2013-January

The Action Plan Continues

Even though it was a new year I was right in the middle of a schedule that had been established to treat the cancer. The goal was to complete both the radiation therapy and the Rituxan treatments. I was in the midst of a grueling schedule and there was still a lot more to get done. Here’s where I was in the overwhelming schedule:

  1. January 2, 2013 – Radiation # 14
  2. January 3, 2013 – Radiation # 15 & Rituxan #4
  3. January 4, 2013 – Radiation # 16
    NOTE: During this appointment another simulation process was done to make adjustments to the configuration of the machine because the tumor had shrunk. 
  4. January 7, 2013 – Radiation # 17
  5. January 8, 2013 – Radiation # 18
  6. January 9, 2013 – Radiation # 19
  7. January 10, 2013 – Radiation # 20
  8. January11, 2013 – Radiation # 21
  9. January 14, 2013 – Radiation # 22
  10. January 15, 2013 – Radiation # 23
  11. January 16, 2013 – Radiation # 24
  12. January 17, 2013 – Radiation # 25
  13. January 24, 2013 – Labs & Follow-up appointment with Dr. Reyes

Now, with the radiation therapy treatments completed, it was time for me to have new tests to evaluate the outcome of them. The first thing was for me to have blood tests run and to see Dr. Reyes for the results. He scheduled additional tests in February.

Retirement

My long career had come to an end and I retired on January 31, 2013. I felt the feelings of success, while at the same time, I felt feelings of disappointment.

If I hadn’t been dealing with the cancer situation, I believe I would have continued doing what I loved to do. And I knew that I would miss the wonderful people that I had worked with for so many years.

My beautiful bride and I were both very happy that we had finished the first part of my treatment regimen. Now it was time to move on to the second part of the plan.