Letters From The Brig – Vol. 1, No. 2

Hi Kids –

I have survived yet another term in the great Facebook Penalty Box. I’m sure that there were those who appreciated the peace and quiet. πŸ˜€

You’re welcome.

However – I will not engage with trolls in the future. I will simply throw them overboard into the Great Internet Bozo Bin (henceforth referred to as GIBB) when they make themselves known. I promise … I’ll do my best to avoid the Zuckorithms.

**** So What’s New? ****

Well – besides being the thirteenth letter of the Greek alphabet …

Life here is moving along. I have two more regular chemo treatments to go, then I get to take a break for a while. This will be a good thing. It looks like I’ll need a break to regroup a little. The doctor indicated that I’m responding well, perhaps a bit better than expected. I suspect he’s cheerleading a bit, but he is not frowning at all, so that’s good. Right? πŸ˜€

**** The Gory Details ****

I have found that the effects of the chemo become more profound in a non-linear manner as time goes on. The last couple of sessions have knocked me for a bit of a loop, the last being a real doozey. My batteries do not last very long, so I fatigue easily. I have to be more conscious of conserving energy and regulating food intake so that I don’t run out of gas in the middle of the lake, so to speak.

The cold neuropathy is more pronounced after each session, and appears to last a bit longer. It affects my guitar playing for sure – it’s like having Novocaine in your fingertips and trying to play strings made of electrified crushed ice. Still … I plod on. I have been able to maintain a moderate practice schedule, and I still look forward to my few hours of open mike each week. It is good to see everyone for sure. Good company is a necessary part of the healing process, and I have been blessed in that department. And yes – we’re all quite Covid-conscious πŸ˜€

… and then there’s the pain. Tumors react quite badly when they are being throttled, and they kick up a bit of a fuss. They are easily provoked anyway, because I constantly sit on them. Sometimes, especially during and immediately following the treatment, they become quite agitated. They are bitey, stabby little buggers, and they protest loudly. It is not pleasant.

… and Then There’s This Issue With The Wheel … ****

Looking forward, I have only 2 chemo treatments left (4 weeks), then a short break with another five week round of chemo and radiation I guess. Then they decide if further surgery will be necessary. So far, the prognosis is good.

That’s It For Now ****

I really want to put this stuff in the rear view mirror and build some forward momentum. Thanks to all of you for the occasional kick in the butt and shove forward. It really helps. ((((hug))))

If you are willing and would like to contribute financially, there is a link on my web site. Any amount is extremely helpful at this point. It helps to keep the doctors friendly πŸ˜€

Here’s the link.


Of course hugs, love, and the occasional β€˜hi how are you?’ are greatly appreciated. Keep ’em coming – they keep me motivated ?? I love hearing from you.

Stay safe out there kids. Wear your masks, and hug telepathically.


– Matt

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