Mar 07, 2013 - 11:59 am
After a lot of thought and flip flopping, I've decided to shave my head in support of the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity dedicated to funding childhood cancer research. I'll be geting shaved tonight!
This was a difficult decision. As many of you know, I was diagnosed in April 2012 with S4/G4 mRCC. I had my left kidney, adrenal gland, and other various parts removed in May 2012, and have been on Sutent treatment since then. I just completed my 6th cycle and have had remarkable results, with my prior lung lesions being updated from "innumerable" to "tiny rdidua of prior metastatic didease" and a decrease in size of about 70 - 80% of the other nodules in my right kidney, right adrenal gland, and along my spine. All of this started a few short weeks after I shaved my head for the 2012 St. Baldrick's event.
I know there is no connection, but to shave my head again felt a little too close to home this time. My plan was to quietly contrubute to someone else and stay away from the event. The problem with that was that if I hadn't been diagnosed and living this new life of mine, I would have happily shaved my head. So in the end I decided that it would be out of character for me to ignore it, and that the best way to say F YOU to cancer was to do what I would normally do. So I'm doing it.
I know you all have youir own challenges, but if you want to stand with me in defiance to cancer, please consider adding to my fund. You can visit my personal participant page here:
I get that this is a big ask, but I know this group of people represent a formidable team in the fight against this disease, and you'll understand my ask.
God bless you all. You're all special to me. Fight the fight!!! WE CAN WIN!!!!