New article on the benefits of weight lifting for Lymphedema

August 13, 2009 § 2 Comments

Not that I’ve been great about working out, I canceled my gym membership last month because I wasn’t using it. My doctor and the bathroom scale have been good at pointing out the lack, but exercise really does help anyone that has had lymph nodes removed. Most of the research on this comes from helping Breast Cancer survivors, but it’s the exact same for other cancers that spread lymphatically. I have been playing b-ball though and it’s really helped my swelling a lot over the past year. Not that you’d be able to tell from my 3-pointer though.


Mid-Summer Post

July 13, 2009 § Leave a comment

Ok, this blog update is criminally late (at least the Flickr photos are all up to date).  Since the last post everything has been going great and we’ve had a busy summer. 

First off we’re expecting a Baby Boy in Nov!  Melissa’s doing fine and is showing quite a bit these days.  He’s an active boy and so far loves nothing more then rolling around and kicking the belly.  He moved so much that during the ultra sound the nurse thought he had extra arms and fingers.  His appendage counts were normal and we’re confident that there aren’t twins, though as a Rothe boy the extra fingers could have come in handy.

Also all of our checkups have been going good.  For me a couple of moles removed but nothing out of the ordinary.  My six month appt with the oncologist went well.  I’ve gained back all my weight and have long ago lost all the side effects from the Interferon.  I still have some swelling in my ankle from the lymphedema but haven’t had too many problems with it.  I still wear my prescription compression socks from time to time and the lymphatic massage helps quite a bit.

Valentine by Alden

February 14, 2009 § Leave a comment

Happy Valentines Day!

Our Nephew Alden made this for us. We had so much fun babysitting for him and his brother Gavin last night.  It is GORGEOUS! (this is his new word)

Happy Valentines Day!

Snowshoeing at Crystal Springs Sno-Park

January 25, 2009 § Leave a comment

Brandon and I went snowshoeing today at the Crystal Springs Sno-Park on Stampede Pass with my sister Jenny and her family. Alden, our 3 1/2 year old nephew got a chance to try out his new mini snow shoes! He did a great job keeping up with the big kids. Click on photo below to see more photos of our snow day.

Snowshoeing at Stampede Pass

Foggy Day on Cougar Mountain

January 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

cougar mtn


Saturday we went hiking on the De Leo Wall trail loop on Cougar Mountain. It was a beautifully strange day, full of lots of fog and sunshine. Moss seemed to cover everything and icicle pellets sparkled everywhere. Enjoy a few photos from our hike by clicking on the photo .

Melanoma Links and Images

January 4, 2009 § 3 Comments

Here’s some good Melanoma Links and photos of what it can look like:

General Info at Wikipedia

Patients Information

American Cancer Society Melanoma’s Staging System

Here are some Melanoma images and a link to what to look for using the ABCDE method.

Sample of Skin Cancer Moles

Dec CT Scan Results – All Clear

December 30, 2008 § Leave a comment

In mid-Dec I went in for a new CT scan (the PET was declined) as part of stopping the Interferon which they compared against the first one I had in June and everything looks good.  No signs of any tumors or anything which concerned the doctors.  Granted Melanoma can spread quickly even at the microscopic level and the recurrence rate is high for stage III patients, but things are off to a good start.  For now it’s a wait and see pattern of regular self checks and appointments with the dermatologists and oncologists.  The first several months to 2 years are the most crucial as the chance is much greater initially, then after several years it declines to something not too far off from an average person. 

I was also able to get in for Grid Photography finally which is a great tool for a dermatologist to use in comparing changes in moles over time.  Also since I get to keep a set of photos it’s also really good for my self checks.  If anything does come back the biggest help will be finding it and identifying it quickly.  The photo process involves taking 30 pictures of all the different quadrants of the body and is something like a clinical playgirl shoot.  <Insert comment here /> 

The Interferon effects are finally almost all wearing off, I still have some minor lingering issues and sometimes these can last for a few months but it looks like nothing will be permanent.  I had almost a month long series of colds as my natural immune system and white blood cells got back to full strength, at least they were real colds though and not the pseudo-flu I’ve had for months.  You can’t easily get sick while your on Interferon and it was a much different feeling (luckily one that didn’t involve needles).  I’ve never been so happy to get a cold as it marked the end of the treatment and was finally something my body could get rid of.