Beating the odds

Today is Sunday, the 28th day of June. It’s the last day of storms for a while (according to KCCI) but its going to be hot and muggy. As we move into July, all we will have is hot and muggy. Some days worse than others. But I don’t want to start my blog off with me complaining about the weather. So I will say, when it’s not raining, it is really beautiful outside. I wish I could leave my house to see more, but Teresa still has me only going to Doc things. So its the same trip back and forth. I’ve seen what there is to see on that trip.


However, with 8ish mile straight of construction on Highway 6, I will be taking the Freeway to go to chemo for the next 3 days. Just a short ways on the Freeway, its all good.


Chemo does start tomorrow and go thru Wednesday. Same old, same old. We’ll see how bruised my left arm gets this week. 4 IVs in the same vein in less than a week last time. My arm was sore for a week afterwords.


I overslept this morning. I turned the volume down on Alexa when I went to bed last night cuz I wanted background noise and not blaring music to go to bed to. I had asked Teresa to turn it up when she went to bed, guess she didnt hear me or forgot. Anyhow, I slept in till, wait for it, 7:40am. I normally get up at 6 to feed the dogs or 7 at the latest. They were having fits when I finally did wake up. So they got fed, and then Mojo was a butt about going out again. But I didnt have to wake Teresa this time, I got him to go out after about 5 minutes.


I posted this on Facebook, but not all my readers read Facebook, so I am gonna post it here too.

I forgot to ask for my donors name and address while I was at Mayo last time. So, I just sent a message to Mayo last night requesting this, because I want to thank the guy who saved my life. I am of the hope that he didn’t say he didn’t want to be contacted, which they can do.

Also on Facebook

STILL NOT DEAD party will (Teresa permitting) be held May 22nd, 2021. Somewhere in Greater Des Moines area, with food from somewhere. I am actively/passively looking for a place and a caterer now. This is assuming that the Covid-19 vaccine comes out sometime first quarter of 2021 like Dr. Fauci has predicted several times.

Also, the Indiana version of STILL NOT DEAD parry will (Teresa permitting) happen August 7th, 2021. Somewhere in Indiana, with Teresa making lasagna. I am passively looking for a place to host it now.


I turn 50 years old in 39 days (not including today). I really never thought I would reach 50 years old. Especially not since the MDS diagnosis in 2017. I have beaten death so many times I am afraid to count. Fate has something in store for me otherwise I would have been dead already. You wanna know what kind of odds I am beating right now. 2 yr survivability with my type of MDS with transplant is <10% and 3 yr which it looks like I am going to survive is <2%. They don’t have a % for 4 years or 5 years. We’ll see if I become a statistical anomaly again.


Tonight we play in one of the last of Jason’s Dungeons and Dragons Eberron campaign. We last left with everyone pretty beat up, wait, no we left with Tink healing everyone some. But I think we are still pretty beat up. The elephant thing we fought really kicked our butts before we finally beat it. Anyhow, hopefully today we get to our first destination. And complete at least one of the quests. It’ll be fun, that is what is important.


That is it, nothing more to report today that I can think of. A video is in order. Then I am off to find food.

Author: Jeff Campbell

I am 49 year old guy, who beat blood cancer but is getting his butt kicked by bone marrow cancer. At this point it appears I am dying. Married and in love with the most wonderful woman in the world (27 years). She has stood by me thru a lot of crap and I love her so.

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