Health Update

I recently got a CT scan; it showed No Evidence of Disease in the major organs! That’s great, but I’m still at “high risk” for a couple more years of the cancer coming back somewhere. I’m planning to get CT scans every four months for a while. Note: These scans are not very sensitive; growths can be pretty-far along before they’re detected.

I also have an EGD exam scheduled for May 3rd; that will look for evidence of cancer in the throat area and in my new esophagus (formerly my stomach).

Meanwhile, the winter of my discontent is over, so it’s time to have some fun! Jen and I will soon be doing some sea kayaking with our Hoosier buddies in South Carolina, followed by some small-group sea kayaking instruction. In May, we plan to visit our son Brian in Seattle, and spend some time at our cabin near Snoqualmie Pass.

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Florida!

Jen and I recently spent almost 2 weeks in our Casita camper on a trip to Florida. We spent eight nights at Anastasia State Park just outside St. Augustine, and three nights at Little Talbot Island, just south of Amelia Island. We had good weather, and were able to do a good amount of beaching, biking and hiking.

I had some bowel irregularity on the trip; that’s continued since we’ve been back home. I’m taking steps to get that under control. Beyond that, I am back to my stretching and exercising routine and doing pretty well.

Cross-Country Skiing!

Jen and I went cross-country skiing with some of my Sierra Club friends last week near Traverse City, Michigan! We shared this great cabin:

The Cabin

Here’s Jen by the fireplace:

Jen by the Fire

We were worried that we wouldn’t have enough snow, but we got plenty! Here are some pictures from our three days of skiing:

Barry Jen Kathy

Kathy and Jen

The Group

Here we are getting my rear-drive 4-Runner up the hill to the highway:

The Sandbaggers

I got winded and had to stop several times, but overall did great. I’ve put on 19 pounds from my low of 124! Life is good!

 

A Surprise Wedding!

Jen and I had a wonderful trip to the Seattle area over the holidays visiting our son Brian and his girlfriend Angela. We spent a few days at their apartment in Ballard before heading out to their mountain cabin in the Cascades (near Snoqualmie Pass):

The house in Ronald.JPG

We spent several days hiking, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing in the area:

Our niece and her husband came from Seattle for Christmas dinner. Another “friend” dropped in on the 27th; after some chit-chat, Brian announced that she was here to marry them! What a surprise! They took their vows in front of the Christmas tree:

Brian and Angela wed

Natalie had to work, so stayed at home to watch Alfie, who she loves dearly:

Natalie with Alfie

Birthdays!

We had three birthdays here in the last seven days: mine, Jen’s sister’s and Natalie‘s. We went out to a nice contemporary Mexican restaurant on my and Cathie’s birthday, and we hosted Jen’s side of the family last night for Natalie‘s birthday. Rick flew in from Florida for the celebration!

I weighed in at 139.6 this morning, the highest since the operation! I’m feeling strong and well as we prepare to fly out to Seattle tomorrow to visit Brian and Angela over the Christmas holidays. I’ll finally get to see that cabin we bought in the Cascade Mountains!

Tennis Anyone?

I’ve been doing better lately, eating better.  I’ve put on 13 pounds from the low of 124. I’m essentially back to normal activity levels, except for limited stamina.

I decided to try playing tennis with Jen’s ladies’ doubles group. Last week, I played every-other game and did pretty well. This week, one person failed to show up, so I played every game and did pretty darn well. I hope to get back on the court with my men’s group in January.

I got a CT scan on Monday, and it showed no signs of disease. However, my oncologist says I’m still at substantial risk for an eventual return of the cancer somewhere.  I’m doing everything I know of to prevent that!

Update

Yikes, another month has gone by!

Jen and I did take that 5-day camping trip to Virginia. Our paddling friends Dean and Summer joined us with their Little Buddy mini-camper. It was a great time! I was able to take some 2-mile hikes on forest trails; I was pleased with my level of stamina.

Doug n Jen in VA

Doug and Jen at Cave Lake

Dean n Summer in VA

Dean & Summer with dam in background

I’ve continued to have intermittent digestive issues. With help from my GI doctor, things are improving; I’ve even put on a couple pounds recently.

We are planning to visit my son Brian and his girlfriend Angela over Christmas. We should be able to stay at their mountain home for a few days. They had snow there already:

First Snow

First snow in Ronald, Washington

Here are Brian and Angela in their Halloween outfits:

Haloween dress-up