Happy New Year! Still Undefeated...

Another year is in the books.  This year had some ups and downs.  Health wise it's been a pretty good year!  (Other than a partial calf tendon tear and strain!).  The lows of the year were the loss of my grandpa Youngerberg in June and my stepdad Steve the week before Thanksgiving.  (and 2 beloved family bulldogs).

I'm a little behind in sharing my 2014 review.  I started these videos a few years ago after a tough year of dealing with Melanoma.   I wanted to share with others that even though you're going thru surgeries, and treatments, and other dealing with Melanoma, never give up hope and keep living and enjoying life!   The song I used was Chris Daughtry's song Undefeated.  His line about "You can knock me down with body blows, but you cannot break my hope' felt appropriate.

I won't say that this journey is ever easy, and sometimes we feel a little survivors guilt when others don't make it (there were several Melanoma warriors lost this year... a cure is still needed).  It's amazing to see how many new drugs have been approved since I was diagnosed in 2010, but for some they come too late.

Here's to another healthy (boring patient) year!

Summary: a few highlights to go with video

January:  I hit 1 full year on Merck's anti-pd1 trial with minimal side effects and great results.  NJ/NY hosted the Super Bowl and had some great events (although it was so COLD!!)
February: After having some friends visit for the Super Bowl, I hopped on a jet plane to meet friends in Russia for the 2014 Winter games in Sochi!  It was such a great experience!!
March: another round of scans results back in - stable minimal residual disease!
April: Not a whole of exciting things going on.  Work travel trips and participating in the Melanoma International Foundation's Safe from the Sun walk.
May: I did my part for Skin Cancer awareness month by participating in several interviews and videos.  I also made it back to Milwaukee with my awesome friends for the Block Melanoma walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
June: This month had some ups and downs.  My scans were once again good - no interval change, stable minimal residual mesenteric disease.  But with that also came the loss of my Gramps Youngerberg.
July: I was able to make it back home for a family reunion on my mom's side. Great seeing so many extended family members and love the support with their Team Erin hats!  Also turned another year older!
August: This month was a pretty uneventful month.  Some more work travel, visits from some good friends!   Also attended the US Open!  If only I knew more about Tennis...  
September: this month came with some major change!  Scans were once again great!  Amazing how quickly 3 months goes...  And the trial I have been on officially got FDA approval!  During this month I also left my job to start a new job.  With that came more work travel (and personal travel) so the pups took a trip to Minnesota!  I miss them terribly, but know that it's best for them!  (Thanks family for taking them in!)
October: More travel: trip to Arizona to visit Sedona and Grand Canyon with my friend Marie, a few days in Orlando for a conference (and my first visit to Disney World), and New Orleans for a Packers game with the crew!
November: More ups and downs this month.  While thankful to get to spend so much time with my family, sad about the unexpected loss of my Step-dad Steve.  Scans again, and thankful for more good results - no suspicious findings!  Unchanged nodes - probably treated disease!
December: more time home for the holidays!  Only major health issue for the year are a few colds and a pulled calf muscle!

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  1. Lovely to catch up with you Erin, and its always a blessing to see you are doing so well.
    Wishing you a fabulous year.