Just a quick update to let you know that my next surgery is slated for October 6, and to answer a couple of questions I get asked often, especially by people who don’t see me day-to-day.
- “How are you feeling? Are you in any pain or discomfort?” The simple answer is that at present I feel no pain nor discomfort. I feel pretty much 100% normal. I’m working, going to lots of hockey, going to movies, playing Settlers with my wife and friends, etc., etc. In fact, if it weren’t for the doctors telling me so, I wouldn’t know there was anything wrong. I was recently asked (indirectly) how the cancer could have snuck up on me without my knowing and the answer is simple: either there is no pain/discomfort or I’m oblivious to it. In fact, if you want reassurance, feel free to check out the video (yes, I have it on the web, though you have to download it to see it – it’s at the bottom of this page) of me jumping out of a plane.
- “What about a liver transplant?” Yes, liver transplants are fairly routine by now. No, I’m not eligible. Once cancer has metastasized (spread) to the liver, the person is considered too high a risk, since there are so few livers available. I guess it’s assumed that the cancer is too likely to infect the new liver as well.