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Hey Everyone,

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve last updated each of you, so I apologize for that.  The truth is, as you have probably noticed from the news segment clips and everything else, that I have been pretty busy lately.  That’s normally a pretty typical excuse for people to use when they have been late to do something, but this time it’s probably been more true than ever before.

Life has been moving at a pretty incredible pace.  I’ve been going just about non-stop for the past two weeks now and it’s been one heck of an experience.   Almost every day I have had something going on.  Since the last time that I’ve written a journal, I have:

    1. Gone skydiving
    2. Driven a Dodge Viper
    3. Threw the first pitch at a Brewer game
    4. Spent about a week in Las Vegas (refuse to go into more detail than that Innocent)
    5. Raced a NASCAR
    6. Swam with Dolphins
    7. Rode in a pace car

Most of the summary for each of these can be found using ‘The Bucket List’ link found on the left menu.

I’ve had an absolutely amazing time and I have all of you to thank for it.  Pretty much none of it would have been possible without the help of so many friends and family.  I wish I had the time to write each of you a letter of thanks or something so that I could tell each of you how grateful I am for everything that you have already done.  The support has been immense.  To be honest, there are just SO many letters and such that I need to get reply to that it would take me a full week to do it.  I get emails, letters, cards, phone calls, texts, etc all of the time conveying to me how much I am helping you and inspiring all of you…I want you all to know that every word that I have read from each of you has been equally helpful to me.  You have shown me how one person can make a real difference in this world.  I watch the news as often as I can, and most of the time all that I see if how evil and cruel that this world can be.  You have all shown me that there is so much love and hope out there.  I’ve gotten letters of encouragement and prayers and such from complete total strangers.  A friend of my dad’s at Point Beach Nuclear Plant has two young daughters that heard my story.  They literally emptied their piggy banks and put the $7.00 of cash in a paper clip and gave it to my dad…made me cry like a baby.

As for my health, even given the stressful load that I am exerting on my body, I am still feeling pretty okay.  I know that the demon is lurking once again and it’s just a matter of time before it really decides to have it’s fun, but in the meantime, I am still feeling well.   I have an appointment on Monday in Milwaukee at Froedtert to see how I am doing.   On Tuesday, I have an appointment at UW Madison to see what types of experimental treatment might be out there for me.  MD Andersen in Houston contacted me back and wanted me to spend 5 days down in Texas for them to evaluate my situation.  If Madison doesn’t have any answers for me, then I might consider looking into the Texas location some more.

I’ve said this once, and I will say it again…I’m not done.  I have far too much to live for.  I am going to do absolutely everything in my power to beat this once again.  I know that this time is going to be exponentially more difficult to do it, but there is no way in hell that I am going to sit back and just watch it whittle me down to nothing.

I’ll try to write more in the upcoming days.  As for right now, I think I am going to go take a long nap.  I’m totally exhausted and need to recharge my batteries.

Take care and thank you all so very much…I really wish I could show each and every one of you how much I truly am grateful for everything that you have done for me…tangible and intangible.