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The Exact Dates

September 17, 2018 Leave a comment

As to be expected, whenever I tell people that I have the big C, they typically ask what type and when was I diagnosed. I could never remember the exact dates so I tell them “March of 2016” for lung cancer and “a year later” for the brain metastases. However, I recently found out the exact dates. Those dates will live in infamy!

Every two weeks when I get “infused“, the nurse prints out the Opdivo infusion order from the doctor:

The order clearly states the diagnoses dates as:

  • 3/1/2016 Primary C34.31 Malignant neoplasm of lower lobe, right bronchus or lung Active
  • 3/28/2017 Secondary C79.31 Secondary malignant neoplasm of brain Active

So now I know the exact dates, and so do you 🙂

 

Categories: Cancer

My 29th Birthday

September 2, 2018 Leave a comment

On Monday 8/27/18, I underwent a “routine“, tri-monthly, CT scan of my chest and abdomen. At the follow-up appointment with my oncologist a couple of hours later, he summarized the findings with: “everything is still under control“. On top of that, the troublesome lymph node that had shown growth for two consecutive scans did not show any further growth between the last scan and this current scan. Whoo hoo, another 3 month reprieve!

On Wednesday 8/29/18, I underwent my 29th, bi-weekly, Opdivo infusion. Since the Opdivo has been preventing the big C from “progressing“, I consider each infusion day a birthday to celebrate!

Categories: Cancer

An Unlikely Duo

August 30, 2018 Leave a comment

In a pseudo-creative twist on my “Wardrobe Addition” post, I decided to reposition the faux jewelry I wear on my wrists to illustrate what two topics are of utmost importance to me these days.

I can picture people who see this for the first time saying to themselves….

Damn, that bloke has some bitcoin AND cancer? I hope he’s still around when bitcoin hits $100,000/BTC.

Oh, in case you were wondering what the hell the Fitbit is doing in the picture, it was there already and I was too lazy to take it off.

Categories: bitcoin, Cancer

Wardrobe Addition

August 28, 2018 Leave a comment

I just received this lovely bracelet from my awesome “bitcoin” niece.

It goes nicely with my other “Fuck Cancer” memorabilia, dontcha think?

Categories: Cancer

Unremarkable

August 25, 2018 Leave a comment

When you’re battling cancer, one of the most comforting words you can see while reading through the medical-eze of CT, MRI, and PET scan reports is “UNREMARKABLE“. For example:

Upper Abdomen: Unremarkable impression

Of course, since “context is everything”, I’d wager that, in most contexts, hearing the word “UNREMARKABLE” is not very comforting.

 

Categories: Cancer

The Macabre Reading List

August 24, 2018 3 comments

Look at all the uplifting books I have read, am currently reading, or plan on reading:

Got any other recommendations?

Categories: Cancer

Know Your Enemy

August 22, 2018 Leave a comment
Categories: Cancer
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