Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The beat goes on

I just got home from chemo treatment #4 of 2012 and before I hit the couch for an extended visit I wanted to try and get this belated status post done.

All remains status quo with treatment, etc. Side effects although challenging remain in the realm of manageable so I try not complain about them at all. I’m most bothered when nice weather presents a bike riding opportunity and when I can't pull it together for some chemo-related reason. I’m hoping that as the change in seasons really starts to kick in that I’ll be able to steal rides on occasion at the end of my work day.

Slowly but surely our Mintz’s Mentschen numbers have been increasing with regard to the number of team members and fundraising. But it’s really only been a trickle and not what we were hoping for considering our goal to try and kick things up a notch this year. I may even try to get small community interest pieces in the local newspapers as a way to help our recruitment but for those of you still reading here it would be outstanding if you could consider joining our team to walk/run (5K or 10K) or ride (multiple distances to choose from). We do train together for the biking events and will help to coach anyone that is new to cycling and/or new to group riding. Whatever type of event you choose I can guarantee that you’ll have a fantastic time and that it will be an experience to remember. The event is over the weekend of August 18-19 this year. If you aren’t able to join us please consider a tax-deductible donation. You can join us or donate by clicking here and clicking the applicable button on my webpage.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


For those of you that are still following along here on the blog I’m sorry that I wasn’t able to post a status update until now. The delay really has been that it was a tough week all around. It was definitely a bit strange to be back in the chair and connected to IV’s. The treatment itself was fine but the aftermath while not completely horrendous was more than enough to knock me down pretty hard.

I had hoped to be up and around by Sunday and ready for a bike ride but for various reasons that was not a good idea and Amy and I opted for a leisurely stroll on the canal towpath In Princeton. Treatment #2 was yesterday and although it may seem odd to those unfamiliar with chemo I’m generally “OK” the day after treatment. That’s why I’m making sure to get this blog update done NOW because things typically take a downhill slide from here. I’m stubborn so once again I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get out this Sunday for a bike ride.

That’s about it from here. The chemo process and juggling EVERYTHING around that schedule has begun.

As a parting note I do have to make a plea for our 2012 LiveSTRONG campaign. You can read my comments in recent posts where we’re looking to recruit new team members to walk, run, or ride with our Mentschen team this year. And, of course, if logistics or schedule won’t work for you it would be terrific if you could consider a donation. Links for all of that are in my prior posts as well as via my LiveSTRONG link in the LINKS section on the right side of this blog. Response so far has been disappointingly slow. Please help to pump up the Mentschen… and ME by joining/donating. THANKS!