Posts tagged "cancer"

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" And Why I Am Not Participating

*DISCLAIMER-Please read in entirety before forming a judgment or commenting* Unless you have been taking a social media break or living under a rock, you have either heard about or participated in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” for ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig Disease”. These are the videos people are posting where they dump water... Read more »

Finishing Ironman Seems Impossible But I’m Not Quitting Now

When I signed up for Ironman last fall, I really had a pretty good training plan in place. To say the least, that plan has not really worked out the way that I thought it would. One thing after another has de-railed my plan for training the way I would have liked. So here I... Read more »

I Really Miss My Motivation

Maybe motivation isn’t the right word. Maybe “drive” would be better. I am embarrassed to say this, but I have really gotten lazy in a lot of aspects in my life. I have been a firefighter for 26 years. I remember the feeling of excitement when I first started going to the firehouse. Now I... Read more »

Survivor’s Guilt: No One Explains How To Get Through It

I was diagnosed with stage 3-colon cancer on November 6, 2001. My last chemotherapy was on May 10, 2002. I have been cancer free since then so if my math is still correct, that makes me 12 years cancer free. During treatment, I focused all of my energy on making it through the day. Through... Read more »

Cancer Introduced Me To The Colon Club And The Colondar

It’s that time of year again when a group of young colon cancer survivors gather together for a “Big Chill” type of weekend to take pictures for the Colondar. A calendar made up of young people from all different walks of life, who all had colon cancer way ahead of “normal age” for this type... Read more »

Today I Consider Myself The Luckiest Man On The Face Of This earth

Today we were given the challenge to write about a person we never met whose death had an impact on us. I write a lot about God, running, and cancer and how that impacts my life. I could seriously have picked many people who I never met, whose death has impacted me. Some names that... Read more »

When The Cancer Doesn’t Come Back: Being Cancer Free

I recently celebrated my anniversary of being cancer free. By celebrating, I mean I realized this month, 12 years ago, I had my last injection of the poison treatment known as chemotherapy. To be honest, I haven’t missed it at all. It’s been quite a ride for the last 12 years. Got divorced, accepted Jesus,... Read more »

The Year 2005: Cancer, Colondar, Divorce, Angel, And A New Normal

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. The start of another Cubs season brings out so many different feelings for me on opening day. The one that stands out the most is the... Read more »

Dear Cancer...We Need To Talk

Dear Cancer, It’s been awhile since we have talked so I thought I would write to you to clear up some things. I have been thinking a lot about you lately. In fact, I can’t remember a single day where you weren’t on my mind. You certainly have been busy taking up residence with people... Read more »

Attitude Does Not Change A Cancer Outcome

I became a member of the cancer club on November 6, 2001. Prior to that, I had joined the brain tumor club. These are just a few of the clubs that people join when they get diagnosed with certain things. The membership is by invitation only. There are many ups and downs that go with... Read more »