Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-17-08, 01:57 PM   #1
BluesDawg
just keep riding
Thread Starter
 
BluesDawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Milledgeville, Georgia
Bikes: 2015 Specialized AWOL Comp frameset (custom build), 2015 Zukas custom road, 2014 Specialized Crave Pro 29, 2003 KHS Milano Tandem, 1986 Nishiki Cadence rigid MTB, 1980ish Fuji S-12S
Posts: 13,193
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The biggest challenge of my life

A couple of weeks ago I was in pretty good shape, preparing for a week-long bike tour, riding road and MTB rides regularly, working more hours than I like, raising a family and leading a small bicycle club.

Today I am sitting in a hospital bed with a tracheotomy tube in my throat, preparing for a gruelling series of radiation and chemotherapy sessions and fighting for my life.

I've been having trouble swallowing for a few months. It has seemed like a variation in my chronic problems with allergies, sinus cogestion, drainage and hoarseness. What it turned out to be is a likely malignant tumor in my throat.

I went for an ENT exam 2 weeks ago and he saw the tumor and sent me to specialists in Augusta. They looked, decided it was probably cancer and set up a biopsy the Monday after my week-long bike ride (BRAG). Starting the biopsy they determined my throat was too swollen and I might choke during upcoming radiation therapy, so they did a tracheotomy. Now I'll be in the hospital the rest of the week and coming back soon for treatment, once the tests are analyzed and a definite treatment plan is prescribed.

I'm in for the fight of my life. A fight for my life. The outcome is uncertain. The best thngs I have going for me are great doctors, a loving family and supportive friends. Also, I'm a tough sonofabich and I'm determined to ride my bikes for many more years to come.
BluesDawg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:00 PM   #2
Timtruro
Senior Member
 
Timtruro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: North Truro, MA
Bikes: Aegis Trident (Big Red)
Posts: 1,607
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You are a tough one Blues, you will come through with flying colors. Family, friends and your positive outlook will see you through, and I will add a couple of prayers for good measure. Keep that "can do" attitude and keep posting when you can. You will be back.
Timtruro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:16 PM   #3
I-Like-To-Bike
Been Around Awhile
 
I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Burlington Iowa
Bikes: Vaterland and Ragazzi
Posts: 23,425
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Today I am sitting in a hospital bed with a tracheotomy tube in my throat, preparing for a gruelling series of radiation and chemotherapy sessions and fighting for my life.
Keep on fighting. My mother in law is a 40 year survivor. It will be a tough fight but you can do it.
I-Like-To-Bike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:24 PM   #4
Kurt Erlenbach
Senior Member
 
Kurt Erlenbach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Space Coast, Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 2,423
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh man, BD, that is terrible news. I absolutely wish you the very best. There is nothing in the world that rivals hearing "cancer" and "you" in the same sentence. It is essential that you keep everyone here informed about what goes on, OK?
Kurt Erlenbach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:27 PM   #5
Kurt Erlenbach
Senior Member
 
Kurt Erlenbach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Space Coast, Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 2,423
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here's one ting to think about. Treatment plans are based on the "average" person, who likely is not in nearly as good shape as you. Tell them to turn the knob up to 11. It's a whole lot better to be healthy before you get sick than to be sickly when you get sick.
Kurt Erlenbach is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:30 PM   #6
jppe
Let's do a Century
 
jppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace
Posts: 6,488
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Gee whiz BluesDawg. That is a really dramatic and quick turn of events there ......Man I hate to hear that.

Unfortunately for the C-but it just doesn't know how a tough a fellow it has taken up residence in. I'm thinking all these hills you've climbed and trails you've blazed have just been in preparation for overcoming this thing. You're family plus the locals there have always seemed really supportive and I think you can also count on your extended family here at 50+.

It's got to be scary as heck but just know we're here for you. I'm only few hours drive away if there is ANYTHING I can do.
jppe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:36 PM   #7
stapfam
Time for a change.
 
stapfam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Posts: 19,915
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My father died of Cancer in 76. It is the one word that worried me- but My turn came. Luckily in the intervening years- a lot of research and knowledge has gone into cancer. Diagnosing quicker has led to better treatments and the better treatment has led to cures. In fact- there is a better chance of you having a full recovery and the odds on that recovery are going up week by week.

The Big "C" is about the most frightening thing that can happen to anyone. It is pointless saying "Stop Worrying" but that is the best thing you can do. I did my fair share of worrying when I was diagnosed- but as My consultant said- Worry all you like but that will not help the Cure.

And a big plus in your favour---- The fitness you have will help you get through.

Get well soon- And start biking as soon as you can- Helps on the recovery stakes.
__________________
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


Spike Milligan
stapfam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:36 PM   #8
Louis
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 4,866
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Also, I'm a tough sonofabich and I'm determined to ride my bikes for many more years to come."

You have the advantage with that attitude, BD, you have everything it takes to win. My thoughts are with you.

Keep us informed.
Louis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:37 PM   #9
PaulH
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes:
Posts: 3,305
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
A
The best thngs I have going for me are great doctors, a loving family and supportive friends. Also, I'm a tough sonofabich and I'm determined to ride my bikes for many more years to come.
Dawg:

My Mom had the same situation, other than the bikes, and she outlived that tumor by many years. One unexpected side effect of her experience with cancer was that she decided to take up writing again. I hope that you, like her, not only prevail, but take advantage of the situation to explore some new possibilities.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Paul
PaulH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:55 PM   #10
spoke50
Miles over Matter
 
spoke50's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: birmingham al
Bikes: trek
Posts: 387
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Prayers.... Many prayers. My mother-in-law is having her first round of chemo this week, but she is not in near the shape you are in. Keep up that good attitude and you'll beat it, I'm sure.

God bless
spoke50 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:58 PM   #11
Longfemur
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 1,936
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wish you strength and positive thoughts in facing this challenge.
Longfemur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 02:59 PM   #12
overthere
fredelicious mini-masher
 
overthere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: sunny CA
Bikes: Specialized Hybrid Specialized Dolce Elite, Specialized Ruby
Posts: 1,094
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cancer hits too many of us. Lots of prayers and thoughts your way -
__________________
Way too many hobbies...
overthere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 03:03 PM   #13
SaiKaiTai
Senior Member
 
SaiKaiTai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 2,990
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
There a few here who have earned my admiration and respect.
You, 'Dawg, are way up on that list.
I am with you, shoulder to virtual shoulder, in your fight.
Kick its ass, dude!
SaiKaiTai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 03:03 PM   #14
maddmaxx 
Small Member
 
maddmaxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Bikes: Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
Posts: 7,131
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
I know you are a fighter Dawg. Attitude and Grit are your best weapons to bring to the table. You were in the best shape of your life just a short while ago and that's a powerful friend also. Let us know how it's going, we will do our part with good thoughts.
__________________
We are an empire. Use it wisely.
maddmaxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 03:04 PM   #15
crtreedude 
Third World Layabout
 
crtreedude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Costa Rica
Bikes: Cannondale F900 and Tandem
Posts: 3,074
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Attack it like you would a hill.
crtreedude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 03:15 PM   #16
sojourn
Senior Member
 
sojourn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Marcos, CA
Bikes: Madone 6.2
Posts: 826
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You'll WIN this one BluesDawg!
sojourn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 03:32 PM   #17
Bill Kapaun
Senior Member
 
Bill Kapaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
Bikes: 86 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.
Posts: 9,165
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Longfemur View Post
I wish you strength and positive thoughts in facing this challenge.
Double Ditto!
Stay tough!
Bill Kapaun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 03:34 PM   #18
rideon7
Senior Member
 
rideon7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Central Washington
Bikes:
Posts: 465
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hang in there, BD! Fight the good fight! We're thinking of you.
rideon7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 03:37 PM   #19
solveg
Squirrel
 
solveg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Winfield, KS
Bikes: 07 Rivendell Atlantis, 83 Schwinn Peloton, 94 Scott Cheyenne, 81 SR Touring Bike, 80's CCM,
Posts: 4,926
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
OH MAN! That's an unbelievable turn of events! I am so sorry. Are you doing radiation and chemo at the same time? Do you get to go home soon?

Edit: I reread the post and saw that you get to go home in a week. Fight. Fight!
__________________
solveg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 03:49 PM   #20
Artkansas 
Pedaled too far.
 
Artkansas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: La Petite Roche
Bikes:
Posts: 12,859
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Fight the fight, Dawg. We'll be in your corner.
__________________
"He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
Artkansas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 03:51 PM   #21
Bud Bent
Wheezing Geezer
 
Bud Bent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Crowley, Tx
Bikes: Bacchetta Corsa, RANS Stratus XP
Posts: 1,782
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Oh dang. Know that your fitness level will serve you well when it comes to medical procedures. You'll be way ahead of the curve. Your toughness is sure to help, too.

I appreciated all the support I got from here during my recent cancer battle. We're all pulling for you too, and ready to help any way we can. Please keep us in the loop, as best you can.
Bud Bent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 03:54 PM   #22
Tom Bombadil
His Brain is Gone!
 
Tom Bombadil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Paoli, Wisconsin
Bikes: RANS Stratus, Bridgestone CB-1, Trek 7600, Sun EZ-Rider AX, Fuji Absolute 1.0, Cayne Rambler 3
Posts: 9,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I am stunned!

I know the impact of the diagnosis because until yesterday, my wife was thought to have cancer. Six weeks ago she had a positive test, with several common symptoms. We've been dealing with this since then, through test after test. Until yesterday when they found that the source of the positive tests were non-malignant polyps. It was quite stressful to say the least.

I am so sorry to read about your situation. I have confidence that you will pull through and spit in its eye.
__________________
"Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen." Louis L'Amour

There are two types of road bikers: bikers who are faster than me, and me. Bruce Cameron - Denver Post
Tom Bombadil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 04:05 PM   #23
Miguelangel
Senior Member
 
Miguelangel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ositoland
Bikes: Lemond Tourmalet
Posts: 372
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
lance in his firt book explained chemo this way: (I'm not quoting)
Its like a race between who survives first... the cancer or your body... and we know who won...
I have met many survivors... just like crtreedude says: attack it like a hill...its your race and science is on your side!!!
I'm sure you will get up there first... and you'll tell us all about it in some time to come!!!
Keep the spirits and updates..i know the folks here will do their best to keep you in their thoughts...
Now put on your best sidis!!! and climb that hill!!! COURAGE!!!
Miguelangel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 04:16 PM   #24
swan652
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Central Illinois
Bikes: '01 Specialized Hard Rock, '06 Specialized Sequoia
Posts: 449
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Jeezus...I about fell out of my chair when I read that BD. My prayers are with you and as many have already said, your conditioning will give you an advantage in this fight. Best of luck and my prayers are with you.
swan652 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-08, 04:51 PM   #25
LynnH
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Maupin, OR
Bikes: Used Marin MTB, New 6/06 Scott Contessa Speedster
Posts: 532
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My thoughts are with you also, and kick ass big time - don't even bother with taking names!
LynnH is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:26 AM.