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My Life With Cancer, Now That Ain’t Normal (Part 2)

At times in life you will come across “Now That Ain’t Normal”, usually it will involve a brother, sister, cousin or mother-in -law.  In my case I was able to add some strange bumps to the list.

Just before Thanksgiving 2004, I noticed some bumps that seemed to suddenly appear. There were 5 of them.  One on my right temple, left side of my neck, two on my shoulders and one on the base of my neck. I thought they were just ingrown hair, so I tried to get rid of them (pop them), that didn’t go well.  So they went right on growing.

It wasn’t until we were on the “Mee at Sea” cruise out of New Orleans in 2005 that a doctor in our group told me “you need to get those looked at.”  We had a blast on that cruise, there were over 250 people from the Treasure Valley, along with my brother with his family and my dad.  The ships comedian had an entire routine about Idaho, he wanted to scrap it when he found out about all the people from Idaho on the ship, but we asked for it and he delivered.  Brenda got dunked in the ocean while paragliding and we went cave tubing in Belize.  If you ever get the chance the Cave tubing is incredible, kind of like the Boise River when it’s really warm, with long caves and bones from Mayan sacrifices….OK kind of like the Boise River.

So I spent the rest of the cruise feeling like I had baseball size welts protruding all over.  Actually the largest was about the size of the tip of my thumb and it was at the base of my neck.  Inside I was a wreck, then I went diving on one, a wrecked ship, not Brenda. Not that Brenda is or ever was a wreck. I’m ‘gonna stop here before I get in more trouble.

(Up Next) “Uh-Oh”






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