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Jul. 13th, 2007 | 12:23 pm

Wow. According to my LJ, it has been 12 weeks since my last update. Three months. How the hell did that happen? Anyway...

So, I'm slacking on the updating here. The long and short of it is that things are pretty good as far as I know.

Two weeks ago Erin and I did the Tour de Bosque which is a charity ride benefiting the HIV/AIDS agency we work for. We did the 25 miles and honestly it wasn't bad at all. I expected it to be far more difficult due to my post-chemo/radiation physique, but honestly I'm bouncing back from all of this better than I could have ever hoped for. It's shocking really. In a lot of ways I'm in better shape than I was four years ago.

Four years ago I weighed 40 lbs. more, smoked over a pack a day, and couldn't even ride my bike from work to my house (about 3 miles) without stopping. And now, even after chemo and radiation and all that crap I can ride 25 miles at a stretch and have been averaging 15-25 miles at least two days a week. I hope to up that to three to five times a week soon, but there are some other things going on right now that are preventing that. None having to do with my health.

So, from that point things are really very good.

The only "bad" parts are that I am still having some (at times) severe digestive problems. The chemo and radiation have done quite a number on everything from my stomach to my colon and about six weeks ago I found myself undergoing a lot of tests (which found nothing of course) because I was crazy bloated and having bad stomach pain. In the end I wound up taking Probiotics and that has seemed to help. But, there are more days than not that I still have other issues with my digestion and take a lot of Gas-X and anti-diarrheals. TMI? Too bad.

The other maddening thing about right now is that I STILL don't know if I am officially "cancer free." But, I have a CT/PET scan coming up this Monday. I'm having a little anxiety about it. Funny, it's not so much because of finding out that I have cancer again (or still), it's more that I just don't want to deal with all of this crap anymore. I am SO SICK of going to doctors what seems like every other day. I am so sick of being poked and prodded and looked at like a specimen. I'm just sick of having to think about it.

And I think that's one of the things I love the most about the resurgence of cycling in my life. When I'm riding I don't think about any of that stuff. I'm just riding. It reminds me of when I was a kid. I did the same thing then.

So, I'll get the results from the scan the following Monday. I'm 99% sure everything is fine, but cross your fingers just in case, eh?


Well, it's back to work now. More soon I'm sure.

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Hypotenuse Wolf

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from: expanding_x_man
date: Jul. 13th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
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I will cross my fingers yes!!! and, here's to cycling, it sounds so wonderful I should take it up again myself.

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you're back!

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 14th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
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i'm so glad i didn't boot your url from my favorites;) funny about the biking thing. i've also been biking my little heart out here in LA. yes, LA. beleive it or not there's sort of a fanatical biking community all over the city that sponsors rides on a near-weekly basis. though i bike a few times a week on my own i have attended one 20 mile ride with "sins and sprockets". we rode all through downtown LA, through parts of East Los , near my neighborhood and back. the best part were the breaks every five miles or so at liquor stores. 100's of bikers some decked out in sequins and on bizarre-shaped cycles guzzling beer and eating cheetos in a store parking lot. super fun. maybe if you ever come up to visit we'll attend one of these events. love lorax

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