Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It Seems Like It’s Been Forever….

WOW.... Time has just flown by.... and I haven’t spent any time updating the site.... I’m really sorry about that!

What’s been going on since the last time??  Not much.... and a lot.  I’ve been feeling really tired for some reason.  Some days I’ve been sleeping upwards of 14-16 hours....  I sleep well at night, but after being up for only an hour or so I feel exhausted.  I then lay down for a nap and wake up 3 hours later.... after another hour or two up I crash again.....  It’s just not something I’ve ever done before.  Thankfully it’s not every day....  some days I force myself to stay up just to make sure I can sleep at night.... 

I’ve been trying to get in a good walk every day.... and 3 times a week I try to get a good weight workout in.  I am still trying to take advantage of the increased testosterone.... and as long as I’m not sleeping, I feel great when I work out....  even better after the nap after I work out LOL One problem with the workout is that I have been having a lot of pain in my left shoulder....  not sure why, as the strength is still there, it just really hurts to do certain movements - like move my arm in any way!  The great thing is that I am getting a lot of strength back....  I may never be as strong as I was 4 years ago but compared to the last couple of years, I’m doing great.

A few really cool things have been happening.....  First, I’ve been contacted by a group of 5 young men who are planning to ride across Canada.  They are raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society as well as honor “Typical Canadians” and advocate for presumptive legislation for firefighters across the country....  For more information on all of this, and to offer support to the riders, visit their web site at http://www.typicallycanadian.com.  They have some great stories about some amazing people on their site - people they are riding with during this tour.  I’m not sure why, but they have included me in this honor and have included my story on their site.  The story was submitted by a good friend, Rene May.  I think I have him really fooled LoL.....

Next.... I was contacted by a producer from a Toronto company called Red Apple Entertainment....  They are producing a documentary for the CBC about synthetic chemicals (endocrine disruptor’s) and possible links to health problems, especially in men and especially occupational in nature.  We talked about my cancer and it’s probable causes and the possibility of including me in the documentary....  It’s been a while since I’ve heard back, so it is possible they have decided not to include my story - but it was great to be at least considered....  If anything comes of it, I will let you all know.

Next.....  I was contacted by a local CityTV videographer about what I’ve been doing since the ride and if anything new is coming up....  I informed her that I am going to try to ride with the Typically Canadian Group when they are in the Calgary area.... and that they plan to honor me during their ride....  She is thinking of doing a story about all of that....  Again, it is only a possibility.... it has to be approved first....  But again, it was great that they have taken the time and interest to keeping the awareness of prostate cancer going.

Lastly.... at least for now.....  Last year Cycle For Life raised money for the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation (CRHF) to put towards the Radiation Therapy Units that are going in at the hospital.  The Foundation is doing their “Care From The Heart” telethon and are shooting promotional spots for it.... they want to include me in that, so I will be going next week to do a taping.... as well, we raised enough money last year to have a “contributors tile” put up on the wall at the hospital....  pretty cool… now I just have to put a design together.... 

Okay… now I think I am caught up....  It’s been a busy.... fun.... exhausting.... amazing couple of months....

Until next time....

Posted by John on 02/27 at 11:02 PM
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