I am writing you again to give a bit of an update on my health journey, as well as invite you to support my Cancervive ride again this year.
My last in person appointment was in November 2019, and my health was strong enough that I didn’t need to see my oncologist until May 2020. Not surprisingly, that appointment became a virtual check in. Without benefit of a physical exam they could only rely on my bloodwork, which showed that the cancer was continuing to progress, albeit slowly. The main change was that the disease seems to be shifting from SLL to CLL, moving from the lymph nodes into the blood and bone marrow. That sounds scary, but this isn’t unusual and our doctor wasn’t surprised or concerned. The virtual meeting didn’t lend itself well to asking questions, so I don’t really know much more beyond what I just shared with you. (Here is some detail from Lymphoma Canada on that transition - https://www.lymphoma.ca/lymphoma/cll-sll/about-cll-sll/#:~:text=The%20difference%20between%20CLL%20and,CLL%20usually%20progress%20slowly)
The good news is that I feel great. No joke. I’ve probably told you before, but if I hadn’t been told I wouldn’t have known I had cancer. I’m thankful for that, and thankful for how that diagnosis has changed how I see things, and how it has positively affected my relationships with family and friends. I wouldn’t wish the cancer part on anyone, but there has been good that has come out of it for me!
It will not come as a surprise to hear that many charities have been suffering through the COVID crisis, Wellspring Calgary (http://www.wellspring.ca/) included. Wellspring is a cancer care charity that focuses on non medical support for cancer patients and their families. They’ve seen demand increase through the crisis, while their fundraising has been negatively affected. Thankfully, one of their main fundraisers, the Cancervive ride, has not been cancelled. It will again take place at the end of September in Osoyoos, BC. We’ll ride between 250-450 kms, depending on skill levels, over 4 days (go here for more detail: https://cancervive.ca/). I've attached a picture collage of last year's ride (hoping for a little less rain this year!)
I love riding, but I am also deeply appreciative of the work that Wellspring does to support families in Calgary and Alberta. They've been a support to our family, and to many others. I’m committing a week of vacation time and $250 to the cause and invite you to match me in either way.
To make a donation, please go to this link (http://wsyyc.convio.net/site/TR/Ride/General?px=1025733&pg=personal&fr_id=1170). When you donate, you will receive an email with your tax receipt for income tax purposes. If you prefer to give a cheque, please make it payable to Wellspring Calgary and I’ll pick it up. Please remember to write my name on the memo line so it gets attributed to my account.
Thank you again for your continued care and concern, it means so much to Lorraine and me and our family. Cancer is a hard road to travel, but it is made easier with the support of family and friends.
With my thanks