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Cycling Over Cancer with John - Update 11 | End of Cycle 5 - Skydiving with Grandma Dodo

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Wow - how time flies . . . when you are old?? It really does seem like just yesterday that I began my treatment on March 24 and made my first Cycling Over Cancer and posted my first recovery ride on March 26 (Road to Recovery - 7.5 miles, 1,375'). Since then, I have had 12 infusions and 6 white blood cell booster shots over the course of 24 weeks. In May I felt I could exercise at a reasonable rate after the first week of infusion each cycle so I decided on a graduated set of fitness challenges, beginning with the Death Ride July 17. The Death Ride was cancelled the night before the event due to wildfires in the area, but we drove to Owens Valley and climbed White Mountain and Horseshoe Meadows so I was able to successfully check off my first challenge. Challenge 2 was not so much fitness as it was overcoming fear - I went skydiving with Grandma Dodo on her 91st birthday - checked off challenge #2! The next challenge of 6 will be September 9 when I attempt to climb both Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak in a single day. I won't go into detail about why that's going to be very tough for me...next to impossible. That's at the end of my Sept 1-10 cycling trip with PJAMMers Eric and Sam and PJAMM friend and extreme adventurer Luke Hise, who is flying in from Phoenix just for that day to ride with me. I think with all of that support it increases my chances a bit to succeed. Anyone interested can follow our progress in real time via our PJAMM Adventure Page - 2021 Colorado Adventure.

I had a scare with extremely low white blood cell count 2 weeks ago, but my oncologist says that notwithstanding that, I have responded well to chemotherapy treatment and he expects I will be in remission by our next meeting on October 13 - that's great news and a real motivator for my Cycling Over Cancer training.

Check out my video of my skydive with Grandma Dodo and my going to my last chemotherapy treatment!


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