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The other day I took River out for a bike ride around Mill Lake and then we went to fly a drone. All I can say is River is awesome! Flying a drone wasn’t too bad either. Enjoy!

Family Health Journey Life Story Update

Some Words Are Hard To Shake

  • It’s not everyday you are told you will only have 6 months to live if you stop taking chemo.

    That’s what my oncologist told my wife and I nearly 6 months ago.

    His words still echo in my ears.

    Those words hit me like a freight train. My knees buckled. What are you suppose to do with news like that?

    I remember leaving his office in a fog. I was confused. What just happened? What did he just say?

    Jamie and I left the cancer clinic that day in utter shock! We knew what we were doing was (and is) the right decision. We had a hard time wrapping our minds around the theory of chemo. It didn’t (and doesn’t) make sense to us. I am not here telling anyone what they should do when it comes to your how you should treat your cancer. After a lot of research, some personal experience, and wise counsel, I knew stopping chemo was best course of action for me to take.

    Cancer is a personal choice nowadays.

    It wasn’t always like that. Just a few years ago there were only 3 viable options to treat cancer: chemo, radiation, or surgery.

    Today, there are other options. Clinics and ND’s all over the world are doing great things working with people who are diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, these ‘alternative methods’ and others are not given the recognition they deserve. There are some amazing success stories out there if people who have been healed because they took control of their lives.

    People are realizing that cancer isn’t a death sentence – in many cases – it is a wake up call!

    I am thankful for the path we have chosen to walk at this time in our lives. We really do feel the Lord’s leading in our lives. It sure has been ride though. We don’t know what each day holds, but who does?

    It’s coming up on 6 months since that doctor spoke those words. Although I can still hear them at times ringing in my ears – I refuse to let them define me.

    All I know is I am very thankful for each day I have and I want to enjoy those close to me and encourage as many as I can along the way.

    We only have today – make the most of it!

  • Family Health Update

    Health Update

    It has been a little while since I have given an update with my health, so I thought I would share what’s been happening. Besides the battles in my mind, I have felt overall pretty good. It is still hard to believe that it has been nearly 9 months since the diagnosis. I am still doing my Lymphatic & Vitamin C IV therapy treatments on a weekly basis. We continue to juice and eat as much plant based foods as possible. I have 5 different supplements I take to help my liver 3 times a day, and to top it all off – I do 10 enemas a day. It may seem like a lot, because it is. Getting healthy has been a full time job!

    The plan is to have some blood work done in July, and a possible MRI. I meet with my doctor on a weekly basis for testing and all seems to be doing well. My liver has been under some pressure lately, but this week it seems to be doing a lot better. It is the result of moving so many toxins out of my body. One of the things my doctor asked me last week is if I ever feel any pain? I guess when you have tumours growing inside of you they begin to cause pain. I have not had any issues with pain from any if the supposed tumours. I continue to walk on a daily basis, and remain as active as possible.

    This process was never going to be a 100 meter dash – we knew that coming in. It’s been quite the race so far, but it isn’t over yet – but it won’t be long.

    So that’s it. That is pretty much what is happening with me regarding my health.

    Thanks for all your continued love and support during this time.

    On a side note…

    Jamie and I are celebrating our 11th Anniversary next week. I am so excited to celebrate that day with Jamie! It is crazy to think we have been married for 11 years. I am very thankful for the first 11 years, and I am going to keep fighting for the next 50 + years.

    Family Life Update

    Jekyll & Hyde

    How many remember the story Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde?

    Have you ever seen any of the films?

    I think it is pretty safe to say that most, if not all of us have seen a movie, or heard the story of Jekyll & Hyde. Lately I have been feeling like a maniac. Ever since getting back from Mexico I have felt ‘off.’ I have had no energy, my body has ached, and I have been an emotional basket case. It’s hard to explain at times the wild range of emotions you experience on a journey like this. Emotions can be like a tee·ter-tot·ter.m – sometimes you are up, and sometimes you are down.

    I feel helpless at times. It feels like I can’t control my emotions, and that’s a problem. I like control – don’t we all? I recently came across this quote about control: “control is an illusion.” I was curious to understand more so I Googled the origin of the quote and this is what I came across:

    “The illusion of control is the tendency for people to overestimate their ability to control events; for example, it occurs when someone feels a sense of control over outcomes that they demonstrably do not influence. The effect was named by psychologist Ellen Langer.”

    It’s painful reading that paragraph. As much as I want to think I have control, the reality is I don’t. None of us do. Our emotions are powerful. They can be a gift and a curse all in the same breath. If not properly dealt with, and understood they can become dangerous. If we let our emotions get the best of us – we could be asking for trouble. Trust me – I know! This why I have been feeling like Jekyll & Hyde as of late. One minute I am on top of the world, and the next minute I am either angry or want to hide under a rock somewhere. All I want is some balance. I just want off this terrible ride.

    Please continue to pray for our family – especially for Jamie & the kids. I hate putting them through this. It doesn’t seem fair. At times I would rather just be alone, because it is too painful to watch your family have to deal with a Jekyll & Hyde. Thanks for all your love and support during this time, it has meant the world to us! Love you guys!

    Blog Family Health Journey Life Story Update

    What A Ride!

    No one hands you an instructional manual when you are diagnosed with cancer. Yes, sure, doctors do their best to prepare you for the upcoming battle, but nothing can fully prepare you physically, spiritually, and especially mentally for what you are about to face. You can read books, ask questions, watch testimonials, and do whatever else you would like to do, it still won’t be enough to fully prepare yourself and your family. This isn’t a 100 metre sprint. This a life marathon we are now running.

    I have written many times in the past about this journey being a bit of a roller coaster ride. I’m not a fan of roller coasters. I have been on a few in my lifetime, but you won’t see me running to stand in line for a ride. The last few days have felt like a horrible, roller coaster ride, and all I want to do is get off.

    I know all of this will pass, but the toll it takes on you can be overwhelming at times. For me, the battle is always in my mind! Even earlier today, I envisioned myself waving a white flag. I felt like I had come to the end of my rope today. I had no energy, and my body has been aching for a couple of days. I had let my thoughts get the better of me. When you allow your thoughts to run rampant, you are headed for a world of trouble. Trust me. I know.

    It is a constant fight to remain optimistic, but fight I will! You can count on it.

    As my mother Patricia would always say,

    “Don’t worry, this too shall pass!”