The Cruelest April Fool’s Joke Ever
I had been suffering what I supposed was a cold since late January. It all came to a head over Easter weekend, and I was admitted into the hospital on April 1, when I was diagnosed with cancer.
This came as a surprise to me since cancer does not run in my family and there is no history as far as I can tell on either side of my family. Nonetheless, I have cancer, a fact I can accept and live with, as well as my mortality.
Several days later, I was informed it was stage four blastoid mantel cell lymphoma, a particularly nasty and aggressive strain, with a six month prognosis without immediate treatment. I was placed back in the hospital to receive chemotherapy.
I always thought chemo was administered for several hours at a time. I was wrong. I receive mine for 5 days at a time, with about two weeks to recover, if that’s the word, before I start my next round. In total I must complete eight rounds and then complete a bone marrow treatment, which should be complete by the end of this year.
The first two rounds were a barrel of laughs, with the third beginning this week, including losing my hair and a ton of weight, which I could afford to lose.
Needless to say this has knocked me off my feet for a while and I am finally getting to the point to post again and hopefully shortly get back on schedule. It may start several times a week and finally get back to my daily schedule, but I assure you, I haven’t gone away, nor forgotten my many followers.
For those of you God moves and wish to help, my wife established a medical fund at GiveForward.com. Unfortunately, I was priced out of the insurance market and do not have medical insurance. I am working with the thee hospitals involved to have my medical costs covered, but I don’t know how far they plan to help.
The chemo drugs are very expensive, with one bag costing $53,000 per round. So if God moves your heart, it is deeply appreciated. Otherwise prayers are always freely accepted.
I look forward to connecting again in the near future.
Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D. | Author | Publisher | Majorium Business Press
Author of Great! What Makes Leaders Great: What They Did, How They Did It and What You Can Learn From It (Finalist – 2011 Foreword Reviews‘ Book of the Year)
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