I’ve made reference to the fact that I was diagnosed with Cancer (Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) years ago (Kudos from the doctors office). I’ve been cancer free for about 5 years, but lately I’ve noticed some abnormal lumps on my neck which turned out to be some swollen lymph nodes. After doing a CT scan and some other tests, there is a chance that the lymphoma may be back. In a couple of weeks I have to get some lymph nodes from under my arm removed and biopsied to get a definitive answer. If it is back, I’ll end up starting chemotherapy again in a few weeks or so.
I’m in WAY BETTER SHAPE than I was in the first time I went through chemo. Yesterday I had the initial consultation with the surgeon that will do the lymph node removal surgery. While waiting to see the surgeon, the nurse took my vitals. Surprisingly, she manually took my blood pressure and checked my pulse rate (most places just use machines to get vitals). When she finished taking my pulse, she asked if my pulse was normally very low. I replied, “Yeah, I cycle a lot. What was it, low 50s?” She said that it was 48 beats per minute. I thought to myself, “Cool!”
I cycled to work today for the second time this week (27 miles each way). That means that I rode my bicycle to work everyday this week that it was feasible for me to ride.
- Monday, I drove because I had an appointment to do a PET scan and MUGA scan before work.
- Tuesday, I rode my bicycle to and from work (54.5 mile day).
- Wed & Thurs, I drove because I have school after work until 10:30pm so I get home late anyway.
- Friday (Today), I rode my bike to work.
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