As I clean out my office and delete or save files and emails, I came across an email I sent on May 11, 2011 to coworkers letting them know what's up. It's quite surreal to read it.....
I am guessing that some of you have noticed I haven’t been around a lot lately. This is going to be the case for the next 5 or 6 months, where I am working a reduced schedule. I debated doing a mass email to people and I debated not saying anything. But as a compromise, I wanted to get some of you up to speed. And you can feel free to share this information. But also please note that I want this to be low key and somewhat of a private thing. Plus, believe it or not, coming to work when I can, is a good thing.
Having said all of the above, here’s the story:
A few months ago, I started to feel weak and fatigued, with an assortment of other weird things going on. After lots of tests and doctors, I got a diagnosis early last week. I have something called multiple myeloma. It’s a bone marrow cancer. I already started chemo….twice a week with every 3rd week off. This goes on for 6 months. So far, I feel pretty good. If you decide to do some googling, be careful…the typical patient is over 65 and African American male. So statistics on this don’t necessarily apply to me. I can stay as active as I feel up to. I am not riding my bike to work though, which sucks. I get too tuckered.
And I think that is it.