Go Time, Again

Ding ding!

Twenty-one days.  That’s the magic number.  The ideal amount of time between rounds of treatment. Today is day 20.  Tomorrow we start round 2B.

Physically, I’m as strong as I’ve been since this whole process began back in December.  The past 20 days have been so good that, honestly, it makes me nervous.  I’ve been able to ride my bike nearly every day, and on days when I don’t ride, I run, or walk.  My cheeks are full.  My appetite is good.  My labs are good.  Is this how it’s supposed to be?

I was hesitant to ask my doctor, “Should feeling good be a cause for concern?”

He reassured me: Pain and suffering is possible, even probable; but it’s not a prerequisite for effective cancer treatment.  Thank God for that!

I feel like a boxer in the middle of a fight.  The last thing I want to do is to get complacent, start feeling good about myself, drop my guard, and get knocked out.  Yes, this round has gone well, but tomorrow the scoring starts over. And tomorrow is 2B.  And 1B pretty much kicked my ass….so I need all the strength I can muster.

It’s hard to anticipate how things will go.  The doctors told me that reactions to chemotherapy are hard to predict.  They could administer the same drugs at the same dosage four different times, and my body might respond differently each time.  So, I’m cautiously optimistic; enjoying the present moment while preparing for whatever comes next.  Confident and scared, all at the same time.

Your positive comments, prayers, and support have been a source of strength and inspiration for me.  Here’s hoping we can carry this positive momentum through the next round.  Thanks for being in my corner!


18 thoughts on “Go Time, Again

  1. I pray for you every morning. I am glad you have good days. My son-in-law who has pancreatid cancer is not doing so well. They found a spot on the bil–I cant spell it. He has turned yellow. and was diagnosed Aug. 8th. He is 61 and in very good health previously.
    I follow all your journals. Love you and praying foryou. Shirley

  2. 2B or not 2B???
    No question about it … you are going 2B able to fly through this second round with ease … just like Natasha shifting gears on the big ole hills. Wishing you 2B well very soon. Hugs…

  3. GO Tyler! We are still thinking about you all the time. I wear the green band with pride. Your focus and determination is truly and inspiration. BTW – Jose from Patty’s is also rooting for you. A fruit salad can be part of your diet no?

  4. Strong like bull! I think of you more like Frank Dux in blood sport. Rocky was always the underdog and your anything but that in this fight. Make em say “matte” champ! Luv ya

  5. Tyler, you are such a good writer and such a positive and intelligent young man. I am so fortunate that Joyce Wagner told me how to follow you progress. I am Ann’s mother. I wish you the best with your new round. It is wonderful that on day 20 you are so strong! Carol

  6. I am still lighting candles for you Tyler. We are with you all the way! By the way, in case you are interested, the eagles have two eggs so far. 🙂

  7. Tyler,

    What an awesome post!!! And I can testify to that (and all the relatives), you look absolutely great and I’m so proud of you. Keep up that spirit and you will come out winning in the end with God right by your side.

    I have no doubt that you were put on this earth to teach us a lesson in having Faith!!

    Love n kisses,


  8. Nothing is more welcome than good news from you and you had it in spades today! Wondering why you are feeling so good is the best place you could be! Good luck with the next round…we’re all there for you.

  9. Tyler,

    We are all on the sideline cheering you on! Stay optimistic and don’t let the thought of 2B get you down! You are strong, fit, full of life and you have the upper hand! Love you MUCH!

    Annika and Dick

  10. Hey Tyler,
    Amy and I continue to pray for you, your family, and your entire team. Your attitude is strong and it,along with your faith and support,will carry you through this next round. I can visualize the headline “T WAGS WINS”!!!

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