Home sweet home

Yesterday I was officially released from the hospital. They gave me my discharge papers and a handful of prescriptions of meds that I would need to take while I stayed home. My dad helped me pack up all of my belongings after discovering that the hospital had carts with wheels to help transport the stuff to the car (inside joke for Onur if you are reading this).

packing

 

After we finished up packing all of my belongings, they gave me one last shot of Neupogen in my stomach to give me one final boost to my immune system before I left the unit. I took a shower, put on deodorant, brushed my teeth, and dressed in "normal" clothing. I was all ready to go and was so excited to just be able to walk outside and breath fresh air.

 

 

Oh...and yes, I am wearing a Packer t-shirt. If there was one thing I was pulling for yesterday, it was the Packers. As we headed north to Two Rivers, we stopped at a Chile's restaurant in Sheboygan to grab some food. I ate a full rack of these honey habanero ribs along with a dish of loaded mashed potatoes and cinnamon apples. Oh...AND we ate one of those awesome blossom fried onion things beforehand. It wasn't even the food that was making me so happy. It was everything else. It was all of the other little things that everyone does on a daily basis that felt so great. It was the driving down the highway, filling the tank with gas, looking at the trees and the grass go by, and just soaking up all of the other stuff that we all take for granted.

 

That's one thing that I wish the general public would realize more than they do. For the most part, we all take these simple things in life for granted. It's not until those things are threatened or taken away, possibly due to a deadly illness, that we begin to realize how valuable good health is. You could have everything in the world you could possibly want or do...but if you aren't healthy, you've got nothing. So tomorrow when you are out and about, running errands and so forth, take a minute or two and just soak up all of the "little things" that I have been talking about.

 

From Australia to Bolivia, Turkey to Russia, I have been getting support from all over the world. It's amazing at how many people I have been able to reach out to with my situation and story. If there is one thing, besides me getting better, that I want, is for anyone and everyone who has been following my thoughts and messages to come away from all of this with a more positive outlook on life and all it has to offer.

 

I will end tonight's blog with a picture of a calligraphy assignment that I did from one of my art classes seven years ago in high school...long before I was diagnosed...

 

calig

 

Eric

Quote

  • The reason that these years have been the best is that I think that I might have had a somewhat positive impact on your lives and perhaps your understanding of what cancer is and what it can do, to both those of us that it has personally attacked and those of us who know someone who is going through it. -Eric McLean
  • I just want children to be left with a better life than what I was left with," he said. "I want them to experience the feeling I had in my life when I realized that I really mattered.
    ~ Larry Hisle
  • Realistically, I have two more Olympic cycles in me. I'm not going to let this beat me.  I've gained a lot of strength from you guys, if Eric can fight 5 times over I can overcome this one year of setbacks.
    ~ Chris Solinsky
  • Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men. ~ Albert Einstein
  • Never, never, never give up.
    ~ Winston Churchill
  • I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! ~ Dr. Seuss
  • Once you choose hope, anything's possible.
    ~ Christopher Reeve
  • If you're going through hell, keep going.
    ~ Winston Churchill