Saturday, September 18, 2010

Gameday Luck

Happy gameday all!  I hope everyone is ready for a great day of college football.  I wish my sister luck as she is up in big orange country with the Dooley family preparing to take in the UT/UF game this afternoon.  I'm hoping she gets some t.v. time if the cameras ever pan to the family during the coverage.

After being sick from Sunday evening into Tuesday, I really bounced back quickly this week and I've felt great ever since.  Dr. Movva even mention how amazing my blood counts changed from critical on Monday to very good on Wednesday.  I think that goes to show how fortunate I am to be young and healthy when faced with this fight.  I can only imagine what a 55 year old obese person with lung cancer must feel during treatment.  Since I have put my first recovery week behind me, I get a few days of normal health until it is time to check back in for round 2 on Thursday.  They are potentially moving me from Emory University to Emory Midtown for this cycle, which would mean very little other than the view from my window could improve.

This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend the monthly Sarcoma Support Group meeting at the hospital.  This is a great organization that allows sarcoma survivors to get together and learn about new treatments, raise awareness, casually talk with the doctors, and just get to know others that have been through a similar fight.  I met some inspirational people the other night who were quick to share their stories and also offer assistance to me during my struggle.  One takeaway from Wednesday that still blows my mind is just grasping how rare sarcomas are.  I believe they said there are approx 300 or so new cases a year in Georgia.  From there you have something like 40+ subclasses which skew the stats even further.  Take my case, I have a Synovial Sarcoma, and Ned (the group leader) noted that they have only had 2-3 Synovial survivors come through during the 3 years of the group's existence, that is crazy!  For a guy who struggles to win the red/black bet at roulette, it is so my luck to develop such a rare cancer, but I digress.

Speaking of luck, I am starting to get concerned with my gameday luck this fall.  The Dawgs are 1-0 when I watch from the hospital, but 0-1 when I watch from home.  Granted the sample size would hardly be considered significant, it is still spooking me a bit.  If this trend should continue then I will have to figure out a way to get admitted for the GA/FLA game in October, since that is a non-hospital week for me.  Anyways, with all that said, does anybody have any weird superstitions about where you watch your team play?  I know all the Dawg fans are consumed with how/where they watch the Florida game and its bearing on our overall performance.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the weekend!


  1. Son, I think your bounce back to good health was helped by all of the "prayer warriors". And hopefully your mommy helped a little.

  2. Skipper & Jo AnneSeptember 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Michael, we're delighted you came through so well from the dark side and are feeling much better. Skipper & Jo Anne

  3. Michael, I watch the game on a different t.v. in a different room than what your father does. It has nothing to do with luck and all about watching the game in peace. Mom

  4. !:04 left in the game--Georgia is on the march to victory and I am thinking it has something to do with good karma coming your way (and bad karma coming to Petrino). Holding my breath for a victory! GO DAWGS!

  5. OMG...speechless. Sad day for Dawg fans. Hang in there, Michael. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers as you approach and undergo treatment # 2. Quick recovery on your blood counts shows your strong constitution! Hugs and prayers, Michelle on Westview.

  6. Doesn't matter where I watch the game as long as I have my Butler hat on!

    Uncle Dave

  7. Okay, So I posted too soon--held my breath for that last minute, passed out and when I came to Arkansas had won! How did that happen? Karma is a bitch....when will Petrino ever get his??? I won't hold my breath any more!

    Glad you are feeling better Michael. Oh, and I suggest American Woman by Lenny Kravitz to add to your IPod music selection. Lenny knows how to kick butt and encourages others to do the same.

  8. Michael,
    The Dawgs are looking more and more like Purdue since you have been "sidelined".
    I hate to admit it, but I have actually been pulling for the Bulldogs.
    Keep up the positive spirit. Your Ohio Kin send their prayers and love.

  9. Michael,

    The Dawgs usually lose to Florida when I am watching from the sideline. Maybe I should try watching from my couch at home.

    Mark Richt

  10. I usually watch the GA/FL game from a skybox, but this year I'll probably be in a coed's bed in Brumby. Let's see if we get better results!

    -Damon Evans

  11. It's okay Mrs. Sapp I thought we had it as well.. Thanks for the great comments and well wishes everybody! And a big thanks to Coach Richt for taking time away from coaching to say hi!