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The many faces of treatment and Decadron

Posted Jul 12 2010 12:00am

When I first started this journey, I was an avid bicyclist who rode 22 miles a day just to commute to work. I lived in town so I could walk pretty much anywhere I needed to go. I was in shape, looked and felt good, and then the diagnosis came. And I swear, within a few weeks after the treatments began my body started to really fall apart. I started to believe that the treatment may be worse than the actual cancer for me at this point. I have 3 small tumors but it’s the steroid treatment that is slowly killing my body!

I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and thought “Holy shit! Who is this guy?” I have gained so much weight on the dreaded Decadron, have managed very little outdoor activity due to muscle weakness it creates, and have one of the steroid’s standards side-effects: Moonface. So I thought I would put I few pics of this whole process together for a short post just to remember who I am at times. But also to motivate me to keep meditating and to start working on a stationary bike once again.

Vanity? You bet. But that’s all part in getting better.

Jan 09 - Waiting for my first brain surgery

Jan 09 - Waiting for my first brain surgery

Jan 09 - A few days after my first brain surgery, getting a last shave to even things out

Jan 09 - A few days after my first brain surgery, getting a last shave to even things out

April 09 - two surgeries later, waiting for HDIL2 treatment

April 09 - two surgeries later, waiting for HDIL2 treatment

April 09 - two surgeries later, waiting for HDIL2 treatment

April 09 - two surgeries later, waiting for HDIL2 treatment

September 2009 - Dr. Tess doing the post HDIL2-exam

September 2009 - Dr. Tess doing the post HDIL2-exam

Nov. 2009 - My first MDX-1106 treatment

Nov. 2009 - My first MDX-1106 treatment

June 2010 - Decadron face - after almost 5 months of the steroid

June 2010 - Decadron face - after almost 5 months of the steroid

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