To: Family & Friends

Date: January 13, 2014

Subject: PET scan results

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 in the hospital for treatment today and we also got the results of the PET scan from last week. The scan shows some reduction in the lung nodules (there are a few, they are small) and lymph nodes, and no additional areas of concern. Additionally, the previously “indeterminate mass” that was noted as a possible concern in the liver did not appear to be present on this scan. So overall, good news. Treatment appears to be having a positive effect.

I started doing a “7 minute workout” (30 seconds per exercise with 10 second breaks) with gradually increasing intensity over the last 10 days or so, and that has given me more strength and hasn’t hurt my energy.

I’m heading to Phoenix this weekend for a conference. That should be fun, and I will be golfing Sunday with my colleagues (and Monday with a friend) before returning Monday night. Additionally, I have started making more concrete plans for my trip in April. The doctor gave me the OK to skip a chemo treatment or two for the trip – definitely something to look forward to.

The idea of “living with chemo” is one I’ve become comfortable with. If this is what we need to do, this is what we’ll do. Hopefully for a nice long time. It sucks for a few days, but I’m able to operate fairly normally beyond that. I’m feeling good, physically and mentally, and looking forward to a Seahawks vs. Broncos super bowl in a few weeks.

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