John sent out an e-mail about his recent scan and I thought it was worthy of passing on. I asked him if it was ok to put on the blog since he's so busy w/ work travel and he said it was fine. So, here's the great news from John....
John here with a quick update to friends and family. I had a comprehensive PET and CT scan done this morning, and Tracy and I just returned from the oncologist's office with good news. The scans remain "all clear" of any sign of recurring cancer. I will be moving to scans every 4 months over the next year, then every 6 months for the remaining three years after. These scans never get easy, as you might expect, as sitting for an hour while the radioactive solution searches for any cancer cells, and the barium CT mixure searches for any suspect tumors, the mind is able to retreat to those places once visited not so long ago. One year ago, I could not eat food, had a hard time talking, spent my days and nights in a chair, napped throughout the day, and doses up with narcotics every 2 hours(and according to some of you, didn't look so sporty, either). Last week I chuckled as I opened my "Gold Elite" information from NWA - miles acquire d since taking on my new job in February. I guess the activity level has picked up a bit since last July!
Tracy's activity level has not slid, either. She is still doing all she has done for many years with the kids, the house, friends, and other groups - in addition, she has been selling insurance and managing this place we call our home when I am on the road. Needless to say, we both are discovering new balancing skills. August and September will bring another family get together, a class reunion, a nephew's wedding, and the start of another hunting season. Happy to say we will be participating in all of those!
The boys are well, and they have fared well this past year with maturity beyond their years...tough at times, but humbling when looking back on the whole. These are good days to share with them! Mitchell is gearing up for a year of PSEO, his senior year will consist of college classes at North Hennepin Community College. The following year looks like he will be a UMD bulldog, and heading off to the Duluth, MN, campus. Lee just finished his behind the wheel training, and is counting down the days until his Nov. birthday; until then, football and bow hunting will be his primary extracurricular interests. Nicko and Lee just completed their baseball season, and Nicko is looking forward to fall hockey clinics, as well as starting 9th grade as one of the 3,000+ Champlin Park HS students. Howie is still a load, but happy that the 4th of July is over - he has recovered from another scary fireworks season.
That's the update. Thanks again to all who have sent prayers, well wishes, and continued support throughout this past year. Tracy, the boys, and I cannot say "thank you" enough! Please know that your outreach is greatly appreciated, now and in the past. All the best to everyone!