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.*