Newsome’s Weblog

Finger lickin bad
May 2, 2008, 6:50 pm
Filed under: Cancer

Arggghhh – my skin is killing me! I am itching and burning like a combination of a sunburn and poison ivy. My neck looks and feels like KFC’s Extra Crispy Chicken – no, more like Church’s Chicken. I’ll save you guys the horror of posting photos of my neck.


Bored and tired and puny…
May 2, 2008, 6:48 pm
Filed under: Cancer

I’ve been really bored sitting around the apartment, but I don’t even have the energy to play video games. I’d brought my Playstation 2 with me and several games – I over estimated my energy level. How much energy does it take to play a game? I don’t know, but I do know that it is much easier to just lay on the bed and watch TV. I’ve watched enough Court TV that I think I could pass the bar exam. I’ve learned how to do Spock’s Live Long and Prosper gesture with both feet. That may come in handy one day.

Apartment living while being zapped
May 2, 2008, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Cancer

I have spent the past two weeks in an apartment at the hospital. I was fortunate enough to get a room – this saved me from having to ride back and forth (3 hours total) everyday. The room was free and it wasn’t too bad – couple beds, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, etc… It was like being on vacation, but a vacation where you have to put up with the abuse everyday. Sorta like those “free” vacations where you have to listen to a marketing schpeel about time shares. It’s free, but you’ll pay for it somehow.

I didn’t have a car with me, so I used the bus shuttle system to get back and forth to my radiation treatments. I would call them to pick me up – no problem. But getting picked up to return back to my room was hit or miss. One day I wanted 1.5 hours to get back to my room. I quickly learned that the promptness of the pick up was related to which driver I was lucky enough to get that day. One of them was awesome – always on time, concerned with my well being, and very friendly. Another one, who’ll I refer to from here on as Tardo, was always late. Remember the 1.5 hour delay I mentioned – yep, Tardo. The roads around UAB are really rough and bumpy. Tardo knows where every pothole, dip, and bump are and hits them with the precision of a sharpshooter. He attacks the bumps with the gleeful giddyness of a child with a whole roll of bubble wrap. Did I mention that he is doing this at break neck speed? Evidently, this is to try to make up the time I spent waiting. I’m only 4 blocks away from the treatment center, so I think Tardo is trying to reach the speed of sound.

Chris’ Public Service Announcement
May 2, 2008, 5:52 pm
Filed under: Cancer

I don’t drink, don’t smoke (what do you do?) and I still ended up with cancer. I don’t really know if there was anything I could have done to have prevented it, but I only have one thing to say about the matter. YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET CANCER. I repeat in case my uppercase sentence didn’t grab you – YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET CANCER BECAUSE THE TREATMENT IS PURE HELL.

If you smoke – QUIT! If you dip tobacco – QUIT! It can’t happen to you huh? Well, it happend to me and I wasn’t adding to the problem. I urge you to take better care of yourself so that you will not have to go through what I’ve gone through. I lost my dad and grandfather to cancer and I don’t want it to happen to you. If you are reading this and you’re thinking that I am specifically speaking to you – you’re right.