Unsuccessfully dodging red cards on the soccer pitch of life.
Hi Brigita,Like you, I’m a Notre Dame alum (class of ’97), a 30-something parent of a toddler, and a recently diagnosed rectal cancer patient (date of diagnosis: 08/22/2008, clinical staging: T3N1). While searching the web for information on rectal cancer, I came across your "Cancer Deployment" blog, and I must say that I was struck by the manner in which your situation is so similar to mine. I spent a good chunk of the day reading through your old posts; seeing how you so fiercely tackled surgery, chemo, and all other aspects of the treatment struggle provided me with a bit of encouragement for the months ahead. (I completed my neo-adjuvant chemo-radiation a few weeks ago and am now waiting for surgery, which I’ll undergo in mid-December.)In any event, I’d love to engage in a little dialogue over e-mail, if you’d be up for that. (If, on the other hand, you’d rather be free of cancer-related discussions, I will of course completely understand.) In the event you’d be interested in answering a few questions about your bout with cancer, I can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also on Facebook and Irish Online.Whether we connect or not, I’m thrilled to see that you’re doing so well. I am, in fact, hoping that my pathology report comes back as clean as yours did.All the best to you and your family,John DeBoy