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  1. One Last Ride

    29 Aug 2020
    ONE LAST RIDE Family, friends and co-workers gathered at Mister Car Wash at 1259 28th Street in Wyoming, Michigan on August 29, 2020 to honor Curt Male, General Manager of what was formerly Southland Autowash, and current Regional Development Manager of Mister Car Wash who passed away Sunday, August 23. …

  2. Water: A Vision in Dance

    30 Oct 2019
    Water: A Vision in Dance  Grand Valley State University Presents The 17th Annual Fall Arts Celebration with a performance by BODYART, a New Orleans-based multimedia dance and visual art company that combines live performances and projected videos in nontraditional spaces. BODYART performed in the Louis Armstrong Theatre at the Thomas…

  3. #IKeptLiving

    10 Oct 2019
    Grand Valley State University Arts Chorale and Cantate performed the #IKeptLiving concert October 9, 2019 in Allendale, Mich. The concert, in collaboration with the University Counseling Center, focused on themes of suicide prevention. On assignment for the Grand Valley Lanthorn.

  4. Making Waves

    04 Oct 2019
    Grand Valley State University students participated in a beach clean-up event Sept. 21, 2019 in Grand Haven, Mich.  The event was part of the GVSU Making Waves Initiative, a University initiative to create collaboration across campus among students, faculty, and staff, as well as with the community.  The goal of…

  5. The Head and The Heart

    04 Oct 2019
    The Head and The Heart  The Head and The Heart, an American indie folk band, performed Live at 20 Monroe Live Sept. 11, 2019 in Grand Rapids, Mich. They were formed in the summer of 2009 by Josiah Johnson and Jonathan Russell. The band also includes Charity Rose Thielen, Chris…

  6. Intermission

    15 Jun 2019
    No, not remission. Intermission.  It’s been a while. About four months to be exact. I think I’ve experienced my first case of writers block.  That, or I am just sick of talking about cancer.  Regardless, I feel like I owe everyone an update. Beam me up, Scotty. In February (one…

  7. Universal Health Care Saved My Life

    08 Mar 2019
    When I was diagnosed with stage four non-hodgkin’s lymphoma in early 2018, I was fortunate enough to be serving in the United States Air Force which, like all branches of the US military, provides comprehensive, cost-free healthcare to the men and women currently serving. This healthcare system has two parts.…

  8. Unclaimed Veteran Laid To Rest

    01 Mar 2019
    Veterans groups invited the public to help honor Mr. Will Melvin Shegog who was homeless and had no known family when he died Feb. 15 at age 59 in Phoenix, Arizona. Shegog was born in Illinois in 1960 and moved to the Phoenix area after serving in the U.S. Air…

  9. Stop telling me that everything will be okay.

    19 Feb 2019
    Now that I’ve got your attention, seriously, stop it.  You don’t know that. I don’t know that. My doctors can’t guarantee it.  Sure, positivity is important and a mindset which needs to be embraced when dealing with cancer.  “Fight the good fight, you are a warrior, a positive attitude can…

  10. New Year, New Battles

    21 Jan 2019
    BACK TO WORK In December Rebecca and I had the opportunity to visit Michigan to see friends and family for TWO WEEKS! It was an incredible time and a much needed break from our Arizona routine. The holidays with family are always special - especially after the past year we…

  11. Recovery

    11 Dec 2018
    SEARCHING One of my favorite quotes (and movies) of all time is from ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ when Andy Dufresne tells Red in the prison yard to “Get busy living or get busy dying”. I recently read an article that stated you beat cancer by how you live, why you live…

  12. Progress

    11 Oct 2018
    I’M STILL HERE The twelve days I spent in the Mayo Clinic were by far the hardest days of my entire life. After the CAR-T cells were put into my body on Monday, September 10th, I essentially blacked out and don’t remember anything until September 17th. There are bits and…

  13. Onward

    08 Sep 2018
    LOOKING AHEAD This blog is going to be short, sweet and to the point as not much has changed recently.  Here we go: My CAR-T treatment is 100% ready for me. The cells were successfully modified into cancer killing warriors and are at the Mayo Clinic waiting for me. The…

  14. One More Chance

    14 Aug 2018
    WAITING AND ADVOCATING Since my last blog, I’ve been doing lots of waiting. Waiting on biopsy results. Waiting for doctors. Waiting for insurance. Most importantly, waiting for answers about my new treatment plan. This is what I know as of today: There were some talks about having me go to…

  15. Curveball

    01 Aug 2018
    REPETITION It has been a while since I have updated my blog. I have been purposely waiting to post any new information until I had all the facts concerning my treatment plan in front of me. This is the latest and greatest from the wild world of cancer… From July…

  16. New Agenda

    03 Jul 2018
    THE HOSPITAL I recently underwent my first round of RICE chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic. For three days straight, I was admitted to the hospital. The experience, although necessary, was not a pleasant one. From June 26th through the 28th I felt a bit like a lab rat. I was…

  17. Adaptations

    19 Jun 2018
    NEW TEAM As most of our family and friends know, I was forced to cut my trip short to Michigan in order to begin my new treatment plan with the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. My new oncologist has been through a battle with cancer herself and understands what I…

  18. Obstacles

    08 Jun 2018
    UNFORTUNATE OUTCOME  After my fourth round of R-CHOP chemotherapy, it was time for a second PET scan to evaluate my progress with treatment. You may remember the results from my first PET scan - after two rounds of chemo, the primary tumor in my chest had shrunk in size by…

  19. Perspective

    18 May 2018
    ROUND 4 Today was round four of chemotherapy. The only “bad” news I have received from my doctor this time, is that I have gained over 20 pounds in two months and he wants me to lose the extra weight gained. It’s a common misconception that people who get cancer…

  20. Balance

    30 Apr 2018
    UPDATES This past Friday was round three of chemotherapy and the results from my first PET scan to evaluate my progress with fighting this cancer. During my appointment, I received both good and bad news. THE GOOD Chemotherapy is working. The primary tumor in my chest has shrunk significantly. It…

  21. The Back Story

    10 Apr 2018
    HISTORY As mentioned in my first blog post, I want to go more in depth (without boring you of science) on what type of cancer I have and (maybe) try and explain how I got such a demon living in my body.  Lymphoma is a cancer of the blood. It…

  22. Here goes nothing…

    30 Mar 2018
    DISCLAIMER  A quick note on myself; sharing my personal thoughts and opinions isn’t something I am usually comfortable doing. I hate the limelight, but as I head down the magical cancer road, I believe this is something I should do.  This blog is for anyone to read, but more importantly…

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