Party Time

Break out the party duds and let's go get er done! Dr. Dziuk's staff does throw a party on the last day of treatment and they give out a plaque. These ladies (and a few gentlemen) have been very outgoing and helpful throughout all of this. I will ...

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Another Day of Treatments

Off to chemo and once we figured out that my immune system is strong enough for a treatment today. Another day (well, 3.5 hours) hooked up to a machine that pumps all kinds of goop into you (Yeah PORT! No old fashioned IV setups for me!) Unfortunately, today I ...

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We Need More Power

This weekend was not so hot, as my mouth started hurting pretty much full time. After my treatment today, I discussed this with my doctor (actually, doctor #6) and his comment was "Captain, we need more power here", well not actually, but he did agree I needed something stronger in ...

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Into the Final Count Down

Hi everyone!

We are in the final countdown - YEAH! Eight more sessions to go! It is getting a bit harder now, since everything hurts in the area getting radiation, but it is nowhere as bad as some folks seem to get, so I count my blessings every day! Cheryl will ...

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Experimenting with Drugs

Hi folks,

Well, we just finished radiation treatment 22 today, so we have 2.5 weeks to go! YEAH!

One new item, remember the nausea problems? Well they got pretty bad after I stopped taking the steroid that made me not sleep. So Monday the chemo doctor decided to skip ...

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Half-way Through Treatments

Hooray! We are (just about) half way done with all this treatment mess! I have had three out of six chemo treatments, and 17 out of 35 radiation doses. (Are we having fun yet?) Well, the technicians at the radiation center call me "trouble" since I bug them about how ...

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Starting Chemo

Hello again from various parts of Austin!

Well, today was a busy day. This morning at 8:30, Cheryl and I popped into the Oncology office where I got my first chemo infusion. Yeah - another non event! But this one took 3.5 hours! Before we left home, I rubbed ...

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First Surgery

After waiting for school to end and my surgeon's schedule to get clear, Dr. Peter Scholl went in and removed all signs of the cancer in my mouth. By the time he was done, I lost four teeth and have a hole in the roof of my mouth (that ...

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A New Adventure begins: Cancer

Today, my oral surgeon called me with the news that problems I have been having with my teeth is due to cancer in my jawbone. The shock of that phone call is something you will never forget, but I remember thinking that if this was true, all I could do ...

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My Blog

This blog is primarily for my students at Austin Community College. However, I find myself talking about my life experiences a lot, so it may be interesting to others as well. I have been blessed in my life, and I have had amazing adventures that I want to share with ...

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