My Journey 6/4/10

   So it’s been a little bit over a month since I wrote and got every one caught up.  I also wanted to say thank you for everyone’s support the past 7 months.  I have been very fortunate that things have been going pretty good.  My last treatment was on April 29th and been taking it easy while enjoying my time after twelve rounds of Chemotherapy.  I went to Steamboat that first weekend with my parents, Erika and the girls and Erika’s mom.  Went swimming and went up to Strawberry Hot Springs.  If you’ve never been there, I highly suggest that you check it out.  Played 9 holes at a course that my friend Ryan works at.  But really just spent the first week from chemo having fun and enjoying myself.  Five days of sleeping in, eating, swimming and laughing.  Erika’s girls are ten and twelve and just funny as hell.     
   The next weekend went to Santa Barbara and hung out with my good friend CJ.  Played two rounds of golf.  Rancho San Marcos and La Pursima.  Both courses are absolutely amazing.  Ranchos greens were rolling around a 10-11 and La Pursima is getting there course ready for The Impossible.  The rough was brutal and cost me at least 4 strokes.  The weather could have been a little bit better, but i was just happy for a little scenery change.  I forgot how much that humidity really penetrates.  It was good to hang out with both my friends. 
   I played in a golf scramble that benefited the Little Red School House yesterday.  My Father, Uncle Deno and Andy was the team.  We tied for second shooting 13 under.  Super fun!  We played really well.  Made me want to take my golf game a little more serious.        
   I had scheduled my third PET scan on June 1st.  Needless to say, I have been waiting to hear the results from that scan.  I got a call from my oncologist last night and got the results.  There is what looks like a hot spot in my upper right chest that is most likely a infected lymph node. 

   It didn’t show on the second scan, but did on the third one (the arrow is pointed to the issue).  the other dark spots is my bottom of my brain, heart, kidneys, bladder, and testies).  I am scheduled to have a biopsy on Tuesday, then we will be able to see what needs to happen next.  Worse case scenario might be a bone marrow transplant. Yea, fuck that!  The good news is there has been a hugh reduction in the amount and size of the active cells.  Im also waiting to get all three scan results to send to a distant relative and a specialist (on my sister-in-laws side) to Sao Paulo Brazil.  Time for a second opinion!  I think my Oncologist has done a good job, but I want a second and third set of eyes to look it over.
   Its safe to say that the last 24 hours has been pretty heavy.  But it doesn’t compare to the last month of hanging out with my friends and family.  So thats where thats at.  Im feeling good other than this small set back.  Ill keep you posted!


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Todd Franzen is a Stage 4 Lymphoma Survivor. Living in Breckenridge Colorado

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