Category Archive: Photos

Oct 14

4 Month Checkup


10-14-2014 – Today I had my 4 month checkup.  Actually, it started almost 2 weeks ago, on October 2nd, when I got a CT scan.  Today, I got the results of that scan, and a general checkup, starting with the usual LABs blood draw, so that my oncologist could assess those aspects of my health. …

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Jun 14

Another Happy Father’s Day


6-14-2014 – Father’s Day is tomorrow, and I’m happy to be around for it! Recent medical stuff for me included a PET scan about a week ago, and then a followup with the oncologist a week later to review the results of it and LAB work on my blood.  The short story is that everything …

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May 21

Bottoms Up!


5-21-2014 – Yeah, I know it’s been a while since my last update (about 3.5 months), but there really hasn’t been anything new to add.  I take my Imbruvica every day, and keep living life, so it’s been all good. I do seem to have a few little side effects from the Imbruvica, which I’d …

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Feb 04

Introducing: Imbruvica


2-4-2014 – Well, it’s been just about a month since my last update, so here I am again. For the past several months, my mom and I have made a trip to Detroit to visit the Karmanos Cancer Center to participate in a Clinical Trial Drug Study of a new drug called Ibrutinib.  Recently, that …

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Dec 11

Study Time Is Over


12-11-2013 – Had another visit to the Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit a couple days ago, on Monday, the 9th.  It was a VERY early appointment this time, 9:AM.  I tried to reschedule it for a later time, but they couldn’t work it out, so we were stuck with it.  That meant that we had …

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Nov 28

Thumbs Up!


11-27-2013 – So, it turns out I’ve been a bit remiss about a timely update (again).  I actually had my latest visit to Karmanos a little over two weeks ago, and have been meaning to blog an update ever since, but I’m just getting to it tonight. I’m gonna blame… um… my thumb.  Yeah, that’ll …

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Sep 17

Karmanos and My Sore Thumb

Hilltop Restaurant Elk

9-17-2013 – Well, another 28 days has gone by since my last visit to Karmanos, so it was time for another trip to Detroit yesterday to assess how things are going. My appointment was at 9:AM, so mom and I left early on our road trip; about 3:45 AM, actually.  Traffic snarled us up as …

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Aug 20

One Month With Clinical Trials


8-20-2013 – It’s now been one month since I got into the clinical trials for Ibrutinib, and that meant going down to Detroit to visit my doctor at Karmanos Cancer Center.  Last time, that visit took nearly a week from start to finish, but this time we were in and out in a single day. …

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Aug 01

Immunizations and Bike Rides

photo of Buck's bicycle

8-1-2013 – Hi again! So, part of my road to recovery after the stem cell transplant is getting immunization shots, just like when we’re kids.  I had to wait a few months after the transplant to start that, and had my first ones almost two months ago.  The plan was to get more every two …

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Jul 23

A New Drug

Photo of Ibrutinib drug

7-23-2013 Quite a lot’s happened since my last update which, in a way, is why I haven’t had an update recently. First of all, I learned WordPress at, where I do most of my online learning these days (actually, for the past several years), and decided to move all my old journal entries and …

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