To: Family & Friends

Date: April 30, 2014

Subject: Back in the saddle again

This was originally an email written to my family and friends on the date above. I decided to make these public in the event they may be helpful to someone in the future who is embarking on a similar journey to mine.

Hi Everyone,

I’m back from my trip – I had a great time. The only bummer was I didn’t get a chance to work on my golf game enough before I left for the trip, so I want a second chance at some of the great courses I played.

A quick overview:

– flew in to Augusta and went to a practice round at the Masters
– drove to Jacksonville Florida and met a few buddies to play the TPC Sawgrass course
– flew to Memphis to meet Heather and Caitlin for a family reunion on my mom’s side (about 25 people – it was great to see everyone!)
– drove through Alabama playing golf courses on the Robert Trent Jones trail
– a weekend in New Orleans with 4 other fellows – they got me a parade!

http://alexking.org/blog/2014/04/18/so-the-guys-got-me-a-parade

The trip was awesome, and a little exhausting. I’m really glad I was able to do it. I’m a little behind on posting photos and writeups, but they will all end up here eventually:

http://alexking.org/blog/thread/2014-walkabout

I got back a week ago and had a FOLFIRI chemo treatment on Monday (this week). My medical situation appears to be about the same, but there were indications on the last scan of additional metabolic activity around the spots in my lungs (activity is generally bad in this case). There is no evidence of activity in the colon or liver at this time. Because of this, I’m starting to learn more about surgical options around the lung lesions. My doctor isn’t necessarily on board with this as he is more concerned about systematic spread.

We had a good discussion about it and he did give me a surgical referral as well as a referral to the University of Colorado which starts the process for getting access to clinical trials, etc. He’s also discussing moving me to a different chemo drug, but one that isn’t tolerated well so people only stay on it for 2-3 months. I’m not excited about making that move. We’ll see where this all leads.

Last weekend we had Caitlin’s 5th birthday party. This weekend Caitlin has soccer, we’re celebrating a friend’s 40th, and we’re scheduled to get some family photos (and perhaps pick up a real bicycle for Caitlin). The following weekend I’ll be heading to Miami for a work conference – unfortunately, no golf as part of that trip.

This post is part of the thread: Cancer – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.