Sunday, November 09, 2014

My trail

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. 

21 comments:

  1. And we are all so glad you did! Glad you're enjoying good health still. Your 10 year trip was amazing, especially for someone who had been through the cancer. Keep on keeping on, George! We're still with you!

    Ann M

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  2. I've followed you from nearly the beginning and feel like we have met but we have not. You have inspired countless bloggers and others. I still think your story would make a great book to read. Know anyone that could help you get started on such a project?

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    1. Hi Gumo,
      It is wonderful compliment that you give to me about my story making a great book! Thank you for that!

      However, such a project seems like a lot of work to me. While writing my daily blog during my years on the road was a joy for me. I believe that I shall let my story stand as is for now.

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  3. Hi George.......the blog is as good as a book. I often go back and read different parts of it and reminisce about those times. Stay well!

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    1. Hi Bill,
      When I think about all the places I've camped, it seems impossible that I could have done all of this!

      I once camped along the Oregon Trail, at a place where the wagons crossed a wide river. During the evening when the light was getting low, I listened for the sound of those wagons and the voices of the pioneers.

      Yes, I knew that these sounds were some 140 years old. But I really believed that if I listened, somehow I would hear those sounds and voices.

      Anyway, I felt so close to those pioneers because I camped in the very same place that they camped. That was a magic time for me!

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  4. I agree with Bill. I still look up places that you visited in your western travels and have visited many of them.

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  5. I've enjoyed the story of your travels, and it inspired me to begin the RV journey myself. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have many more happy years of adventure in your new home.

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  6. George, you have given so much information and true experience to those of us walking(driving) in your foot steps! Thanks, and always best to You!

    Maura

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  7. You taught us some much! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. It is great following your adventures good or bad and I hope there will only be good ones from now on.

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  9. Such a great story - and we followed along on al your adventures.
    Keep well George

    arlonHboozer.com

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  10. Wonderful post, George, your outlook is still the best. Continue on doing the things that make you happy - but we would like to hear from you a little more.

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  11. Happy Birthday dearest George. May blessings keep coming your way. Barbara in Florida

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    1. Hi Barbara,
      Thank you sooooo much! Yes, on November 27th I will be 77 years old. Wow! Seems really old when I write that down.

      But I am really active. Bike riding. Playing and practicing golf. I gotta keep active because I know that one day I won't be able ride that bike or golf.

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    2. Hi George. I turned 69 last Oct 23. 77 seems younger all the time! ;) I started following you just before you came off the road. I have gone back and read many of your previous posts and hope to read them all eventually. I hope to be able to meet you done day too. What a wonderful view on live you have.

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  12. George, yours is the first travel blog I ever read... all those years ago. I am so glad you are still blogging today. I loved all your adventures, Boid, and places you took the the time to photograph, explore and describe to us.. Perhaps you can do a "redux" on your travels by posting now about places you have been? Pick one place a week and write a blog about it? I would find that sooo enjoyable!

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  13. Very glad to have met you George. Stay fit, Terry from Toronto (second test post)

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  14. Hey George, You may enjoy hearkening back to when I first met you. You know ..... at Bahia Matanchen with Ole and the Flyboys in 2009. We had quite an adventure up in the hills at the waterfalls/slide. See if this link works. http://www.terrypryan.com/mex3.htm I continue to drop in on you from time to time. All the best to you bud, TR from T.O.

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  15. Great update and, as always ... an inspiration ;)

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  16. George, I truly believe that you had the most wonderful 10 year experience... even though not everything was perfect. I'm so happy for you, that God provided for you. Blessings, Lynn

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  17. You might qualify for a new government sponsored solar energy rebate program.
    Find out if you are eligble now!

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