Wednesday, December 13, 2006

I made it back from Florida and flew right into Raleigh, thanks Brian for letting me stay at your house and for picking me up from the airport.

I had a great time in Orlando. Eric Thomes, Steve Kerns, Dennis Brown, and Tim Otto came down to play a little golf. We stay at Reunion in Orlando, and it was really nice. We play 3 courses in two days. Eric Thomes cheated and was the overall winner. (Handicap questionable...) Steve Kerns was the big $$ winner, but had to suffer through playing with us hacks. (He is a 5 handicap, legit I will say) Dennis talked a lot and we realized he needs glasses on when a putt should be good. Tim and I battled it out on side bets and at Boo-Ray, a card game. We went to Shula's for dinner, and all in all, had a blast. We decided we need to do this as an annual deal. Maybe we can make it a big deal for any golfers out there....

Christi drove up and picked me up for the doctor's visit. I was a little worried about this one because I had been coughing some and when I laid down it feels like liquid is moving around in my chest. We got the scans done and had some lunch. Then we met with Dr. Crawford, he might think I am crazy by now and need another head scan. Dr. Crawford found out what the problem was. The scan of the right lung came back the same as previously, still cancer there but no growth. The left side was a little harder to tell. I have a partially collapsed lung which made it difficult to tell if there was any change or growth. This is good and bad. Good in the fact that it is unlikely with my type of cancer to have growth on one side and not the other, which means since there wasn't growth on the right side then hopefully there isn't growth on the left. There is no guarantees, but looks like the Tarceva might be working. The bad news is I have a partially collapsed lung. They are unsure what might have caused this, but since it wasn't due to any surgery they will take the wait and see method and let my body heal itself. There are numerous reasons why this can happen, coughing, sneezing, (Christi thinks hunting and having the gun hit my left side, therefore no hunting in Kansas) If I wasn't in such fabulous, haha, shape I might have had to stay the night and have them take the air out, but since I played 36 holes on Monday and another 18 holes Tuesday, along with hiking a mile with Dennis, he thinks I might be able to handle it. I am just going to rest over the holidays, let me family and friends take care of me and when I go back in 3 weeks they will do more scans and hopefully things have healed themselves. I also have a mild viral infection that I am taking antibiotics for that could have caused me to cough and tear a hole in my lung. The collapsed lung explains the sensations I have been feeling in my chest. I have been so worried that it might have been the cancer, I didn't want to worry everyone. I have never been so happy to have a collapsed lung!
Thank you everyone for the well wishes and prayers, looks like they worked again.

I also received a big surprise from Brian when I was at his house. He works for the UNC university system. He does the secret santa stuff for their office, and this year he was very surprised at the results. The people there, everyone, gave to Addi's Cure for their present. Brian was overwhelmed and I think he might have cried! Just kidding, Brian never cries...) I think this was an unbelievable gesture. I will have everyone listed tomorrow so please check back. They raised $945.00.

I will tell you, I am pumped. If I can be this happy with a partially collapsed lung and cancer, then you should be happy too. We all have battles, we just need to win the war so to speak. I am very thankful to be spending this time with my family.

Thanks!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bo - that is great news! You're right, for us to be cheering that you have cancer and a partially collapsed lung is kinda crazy. However, I can't wait to tell the little prayer warriors that another battle has been won. No growth that the docs can see. You are amazing and we will keep praying that the next scans will show a big decrease. That's what we really need. We have been waiting anxiously all day to hear the news. Thanks for the quick report. Take care of yourself, give the worries to God, and GOD BLESS!!!

Anonymous said...

Special Message to Bo and family... from Nick the Prayer Warrior in Dsm, "I hope your cancer goes away for the rest of your life. I think I will keep praying because it will make the cancer shrink. Say hi to your little girl and tell her everything will be ok."

Rachel said...

Happy Holidays to you all!! What wonderful news! I am glad to know that it is a collasped lung as well, although it still freaks me out a little! You are so awesome and very brave! I pray for you all daily and obviously with prayer and your positive attitude you are beating this cancer! Keep it up! We love you!

The Faunces

Anonymous said...

Great news Bo! I am very happy for you, Christi and Addi. I hope you are having a fun time with Addi this holiday season. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year! I will be praying for you and the family.

Love,
Ashley

ET said...

Hey Bo, just wanted to say I had a great time in Orlando as well! Now to set the record straight, I am a legitimate 21 handicap. BW, Lee, Phil, you have all golfed with me, please confirm this for Mr. Johnson!!!

PS - Ask Bo about the Super WalMarts they were building in Orlando??? It's amazing that they are building these Super Stores right on the golf course!!!

Love ya man!

ET

Stuart Rohrbaugh said...

I am impressed, a golf outing with a partially collapsed lung. Keep wining the war. You are a WARRIOR.
Stu

Anonymous said...

I am Joanne Krajcir, Deneens' Mother-in-Law. I think of you everyday and pray for a cure. I love your blogspot, it is informative, warm, spirited, and crucially important in the war on cancer. I wish things were different for all of us.

Neal said...

Hey Bo! We've never been so happy to hear about a collapsed lung either!!! :o) Just wanted to let you know that we still say prayers for you EVERY DAY..... You just take it easy and enjoy Christmas with your family. Addi is beautiful and we love seeing the pictures you post. Keep them coming!

Love from all the Karns

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