One year down, the rest of my life to go

Well this past weekend marked the one year anniversary of the completion of my radiation treatment. Earlier this month I had a new CT scan that as usual showed up “something” but after close inspection by the doctor revealed no real problem. So, the summary is that I’m still NED.

Outside of the periodic doctor’s visits and the testing I feel great and I’m able to do whatever I want, except enjoy eating the way I used to. I exercise several times a week and I’ve gained a lot of my weight back. I continue to attend the monthly support group meetings in an effort to help those that are in the position I was in 12-18 months ago and I really enjoy it.

My next scan is in 6 months so there will likely not be another post until then.

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5 Responses to One year down, the rest of my life to go

  1. Susan Tidwell says:

    Sounds absolutely wonderful!!!

  2. Susan Tidwell says:

    This sounds absolutely wonderful!!!

  3. Karen Smith says:

    Glad to hear you had a clean scan Doug. Kevin and I were wondering where you were this week since you weren’t at the SPHONC meeting. Hope you have a very healthy year ahead of you.

  4. doug says:

    Thanks Karen. I actually missed this month’s meeting because I was helping out at my daughter’s school with tutoring students in math prior to their upcoming CRCT test. I hope to be there in April.

  5. Rhonda says:

    Thank you both for posting this blog. We don’t know Doug but my husband has the same type of cancer that Doug did and it is very helpful for me to be able read about him (even though it is sort of scary). Tim was diagnosed on May 3rd, 2010 and started last week with the same 3 chemo drugs that Doug took. There is a long road ahead for us. There are so many things that we did not know about. The Chemo side effects are a lot worse than we expected. But it helps to know that yall made it through it. Tim does not have a feeding tube and is trying to keep from getting one, but his mouth is very painful right now and his weight was already down to start with. He is supposed to have two rounds of chemo, then robotic surgery, then radiation. The on-call staff at UT was less than helpful yesterday when I called about treating the side effects, so if you have any additional information or suggestions you can email me at Thanks, Rhonda :0)

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