Posted by: donrhymer | April 11, 2012

Rainbows and Unicorns

Today I sat at my window and watched a guy walk down the sidewalk outside my office.

Oblivious to his surroundings, head buried in his iPhone, he was emailing, texting, surfing the internet, playing “Words with Friends” – I don’t know – but whatever he was doing it had his complete and undivided attention. The man was focused. So focused he walked directly into a lamppost and almost broke his nose.

Surgery number five was overwhelmingly uneventful… right up until the biopsy came back and that’s when things got really interesting.

The surgeon didn’t like what he found and felt it foreshadowed a lot of hinky things going on in cancerland. So they pumped me full of radioactive isotopes, shoved me through a tube and while I held my breath and ducked, they shot me full of gamma rays. Or at least that’s what a PET Scan feels like.

The pictures that came back were not exactly filled with rainbows and unicorns. They showed that instead of leaving town after the last round of radiation, my cancer had decided to get the band back together and take them on the road. This time multiple spots showed up on my lungs. Not good.

Not good at all.

My Oncologist, who I now have to admit, no longer hates me, has ideas. Lots of positive ideas and hope and options. We will keep at it, maybe a clinical trial, maybe an aggressive three chemo cocktail, but at any rate we keep moving forward, totally focused on the task ahead, and I will take it the only way I know how, head up, one step at a time.

Because if I can keep doing that… at the very least? I can avoid the occasional rogue lamppost.



  1. Well, very good news about your oncologist not hating you any more. So congratulation on that.
    This will just make your story that much more interesting in 20 years when you’re telling it to your grandchildren.
    You’re a good man, Don. You deserve better that what the universe is currently dishing out to you.

  2. I hate that this is happening to you. Your willingness to fight is truely an insperation. Pfffttt, cancer ain’t got nothin’ on you! 😉

  3. It’s extra innings and no one is leaving early!

  4. You, Don, are one of the most remarkable people on Earth. I admire you and your unflappable sense of humor more than you can imagine. I hope you live 100 years. (Assuming that’s a good thing. I mean, I can’t guarantee Earth won’t fall apart and you’ll want to get the hell out before then. Okay, let’s just say I wish you the best of luck beating this stupid cancer thing and leave it at that.) Go get ’em!

  5. Radial tires, they make all the difference, except for the road you’re on. Shit, I wish I had something better to offer; but, at least you know the joy you’ve brought and the love so many have for you.

  6. You are something else!We love you and know that if anyone has a
    way to put a positive spin on this -you’ll find it . And teach us all something in the process!

  7. damn the torpedoes…

  8. Don — Your courage and strength are a powerful inspiration. Stay tough and watch out for those pesky lampposts. As the character you created once said, “Big Momma Got This”!

  9. Praying for you and Kate and the family. Thank you for posting- thank you for your humor and strength. You are an inspiration.

  10. The band may be back together, but let’s hope they get into a big argument about Yoko and break up again. I’m sorry to hear about this latest development, Don. I have to say that your sense of humor and grace about it all is astounding.

  11. I never liked that band. Not sure why they keep on playing. Maybe if you throw enough tomatos at them, they’ll get the hint and hang up their guitars. Keep at it. I’ll pray for an effective tomato and any other projectiles that might do the trick. Love you man.

  12. Don, as a good friend of mine used to say at some critical times, “BOHICA”. It took me awhile to figure it out but ‘bend over, here it comes again’ was actually so appropriate for the life events he was facing. You remind me so much of Tom…same wit mixed with a good dose of sarcasm and cynicism – but through it all staying strong for the rest of us. We love you and are here for you. thru all your BOHICAs.

  13. All these comments about handling this with humor. I know the truth. Your wife ghost writes your best stuff. That’s one arbitration committee I’d like to serve on. Believing a long and productive future for you.

  14. You, Kate & the kids remaining in our prayers. We love you, brother.

  15. Uh, let’s see… maybe your band could do a Lynerd Skynerd? Let’s at least hope the new CD completely tanks & ticket sales are low. Maybe it could be the Diana Ross fake Supremes reunion from a few years ago.

    Prayin for ya my friend,

    George Landes

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