Sunday, October 27, 2013

Living with the Serpent

I've had some health issues come up recently, so I thought I'd just give everybody at the Curmudgeon an update.

As some of you are aware, I have stage 4 metastatic colon cancer residing in my lung.  Over the past eight years, I've had various surgeries, procedures and chemotherapies.  A few weeks ago, I had another scan after my wife and I had assumed we might be done with all this.  But, alas, the cancer was still there.

So, we will be starting a new set of treatments soon.  For a week or so, I was crushed and felt defeated.

But here's the thing:  Over the past year, my wife and I have felt great.  We've been doing kettlebell workouts five days a week and watching what we eat.  I've lost 30 pounds and am in the best shape of my life.  And, during all of this progress, I've been living with this cancer.  Sometimes, I have pictured it like a coiled serpent living in my rib cage.

Recently, I was challenged to what in life I want to focus on:  all the awesome progress and happiness in life my wife and I have or the serpent.  Everything in life versus one bad thing.  I chose to focus on life.

So, I'm going to continue to work out, eat right, take my meds, work, travel and live awesomely.  That includes making more art for cool game products that we all enjoy.  I'm not going anywhere, folks!  

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