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Muhammed Ali…

Muhammad-Ali-lands-a-righ-022It looks like we have a new challenge. The back pain I’ve been having is most likely from a tumor on the bone, which is certainly not a good thing, but it’s not the worst thing in the world either. Worse would have been to have more tumors that have grown larger in the lungs. And that wasn’t the case (there was a little bit of growth in the lungs but no new tumors; back to almost like it used to be on a three month basis). The tumor in the bone needs to be looked at closer to diagnose, so next week I will be doing a bone scan and an MRI to determine its severity and treatment options. At first glance the bone tumor appears to be something that could be removed with radiation (because it is not in the lungs), and then we would manage it and hope that it doesn’t come back or spread rapidly. The other thing, and this could end up being a positive, is that we could try some different chemos (infused instead of pills) that might be effective in wiping it out systemically (would ensure it wouldn’t come back). The bottom line is that we need more information to determine what we are really dealing with and what the next steps should be.

As I wrote earlier, it’s better than us dealing with more lung tumors that are growing out of control (because we are pretty much out of lung options). However, it is a new area for us to have to treat, and it’s not going away. The plan, as it’s always been, is to keep knocking it back so it doesn’t spread too rapidly…and hope that someday the magic destroyer, “The Greatest” of treatments will come along and knock it out. The hard part is that we don’t know where the magic destroyer is or if it even exists….I believe it’s a form of immunotherapy somewhere, but right now we don’t even know what jar it’s in.

I’ve got fight. I’m still walking with my chin up and trying to not let this get me down; I just have to dust myself off and get back in the ring for another round. In 1975, one of my idols, Muhammad Ali, once came back and beat his nemesis Joe Frazier in a fight called the “the Thrilla in Manila.” Many boxing enthusiasts call it the greatest fight of all time. Ali absorbed a tremendous beating and was almost knocked out in the middle rounds, but he took the punches and came back to win the fight in the 14th round. Ali would later claim that this was the closest to dying he had ever come. That was 38 years ago. I’ll take that, so from now on I will be channeling my inner Muhammad Ali – “I’m gonna float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!”

We are doing fine. Back to the grind. My amazing wife is the newly elected “room monitor” for the first grade (translation:  Grand Puba). Saturday was the welcome back class picnic, and it went off without a hitch. BTW, she also runs marketing for the apparel group at Amazon in her spare time. There is nobody better.

Thank you for all your love and support.

xo

Mike

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23 Responses to “ “Muhammed Ali…”

  1. Steve Hayworth says:

    Float like a butterflie and sting like a bee baby!

  2. Stephen Fung says:

    Mike, you’re the Greatest like Ali! Praying for your full recovery!

  3. Siobhan says:

    Sock it to ’em Michael! XOXO

  4. Bonnie Fredricks says:

    Bam! Bam! Bam! Beat it back! 3/31/73 I rode in an elevator with Ali and our Bryan who was then only 1 1/2. Ali had lost a fight to Ken Norton in San Diego and was in Mercy Hospital. My dad was in for bypass surgery. Ali had a hurt jaw (ya think?) after his fight. The size of Ali next to Bryan was awesome. Ali never spoke but watched Bryan who hadn’t a clue who he was. He was swarmed by reporters when he got off the elevator…and Bryan and I rode back upstairs to tell Dad who we had ridden with. L will never forget how big and quiet he was! Keep up the good fight Mike! We send our love!
    Bonnie and Ray

  5. Steve Tonas says:

    Ali is a great guy for you to channel. They don’t make them like that anymore – someone willing to speak their mind, tell it like it is, but do so in an intelligent and classy manner. Remember all the interviews with Howard Cosell, priceless!

    Like Ali, you are the “greatest fighter of all time”!

    “Down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier” (from a Foreman fight but I couldn’t resist).

  6. Mike Dougherty says:

    How bout down goes cancer? I’ll take that.

  7. Brenda MacLean says:

    We are praying that you deliver a K.O. to this new invader.

  8. Kelly says:

    You ARE THE STRONGEST and we are fighting right beside you. Keep your gracious nature. We are all behind you and beside you.

  9. Chris Mihm says:

    Your post makes me think of two things:

    1) Haymakers for Hope: (A pretty cool way to raise money for cancer) http://haymakersforhope.org/who-we-are/about-us/

    2) When We Were Kings: (A great doc on the Rumble in the Jungle) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_We_Were_Kings

    How about Cancer Bumaye

    • Mike Dougherty says:

      I love it Mihm, here’s a classic Ali quote:

      “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” M, Ali

  10. Sean Beaudoin says:

    Jerry Quarry was always my favorite Ali opponent. What a chin on that guy! He reminds me of you. Stick and move, baby, and keep that left up.

  11. Mike Dougherty says:

    C’mon Sean, can’t you at least give me Chuck Wepner?

  12. Mary Pratto says:

    I haven’t contacted you before,Mike. However,
    you have been in my daily prayers from the getgo. Love, Dootsie

  13. Stacy (McCormick) Moeller says:

    Love you Mike! Your writing style is phenomenal–it’s like I’m hearing you speak in person. Please know I’ve been there with you completely–in spirit and in prayer…while living in Danville, Westport CT and now back in our old ‘hood again. Crazy that I’ll be just a few blocks from your parents! You’re like another McCormick bro for me (even getting into trouble at my house like Matt & Mike Jr!). I love you to pieces–even with all of the brotherly torture you and Matt “shared” with Shannon and I! Can’t wait to read your book coming out soon. We love Seattle and will look you guys up if we head your way in the coming months. I’d love to have some play time with Charlotte! xoxo Stacy

  14. Stacy Moeller says:

    Meant to also mention that I LOVE what you wrote about Shannon in your recent post. It was spot-on. She is incredible and I feel so, so fortunate to still consider her my best friend–for over 40+yrs! She has an inner strength like no one I know and has always given me such honest and genuine advice, opinions, insight, etc. Like you, she’s also so flipping funny that she often has me in tears from laughing so hard. Great piece on the love you have for each other, and the pix were terrific!

    • Mike Dougherty says:

      Thanks Stace, you are a big part of my wonderful Mtn View childhood that I am sharing with Charlotte. I hope you are doing the same with your kids. How fun that they will get to experience it first hand, tell them to watch out for flying lemons, they are in prime country :)

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