Friday, November 08, 2019

What's going on?

To all my friends and readers

Sometimes life deals you a challenging hand.

I haven't posted to this blog since July because some medical issues got in the way. Without a lot of detail, I was hospitalized in Newfoundland and ended up with a pacemaker. I got to see the inside of Twillingate, Gander and St. John's hospitals, and was well taken care of. Also some long and uncomfortable rides in ambulances.

I wish I could say it ended there.

Some symptoms started creeping up on me when I got home at the end of August and now as I write this, it turns out that my cancer has come back with a vengeance. Those who know me personally know that I'm 15 years in after treatment for metastatic thyroid cancer. It has decided to take another kick at me, this time more seriously. And other complications.

I haven't been able to eat or drink more than a few swallows since the beginning of September. I've lost a bunch of weight, I have zero energy and have basically been housebound (when not admitted to the hospital) for the past couple of weeks. I have some pain from a significant sized tumor.

I sit here waiting to find out if they will be able to treat me with some targeted chemotherapy which could possibly buy me some extra time. Not a Hell of a lot, if you read between the lines. But there's always hope...

It was prophetic that I decided to sell my house and move back to Toronto "when I could instead of when I had to". Just in time, it seems.

It's very hard to get motivated to pick up a camera and in fact I haven't in over two months. I hope I can again and am able to express myself.

I'll do my best to keep you informed of developments. Thanks in advance for NOT inundating me with messages and phone calls.

Last time out was mid September in Algonquin with Ron, Rob and a bunch of other RHCC folks.

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  1. Glenn I will not go on and on about the situation with your health and this dreaded cancer. But know I once experienced it with the passing of my husband in a very short period of less than 2 months. So may I say my thoughts are with you in any capacity that will comfort you. I pray the chemo therapy does not caused you more suffering than what you are going thru now. I am here if you wish to reach out for any reason. <3

  2. So sorry Glenn to hear of your health issues! I was wondering why there were no posts from your blog! I hope you can get some relief from the symptoms and you have an easy time with it all.
    Susan Brown...retired RN from Shops on Steeles.

  3. Glenn, my heart goes out to you. I too was wondering why you hadn't posted in so long. M6 husband has been dealing with cancer forthe last 4 years. Please know that Iam thinking of you and hoping for the very best outcome. Fuck cancer.

  4. Hey Glen, I am really sorry to hear that you are again affected by another f..... cancer. Hang in there my friend and I am sending you all the positive energy I can so you can go through this! Take care!

  5. Hey Glen, it was me Mario from Humber in the previous message. I don’t know what happened but I couldn’t login so it was sent anonymous. Take care Glen and try to get some other amazing shots for you and for us, as it will be good for you to get out there and enjoy some fresh air!

  6. Glenn, so sorry to hear about your current health issues, which sound really grim. I live only 10 minutes away (I believe you're at Bayview & Steeles) so if I can help in any way, please let me know. And, if you'd like a visit, you know I'd find time for you, just for the asking.