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Some news is worse than others

by arlo tejada 29. May 2013 15:19

Some news is worse than others

Arlo Paddle Capt.
After working in the office the last couple of weeks I have come to realize I needed to update the Sheri Griffith River Expeditions friends about my current situation. We had lots of return guests going on trips these last two weeks and everyone I talked with had read my blog posts and wanted to know more details. Since I tell the story all the time I just assume most people just know.


I have not updated since April 18th and in that update it was all about not knowing if “my” cancer had come back.


Sorry to leave everyone wondering what was up.


It is as close as you can get to bad news without it officially being bad news. I have had several biopsies. The first was inconclusive. The next biopsy showed abnormal cells. The dr said we could do a major surgery to be sure but at that point it was pretty much for sure to be the lymphoma coming back.


The plan are still a little up in the air.


I did start on the same drug bentuximab I was on last year on Friday May 10th. We are planning on doing this for 3 cycles. One every three weeks. Then radiation to the stomach which will be everyday for about 3-4 weeks. And means I will have to move to SLC in the middle of the summer for the second time in 3 years.


It sounds like the radiation is going to be ….not very fun. I will have a meeting with the bone marrow doctors to talk about the possibility of the more life changing procedure. But I think I have written many times about my thoughts on that.


SO, We are pretty much in uncharted territory here.


I will let you decide what that means.


disc golfI don’t really have the strength (mentally) right now to really go into anything to deep or how I am feeling.


I can say that I have zero Symptoms. I feel great! (physically) and SGRE is really, really busy which has keep my mind off sad or bad thoughts. I am just too busy to think about it. Maybe I am just burying my head in the sand….But


I have also been able to play a lot.


I think I am as close to living life to the fullest that one can. Still have not been to Hawaii or Puerto Rico, though. But Central America is on the plans for sure this November.


Just to fill one of my blog promises from earlier, I did buy a brand new car (it’s a Ford Escape and not a Porsche. Not sure my dad could handle the Porsche idea.)


I have also been living a solid Moab Life: A bunch of river trips, (though I still have not done Cataract Canyon in 3 years now,) Ziplining, BBQ’s with Friends and Family, Golfing, Disc Golfing, Music in the park, Hot tubs, new crazy hair cuts, and hanging with my dog and that is just in May. I would say I am generally enjoying life ever where I go. (My life really is pretty amazing I will be pretty bummed if it ends early.)


I say this every time and I do mean it but I will try and keep you updated more often in the next couple of months.


Thank you to all your support and I hope to see you this summer!


As always this is I appreciate all your love.
Arlo

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