Each month, in order to get to know our Centex community better, we are going to highlight an Athlete of the Month. This athlete has exhibited determination, growth, and a great attitude in the gym. They challenge and encourage their teammates on a daily basis and represent CrossFit Centex with pride.
For the month of March, we’re doing something a little different. Instead of an athlete of the month post, it’s just going to be me and some thoughts and photos I wanted to share concerning the journey I’m on.
For those that do not know, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma back in July 2017. A stage 4 diagnosis is typically a bad thing but with the type of cancer I have, it’s really no different than being in stage 1 or 2. The treatments are the same regardless of the stage. That was certainly good news to hear. The cancer I have is very treatable and there is a has been good success in individuals going into remission. Also great news to hear.
Nothing is by coincidence. My oncologist, Dr. Christian Cable, happens to be a member of the Centex Wolfpack community and attends our 5am class. He also happens to specialize in lymphoma cancer. What are the chances of that happening? Slim for sure but I don’t believe it was luck. I firmly believe that God placed him at our gym 2 years go, knowing that I would need an awesome doctor who specialized in lymphoma and who also believed that God was bigger than my cancer. Only God could orchestrate something like this and it has been such a huge blessing in our lives.
During the fall of last year, I went through my phase 1 chemo treatments. It consisted of 2 days of chemo, once a month, for 4 months. It was a struggle at times dealing with the nausea caused by the chemo but overall, it went very well and I was able to maintain a somewhat normal life throughout the treatments. Even though I was down on strength and cardio capacity, it was great to be able to workout at the gym with the community as often as I could. I love our Wolfpack community. You guys are second to none. The support for LeAnn and I throughout this whole process has been overwhelming. We couldn’t get through this without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You inspire us and are the reason we love what we do at the gym.
I had another scan done in early January and am happy to report that it came back clear. My lymphoma appears to be in remission, which is awesome news and a great way to start off 2018. A definite answer to many prayers. Unfortunately, the type of cancer I have, tends to come back. In order to have the longest remission possible, it is necessary to go through a more intense phase 2 chemotherapy. As I write this, I am on day 6 of a 21 day stay at Scott & White for this phase 2. It has all gone well so far and I know God will bring me to the other side of this, completely healed. I know God still has a purpose for my life and this cancer will now be a part of my story that I can share and use to make a difference in other people’s lives.
I feel blessed beyond measure. I have an incredibly awesome wife that has been with me every step of the way and supported me tirelessly. LeAnn has truly been a rock to me throughout all of this. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart and to all my family and friends who have come along side us during this journey. We couldn’t do it without out you. Looking forward to the next chapter that God has planned not only for me and LeAnn but also for all of you at the gym.