February 8

FINDING THE PONY: Some side effects are worse than others

Jim Arnold

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So, yeah, fatigue has a tremendous impact on my ability to cope, let alone dealing with “Jackson” ringing in my brain constantly. But here’s the thing... Fatigue has no better shot at winning this fight than does multiple myeloma, or chromosome deletion 17p. Not now. Not today.

Each time it seems the scales are going to tip in their favor, that I’m. just. too. tired. I get an email from someone, or a text, or a note on Facebook, or run into someone in the street who tells me they have been following our struggle and how much it means to them that we remain positive and willing to share our fight so openly with others.

I really struggled with whether I should blog about this, or just keep it to my own journal. I chose to write about it openly because, as I’ve said here so often before, writing about things in my life is what I’ve always done. I also thought I might be able to help some people who couldn’t express themselves as openly.

Well, fool that I sometimes can be, I had no idea that in telling you what is happening, I was giving you each a chance to help me. Duh. You have been wonderful. You have kept Sheri and me in the fight and that’s where we’re going to stay. There may come a time when I can no longer say that, but I can say it today.

Jim Arnold is a copy editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. He is writing about his fight against cancer in a blog,findingthepony.blogspot.com. Some of his columns are being reprinted in this space.
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