His Own Words

My First Entry

Hey guys, Its Andy.  So as many of you know I was diagnosed with Melanoma Skin Cancer this week.  I am headed back to Cincinnati from Colorado this Sunday 11/9/08 to be with family as well as see a few … read more

November 8th, 2008 in His Own Words

A Long Day with Doctors

Hey everyone.  First of all I have to say WOW!  I can’t believe all the feedback I have received so far.  Thank you so much for your messages on here, emails, Facebook notes and phone calls.  I really can’t begin to … read more

November 11th, 2008 in His Own Words

A Time with Friends

Again, I have to say I am overwhelmed by the show of support from all of my friends and family.  It is quite remarkable.  I have received messages from college teammates and friends from all over the world… South Africa, … read more

November 13th, 2008 in His Own Words

Note from Aunt Jen

Dear friends and family of Andy; I am Andy’s aunt and I just spoke to his mom, my sister Candi.  Andy got through the surgery well.  He will spend some time in recovery and gets to go home this evening.  … read more

November 14th, 2008 in His Own Words


My surgery on Friday went well.  It was a bit longer than I had originally thought, but my nurse, Chris was extremely nice and gave me lots of awesome pain killers! (She even signed my wall!)  Also, my good friend … read more

November 16th, 2008 in His Own Words

Tuesday’s Update

So, not so great news tonight; the pathology report from the lymph node biopsy came back and one of the nodes was positive.  This means I must have another surgery to remove all of the lymph nodes from that side … read more

November 18th, 2008 in His Own Words


Hey All, Today I had a very encouraging visit with my oncologist, Dr Leming.  He is very optimistic about my chances for success.  He described me as “cured until proven otherwise.” He believes that the first surgery successfully removed all … read more

November 21st, 2008 in His Own Words

Tomorrow’s Surgery

Hey guys, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I had a great time hanging out with my family and more importantly eating all of the great food! So, tomorrow I have surgery very early in the morning at Christ … read more

November 30th, 2008 in His Own Words

Wednesday Update

Hey all, I will keep this short and sweet, I am home from hospital. Dr Popp removed 62 lymph nodes from my neck/throat/shoulder area and I am thrilled to report that all 62 were tested and are cancer free. This … read more

December 3rd, 2008 in His Own Words

A Match We Won

Hey Everyone, I just wanted to do a quick blog and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  This Christmas is especially joyful for my family and me because of my good prognosis. Its funny how in our … read more

December 24th, 2008 in His Own Words