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Randy Billings: Pub Fiction

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  • JOURNAL: Awaiting the sign

    Here I am again. At the end of another cycle of chemotherapy, anxiously awaiting next week's scans to see if the toxic chemicals that have been pumped directly into my veins since May have finally rid my body of cancer. Last Monday, I completed my eighth, three-hour session of chemo. The l...

  • JOURNAL: A day with Victor Wooten

    When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I remember joking with my wife that I was too old to benefit from the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Most certainly, my wish would have been to return to Hawaii, where my wife and I honeymoone...

  • JOURNAL: On the road, one step at a time

    One of the best pieces of advice I received from my primary care doctor upon being diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma in April was to take it one step at a time. That advice proved invaluable, especially when trying to process my emotions and helping my family through theirs. As tea...

  • JOURNAL: South Portland Relay for Life hits close to home

    When I first signed up for the South Portland Relay For Life, I didn't quite know what to expect. My wife, Rachael, had asked to join her co-worker's team a little less than two weeks before the event. Her husband wa...

  • JOURNAL: Dude, it's the whites

    I went in for my second session of Chemotherapy for my Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma yesterday (June 1). It was a jarring end to an otherwise wonderful weekend, which itself capped of a half week of near perfect health. After working full time last week, my brother and an old friend came down...

  • JOURNAL: 1 week check-up and a few of my favorite things

    Yesterday (May 24) was my one week check-up following my first session of chemotherapy to treat my Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After drawing yet more blood, the doctor wanted to see what side effects I was having and how my body was reacting to the toxic chemicals they had infused into my ...

  • JOURNAL: The good, the bad, the lovely

    Yesterday (May 19) was not a good day. It all started when I was awoken by the sound of heavy raindrops on my bedroom skylight. Normally, that would have been a soothing sound, but yesterday, it was menacing. My wife needed to head into town to finish up some work. She would return ...

  • JOURNAL: 1st chemo-cocktail

    Yesterday (May 17), I had my first four-hour session of chemotherapy to treat my Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. It began on a positive note, as my doctor informed me that my bone marrow screen had come back negative, meaning the cancer had not spread there and I would not need to extend my ch...