Tuesday, February 07, 2006

1. Massage Is A Good Thing

Back in late October, I got a wonderful massage from Pauline. During this massage, she asked me about the lump on my neck. I said "What Lump...huh. I don't know what it is." As it turns out, Pauline is my guardian angel. If I had not seen her, and if she had not said something, I don't know what would have happened. To Pauline, me and my family are very greatful. The following week I saw the Doctor.

The Doctor tried a couple of antibiotics thinking it might be from some sort of infection. That didn't work. Next was an ultrasound. Next was a visit to the surgeon.

He wanted some tests done before he did a biopsy. Once all the tests were complete, I was scheduled for surgery on 11/28. The surgery went without any complications. (That was the first time I ever had any anesthesia-that was interesting). Next came the waiting. The biopsy had been sent to lab in Dallas for analysis.

My appointment to go back to the Dr for the results was December 2. That was a long day. It almost felt like I had an appointment with the principal. Sharon and I sat there for what seemed like 30 minutes (but it was no more than a few minutes). When the Dr walked in, I knew he had bad news. He held out the lab report and said I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The next few moments were a blur. The next thing I know, Sharon and I were walking to the car in silence with a lab report that would change my life.

As we began to drive home, questions started forming in my head. How would we tell our two young girls? How would we tell our family? What will the treatment be? How long will it last? How ? What? When? ? ? ?

While I was driving back to the house, Sharon and I tried to come to grips with this news. It's difficult to drive with tears coming down your cheeks. I felt like the lump that was removed from my neck was back in my throat.

My cell phone rang. I didn't recognize the number. I tried to decide if I should answer, because I could barely speak. I answered the call. It was Tom Ryan. (For those that don't know, Tom is the founder of Dallas Athletes, coach, and friend to me). He wanted to know what we had found out at the Doctor. Now, up to this point, I had not yet said those words outloud (cancer or Hodgkin's Disease) about myself. With trembling voice and tears welling up in my eyes, I told Tom that I had cancer, specifically Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I don't remember the rest of the conversation after that, but I was glad he called. It was good that I was able to tell someone about this news before we saw our girls. Thank you Tom.

I'll continue with more in the next posting.


Blogger K. Todd Storch said...


What an inspiration you are! So many are praying and rooting you on and now, that circle can be even larger!

Continued prayers and cheers from my family to yours!

Great job!


8:29 PM  
Anonymous Moreheads said...

We love the site! V. cool. You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

We love you!
Blaine, Renae & Natalie

10:23 AM  
Anonymous John P said...

Ken your strength and courage are legendary. This is an important and powerful message you are sharing - keep it up Ken! Wendy, alexis, and I want you to know that you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

Because you typify never quite, I share with you a quote from the USN SEAL Training: "the only easy day was yesterday" - you have the mental toughness to not only survive, but excell in all things.

God Bless

9:49 AM  
Blogger Swimmin Gal said...

Ken - it's been awesome to watch you tackle new challenges in triathlon and now in your personal life. Know that your mind and spirit will help you reach heights that right now might seem difficult or unrealistic. Maintain your positive outlook, stay focused on your ultimate goal, and surround yourself with family and love.
Wendy, John and Alexis

5:12 PM  

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