Monthly Archives: August 2014

What a difference a year makes!

Today is the one year anniversary of my last chemo!  And boy, what a difference a year makes.  Last year I was with Roberta and Alexa having my last (and 16th) round of chemo. Today I was at work, teaching and training clients.

For those of you who don’t know, I run a program that trains people to climb Mt Rainier.  This past weekend we did an annual training hike to Camp Muir (10,800 elev).  Camp Muir is reached by hiking from Paradise for about 4.5 miles.  There is an elevation gain of 4680 feet. It is strenuous! Due to circumstances beyond my control, this is the first time I have done this hike since summit-ting Mt Rainier in 2010.

So, here are some before and after photos.  It is good for me to be able to see where I was and where I am.  That way when I get impatient with the whole healing process, I can put things into perspective.

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Alexa, me and Roberta on August 5, 2013.


Me at Camp Muir, August 2, 2014.  I do have hair under that hat!



My clients and me at Camp Muir.

Just a quick update on my health:  I am doing great.  My last blood work was normal.  I still have numb spots and the occasional shooting pains in my feet.  My fingers (particularly my right digits) get numbish and as I call them “not normal”.  I still go to Seattle Cancer Care every other month or so to see doctors or to have mammograms, etc.  I still plan on having renovations done on the “girls,”  just to get them facing the same direction at the same elevation.