On February 4th 2010 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I was completely stunned. I'm starting the "Scope That Colon! Initiative" to help others feel more comfortable dealing with this disease.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Follow-up

TGIF !!! Or something like that....

I'm a bit late in getting back to everyone on the oncologist visit on Wednesday.

Things went really well there. I guess the scan last week showed a cyst on my kidney which is pretty normal. Still kind of scary after having a tumor and 14" of your colon removed, but she assured me there was nothing to be worried about.

She was really impressed that I had the energy to work out and ride as much as I am. Of course after she said that I've been a zombie and I haven't done anything the last two days...
Energy levels are still going to be inconsistent and so will my ammune system as it starts to build itself back up after 6 months of chemo.

The only black cloud of the visit was some white spots on my throat that might have indicated strep. She just went ahead and got me on some heavy anti-biotics to knock it out. Maybe I'm the carrier all this time and have been wrongly accusing my son, Luke (he's usually responsible for everything else, so why not). I never even noticed the spot were there.. go figure.

In about three weeks I'm off to Sea Otter in California with the rest of the Flight Crew. I'm really looking forward to this trip. Even though I was on the Crew last year, I obviously wasn't able to travel or actually meet anyone in person. I'm looking forward to shaking some hands and buying some people a beer or two.

Doesn't look like I'm going to race. I'll be there to soak it all in, help out in the tent and hopefully some of the other crew members can teach me the "Art of Getting Air". This trip will be a blast!

In other Airborne news...The new Crew was finally announced to the free world via their Facebook page! Check it out here ... http://www.facebook.com/Airborne.bikes.
I'll be posting their links and such as soon as everything is up and running.

Some of the "senior" members were allowed some input in the process and let me say, there were some solid submissions from everyone! Glad I didn't have to make the final decision.

That's it for today. Check back here often for pics, video and reviews of stuff that interest me (I'm waiting on something very cool from a certain bicycle company) and some ideas on how our community can do things to help others.

2011 is going to be BIG!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Musings ..or... Why I should Always ride with a CamelBack

Well Spring is here... or at least it was, the weather this week isn't looking all that promising...

As most of you know by now I went in for a scan last week and everything came back clear. That was great news to my ears. As I wrote earlier, I was nervous this time around.
Next step is this Wednesday when I see Dr Davis (oncologist), get some blood work done and find out the next step. It's been a long journey but maybe there is an end in sight.

Got out for a ride yesterday and I set out thinking it was going to be one of those short "too much mud and I'll damage the trail if I ride" type of outings. I couldn't have been more wrong. Conditions were perfect. The Airborne Goblin took everything I threw at it, which isn't much this time of year, and I had a blast. Couple of other riders stopped me and asked some questions about the bike and Airborne in general. This Airborne re-birth could become HUGE.

The only down fall was that, expecting a short ride, I only brought a water bottle and being one that dehydrates very easily, ran out quickly and had to cut the ride short. Next time I'll bring the Camelback...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Where's my Optimism?

Well tomorrow is another scan. For some reason I'm not feeling to optimistic this time around. No real reason to feel this way, but just a gut reaction. I know I'll be OK, and if I'm not, well then I just Cowboy Up and do what I need to do to beat it down again.

On another note there's about 4 more weeks until I'm off to Monterey California. (If I miss the trip again this year due to being sick I'm going to be sooo pissed off!). Training is going painfully slow with all the germs and disease being brought home from that Petri dish known as elementary school. I've been living on Emergin-C and Airborne (no relation to the bike company of the same name)

The Goblin is done, decaled and ready for season...
The question is, am I ready? lol