Whats up, Doc?

OK so you’re probably wondering what has been going on lately with my whole battle with cancer. If not, then I have no idea why you are reading this. Maybe you have me confused with another Mark Alderson and you’ve stumbled upon this site in hopes of finding our more information about the other Mark Alderson that you Googled.

No matter how you got here, welcome.

Now on to the nitty gritty stuff.

Chemotherapy worked. I now only have small traces of cancer in my body compared to what was a large amount before. Chemo made me feel awful, doubt my existence, and lose my hair. Oh, and I also gained 20 pounds from the fluids and steroids…

But it’s not all bad!

No matter how terrible chemo made me feel (see Welcome To Chemo Land) I would do it all over again if it means staying alive as long as I can.

Don’t get me wrong -none of this was easy. None. Of. This.

But it has given me yet another life changing perspective on life. I thought I learned pretty fast when I was 19 and first diagnosed with cancer but I guess the Universe wanted to give me another view of reality, lucky me.

I can’t really explain what I learned from all of this (even though you didn’t ask) but I can tell you that I want to live life differently. How? I don’t know exactly, but I am sure I will keep you posted when I find out.

I’m not completely done yet. I have surgery on July 17th to remove any and all traces of cancer from my lymph nods. Basically I served cancer an eviction notice and they didn’t pack up all their stuff so now I hired a junk removal service to toss them out like an old National Geographic magazine.

The procedure will keep me in the hospital for about a week and I made the decision to not bring my cell phone in the room because I sort of want to take this time to rebuild mentally and physically. I’m essentially imagining myself as a super hero getting ready to fit into his suit after hiatus.

I will be ready for action in about 3 weeks. 2 weeks if I can handle being in public on pain killers.

Thanks for reading. I hope this informed you more about the Mark Alderson you were looking for.

*Mark Alderson signs off and ponders what his super hero name would be.*


5 thoughts on “Whats up, Doc?

  1. I am so impressed by the way you have put your journey into words. Something I am not able to do as eloquently or freely as you. I feel almost as if you have put my experience into words. I’m sure what you have gone through is my journey on a much more difficult plane. I walked a similar path with my mom at the same time I walked my own path. My mother suffered at such a high level which helped me put my pain in perspective. Your blog helped me realize I’m not the only one who has these feelings. Thank you for that. I admire your your courage and wish you the best of luck in your surgery & recovery.


    1. Thank you so much, Kathy. Your comment helped me realized that I am not the only one with these feelings too. I hope your journey has brought you to the path of good health.


  2. Mark – we are all here huddled in the Delster corner – sending you lots of prayers and virtual hugs. I hope you can feel the love from across the miles on Friday. Love you lots Super Mark! (Yep – we def need something better than that……)


  3. Dear Mark,
    Thought and prayers and all blessings for continued courage,wit, and strength!!! You are emerging onto a bigger journey…..your talented life ahead!!!!

    Much Love,
    Ruth Ann (your grandfather’s devoted cousin)


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