Monday, June 15, 2009

I Don't Suck -- I Have Cancer

WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA

It was just one week ago that I rode almost 60 miles up through Catoctin Mountain Park past Camp David. On the return to the starting location, I struggled to keep pace with our group of 12 but did hang on. Then I developed a fever. Again.

This was about the sixth fever in the past three weeks. There was something wrong.

I really thought I sucked and was disappointed that I struggled on the day. My fitness level seemed to drop super fast.

After a few more days of being sick and doctor's visits and tests, I learned this fact: I Don't Suck, I Have Cancer.

Racing up Mount Washington last year is but a distant memory. Racing this year has been postponed. I have a bigger mountain to climb now. And I'm scared to death.



At the requests of some friends, I have created a CaringBridge Page in which you can follow my journey.

NOTE - AUGUST 18, 2009 -- I originally posted this the day I learned I had cancer and it remained up for about one week. Then I began a series of second and third opinions, more tests and biopsies so I removed the post pending verification of the diagnosis.

Unfortunately, the doctor on June 15 was right with his finding and I have decided to make this post visible again.




UPDATE - MARCH 20, 2010 -- As a follow up, the damn cancer wasn't making me sick, but instead, it was a pretty nasty e.Coli infection. Post should have been I Don't Suck - I Have an e.Coli Infection. But the testing and diagnosis did lead to the discovery of cancer.

Maybe my last trip - Campground Number 3 - should have been a clue. Outside of my Mount Washington races, my heart rate was the highest it has ever been. I was "in the red" for 17 minutes on that ride as my body struggled to keep up with what should have been an easy ride.

2 comments:

  1. I was shocked to hear this and want you to know I am here for you in any way you need me. Be it to listen and to hear yourself talk, offer you support or assistance, or good cheer.

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  2. We are all on your team. Let us know how to help. Ron

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