Davie Does Cancer - 2018 Journal

I Got the Call —

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 382
This is exciting news!  Today, as I was preparing to visit my GP, I got the long-awaited call from CPMC - to schedule my first appointment with the San Francisco Liver Clinic. Even more thrilling is there was a cancelation for TOMORROW -- Wednesday -- that is TWO WEEKS SOONER than they...

My Big Day of Liver

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 376
Welcome to California Pacific Medical Clinic Liver Lesion Clinic  My Big Day of Liver Today was the long-awaited meeting with the liver doctors at CPMC to go over EVERYTHING and set our next steps. I learned a lot of other problems that have been uncovered which are (somewhat less)...

Ok ok, the word is "fatty"

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 393
[Sorry for missing yesterday's post - it was a day of catching up on 'work' and household chores...] So, the diagnosis of the CAUSE of this cancer is officially "non-alcoholic steato-hepatitis" NASH -- or in layman's terms: "Fatty Liver". Basically its...

Music to float by

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 399
Thank you to everyone who gave me feedback on bariatric surgery, weight loss, exercise ideas and support from yesterday's post! I'll let you know what I decide after my chat with the nutritionist and my medical team. Another topic I faced at the BDoL was the surgery itself. I am told...

Just so you know: October 5th

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 390
A few folks have not seen or didn't notice the pop-up notification when you first log on so I though I better make sure everyone has seen this: Surgery has been set for Friday October 5th (with a curiously specific arrival time: 9:20 am.) I will post more about the timeline as I...

Like a Bee

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 387
Yesterday was SO PRODUCTIVE - thank you for sending your energy in that direction! Appointments were set after MANY phone calls, many tasks and errands completed; I even enjoyed a bit of R&R with a movie and dinner out. I switched my header picture to represent my busy days ahead. (The...

Not a Survivor - a Hero

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 478
A few have noticed my language as I have talked about the cancer, my interaction with it and the surgery. I have been very precise, I think, avoiding any "war" or "victim" language. I am being careful NOT to frame cancer as happening TO ME but rather happening IN ME....

Finishing Up this Phase

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 407
Yesterday I did the good ole heart stress test - with the added excitement of two shots of radiation and an hour under the Gama Cameras! My Spidie-sense is telling me (ok, it's Jan at Dr. O's office) that we are nearing the end of "discovery" phase. Today I do the last of...

Friends are amazing!

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 413
I'm completely blown away by friends! I see there almost 90 people visiting my caring bridge. I rarely stop to think about more than the dozen folk I'm interacting with at the moment...  But over the last couple of weeks I have intentionally hung out with my various social...

Yesterday was tough...

(from CaringBridge 2018)

David Loofbourrow 0 390
Monday was such a busy day: my last doctor's appointment, some important banking errands, meeting some Besties for supper. I was worn out, yet felt accomplished. Tuesday I had set aside for packing but there were a myriad of tasks to finish up. Brother Jim and Linda were arriving and I...
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