👋🏻 Good evening from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Here are some quick-fire stats to kick things off with my inaugural newsletter:
How I'm feeling right now: 9/10 😁
Number of days since my treatment started: 10
Number of treatment cycles completed: 1
Number of days until my next treatment: 4
It has been just over a week since I came from the hospital after my first 48-hour chemotherapy treatment and I'm happy to report that I haven't felt any adverse side effects in the last 4-5 days! I've been my usual, albeit careful, self going about my usual day with lots of rest in between. My wife and I moved in with her parents shortly after coming home from the hospital and it has been really nice to have a large support system to help with the recovery. The decision to move was due to our neighborhood locking down because of a sudden spike in cases of COVID-19.
The neighborhood lockdown then
quickly expanded to the rest of the city which made our decision to quaran-team with my in-laws a very savvy one. Our lockdown measures in Sri Lanka are quite strict, with virtually no movement allowed, not even for essential services such as groceries and medicine. We are expected to stay home and get the essentials delivered to us. I do miss my apartment but I'm extremely grateful to be staying here and not worrying about day-to-day chores to truly focus on my recovery. My next treatment is this coming Thursday (November 5) and I should have no problem getting to the hospital for it although I foresee being there for 2 days straight without any family visits - gah.
Tomorrow is also my first day back at work after being on medical leave for nearly 1.5 weeks. I'm looking forward to being back although I'm a little nervous to see my email inbox that I have virtually ignored since I took off. Wish me luck!
Lastly, I wanted to dedicate my closing thoughts
to the actor Jeff Bridges (famous for playing 'The Dude' in the cult classic film "The Big Lebowski") who recently announced that he has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. As a fan of his work, I was saddened to hear the news but also strangely felt a little connected to him as a kindred spirit going through the same thing.
His Instagram photo at treatment was something I definitely related to:
That's all for this update! If you have a little more time to spare, I invite you to read a blog post that I crafted earlier today that went over the stages of grief I went through after finding out I had cancer. It was a heavy topic for me to explore but largely cathartic in the end.
Here's the post:
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