When I first received the diagnosis of cancer, I vividly remember my doctors explaining how the treatment would cause physical exhaustion. What I wasn't prepared for, however, was the mental fatigue that occurred.
In December of 1990, I was preparing for my junior year of varsity high school basketball. I was in terrific shape and couldn't imagine anything that would harm my body. I intended to become the first cancer patient to complete his protocol unaffected by the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Unfortunately for me, the treatment forever changed my life. Chemotherapy & radiation and the effects it had on me created the ultimate oxymoron. On the one hand, it saved my life, yet on the other hand, it created all the damage I live with every day.
One consistent problem I currently face is the inability to rest well. My sleep patterns are very inconsistent, and it is killing me.
Since my divorce became final in early 2018, I knew I had a short time to put together a game plan to survive financially. What I didn't prepare for was how my body would not cooperate. It is challenging to complete daily tasks when you are sleeping 4-5 hours a week.
I try to explain how urgent a problem cancer survivors face permanently dealing with the side effects of treatment. Many others of you have reached out to me about the same things.
I wish I had the answers to make everything better for everyone, but I don't. I wish I could provide a fund for everyone who has to choose between eating and paying their bills. I wish we had a sponsors that we can connect with a family or individual that would “adopt” the family or individual.
My struggle is no worse than anyone else. I want everyone to know that I am with you in spirit and pray for the strength you need to provide for your family. Please feel free to share the needs you have and I will do the best I can to help you meet your needs.
The physical and mental exhaustion you face during treatment feels like nothing you ever experienced before. Many survivors still face the same fatigue. However, I am determined to make a success of myself and be an example to others who suffer much worse than I do. Please keep me in your prayers.
My prayers and thoughts are with you all.
IF YOU ARE A SPORTS FAN
As some of you are aware, I made my living previously in sports and it is still a deep passion of mine. While I am not getting paid yet, I have agreed to do a morning sports show on WWSRN (internet radio). Here is the link. https://worldwidesportsradio.com/
WHERE TO FIND ME
I can always be reached by email (CKMagicSports@gmail or LivingAsACancerSurvivor@gmail). Please see the links below to follow me or contact me on social sites. I welcome (need) more followers and supporters. Please don't be shy about sharing your thoughts.
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NOTE: NEXT WEEK I WILL ONLY BLOG ONCE
NEXT BLOG DATE: October 17, 2019