It's Time To Get Busy!


My little brother came home from the hospital a day before his 40th birthday, and I started to think about flying back to Salt Lake to resume my life with my Utah family and prepare for Christmas. I boarded a plane the following week, and took a deep breath that my brother was resting at home, navigating life after surgery. Shortly after returning to SLC, my cough set in and the ear pain started. I was sick. Compared to what my brother was dealing with, this was a baby sickness, and I would recover, but as someone who rarely slows down from being ill, it was a big deal. Mentally for me, it was a huge deal. I was on the couch, sleeping, and realizing my life was put on pause for the time time-being.
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My brother’s J-tube came out last Monday and he is eating whatever he wants to at this point. His recovery has been remarkable and I continue to be amazed and proud of him on his journey through treatment. The medical oncology team, made up of the great minds at Peoria Cancer Care, Northwestern University, and Cleveland Clinic have all agreed that the regimen he had prior to surgery (neoadjuvant) will be the treatment he is going to have after surgery (adjuvant). He tested positive for PD-L1, an antigen expressed in some tumor types. This may be good news as there is an immunotherapy, Keytruda, that may help his immune system fight this cancer as well. He will be on Keytruda for the foreseeable future.
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So now it’s time for me to get busy. The 1440-mile bike ride is a blink away and I am working hard making plans to ride. My training was sidelined for 21 days as I recovered, but my resolve has not changed. Training in the cold winter months is on my Peloton and at Orange Theory Fitness. I am back in the saddle, thinking about warm weather, and preparing for the long endurance rides I will need prior to leaving Utah in June. Please stay tuned as I navigate the physical and emotional training, as well as work out administrative details for this incredible fundraising ride!
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“The least I can do is everything I can.”
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