FitOldDog’s Cancer? Aging Challenges: Turn Setbacks Into Opportunities Is Right!

Thymoma, Lymphoma, Seminoma, Other?

aging challenges Mr. Spock Star Trek

When logic is needed for aging challenges!

Fix the problem, don’t worry about it!

“Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.”

Lao-tzu, over 2,000 years ago!

Aging diseases don’t care what you feel!


Laughter is the best medicine!

Maybe I should revise that opinion.

aging challengesThis blog is all about aging challenges, and how to transcend them. I hear from brave people all the time, from Sue, who is running again, after a nightmare with Lisfranc, to many brave souls battling aortic disease. They inspire the hell out of me!

I just had my annual abdominal aortic aneurysm stent (and extension) scan. All was well with my aorta. Well, that’s good.

Two days later, the vascular surgeon called, a little nervously, I thought. He said, “Kevin, I’m afraid I have to tell you that the radiologist found a 1.5 cm. mass in your mediastinum. The radiologist thinks it’s probably a thymoma [tumor or cancer of the thymus gland].”

I replied, “Well, that’s a stroke of luck! Could have been busy killing me, without any symptoms, until it was too late. Thanks, I really appreciate that! I’ll need to find a thoracic surgeon, I guess.”

Aging challenges: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Live in the NOW: It’s all that really exists.

What was I feeling? You may ask!

I didn’t feel, I thought, “Boy, that was lucky, that they took the scan all the way up my aorta.” You have to remember, I’m not really given to feelings, if I can avoid them – the only person (well human-Vulcan) who made sense to me on Star Trek, was Mr. Spock! It comes in handy, when clear thought is needed, and fear is a total waste of time.

No, I’m not making this up, I’m just lucky that way!

His wonderful nurse, Judy, set up a meeting with a thoracic surgeon, and a couple of weeks later I drove back to Cleveland to meet with him.

That’s an interesting trip, when it comes to the radio programs available as you proceed from Jesse Helms’s Zoo, North Carolina, through West Virginia, and on into Ohio. We sure are a divided country, but a great one, whatever, anyone says. The key is to keep the debate alive!

You know that I’m a Feldenkrais enthusiast, but Feldenkrais won’t fix this one!

aging challenges crazy cowAs a veterinary researcher, I have a love-hate relationship with human-animal doctors:

I have a great team, working to fix my mediastinal mass, so don’t worry about me. I don’t! Forget aging challenges, and live. Live now! It’s all that exists!

Do I think about it? Not much, as there isn’t much time to think about it. My mind is busy on other matters, most of the time, including food (I love to cook), sex (I’m a guy, what do you expect?), training (I have a great new coach, Frits), and how on Earth am I going to get my marketing strategy to work, before I run out of money? All fun things to think about.

Fortunately, I know the answer to the fear of death.

It lies in this movie, about the creation of FitOldDog:

No regrets!

Wishing you happy trails, on this lovely fall morning! 

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.