To steal a line from Elton John, “The Bitch is Back!”
Yes, I am very sorry to report that my cancer has once again has shown its’ ugly face.
A week ago, I had a PT/CT scan and got the disturbing news: “We saw something we don’t like”.
It’s a refrain you never get used to.
The scans showed multiple growths in the abdomen that were not present 3 months ago. Subsequent tests confirm that my cancer has mutated and is now resistant to my current drug therapy. As I have said so many times before, I have the BEST team of doctors and I am confident they will come up with a new “cancer cocktail”, as surgery is not an option. I know that they are going to do everything possible and you know that I will fight with everything I have. I did not pick this fight with cancer, but it’s a battle I will win.
As a cancer Thriver, I have learned to count the victories, not the setbacks. Last year, I finished the NYC marathon for the second time, and the PMC for the 11th. This year, I hope to complete my 12th PMC, but may need to compete in a different sort of marathon between now and then.
As always, I will draw more strength than you can imagine from the support my friends my original diagnosis, and for that I remain eternally grateful.
Thriving is a mindset in which one is careful to avoid regrets and embrace opportunity at every corner. Yes, cancer is back, and that sucks, but things could be worse: I could have allowed the illness to keep me away from the marathons, the triathlons and the PMC. I could have let the disease change me. Instead, I have, and will continue to do my best, to define what it means to be a cancer Thriver.
I Thirve on,