Cancer Timeline 2017-01-07T19:26:50+00:00

I originally created my blog to keep friends and family updated on my journey. As I became more aware of others also dealing with EC I also wrote in the hope of inspiring others. I don’t know when this journey will end but I do know that my hope of where it ends rests firmly in my Lord Jesus Christ. Praying yours does too.

June 2013

Emergency Room

June 23rd, 2013|

I had been feeling ill with what I thought was a bloated stomach for the past few weeks but this morning after Sunday School I was helping set up for VBS and was sweating profusely […]

Blood Work

June 25th, 2013|

I had blood work done this morning because I have an appointment next week with my primary physician to go over my cholesterol.

CHAPTER 1: The Journey in the Trial

June 25th, 2013|

In meeting with Dr. Rubin I distinctly remember that as I explained everything I had been experiencing the look that would cross his face. Laying on the exam table while he poked and prodded my […]

First CT Scan

June 26th, 2013|

I had a lovely Barium infused CT Scan this morning in preparation of meeting with Dr. M. Blair Marshall of Georgetown Hospital for a consultation. She is a thoracic surgeon and can hopefully give us […]

Dr. Marshall

June 27th, 2013|

Robin and I went to Georgetown Hospital today for the first time. The area that we needed to get to has the parking lot area under construction so it was quite hectic getting around and […]

June 27, 2013

June 27th, 2013|

Yesterday I had a CT Scan done of my abdomen and chest so they could get a picture of what was going on outside my esophagus.  With that in hand Robin and […]

July 2013

Meeting Dr. Pishvaian

July 2nd, 2013|

Robin and I met with Dr. Michael Pishvaian from Georgetown University Hospital. He has hours at the Medstar Montgomery Oncology office which certainly makes this convenient. Between seeing Dr. Marshall last week and our meeting […]

July 2, 2013

July 2nd, 2013|

This past Sunday evening a good friend of ours Dr. Esther Chang Harford approached me wanting to know what the scoop was.  She is an oncology research professor at Georgetown.  After finding out who we […]

July 10,2013

July 10th, 2013|

Note to self: After having anesthesia DO NOT eat a banana. Stick to the prescribed bland offings of broth and jello.

I’ve got my new best friend attached to my chest just below my collar bone. […]

July 12, 2013

July 12th, 2013|

Portable Infusion Pump Portable Infusion Pump

So yesterday was the big scary day of going for my first chemo infusion. Robin and I went down to Georgetown […]

July 14, 2013

July 14th, 2013|

Yesterday at 1:07 PM my little friend beeped farewell letting me know that my first chemo treatment had come to an end. Robin and I had timed things well as we were already heading back […]

July 16, 2013

July 16th, 2013|

Yesterday I heard from the clinical trials coordinator at Montgomery General that my liver biopsy had come back inconclusive for cancer and that they would like to do another biopsy today.  I emailed Dr. Pishvaian […]

Home Again, Home Again Jiggity Jigg

July 16th, 2013|

Back from the second biopsy.  Got a shot of Zofran into the ol’IV before being released so the nausea should be under control, and I’m only having some chicken broth and saltine crackers – NO […]

When Drugs Work

July 17th, 2013|

Yay for Zofran!  Yesterday’s injection of Zofran before leaving the OR paid off last night.  After starting off slow with chicken broth I was able to actually get something a bit more substantial into me […]

July 21, 2013

July 21st, 2013|

Nothing really new to update you with other than the fact that I’ve totally felt like my old self this weekend and it’s been wonderful. I’ve been making up for the bit of weight loss […]

Today’s a Bust

July 24th, 2013|

Sad Face Pouty Face

Well today’s been a bust. Robin and I went down to Georgetown for my second chemo treatment this morning.  We checked in and […]

Boo

July 25th, 2013|

No not the ghostly kind of boo, it’s the irritated and exasperated kind I’m thinking of.  Well OK not exasperated that’s a little overkill but definitely irritated.

Still no room at the Inn.

I worked from home […]

August 2013

Long Day

August 5th, 2013|

A little light headed from the good stuff A little light headed from the good stuff

This morning shortly after 8:00AM I finally got the call that […]

Treatment 2

August 7th, 2013|

Yesterday (Day 2) went fine with only some minor nausea that was easily remedied with some Zofran.  I’m up now (4:30AM) because the tech just came in to get my vitals and get a blood […]

Blah

August 11th, 2013|

Yup the title pretty much sums up this past week – blah.  Certainly nothing like the nausea I had on Wednesday but I still don’t feel like I’ve sprung back like I did from the […]

I’m Back

August 13th, 2013|

What a difference a couple of days make.  I came back to work yesterday and the change of pace definitely did me well.  I’m feeling so much better this morning and my appetite is finally […]

New Bat Channel

August 15th, 2013|

For those of us old enough to remember the Batman TV series, I’m on the same Bat Time but a new Bat Channel in that the following chemo treatments will be done at the […]

PIP be Quiet

August 20th, 2013|

Every 2 minutes.  Doesn’t sound like much and honestly if there is any other noise in the room, like the TV you don’t notice it at all. But, when you’re trying to sleep at night, […]

Day 6

August 25th, 2013|

The chemotherapy I’m on takes 3 days to administer. They (the oncologists and clinicians) count everything from the first day. Days 3-5 are supposed to be the icky days with what ever side effects I’m […]

What The?

August 29th, 2013|

Well personally I give the new look a thumbs up, but then again I like to change up my websites.

For those of you who may be a bit lost over the change the Menu is […]

September 2013

Last Treatment

September 4th, 2013|

Last treatment of Folfox6 at least for the current clinical trail that I'm on and maybe for some time to come.

Jibber Jabber

September 9th, 2013|

Nothing like a little medical jibber jabber poured into this poor laymens mind to create a good old fashioned headache.

Happy Monday

September 16th, 2013|

Yes you read the title of the post correctly, Happy Monday, and that's not because I'm on vacation.

Round 5

September 17th, 2013|

I just got back from the Medstar Montgomery Infusion Center and my 5th chemotherapy treatment.

Finally

September 24th, 2013|

I'm finally, feeling a bit better after last weeks infusion. Ugh, this took longer than I'd hope but what a difference a day can make.

October 2013

Playing the Lottery

October 6th, 2013|

I’m sorry for being a little late on this update. This past Tuesday I met with Dr. Pishvaian to discuss the clinical trial that I’m hoping to get on. I say hoping because even though […]

Cut the Muster

October 9th, 2013|

I found out yesterday that I am in the new trial which will start on Oct. 21st. Now I just have to cut the muster...

Ugh Needles

October 16th, 2013|

So one of my fears from yesterdays CT Scan was they would find that the cancer has spread to my brain. After all despite what some may think I am not the Scarecrow from the […]

One Down

October 18th, 2013|

OK,  I was able to give myself the injection of Enoxaparin this morning before heading into the office. It took a few false starts before I was able to actually go through with it but […]

MEDI4736

October 21st, 2013|

I had my first infusion of MEDI4736 today down at Georgetown Hospital. Dr. Pishvaian has been very hesitant to express any hope in a treatment plan but even he is excited by what he’s heard […]

New Treatment

October 22nd, 2013|

Yesterday Robin and I went down to Georgetown for my first infusion of MEDI4736. We went to 5 North where the oncology infusion wing is and we were greeted by Marta who is the receptionist. […]

November 2013

We’re in the Army Again

November 5th, 2013|

Well no we’re not, but boy did yesterday feel like it. Anyone who’s been in the military is more than painfully familiar with the phrase “hurry up and wait”. By the time you’re through with […]

2013-11-18

November 18th, 2013|

I know it’s been a little while since my last update, fortunately that’s because there hasn’t been anything worth sharing.

Marta Marta

As always I was greeted by […]

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2013|

This week I had both a liver biopsy and CT Scan performed. The first being on Monday and the latter this morning. I don’t have the results back from either yet but don’t really expect […]

December 2013

No Change

December 2nd, 2013|

I just got back up to the infusion ward after meeting with Dr. Pishvaian. The CT Scan from last week shows no change with any of the tumors. Nothing new, no shrinkage but no growth […]

#5

December 18th, 2013|

This past Monday was treatment #5 of the MEDI4736 trial drug.  Other than it being another dragged out day the infusion was as uneventful as the last 4. I’d love to have something to say […]

Living While Dying

December 20th, 2013|

Some of you were notified of this post last week and then wondered why you couldn’t access it. It’s because I have not been able to come to a satisfying conclusion and had locked it […]

Doing Well

December 27th, 2013|

With my treatments being every other Monday there hasn’t been as much to say lately but I know there are people who are wondering how I’m doing.

This past Saturday I got together with a dear […]

January 2014

Recent Scan

January 14th, 2014|

Last weeks scan showed what looked like a new lesion in my liver. Dr. Pishvaian consulted with a radiologist here at the hospital and they are of the opinion that the angle and slice of […]

Treatment #8

January 27th, 2014|

Hopefully before I get this post finished I’ll actually be receiving treatment number 8. For some reason I’m on the hit list with the pharmacy when it comes to getting my cocktail no matter how […]

February 2014

Shine On

February 6th, 2014|

How many CT Scans before I glow in the dark? We may be fast approaching a solution to that question

Tomorrow I head in for another scan as part of the clinical trial protocol. Because it’s […]

#9 & Holding

February 10th, 2014|

When your oncologist comes into the office all smiling and happy you have to believe that he also comes with good news. In that Dr. Pishvaian didn’t fail to deliver.

The radiologists findings say it better […]

March 2014

Treatment #11

March 12th, 2014|

My apologies for not posting in such a long time. I hadn’t realized that it’s been over a month since my last update. This past Monday I had my 11th treatment with the MEDI4736. From […]

Drugs That Help – NOT

March 21st, 2014|

Yesterday morning after getting up I was concerned that I might be having a heart “issue”. I’ve been having what I can only describe as pressure in my head. My face would get beet red […]

Ol’Ticker Still Ticking

March 28th, 2014|

Yesterday morning I had a cardiac stress test. After my very fast walk (I don’t run) on the gerbil cage (treadmill) and thankfully not being ejected out the back the cardiologist gave me two thumbs […]

April 2014

Sticking Around

April 7th, 2014|

This past Friday I had another CT Scan done to see how my treatment is doing. This morning I am back down at Georgetown University for treatment #13 of the MEDI4736 clinical trial drug that […]

May 2014

The Other Shoe

May 5th, 2014|

Today was treatment number 15. I saw Christina Urso this morning who very happily pointed out that she beat me in for a change. Such is the relationship with my nurse practitioner. After a quick […]

#16

May 19th, 2014|

I’m actually going back and filling in the blank on a number of treatments just so I have the date recorded.

Treatment #16 was like all the rest in that it was nothing special other than […]

Thank You

May 28th, 2014|

I received a delightful email the other day from someone at MedImmune who is the pharma company that is developing the clinical trial drug I’m currently on. I can imagine that other than the front […]

June 2014

Not Today

June 4th, 2014|

I went in on Monday for what would have been infusion #17 but my appointment had been rescheduled because the oncologists were all at the ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) conference in Chicago. Unfortunately Robin […]

#18

June 16th, 2014|

I’d like to happily report that the most exciting thing with todays treatment is that my mediport decided to work albeit I had to do some heavy breathing to keep it going. For some reason […]

Surreal

June 19th, 2014|

6:45 AM, 15 minutes later than normal and I was paying the piper with the length of the checkout line that stretched out in front of me. But I had to have my morning infusion […]

#19

June 30th, 2014|

Treatment #19 was an uneventful success – Huzzah!

Nothing to share with the purpose of the post simply being to record the treatments occurrence.

July 2014

Being Nosy

July 14th, 2014|

Monday was infusion #20 and like the last few it was just another day in the land of oncological clinical trials. The highpoint of my morning was my mediport decided to work for a change […]

REALLY?!

July 16th, 2014|

I woke up this morning with a pain right below my rib cage smack in the middle. This is almost the exact same place that was hurting last year from the cancer. Yes of course […]

Infusion #21

July 25th, 2014|

So far things are going along quickly this morning. Being as it’s a Friday I think everyone wants to get out of here early today. My mediport worked like a champ this morning and Christina […]

August 2014

Peter

August 4th, 2014|

When the whole idea of having cancer was new and frightening and Heaven seemed to be right around the corner…

Heaven or my idea of what heaven may be like was my one true solace. I […]

Four More?

August 11th, 2014|

I’m currently sitting in my infusion chair at Georgetown University Hospital. I say “my” because I’ve claimed the chair in the one corner of the ward for most of this past year. Silly how little […]

23 Down

August 26th, 2014|

Another Monday and another treatment completed. Yesterday was a repeat of the last handful of infusions. I get in at 7:30 AM have my vitals taken and blood drawn’s done – making sure the mediport […]

September 2014

Another Monday

September 8th, 2014|

It’s a bit after 10 in the morning and I’m sitting in my usual corner chair waiting for my medicine to arrive from the pharmacy so the infusion can begin. Everything has gone well this […]

Tears of Joy

September 22nd, 2014|

And tears of sorrow…

I’m back up in “my” infusion chair at 5 North after meeting with both Dr. Pishvaian and Christina Urso. While the meeting was better than could be imagined I haven’t felt this […]

Why Me?

September 30th, 2014|

A year ago I was under palliative care watching the specter of Death tap a bony foot and periodically look at his watch. A year ago I was silently writing my own funeral directives about […]

October 2014

Done

October 7th, 2014|

Yesterday was infusion number 26. One full year of receiving that Anti PD-L1 autoimmune therapy known as MEDI4736. As my venerable oncologist Dr. Michael Pishvaian said, “we’ve entered uncharted territory.” In other words, “we don’t […]

The Uncertainty of Living

October 28th, 2014|

Saturday afternoon Robin and I returned from a weeks vacation in the Outer Banks, NC. We hadn’t been home for 15 minutes before a dark cloud of funk had settled over me. Robin questioned what she’d […]

November 2014

30 Days Post Treatment

November 3rd, 2014|

Today was the first of my post treatment visits to Georgetown University Hospital. It was nice to be greeted my Marta and to have Kim be my nurse again, as she had been off on […]

December 2014

A Late Thanksgiving

December 1st, 2014|

I had meant to write an update on Thanksgiving after all I have a lot to be thankful for, but my site was on the glitch from a security update gone bad. It actually works […]

February 2015

90 Day Checkup

February 2nd, 2015|

Today marked 90 days post treatment and the results of yet another CT Scan. I admit that I had some concerns about the outcome of the scan, not because I’ve been feeling poorly but because […]

589

February 19th, 2015|

What is 589 you ask? The number of days since July 10, 2013.
What is the significance of that day? It was when my mediport was placed.
And today I had it removed.

589 days ago today was […]

March 2015

Sunny Skies Ahead

March 30th, 2015|

I just returned from seeing my favorite oncologist who has happily confirmed that my last CT Scan was once again free from any signs of cancer. Looks like y’all are going to have to put […]

June 2015

CHAPTER 2 – Cancer Reboot 2.0

June 4th, 2015|

It has thankfully been quite some time since I’ve posted a ‘Cancer Update’. When you’re dealing with cancer no news is fantastic news. When there is news…. bah!

My wife did a wonderful job compressing what […]

Out of the Box

June 11th, 2015|

Today my wife and I met with Dr. Blair Marshall. She is the thoracic surgeon at Georgetown University Hospital who will be performing my esophagectomy. Yeah say that one three times fast, and no you […]

All Clear

June 18th, 2015|

I went in and had a PET scan this morning. Dr. Marshall wanted this done as some added insurance that there wasn’t any cancer hiding out anywhere the CT scan had missed. If you’ve never […]

July 2015

Heavy-Hearted

July 22nd, 2015|

Facebook, I started using it when it first became available as a way of keeping in touch with the kids my wife and I taught in Sunday School. Over the years it has been a […]

August 2015

Three Weeks

August 17th, 2015|

Summary:  Esophagectomy performed July 27, 2015 at Georgetown University Hospital by Dr. M. Blair Marshall. Surgery took approximately 8 hours. Other than an incident with a leaking chest tube my recovery went very smoothly. I […]

December 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Indeed

December 2nd, 2015|

The day after Thanksgiving I went in to have a scheduled CT scan. Time fly’s and it has been 3 months since the last check up. In the past I’d have a scan done on […]

August 2016

January 2017

Chapter 3 – Recurrence

January 4th, 2017|

2016 was blessedly boring. Boring meaning cancer had nothing to do with me and I had nothing to do with cancer other than a follow up CT Scan. Boring is good!

Unfortunately 2017 has started off […]

Dr. Marshall

January 6th, 2017|

When I spoke with Dr. Pishvian on Wed. he’d informed me they would most likely go after the lymph node for the biopsy as it was the largest tumor. However it was also in a […]

Study Scan

January 31st, 2017|

Study Protocols – UGH!

I had to get another CT scan because it needed to be within 28 days of starting the trial. The PET/CT didn’t fit the bill. I will say, Jennifer Montcalm – the […]

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

Why?

April 13th, 2017|

Metaphysics is not my forte. I do not, and cannot, understand why such things happen. Kurt Gödel, Werner Heisenberg, and the Book of Job, looking at the problem from different angles, all tell me that […]

Not Expected

April 20th, 2017|

I just returned home from meeting with Dr. Pishvaian. After last Tuesday’s scan results, showing the tumor in my lung had grown, I thought for sure we were going to discuss going back to chemotherapy. […]

May 2017

Moving On

May 2nd, 2017|

I just received an email from Dr. P. He’s agreed I should move on to chemotherapy. The one up side to this is I’ll be receiving my treatments at the Medstar Montgomery Infusion Center in […]

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

December 2017

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