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And How Are You Doing Today?

Ok, so, who am I, and what should I do next? Out of curiosity, did you you ever ask those questions to yourself, especially the zen-like, first question? (The comments section is open, if you’d like to share πŸ™‚

My last substantive blog post was on 11/17/17. In that delightful and uplifting post, I announced to the world that I was diagnosed with Stage 3B, Non-Small Cell, Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Phew, that’s a mouthful, but that’s the way it is in the world of cancer-speak.

Shortly after my world-shaking announcement, my oncologist declared that I had “advanced” to stage 4 – which meant that the cancer had migrated from its original source, my right lung, to elsewhere in the body. That “elsewhere“, ended up being my brain. After complaining about a painless, but noticeable, limp in my right leg due to an unexplained numbness, a full body MRI showed that 4 new tumors had popped up in my brain. Delightful!

After having each one of those little brain-shits blasted with radiation from Cyberknife technology, and having the four original tumors in my right lung assaulted with Opdivo immunotherapy infusions, I’m doing pretty damn good. And this is 2 years after the fact! How are you doing today? πŸ™‚


So, as of today, 4/18/18, I’m doing fairly well, both physically and mentally, for a stage four cancer patient. At this stage of the game, the mental battle is extracting a greater toll from me than the physical battle.

I don’t know what, or when, or how often, I’ll be blogging about some topic in the future, but I’ll bet it will be about my experiences battling with the emperor of all maladies, the king of all diseases…. Cancer.

Categories: Cancer
  1. Dick Danjin
    April 18, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Dick, good to hear from you,Be well…Dick

  2. April 18, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    I enjoyed reading your post – good to know that you are still with us and doing well.

    In response to your ‘who am I?’ question, I often think about the wonderful words of the philosopher Alan Watts (1915 – 1973). Here’s one of his quotes that fits:

    “Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”

    • April 19, 2018 at 5:14 am

      Thanks. I love Alan Watts, the spiritual entertainer. πŸ™‚

  3. Al Marshall
    April 18, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Hang in there Tony. Glad you’re making progress.

  4. April 19, 2018 at 9:27 am

    That is one shitty hand you’ve been dealt. But, 40 years ago you’d be dead already, so there’s that (only being a bit flippant because I think you’d appreciate !)! The technology has advanced so much, it is really incredible. Keep up the good fight. Fuck cancer!

    • April 19, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Yepp, you’re right on all counts Mark.

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