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This Poor Neglected, Abandoned, 11 Year Old Website

January 26th, 2017 Comments off
It’s hard to believe that the WordPress version of idano.net is over 10 years old now. It’s true, I have been blogging here since good old 2006 although I haven’t really done anything here in the last few years. I am not sure what the future has in store for the future of this website. …
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My Dad Left Me His 1965 Pontiac GTO

June 28th, 2016 Comments off

imageMy dad passed away this past November and left me his 1965 Pontiac GTO. I had always drooled over the car since I had seen it for the first time way back in the early 80’s when my mom met my dad. Unfortunately he had already “parked it” and I never got to ride in it. The last registration date on it was 1982.

My dad was the original owner of the car and ordered it brand new with the “GTO options” back in late 64′. Fortunately he saved all the brochures, order forms, sales receipt, and manual (with protecto plate). It is a true barn find that I am happy that is now mine ?.

The plan is to get it running and looking nice so we can take it on Sunday drives (and maybe so if we can do a little classic auto cross ?. This car was meant to be driven and that is what I would like to do with it. It only has an original 85k miles so I know she’s got a lot of life left in her. Shoot. We were able to start it right up after giving it just a standard tune up! I would be driving it right now if it had brakes and maybe a top. Here are some pictures of my new baby as we dug it out of the side yard for the first time in 30 years.

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Score: Me 4 – Cancer 0

April 29th, 2014 Comments off

I am happy to report that another routine CT scan has come and gone and it continues to show that there is no cancer in my body. This puts me into my 4th year of being cancer free. 12 months from now it will be 5 years cancer free and according to the medical community I will be cured from esophageal cancer. Can I get a WOOT!!! For me this scan was a little different in that I know that I have not been sick but knowing that the test was clean was a validation that feels really good. In the last 9 months since my last scan I have begun to adjust to this “New Normal”. It is very different then my life was before but I am beginning to accept where I am. Yes, I am happy to be alive but I am also happy that I am living a semi-normal life.

New Normal Vs. Old Normal – What’s the Difference?

Energy. Yes, it is that simple. A secondary issue to that is pain but it is very much related. The pain is from the trauma that my body went through while going through treatment and is controlled via pain meds. These pain meds and the side effects of chemo/radiation/surgery all keep my energy level at about 50-60% of what it was pre-cancer (pre-cancer being 6-12 months before I was diagnosed). It’s pretty much like having the energy level of someone twice my age. Despite this I think I am more accepting of the limitations of my energy now then ever before. I am learning to work around it by not committing to too much and resting several times during the day. Every once in a while I will push it too hard and my body makes me pay for it by making me rest for several days. I can’t really fool or bargain with my body any longer. My body has its limitations and it holds pretty hard to those limits.

Now What/Where/How?!?!?

That is a very good question. I’m not a stay at home dad. I’m not a go-to-work husband. I am a husband/dad who uses his limited energy to spend with his family. I am still trying to figure everything else out. One thing that I am looking into is how I can share my experiences in order to give hope to others that may be facing similar challenges. There have been several people along the way that helped me when I could not help myself. People like this are instrumental to winning any type of battle like this. I don not believe that we were meant to fight alone. I am very thankful for those people in my life. Something else that I really believe enabled me to make it this far is my faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ. I was a Christian before getting sick and could not image going through this without God. There is no one on this earth that can always be there for you 24/7, that is just impossible. It was in those times that I felt that God was with me and that He was going to use people to get me through this. This gave me peace in the mist of the battle which I believe was key in overcoming. It is when everyone works together that things turn out the best. Here’s to another 12 months of great health and being cancer-free!

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This Site Died, But Now It Is Back

October 4th, 2012 Comments off

My last post had the title – Didn’t Die, I’m Still Around - but unfortunately this site died for a couple of weeks without me knowing it. My credit card expired for the domain nam company and so when they went to renew the theabundantlife.net domain name it didn’t go through. They being the savvy business people that they are pulled the plug on my site and put their own content up. Well things are back to normal around here now. I have been saying that I am going to start writing here again but I don’t. That is a whole other post…

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Updates to “My Menu”

September 5th, 2012 Comments off

Just a quick note that I have updated my page named “My Menu“.

Added sections:

  • Breads/Crackers/Cookies
  • Ingredients

Add Foods:

Added Stores:

I also added when the pages was last updated. This way you can tell how fresh the information is.

Good luck on your Gluten Free Journey!

 

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What Am I Up To These Days?

August 24th, 2012 Comments off

Boy, that’s an interesting question. I am kind of trying to figure that out.

I am no longer going through treatment for cancer and am now in recovery mode. In all honesty it wasn’t the actual cancer treatment that got to me, it was the “persistent stricture” as a result of surgery that almost did me in. I have since got that fixed but it left my plumbing (digestive system) a little difficult to deal with.

Due to the extensive treatment that I went through and the side effects of treatment I am currently disabled. This has mostly to do with my energy level, pain, and other ailments that saving my life caused. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I would much rather deal with the things that slow me down now as opposed what possibly could have happened. But on the flip side, what I went through was a big deal, and my body bears the scares to prove it. 

How I Spend My Days

meMy days are mostly spent doing some form of physical activity, going to the doctor, and tinkering around the house. Only recently have I started cleaning the dust off of my websites and started messing with them. I still have a fair amount of doctors appointments so they keep me pretty busy as well.

My biggest challenge right now is my energy. I probably have the energy of someone twice my age (which is not a good thing). I get tired really easy and am trying to learn what my limits are so I don’t over do it. I haven’t ventured into the garage too much yet due to the heat. The heat outside kicks my butt right now.

Exercise. Diet. Yeah…

I just finished up physical therapy and am starting an after-cancer exercise program that is sponsored by LIVESTRONG at the YMCA (Village People cue…). I don’t like exercise anymore then the next guy but I need it, without it I probably wouldn’t make it out of my bedroom each day.

starbucks-frappuccinoI am also beginning to work with a nutritionist. I have Celiac disease and no stomach so it can be a little tricky finding foods that I can eat. I am not a big fan of smoothies but I do love Starbucks Frappuccinos. I can get 460 calories out of a medium one of those babies. Yes, I am a calorie counter but in the opposite way. I count calories in order to get as many of them as I can out of every meal or snack. Now before you wish to be me I will inform you that gaining weight is as difficult, if not more, then losing weight. It’s hard to gain the weight and to keep it on (yes, I live in opposite world).

My God, Why Are You Writing All Of This?

If you have made it this far you may be asking yourself this question. The reason is that there are a lot of people that go through similar situations and they want to see if anyone ever makes it through. I just received a comment on one of my other websites earlier today from a person that is facing terminal cancer. The said that my posts were helpful and thanked me for writing them. I didn’t really write for that reason but am glad that something I love to do can be helpful to someone else.

I am also writing this because I need to see where I am and where I have been.

I often will go back through my old posts and read about the things that I was going through at that time. It was also a good way to keep friends and family up-to-date with how I was doing without having to make a million phone calls.

What Are You Going To Do From Now On?

I have no idea. It really just depends on what I am physically capable of doing. It also depends on what I can handle mentally too. When your body is screaming out in pain your mind is a difficult thing to focus. I am trying to spend some time updating my websites with new designs and content. Other then that I am non-committal on anything else for the time being. I will continue to exercise my mind and body as much as possible and look to the future to see what it holds.

Now watch this video of a cute kitten:

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Jetpack 1.7 Custom CSS = Awesome+++

August 24th, 2012 Comments off
Wow. This is awesome. Automattic, creators of WordPress and their ultra cool Jetpack plugin, have added custom CSS to the already extensive array of features. The reason why this is such a big deal to me is because this make customizing your current theme really easy. Back in the day if you wanted to change […]
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Stricture, Stricture, Why Won’t You Go Away?

November 30th, 2010 Comments off

esophageal-strictureAs most of you know I finished chemo up 3 weeks ago this week. I met with my GI doc a week after that last dose and he now does not consider me a cancer patient any more.

That is great news!

Although I am no longer considered a cancer patient, I am now considered a stricture patient. The stricture I have was caused by scare tissue in my esophagus from the surgery that I had back in June which removed all the cancer. Since the surgery I have had several dilations and 2 stents due to this stricture.

The last stent was taken out 4 weeks ago and I have started to have trouble swallowing again. It started on Thanksgiving and has been consistent since then. I had a barium swallow yesterday and it confirmed that there is a narrowing of my esophagus where the surgery was at. No cancer, nothing like that, just scare tissue.

I am having another stent placed on Thursday

So I am no longer battling cancer but being inconvenienced by 1 cm of scare tissue. Yes, just 1 measly centimeter of tissue. It may not sound like much but it does make a difference. The standard esophagus is anywhere from 18 to 25mm and mine is about at 6-7mm at the stricture point right now. What that means is that I am basically on a liquid/mushy food diet right now.

The Real Issue

The real issue here is that putting stents in and taking them out every 6-8 weeks is not a viable long term solution. What we are doing is buying some time, and space, that will allow us to do some research and let me eat normally – for now.

What we really need is a long-term solution.

The issue is that there is no textbook answer for what to do in this situation. Dilations work for some people – they do not work for me. Stents work for some – not me. Another surgery has not been ruled out but my wife, GI doctor, and I really want to go down that road if it can be avoided.

So we are doing research.

We are trying to see what other solutions their might be out their for a tough-throated person like me. We are only one day into looking into it so we do not have any viable solutions at this time. The internet is wealth of information though so I am sure something will pop up sometime soon. W also have our awesome GI doctor as well looking into solutions.

Still Thankful

Despite not quite being done with the after affects of dealing with cancer I am still thankful for where I am at. This issue is not life-threating but it is inconvenient. I can deal with inconvenience. Really, I can.

I believe that we will find a solution and that this will no longer be an issue. It is just going to take some time like everything else in life.

Thanks again to everyone for their support while we work this out. 

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The Easy Way to Integrate WordPress and bbPress

June 4th, 2010 Comments off
I had tried messing around with bbPress way back when and it wasn’t the easiest animal to tame. Recently though bbPress has graduated to version 1.0 and is much easier to tame. Especially usefully is it’s built-in integration with WordPress. I have to admit that my first attempt at getting bbPress and WordPress playing together [...]
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My First Post on The Gluten Free Journey Website

April 26th, 2010 Comments off

So here I am making my first post on a website that I never thought that I would create – I website about eating gluten free. I have never been the type of person that would put any real emphasis on what I ate. That all changed the day that I was told that I have celiac disease.

Celiac disease, if you don’t know, is an autoimmune disorder that basically tells your body to attack and kill parts of your small intestine because you ate some wheat (which contains the gluten protein). It is not curable but it is treatable. The treatment is to not eat anything that contains gluten for the rest of your life. Now that sounds pretty dramatic but in some ways it is.

So what has gluten in it?

Gluten is in wheat (including kamut and spelt), barley, rye, and triticale.

So what types of things have gluten in them?

Pretty much all breads, cakes, crackers, and cereals. Wheat itself or its byproducts are also used in a lot of sauces and as a binding agent in medications (pills) and whatnot. It is pretty much everywhere.

When treating celiac disease with a gluten free diet the idea is not to eat any gluten whatsoever. Some people say that after your intestines heal that you can eat some but that does not work for everyone. We will see if that works for me someday.

The idea behind this website is so that I can share my experience in trying to live the gluten free life. At the time of writing this I have been on the gluten free diet for a little over a week and it has been hard. I am still in the discovery mode of trying to figure out what I can eat. I know it will get easier as time goes on (I keep telling myself that) but at the moment it is not too fun.

This is going to be an interesting journey. I am only 34 years old and have many years of gluten free-ness to go. We will see how it works out .

If you want to know more about me and what got me to the point of being gluten free you can head over to my About page and read some more.

If you are just starting out in the gluten free diet and are starving you can check out My Menu for a place to grab a quick bite to eat.

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I’ve Decided to Become Social

February 10th, 2010 Comments off

Actually I have been “Social” (Facebook, Twitter, etc) for a while but nowhere on the web could you find be being social all in one place.

Well now you can.

Right over to the right hand side I have a whole bunch of little icons linking me to the rest of the world. So if we are linked up in one place now you can link up with me in other places as well.

See you around the social arena!

P.S. Here are the links also:

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My Resume Has Been Updated

January 25th, 2010 Comments off

I spent some time to get my resume updated this morning. Most specifically I added my most recent employer which was Solarwinds. Also added were .txt and .pdf version of it.

I am not currently looking for a position but as soon as I get the good results back from my PET/CT scan next week I plan of starting to look. My energy has been great and I am expecting that it will continue to stay that way.

If you know anyone that is looking for a web or software product manager I would appreciate you giving me an honorable mention ;-) .

You can see my resume on the resume page here.

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A Couple of Updates at danmasters.net

January 22nd, 2010 Comments off

broom I have done some cleanup here at the ol’ blog.

The first you may notice is a new design or what we like to call in the blogosphere as a “theme”. I would like to take credit for the design but unfortunately I did not design it. Cozmos Labs did and I think they did a great job. I made some enhancements here and there for my liking.

Another change that I did to the site was to eliminate the  daily Twitter rollup posts. They were kind of redundant and annoying so they are all gone. You can see my tweets in the column to the right if you are really that much into Twitter.

The last thing I did was to add my resume as a page again since I will need to be getting a job here in the near future. It is kind of up-to-date in that it is the resume that I used to get my last job. It does not have my last job that I had for a whole 7 weeks on it though. The reason for this is long and irrelevant to probably everyone in the world so I won’t bore you with the why. I will say that I will update it soon.

Enjoy the updated site and please let me know if you come across anything that doesn’t work properly.

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Twitter Updates for 2010-01-14

January 15th, 2010 Comments off
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Twitter Updates for 2010-01-13

January 14th, 2010 Comments off
  • About to have lunch with a friend at Chedd's Gourmet Grilled Cheese. Mmmmmm grilled cheese :-) . #

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Twitter Updates for 2010-01-08

January 9th, 2010 Comments off

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Twitter Updates for 2010-01-06

January 7th, 2010 Comments off
  • Not being very productive today but having a good time doing it! #

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Twitter Updates for 2010-01-05

January 6th, 2010 Comments off
  • Um, we finally got approved for Medicaid retro to Nov. 1. That means most of my $20k radiation bill should be wiped out along with others! #

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Twitter Updates for 2010-01-03

January 4th, 2010 Comments off
  • I love my church. We couldn't make it today because of sick kids but still got to watch service live via the internets. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-12-29

December 30th, 2009 Comments off
  • Another miracle! Was just told that my current stay in the hospital, no matter how long, will only cost us $100. Thank you God! #
  • And even more good news! All my blood levels are where they need to be and I am going home after lunch today. I am truely blessed! #
  • Little kids screaming and fighting – yep, I'm home from the hospital. #

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