Sep 18, 2012 - 6:47 pm
Haven't been on the board for awhile and have thought about you guys often and missed the company of fellow travelers on a strange hike. I thought I would pop in and say hi once in awhile and let you all know how well I was doing. Had hoped I wouldn't be coming back because I needed the support but that's why I'm coming back. I've had hip pain since radiation ended a year ago that was attributed to all the radiation I got in that area. It started increasing a few months back and a month back it started moving. Got an MRI that showed a tumor pinching the nerves in S2; also showed a few (5) other spots in the pelvis as well as the femur. PET/CT confirmed and showed a couple more in other bones. Looks like I'm gonna be needing some more chemo and radiation. I've got a big Grand Canyon backpacking trip planned for the second week in October that the docs are gonna let me do first and then we'll start on treatment. In the meantime I'm trying to keep the pain away so the docs are experimenting on me with different combos. I've had some undesirable reactions the last couple days that stopped my breathing for short moments but didn't send me to the ER. Hopefully we've got that worked out. It's nice to be back here with y'all but I sure would rather it wasn't for this reason. Prayers and thoughts, chants, rituals not involving animal sacrifice would sure be appreciated. Thanks for being here for me. Looking forward to getting to know all the new folks and getting reacquainted with all the old ones.