Life does not stop.
April 6, 2014
still don’t have any news if I am going to be accepted in the University of Chicago Medicine clinical trials. It has been a couple of weeks now. While waiting I have been keeping fit.
Yesterday, my wife and I did 5.7 miles and the previous week we did the 8K (5 miles) Shamrock Shuffle with my oncologist, Dr. M. He was such a trooper, inspite of having little or no training, he completed the race. He was tempting me to take a shortcut at the halfway point, but I just laugh it off. (“Let’s take a cab. I’ll pay.”) LOL. I am sure he was sore after that experience.
I am totally amaze at the new experience I am having as I am getting weaned off my chemo toxins. The food taste better, the air is fresher, and life is much sweeter. As I gain my strength back I am able to run longer too. It feels like I am putting distance between me and my cancer.
But alas, that may not be so. Last Thursday, I went back to the hospital to have my chemo port flushed (it gets clogged when not in use). I also had my blood test. My CEA level (tumor count) still show elevated and it moved a few points again. Nothing significant, but it is still a reminder that I am not cured.
Lift does not stop whether you have cancer or not. It works the same for any other disease or problems. Since life does not stop, it is best just to get up, move, and make the most of it. Doing nothing is not an option for me. There are new things to do and many things to learn for cancer to stop me. It may slow me down, but it will not take away my thirst for what life has to offer.
P.S. I would like to thank my friend and cancer-survivor, Noreen, for treating my IT band problem. I love her. Lastly, Palm Sunday is coming up. Can you say “Aloha?”