Do not go where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I did not know back in early 2001, that something bad was growing in my body. By the end of that year, not being able to breathe easily, I went to my doctor. My complaint in addition to my breathing, was that the entire front of my abdomen and chest was getting huge! All puffed out I was, weighing more than I ever did in my life! 205 pounds.
I came away from that visit to the doctor knowing that I had cancer. Later I learned that this cancer was Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. My doctor told me that if I had not come to the hospital at that time, I likely would not have survived. I had perhaps only two weeks to live.
On a Friday afternoon in early December, 2001, I was admitted into the Kaiser Hospital in Walnut Creek, California. Over a 2-day period, I was given a huge, almost lethal dose of chemo. When I was released from the hospital the following Tuesday, my weight had shrunk to about 190 pounds. The chemo had apparently killed off almost 15 pounds of this cancer which was then flushed from my body.
My chemo-therapy continued thru the month of March. I could barely walk. I was very weak. But I no longer was taking chemotherapy! One day in February, 2003, I had an appointment with my oncologist. He told me that I was in remission.
I went out that very morning, and bought my RV. MsTioga. It took a little over three months to equip that RV with Datastorm internet, levelers and solar panels. And on June 7th I took off on what was to become a 10 year adventure. All over the Western United States and Mexico I would travel.
Over those years, I sometimes wondered who would live the longest. Me or MsTioga. It turned out that I was the one to live. And what a wonderful life it has been and continues to be for me.