighborhood in circa 1977. I’m the artificially tall one in the back right.

But why am I referring to a time-frame from 6 weeks ago? Well, it truly is getting scary.

Scary good.

Uh, what the hell does that mean Craig?

Physically I am feeling great. About as good as I have felt since this whole journey began 21 months ago. And that is a little scary because I know that at any moment the other shoe could drop and I’d  be singing a whole different tune. OK, I am challenged in singing so you won’t hear that from me. But I have been Drop shoeextraordinarily lucky. Initially Tarceva took care of business and knocked the fuzzies on their butts. Hmm, I know from my last post they had wings, but butts? Interesting visual. Then a short break before I was once again fortunate enough to qualify for a drug trial right in my backyard. As much as I avoid statistics, a back-of-the-envelope number crunching says I had about a 7.5% chance of being in the situation I am in once I was diagnosed. That means a 92.5% chance I would not be where I am. Fortunate indeed.

If you’ve read my blog all along, this theme will seem highly similar to my “guilty as charged” post back in February. And it is. But when you are on a momentary high, you sometimes gotta shout out, even if it seems a bit redundant. I seriously hesitated writing this post since, as before, I am very cognizant of the fact that there are many blog buddies, and most likely some of you, that are going through some tough times. I certainly don’t want to seem like I am insensitive to the challenges everyone else might be facing. And I could be in those shoes in 6 months. Who knows? But you are going to be privy to my highs and lows if you stick with me and right now I am certainly on the upward swing.

Oops, gotta break for a Lovey shot……………………………….OK, back.

Uh Craig, did you forget about that little fuzzy that popped up in the noggin as shown in the last two scans? Nah. I suppose it should have me worried but for Combosome reason I think it will prove out to be nothing. My next double-your-pleasure scan on the 26th will perhaps shed some light on that issue. My radio-doc is assuming it will be something that needs to get zapped and wants me to come in shortly after the scan to get CT-mapped so that the zapper knows exactly where to aim its blaster. Yet, if nothing has progressed (I hate the use of that word), there is no way I am donning that cage mask to zap something that may not need zapping. Stay tuned.

Another reason I might be a bit on the upswing is that this past week I have finally returned to daily workouts at the gym. OK, I lied. I only went 4 days. And Gym rat“returned” is a huge stretch since I never really was consistent in my sweaty endeavors and it has been 2 years since I really worked out with any regularity. But near the end of this past week I was really feeling healthy. I know healthy has a new definition but I’ll take my new version and run with it. Now I will need all of you to lay on the peer pressure to keep me going. So easy to skip a day. Then another. And before you know it, it’s beer and pita chips while sitting on my recliner. Ooh, that is sounding pretty damn good.

I also got the green light to resume my weekly drinking, er, softball games after the first of the year. I haven’t thrown a ball or even jogged in several months so this shall be interesting. Just have to avoid getting nailed in the noggin or colliding with anything larger than a can of beer.

In other good news, my buddy Dann from Portland, who has been traipsing to San Diego every couple of weeks as a participant in the same trial I’m in, just got the results of his first scan after he started quaffing AZD9291. Quote: “Massive Shrinkage!” Now, if you were a porn star, that phrase would not engender positive thoughts and you could be out of a job. But in our business, those two words are music to our ears. Congrats to Dann. We went out for a pre-celebratory dinner the night before he got his results, and we were so sure of the outcome, we popped a bottle of, you guessed it, Rombauer. Glad to find out the celebration was not wasted. 🙂

FortuneHad a Chinese dinner recently and, since I am aiming to please my onc-doc by maintaining my weight, powered down two fortune cookies. Couldn’t complain with the outcomes.

And we broke in our newly re-tiled living room floor with 18 people for Thanksgiving. Even my son was able to get away from his Thanksgiving 2014cheffing duties at his restaurant to make it just in time. Had to carve the turkey myself for the first time in many years. Just like riding a bike. Yeah, a bike with bent a bent rim and two flat tires. But it still tasted OK.

Next set of scans on the day after Christmas. I think I’ll be getting a late Christmas present.

Business as usual. Day at a time.

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15 thoughts on “December 6, 2014 (Sat) – Gettin’ a Little Scary

  1. It’s ok to toot your horn Craig….as you were tooting Dann’s as well and it can give your other C-friends some hope…. and….. they are probably happy for YOU too. I fell off my gym wagon today AND tonight AND tomorrow most likely too….not beating myself up as there is always the next day. Well actually, just had to chgange my trainer appointment from Monday to Tuesday….and by then not sure if I’ll have the strength to even lift that wagon off me!!! Neways….glad to read your progressive good news. Enjoy the Christmas season. Hugs to you.

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  2. WOW….your new “dining room” looks terrific! Good thing you have that new kitchen to prepare all of those yummy meals for the hoards of friends/family!

    Please DO break out the beer, pita chips and all other decadent goodies for the Charger-Patriot game tonight (at least it is tonight here in New England). We would be grateful to you if you have any influence in humbling the almighty Patriots. Here, they are believed to walk on water.

    With a test on Dec 26, we certainly hope you do not have to begin any prep work on Dec 25…go forth and CELEBRATE the season and your wonderful family! EZ:)

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  3. Such GREAT news! Couldn’t have received a better holiday gift! Will continue to keep you in our prayers, sending positive energy & healing thoughts your way. Love, love, love your positive outlook; it’s working (together with some pretty awesome science)! We’ll take it! Hugs to you & Kim!

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  4. Craig, as one of your blog buddies I am thrilled to hear you are feeling good! There is a lot of heart break in this community, so good news is always welcome. Keep it coming!

    Tori

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    • Thanks Tori. I can’t help but feel a tad guilty but I know how quickly things can change so I will definitely take one day at a time. It is especially hard to see how many young people, you included, that get blindsided by this diagnosis. Heck, I’m almost 62, about half the age of many of you. In any case, there aren’t many (only one) lung cancer support groups in town so being able to share and relate on-line is very helpful.

      Take care.

      Craig

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  5. Hello my friend ~ as always thanks for keeping us up to date with your journey and the good news. So cool that Dann got into the program…de-stress your life and dont wait for the other shoe to drop (even tho it’s understandable) stress can make us more ill….thanks for always keeping it real, bud’ God Bless! Day at a time Kris

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  6. Hi Craig, So glad to hear all the good news for both you and your friend Dann. I look forward to seeing you and Kim this Christmas season. Hugs, Julie

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  7. I’m so glad you wrote this post; your posts with good news are great. In my experience, not only do they make me happy for you despite anything on my end, but they gives us a renewed sense of hope. So, never hesitate to share your good reports! Keep them coming! 🙂

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