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May 17, 2011

"I think we got that thing cured"

cancer_free.jpgSorry for the long delay in any updates. I've been trying to avoid retelling the story because unless it's in a therapeutic setting it just bothers me. But today I got the news that everyone who has gone through what me and my family and my friends have been through wants to hear and I wanted to share it with anyone interested. Listen to it as I heard it:

cured

Dr Guerry is my ENT, the guy who suspected cancer and who rushed through my biopsy after botching same twice due to sampling errors. He is a genial man and a good Dr and I appreciate his thoughtfulness and diligence. I emailed him back and let him know I'd follow up with the blood work to follow the thyroid (possibly damaged due to rads and chemo) when the champagne has left my system.

How do I feel? Like I just finished a long book. I feel like everything that has been on hold can continue now in the sort of normal way we all go about our business when we know we've just ducked a low bridge or bullet.

I am ever so grateful for all the thoughts and prayers and jokes and love through this trip. I am different in many ways but also the same. My life is qualitatively and quantitatively better than it was even though the unfortunate scars from treatment will likely be with me until the end of my days. I'll take the trade.

I can now start a new book and enjoy the details with a fresh perspective on the quality of things and a passion for each and every breath. It sounds like hyperbole, but I can assure you it is not.

Best,

Michael

Posted by Michael at 09:34 PM