The Big C & Me: An Update

Dachshund lying in sunlight

Well, howdy, folks. I’m back — missing a couple of internal organs but apparently (so far) nothing I can’t live without — and because so many of you have been so kind as to inquire, here’s a quick update on my “situation.”

So, the good news is that I got rid of my leash a week or so ago. The bad news is that there are times when I kinda wish I still had it, but I’ll let your fertile imaginations run wild as you contemplate what I’m speaking of. Suffice it to say that it’s an unavoidable consequence of the surgery and I’m told that this, too, shall pass. I just wish it didn’t pass so frequently.

Ha…I crack myself up, sometimes. [Ed. You’re not really that funny. Stop it.]

It took two weeks for the pathology report to arrive. The good news is that there’s no evidence of cancer in the lymph nodes. The bad news is that there are still patches here and there in the nether regions. As a result, I’ll undergo radiation treatments once I’m fully recovered from the surgery.

Photo - Marty McFly's anti-radiation suitI’m already preparing for that phase of treatment…I’ve picked out a stylish ensemble, in keeping with my hard-earned reputation as a fashion icon. It will also provide me with some peace of mind in case you-know-who’s crazy gets the best of him and he hits the Big Red Button of MAD. After all, if it was good enough for Marty McFly, it’s certainly good enough for me.

The good news is that following a month or so of intrigue and despair, we’ve successfully gotten the following household issues resolved (listed in ascending order of criticality to continued sanity):

  • Lack of hot water in one shower
  • Lack of one window shade in our bedroom
  • Lack of air conditioning in main living area
  • Lack of cooling ability in our primary refrigerator
  • Lack of signal in all of our TVs.

My primary worry now is that I’m lacking in things to worry about other than you-know-what. But I’m sure I’ll think of something.


  1. Your update is actually very uplifting for us. The waiting for news for the patient and others concerned can be excruciating. We can’t say we understand what you are going through but we have made the trip with our daughter as a support system. What we do understand is that once the enemy is found it can be addressed directly. I even understand your choice of funky attire. All color is supposed to be the friend of an artist but I can’t go along with the yellow hazmat suit. Another color of hazmat suit maybe, but for some reason I don’t own anything that is yellow. Thanks for the update. 😊

    1. Thanks, Norman. And I’m pretty sure you guys DO know what we’re going through, mentally…although my situation is much less scary than y’all faced.

      I looked for a maroon suit, but came up short.

  2. You have got this, Eric. I’ve been radiated (back in 2004 following chemo) and am better for it. It’s not fun, but with your sense of humor, it should be a breeze! Praying for you and Debbie as you tackle this next step of your recovery!

  3. Well, Eric, we are glad you have some answers and a game plan. That is certainly helpful. Thank you for the update. We will continue to pray for you. All the best,
    <+ Don and Cathy

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