Offensive Thinking

Brain tumors suck. Hi, I'm Patrick btw. This is my cancer blog. My "normal" stuff is over here.

Summer Update

Handstand Workshop with <a href="https://www.handstand-body-control.com/deutsch/slava-popov/">Slava Popov</a>, July. So much work to do...
Handstand Workshop with Slava Popov, July. So much work to do...

So much for my plans to blog more. Ok, here’s the status update: Nothing important happened in regard to my tumor, all is well. The last MRI in June came back clean, as in almost an exact copy of the clean MRIs before. No new seizures either. I sincerely hope that I can give you the same boring status update for the foreseeable future :)

I have to admit, blogging wasn’t much of a priority lately. I know I had great plans for writeups about the molecular genetics of my tumor, but somehow I wasn’t motivated to really write something in the last couple of months. I did write an article for a special issue of the German Hirntumorhilfe’s “Brainstorm” magazine, but alas, it’s not published yet due to delays (it was planned for May already).

Instead, my main focus in the last couple of months was on my training. At least when I wasn’t sick due to the kids infecting me with their alien viruses and bacteria (I was down with the scarlet fever, an infection I last had when I was a child myself). Especially handbalancing, i.e. handstands, have become a passion and I work on them almost every day. I even attended a handstand workshop at the end of July, as can be seen from the image accompanying this blog post. That doesn’t mean I’m very good at them (yet), but I can now at least hold a decent handstand for up to 30 seconds. Handstands can become kind of addictive, I sometimes even do handstands at work to get some movement in and get the blood flowing again after all that sitting (to my co-workers who might read this: yes, I’m sometimes doing random handstands when you’re not looking, catch me if you can ;)).

Apart from that, it’s family time whenever I get the chance, the children are growing up so fast (yes, I’m getting old). The baby started to make her first steps this week, which is one week shy of her first birthday. As with my older daughter, I fear she will also surpass me in her proficiency in walking faster than I will improve my handstands. So, all is well. The next MRI will be in October, I hope I find the time and motivation to blog something in between…