This past week I was invited to go to the City of Hope’s Symposium on Stomach Cancer sponsored by No Stomach for Cancer. It was here that I finally got to meet Heather Huus, Nicole McDonald and Jessica Sasser, Hannah Davis, Wagner Viana and the head hanchos for No Stomach for Cancer. It is safe … Continue reading Symposium on Gastric Cancer and the Beauty of Community
When people tell you that cancer touches everybody - it really is true. Every family, every neighbor, and every friend has been affected in someway by cancer. It is a reality of life that transcends race, gender, creed, socio-economic or political contexts. This month has been a sobering reminder of how different each individual's journey with cancer … Continue reading Run Your Own Race
Two months ago I decided to start training for a Half-Ironman. Is it crazy? Sure, but it is all relative. I simply enjoy triathlon as a hobby and have always wanted to attempt a half-Ironman with or without a stomach, so why not tri? See what I did there? With Marne attempting a full marathon, it is … Continue reading “Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast!”
Today we hit a major milestone in my health because it has been exactly 365 days since the last time I was hospitalized. Considering all the close calls I have had in the past year, including one incident two weeks ago where it took four Norco just to get me to the point where I was comfortable. … Continue reading Milestones and the Parable of the Donut
It is official. I am taking the plunge and attempting my first Half-Ironman, May 13, 2017 in Santa Rosa. 1.2 Mile Swim. 56 Mile Bike. 13.1 Mile Run. Nervous? Yes. Fear? Just for my legs which are going to have to churn out wattage for a few hours. After finishing my first olympic distance triathlon last September, … Continue reading New Horizons – Ironman 70.3
"In many ways, our pain and our way of coping with it define who we are. These experiences shape us and mold us, for better and for worse. They compel us to help others or drive us to numb the pain in whatever way we can." - Mike McHargue In the past two years I've … Continue reading Life on 50g’s
Last Sunday as I was preparing to preach in church, Kate called me before taking the stage to wish me a Happy Gastrectoversary! My second year without a stomach had gone by slipping under the radar of my memory bank which I think captures the normalcy I have found with my new way of life. Things are not what they were, … Continue reading Rejoice, Always. Year Two.