Wow! It Has Been A Year Already

As many of you know, I am two time cancer survivor who went through an autologous stem cell transplant this time last year. It was quite an ordeal and today, one year ago, marked the slight improvement in my health after 10 chemo treatments in 6 days with an infusion of my own stem cells. It was a very low point, but a very happy one as well because we (my darling wife and I) clung to the hope of seeing improvement in my blood work. It was an ordeal for sure and I am bless to have had a fantastic support network, outstanding medical team, and an outlet to think of something other than the dark side of cancer treatments – that being The Grateful Golfer blog!

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T’Was the Night Before Christmas

As the anticipation grows for Christmas Day, it is easy to become wrapped up in the craziness of the holiday season. It is a time for fun, laughter, and good times for many, but some find this festive season difficult and challenging. Luckily, I am blessed and find Christmas time enjoyable and refreshing. Every year I reflect and express gratitude for all the amazing people in my 3 foot space! Continue reading

My Last Day Of Treatment

After six months of battling lymphoma, today is the last day of treatment. My stem cells, which were harvested three weeks ago, are finally being infused back into my body. After several treatments of intense chemotherapy, it is time to start the road to recover. I still have a long way to go, but focusing on recovery is a relief. Additionally, I can set a goal of playing golf this fall which will motivate me to stay focused on a healthy recover. Continue reading

Active Support On and Off The Golf Course

For the past 4 months, I have actively fought against my lymphoma and I believe I am winning. To date, all the tests indicate that I am once again beating back the beast and will be heading to the links sometime in the future. Of course, it is way too early to jump to conclusions, but any positive sign gives me hope. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned to date, and what is important for people to understand, is that active support for the person and their family is as valuable as any positive test result. Let me explain. Continue reading