Author: Phil O'Hara

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

End of Treatment Week 7

Thankfully at the end of week 7, I am feeling a whole lot better than I was at the start of the week. I was warned to be expect two difficult weeks after the conclusion of treatment but I was not ready to be so miserable. During these two challenging weeks, I have dropped 7 ….  Read More

Monday in DG Emergency

Started the week with a spike in my temperature. All cancer patients are issued a yellow card to present at any ER in Nova Scotia. It moves you to the front of the line. Any increase in temperature is a sign of infection and given a compromised immune system can quickly escalate if not dealt ….  Read More

End of Treatment Week 6

There is no way to sugarcoat Week 6. It is the first time since this started that I have felt miserable. The good news is the worst appears to be behind me. I was warned to expect more side effects but given how well I’ve been throughout treatment, I was not ready for where I ….  Read More

My New Normal – For Now

There will be more details in tomorrow’s summary of Week 6. In brief, it was the most miserable week since the start of my treatment. But I am improving so like every black cloud, there is a silver lining. My weight is at 77.5 kg (171 lbs) taken today at 6:00 pm. I struggle to ….  Read More

Countdown to Baptism

It’s a tradition in the Catholic Church during the weeks leading up to Easter that all those who are going to be baptized, confirmed and/or receive the Eucharist at Easter receive a copy of the Creed and the our Father. These symbolize the key prayers of our faith; what we believe, and what Jesus taught ….  Read More

End of Cancer Treatment

Today, Monday, March 16, 2020 I completed my cancer treatment. That includes: Twenty-five radiation treatments Five chemotherapy sessions I am now in a rest and recovery period of four to six weeks. During this time, I will have: Another PET Scan to ensure my cancer is still localized to the distal end of my esophagus. ….  Read More

End of Treatment Week 5

In earlier postings I indicated I may have and additional week added to my treatment plan. On Friday afternoon, the chemotherapy clinic informed me that my team has determined there is no need for an additional session so I’m all done with chemo. I do have one radiation session on Monday to make up for ….  Read More