August 7, 2014 posted by

Cancer Announcement

Cancer Announcement

This will undoubtably shock some people but I’ve been diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma, a rare and aggressive cancer that is, thankfully, now treatable. The diagnosis happened a month ago and we’ve been working on confirming it ever since. My case is a bit strange. I’ve recorded most of it and will post the day by day reports. As of now, it looks like I’ll be going into chemo next week.

Since I’m not sick, ya know, except for this thing inside my body trying to kill me, I’ll be doing a “Chemo Challenge” this weekend in honor of the birthday challenge that I won’t be able to do this year. Since I don’t want to go into chemo broken down, it’s a token challenge compared to my usual fare. I know it’s last minute but I’d love to see anyone who can make it. Don’t sweat it, though, as there will be more. Prognosis is for 100% recovery. There will be more. In fact, my goal is to smash whatever time I do this in Sunday within one year, completely sans any cancer.  The challenge is:

Ride 54 trails, which 5,000′ of climbing

Hike up 5 peaks

Do 54 boulder problems

It will all happen on Empire Pass, site of the final climb in the Tour of Utah, so some madness is expected. Spenser, Vicki, and the RV Proj crew have signed on to film. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

I’ll post tomorrow on the details of my illness. It’s a weird one, and we’re still looking for some information, so that one will be for the non-Hodgkins lymphoma boards and any one who finds this shit interesting. After that, I’ll start from the beginning and post my thoughts from the start, what I’ve learned, and then record the journey along the way. Perhaps my hardest challenge yet is just getting started.


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