Author: Phil O'Hara

It Is A Good Thursday, May 29th

I have good progress to share. All I’m getting from Ivy now is nutritional fluids and blood thinners. Based on the most recent blood work, they have the right mix in my blood thinner; the goal is dissolve the blood clots but if my blood gets too thin and I cut myself, I might bleed ….  Read More

24 Hours and I’m a New Dude

Yesterday sucked. There is no other way to say it but 24 hours later I feel terrific. The diagnosis is that blood clots, likely from my legs, moved. into my right lungs. I was put on blood thinners right away which is the normal treatment for blood clots. I just went to have a CT ….  Read More

No Bed of Roses Today

When I wrote this morning’s blog, I felt great. I had a little hiccup yesterday. Even though my surgeon has small hands, when anyone digs around your chest, there’s a good chance of collapsing a lung. After rolling that dice, the air trapped inside the right side of my chest along with natural fluids caused ….  Read More

Opps … Diagnosis Hiccup

With all the remarkable tools in the medical war-chest, until the surgeons get inside it’s still a best guess. My tumour started around the upper valve in stomach and grew up and down on the outside of my stomach and esophagus. More gory details to come when I get more information but the surgery went ….  Read More

Countdown to Surgery

Twenty-four hours from now (Thursday, May 21st. at 6:30 am), I’ll be registered at the Victoria General Hospital. By 7:30 I’ll be on the table with the surgical team getting organized to start an Esophagectomy at 8:10 am. The world as I know it will never be the same but I am hours away from ….  Read More

Treatment Update May 12th

I’ve been quiet for a while. Until today I didn’t have any news to share. As well, like many Bluenosers (a term for people who live in Nova Scotia), amid the chaos of a health system re-tooling for a pandemic, our safe little corner of the planet was shaken to the core with a mass ….  Read More

Increased Activity

On Wednesday, I was feeling so good I decided to attempt a run to the end of my street and home. That’s a distance of about 2.1 km (1.3 miles). This is the first time I’ve done anything since starting radiation and chemotherapy ten weeks ago. Coach Brad and a number or friends are remarkable ….  Read More

End of Treatment Week 9

I continue to heal and recharge with another week of rest behind me. Here’s a quick summary: Today my weight is 79 kg (174 lbs). I’ve been at that weight consistently for a couple of days. I can swallow almost everything with little difficulty. I still keep water handy when I eat just in case ….  Read More

End of Treatment Week 8

It is hard to believe that I’ve come to the end of eight weeks since my first day of chemotherapy and radiation. Unlike recent weeks, I improve daily. It wasn’t long ago getting my weight down to 76 kg (168 lbs) was a unattainable dream. Today that dream is a reality but more of a ….  Read More

Introducing Mike George

This is my long-time friend Mike George. He is one of my heros; an unassuming man of remarkable courage, strength, determination, and conviction. I will say more later in the post but for now, I encourage you to spend 15 minutes of your life playing his clip titled How To Manage the Chaos. In his ….  Read More