Bad Side of Statistics, Cancer, and Relay for Life

I’m sure if you know me well enough to read this blog, you already know that I have been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. That is certainly not something I was ever expecting to hear, and it still feel weird to acknowledge that I have cancer. I don’t want my social media to become consumed with nothing but this topic, so I created a stand-alone blog to post updates and news.

The title is an homage to statistical improbably of someone having this condition who is under 40 years old (extremely rare, as the American Cancer Society puts it) who has not been treated for another type of cancer or been exposed to radiation or dangerous chemicals. Given that only 0.0048% of the population has it in the first place, and the majority of those are over 60, I am truly a statistical oddity. There are only about 13,000 cases diagnosed a year. Compared to breast cancer’s roughly 250,000.  I’ve never been normal in any other area, so I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.

I have also joined my wife and mother-in-law on a Relay for Life team. You can click on the logo to see my page there. If you are so inclined, I would be thrilled if you made a donation, joined our team, or joined your local Relay event if you live outside of Baldwin County.

One thing I learned very quickly was how important teams are after diagnosis. It took 6 doctors, 3 nurse practitioners, and more nurses and lab techs than I could possibly ever count or keep up with to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan. And that is in addition to my wife, parents, and other family, friends, and colleagues who encouraged and kept me going through the entire process. I would be thrilled if you would join my team with your thoughts and prayers. I can say with confidence, it is a great team of which to be a part.

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