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Good Golly, He’s Back

welcome-backIt’s been almost exactly a year since my last post here.  Quite a bit has happened, and clearly much of that ended up keeping me off the blog. Besides being busy, there was a very serious health issue to contend with.  But I get ahead of myself…

I hope there’s still a few of you die hards out there waiting for me to come back.  I know that I get email from folks occasionally asking how I am, and for those I’m grateful.  I’ve tried to answer when I could, but sometimes they would slip through the cracks…

Last year at about this time I took a break from posting to head back across the state to pick up my bee hives that hadn’t made the move with us. Alas, they were all dead but one hive, and I left that hive for the farmer who had so graciously hosted my bees. His neighbor is a beekeeper so they’re in good hands.

Upon my return life got even busier.  We had to fence in 40 acres of pasture, with cross fences, which took quite a bit of time.  We bought cows and ran those on the pasture.  The cows showed up before the pasture was ready, so we were literally fencing in new pastures the day before we had to move cows onto it.  Crazy…

I picked up replacement bee hives, placing half of them at our new land and half of them at the place we’re renting.  They were going gang busters all summer, and the harvest time was looking good.

As you may recall, our overall plan was to rent the home we’re in now while we build a home on our land, then move there full time.  Our land is about 20 minutes or so from where we’re renting.  So throughout the summer, while I was putting away money to start construction, my wife and I refined the house plans.  Over and over and over and over again.

Finally, we ended up with plans that would work, and got cracking.  The excavation guy came out and dug us a giant hole to put the house in.  We dug a smaller but deeper hole under where the kitchen was going so my wife would have a nice root cellar right under the kitchen.

The week before we were scheduled to pour our foundation, I went in to the doctor with some pain and had some tests run. The diagnosis came back with something I didn’t expect at all.


They didn’t know for SURE, but they were about as sure as doctors could be. The first treatment was to get surgery done to remove the tumor. Once the surgery was done, my entire family and I, were on pins and needles waiting for the pathology reports to come back.

A few days later, in a doctors room with my wife, the doctor and nurse came in with the news we were dreading.  It was cancer, and there was evidence that it may have spread beyond the primary tumor.  Given that news, we put a hold on our building plans, and focused on the health issues.

Long story short, I went to see a specialist in Seattle, and we decided to wait for a bit before jumping into chemotherapy.  The prognosis was the same, and there was a 30% chance or so that I wouldn’t need to have chemo.  So I decided to wait a month.

Two and a half weeks later I was back at the clinic for a persistent cough.  X-rays showed that I had strange masses in my lungs that weren’t there last month.  Turns out I had multiple golf ball sized tumors in my lungs with lots of smaller ones.  Plans changed in a hurry

I spent about a month and a half in the hospital, 7-8 days at a time, for inpatient chemotherapy.  The week before Thanksgiving we got the news that we were hoping for.  My tumor markers were clear and my MRIs showed that my cancer was gone.  I was officially in remission.  I had one more round of chemo to go and then I was done.

My Thanksgiving was spent in the hospital, but I knew that it was my last round of chemo, so that made it a bit easier.  It was still pretty rough.  At least it was a brief respite from hospital food….

I’m now in remission, and getting blood work done regularly.  I have periodic MRIs to verify my remission.

We’re moving full speed ahead this year with our plans, though things have changed there a bit too.  I’ll write about that in another post though because this has gotten really long.

It’s good to be writing again.  I’ll try not to let it go quite so long between posts this time….

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20 Responses to Good Golly, He’s Back

  1. I was so sorry to hear what you’ve been through, but thankful that you are healing. I hope you continue to do well, and am looking forward to your blog posts!

  2. So good to hear from you and very thankful you are doing well. Blessings asked for, for you and your family.

  3. Welcome back. Sorry for the agony and pain for you and your family. Prayers coming your way.

  4. Rudy, so glad you’re back! I’ll be praying for complete healing, not just remission. I sure have missed your posts. Looking forward to reading your columns again.

  5. I’m glad to hear from you. I am sorry about the cancer. It can be hard to live with that constant background worry. Keeping a positive outlook, and taking nature’s best medicine (laughter) will definitely help. All your online friends are pulling for you, so, to quote Red Green, keep your stick on the ice.

  6. Great to hear you are back! I have learned so much from you and missed your posts. Sorry to hear about the cancer, but sometimes great lessons can be learned from this time. Have a great day!

  7. Wow, Rudy
    SO sorry to hear of such a horrible year, and so thankful you are well, and back at it! I was suppose to die of cancer 12 years ago, but here I am! God is in charge, and you aren’t going anywhere till He says it’s time! Rough to go through, and sometimes harder for the family than it is the patient. Time will show you the lessons learned, if it hasn’t already. Enough of that! So glad I have your post to look forward to once again! Stay well my friend!

  8. Glad you are back,really missed you’re posts and insight.
    Will keep you in our prayers.
    May God bless you and your family.

  9. Glad to see you are back! Wondered what happened when I no longer got new posts. Kept checking, tho, because I enjoy your stuff! Prayers for better health and for your family.

  10. Glad you are back! Sending blessings for you and yours. I have missed your postings. You have a great way of putting the obvious out there. I really enjoyed your ebook an feel that everyone should prepare for at least the 3 day plan. Chaos can happen in an instant. It is better to be somewhat prepared than not at all! Thank you for your time, effort, and tenacity. It is appreciated by many!

  11. I, too, battled the Big C last year. I will have a one year check up in a couple of weeks and expect a very good report. God really saw me through the entire process of surgery, treatment, healing and full recovery.

    I will be lifting you and your family up in prayers. We serve a very good and faithful God. I am so glad Salvation (Greek – sozo) includes healing, well-being, prosperity, peace as well as eternal life in Jesus Christ. We sure do get a good deal from our Savior.

  12. Welcome back… So happy to hear from you again…

    You’re in my prayers for continued healing…

  13. I still have the blog in my feed. I am glad you are back and glad you obeyed the first rule of prepping: survive the encounter with whatever you face.

    Keep blogging and I’ll keep reading!!

  14. So Glad your doing well. Was missing your blog and wondering what happened. Hope this spring and summer goes well for all the many tasks you have to do.