I've been debating for a bit now whether or not to write this post. In the end I figured that in order to continue blogging in any way that is meaningful to me, I should. Initially it was going to be longer with little observations along the way, but I think a short version should suffice, for now. So here it is:
I was actually quite thankful that we had made it to New Jersey the day before Thanksgiving in less than three and a half hours. The idea was to spend a couple of days visiting family and head home on Friday. My family and I had been getting over a series of cough/colds over the last few weeks. On Thursday I had hurt a rib coughing and was in quite a bit of pain for the ride home. Friday night my cough got worse and in the morning, to make a long story short, I went to the emergency room. I was given a chest X-ray and confirmed that I had pneumonia. Unfortunately they also found that I was very anemic, blood counts were off and my spleen was the size of a football. So I was admitted, pumped full of antibiotics and let out after almost a week. I also learned that I apparently have a slow-growing form of lymphoma, which I've likely had for a while. Bummer.
The good news is that this disease is supposed to be highly-treatable (I already started) and several new drugs are available, I have access to good doctors at a a major research university, and so far I feel fine, other than a bit winded from recovering from pneumonia. So that's the news. Right now I'm taking things day by day, and things have been hard on me and my family. Needless to say I'm scared. Something like this definitely changes one's perspective and priorities.
Since I started my blog, I've found it very therapeutic to write about things on my mind, and as opposed to, say, keeping a journal, its nice to get feedback and be forced to crystallize what I am writing since I know others will be reading it. So I hope to continue blogging throughout all of this, mostly about the usual stuff, maybe occasionally about being sick, but I promise I will not make this blog depressing. As long as the blog is helpful to me, I'll continue to write here. Expect the same kinds of posts, with the same kind of humor (maybe a bit darker) and the usual shenanigans.
One thing for sure is, I'm staying the hell away from fucking New Jersey.