My wife, Loren, and I are moving into an assisted living community next month. Loren is moving in because she needs extra help to get through the day. I’m moving in because she doesn’t want to go by herself, and because I don’t want to stay home alone without her. We are both 50 years … Continue reading Assisted Living
My wife, Loren, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer late last year. She completed full-brain radiation in October and six rounds of chemotherapy after that. She is now on immunotherapy, once every three weeks for the rest of her life. None of this is cheap, of course. But with good health insurance, it’s manageable, at … Continue reading Cancer | When Cancer Strikes, Good Insurance Means Everything — And Everyone Should Have It
Progression is not a good thing in cancer treatment. Progression means the cancer has made progress, not we have made progress against the cancer. That's the news my wife, Loren, got from her last scans. The scans show progression, which means the cancer has flared up again in spots. Not much progression, but enough for … Continue reading Cancer | Progression
Our life with cancer is not all doctor’s appointments and test results. It’s silly jokes and morning coffee, long conversations and quiet time, slow bike rides and long walks downtown for beer. It’s day trips to the City and longer trips to the mountains and down south to see family and friends. I now want … Continue reading This, Too, Is Our Life With Cancer
The good news came in response to a non-urgent medical question. “Good news,” Loren’s oncologist wrote. “I looked at your PET scan results. Everything looks a lot better. Some of the lung nodules have completely resolved, and there is no sign of abnormal radioactivity in the mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes, adrenal gland, and bones.” … Continue reading Good News
It's like sailing westward into the empty part of the map...
My wife, Loren, is battling metastatic breast cancer. And almost every conversation I have these days – at work and with friends, at the bar and on the phone – begins with the same question: How is Loren doing? The answer is, she's doing okay. She, fortunately, does not have any nausea. Maybe a little … Continue reading How Am I Doing?