The Club

The past month, since I’ve been home, has been rough. New medicines, new challenges and the constant worry as to whether I’m feeling symptoms of recovery or decline. I’m still not sure. But what I can say is the last two days I’ve been comfortable, a feeling I’ve learned not to take for granted. 

There’s something else I’ve been feeling lately. It’s a feeling of inclusion, of belonging to a group of badass people fighting for their lives. Everyday I’m shocked to learn just how many of you are joining in your own battles with cancer. And although it’s not a club we choose to join, I’m inspired by my teammates. I’m inspired their energy, their drive and their reluctance to give up.

For me, walking seems easier this week, so my goal is to do more of it. Hopefully by my next post, I’ll have dropped some of the steroid weight and I’ll be able to get around more easily.

Know that as my fight continues, I’m wishing strength for you in your own personal battles with illness and all of life’s other lemons.

Loren

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134 comments on “The Club
  1. Diane says:

    I’ve always believed in the power that individuals have to affect positively the lives of others, to make a difference. You are doing that for me, Loren. Thank you. 💙

  2. margaret says:

    Stay strong and I hope the best for you and your family.
    and that every day you get stronger and that you have the best attitude ever and admire you for keeping up the fight.
    take care and my thoughts are with you and
    your loved ones.

  3. Leslie DP says:

    Continuing to send love and healing thoughts…..

  4. Linda Garnica says:

    Loren, I admire you and your family so very much. You are all so courageous in this chapter of your lives. No one really knows how difficult the struggles are unless you have been through this. I am praying that with each new day you will be stronger and able to walk a mile or hell why not a Marathon soon…You are loved and adored!
    Hugs….
    Linda Garnica

  5. My journey with my husband is very similar to yours. The one way that it was different was that he had a hemorrhage from the tumor and that caused him to lose the ability to express himself as he might have wished. I appreciate your words in a way that they might have been the same for us. May God grant you a miracle and I pray that there is a cure for brain cancer.

  6. Kathleen says:

    Back when I had a tv, you were my favorite local personality; now, you STILL are 🙂 Blue nails for you! Drink plenty of organic green juices and eat a rainbow of healthy foods; your reverence for the earth and its bounties will be repaid tenfold. Love and hugs to you and yours ❤

  7. Anonymous says:

    Loren, you have totally captured my heart. Each nite I pray for you and for your family to keep strong.
    Cancer is a mean demon indeed, but it amazes me how those battling it fights back even meaner than the cancer itself.
    I just lost my adopted dad to prostate cancer on Oct 5th, after 13 yrs of just keep going.
    He was a Marine and even thru the radiation back in 2000 he never showed his fear nor hope.
    At the end stage of watching him slowly fading away I actually remembered you and your blogs of dealing with those pesky demons. For some reason there is this look in the eyes of cancer people that no one else has. That’s a stronger love, stronger hope and stronger faith in life itself.
    Loren, I know deep down you will beat against all odds. I miss seeing you next to Kathleen on Fox News and hope one day you will be back in the saddle.
    With Blessings,
    Donna Mazon

  8. Tricia Neely says:

    Crossed fingers, positive thoughts and prayers still going out for you! LOREN STRONG!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Keep fighting man! Good thoughts and prayers your way!

  10. Kathie says:

    Loren,
    I have been in that club, twice. My brother is unfortunately heavily involved in that club right now, for the 3rd time. Maybe you will agree that facing cancer isn’t bravery when we have no other choice. But sharing your thoughts and feelings during your fight is bravery. Thank you for sharing your journey with those of us on similar journeys. Love, prayers, and hope to you and your family.

  11. Sandy Scholz says:

    I love seeing your name on my email list. I save it for last to open and read. I’m one of the “bad ass” group warriors battling lung cancer. I know only too well that feeling; “is this a symptom” or just the new way of living. I have an appointment today that may tell me “it” has spread to the bones or……not. Wednesday a CT/PET scan and Friday a brain MRI. I wish my body wasn’t such a gracious host to these demons that keep coming back. I pray for this miracle called “remission.” I’ll know by the end of the week or beginning of next week. I pray for this miracle to happen to you too. Thank you for sharing your journey. May you have comfortable, tumor free days ahead…..Sandy Scholz

  12. Marilee McLean says:

    Hello Loren, I have been following your progress all along and am so inspired by your “open sharing” of your challenge. You have been an environmental “hero” for me for years and now my admiration of you continues in this different arena. You and your health matter to so many people beyond those who communicate with you! Thank you for fighting so nobly toward recovery! Very sincerely, Marilee McLean Solana Beach

  13. Joseph F. Vitale says:

    Stay Strong and well, and may “Prayer” strengthen you on a “daily” basis…

  14. Susan R. Wise says:

    Dear Loren: Julian & I are again, sending you, sweet Susie, Hannah, Graham & darling Britta our love, strength, wonderful thoughts for your continued positive comfort in Life. Yes, I’m really “rootin’ ” for you, hope soon you’ll be taking those walks for health benefits, along with your adorable Susie & your loving children!! Love, Hugs & Prayers, Susan & Julian Wise

  15. Sherry Walborn says:

    Loren, I finally read your post… Because of you and your warrior strength and courage, you have stirred my spirit. Thank you. Many folks have a battle… Cancer or otherwise… Bless you for your leadership. With enduring wishes of wellness for you.
    Sherry Walborn

  16. Elly Dotseth says:

    I am gladdened to see you are still able to write and think positively! Your perspective on life has always inspired me. Your kind words for us all are a gift.

  17. Louise Ganus says:

    Thanks for the update. Sounds good, Loren. Saturday we had a chance to see another member of The Club and former member of the Waiting Room at his opening at the R.B. Stevenson Gallery in La Jolla. John looked great as did his art.
    Keep walking. We’re walking with you. Walter, aka voicebox man, is doing great–no lemons lately–just lemonade, and hopes to keep his status as a “former member” of the club. Give our regards to Susie and your children.

  18. Sammantha McDonald says:

    Thought of you when at was at the 17th Race for the Cure on Sunday, Loren. I’m a 17-year breast cancer survivor and have participated in some way in each Race. Keep your positive attitude and surround yourself with laughter, joy and the ones you love. Like Ken, I’m sure I’ll be reading your posts 10 – 15 years from now! Keep strong!

  19. Barbara Cox says:

    Will put you on our prayer list, a former San Diegan, Barbara Cox

  20. Ken says:

    I have a feeling that you will still be keeping us informed about your progress 10-15 years from now ! Best Wishes !

  21. joshboardfox5 says:

    My thoughts are with you, as always.

  22. Brenda and family says:

    Loren,
    Keeping you and your family in prayer. Wishing you health and strength. We admire you and your willingness to share your journey with those of us who have listened and watched you for years. God Bless You

  23. Nenette Popiela-West says:

    Tough times never last Loren. Tough people do. And we all know you are tough so be as tough as you can be. You are on the road to recovery, that I have no doubt. Enjoy the walk, however short it may be. Take 5 more short steps each day. Take it easy, the weight will come off eventually. Savor each moment. We are all pulling for you. And as always, I wish you and your family well! ☺☺☺

  24. Ryan says:

    Stay Strong Loren!!!

  25. Sue says:

    I’m in the club but haven’t been an active member for 9 years! 🙂 I’m saying prayers for you and your family.

  26. Thinking of you Loren, everyday. You are strong, you are in charge you can win this fight and you will. I know it’s tough but you also know that’s when the tough get going.

    I had cancer of the cervix before I was twenty. And I’m still here.

    Lots of love

    Julie

    • Rogelio says:

      Hey my friend. Just found out about your battle. Stay strong like always. I still have that loveseat you gave me almost 30 years ago.I know we haven’t seen eachother in about that long but I think about you and your friendship whenever I sit on it. I like the Lex Luther thing you got going. 🙂

  27. Nancy Fetterman says:

    You are an amazing human being. I have missed your correspondences of late, but that is me being selfish. Stay strong. If you or your family could use a break, I would love to drop off dinner.

  28. teri carr says:

    So thankful to hear you are continuing the fight. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  29. Anonymous says:

    You are in my prayers! Keep up the fight

  30. Anonymous says:

    Dear Loren, we think of you every day and pray that you days are better and better , we have faith that you are coming back to health , stronger and victorious future for you and your family. Much love Teresa& Jorge.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Fight on no matter what!

  32. Rick and PJ says:

    Loren and family…your words, inspirational posts, and true, valiant commitment to fight for your life is a testimony for us all~ Always in our thoughts, prayers and a miracle for recovery! God bless you all!

  33. Barbara Frederick says:

    I still miss you on Fox news–you were always tops wherever you broadcast from and appreciated your thanks for allowing us into our homes. You are in my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Glad I finally found your blog and your updates. I lost my husband to cancer in 1984 and understand the ups and downs. Keep the faith. Barbara F.

  34. Judith Scarborough says:

    So Good to hear from you Loren! I am a San Diego ex-pat who now lives in Spokane, WA and I have missed you lots! Still have and use your garlic bug spray recipe from years ago!

  35. janis pollard says:

    Bless you Loren

  36. Jamie says:

    My husband has been fighting for 3-1/2 years. Keep fighting Loren, keep fighting xoxo

  37. Anonymous says:

    Loren…. You are the best!!! I am struggling with lifes lemons, and can learn how to be strong from you!!! You are a Saint!!! Much love to you and family!

  38. Linda says:

    Loren,
    So good to get an update from you!! You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
    Linda

  39. Doris Giannini says:

    God bless you Loren and your beautiful family <3<3
    dorisgiannini@yahoo.com

  40. Jody says:

    When I see I have a message from you I am always hesitant about opening it. I am grateful that you are feeling better right now. You are an inspiration to so many, God Bless you and your family.

  41. Anonymous says:

    I vote recovery! And you are surrounded by the love and concern and prayers of so many!

  42. Sophy Singer says:

    I watched you on the news growing up over the past 20 something years, and sat next to you at Kazumi’s sushi bar numerous times. My grandpa died of brain cancer when I was a teenager and my 4 month old daughter is named Sasha, after him. He was an amazing and interesting man and inspires me still, so many years after he is gone. Following your story reminds me of everyone who has to fight this fight and the strength it takes to keep moving forward. You are a kind inspiration to those around you Loren. Glad to hear you’re feeling better this week.

  43. cindi says:

    thinking of you and sending strength.. that and humor, is the best medicine,, besides good and caring friends! hubby is fighting lewy body dementia.. and each day is a new beginning… enjoy every day!!! wishing you the best… and walk, laugh and walk!! you can do it!!

  44. Laurel says:

    Thank you for the update, I include you in my prayers 🙂 Laurel

  45. A Proud Mom says:

    I love reading your inspiring words ~ my son had a brain tumor resected, just finished chemo and is ready to start the next chapter in his young life (24 years old) ~ he as
    well is an amazing person…prayers to all of you fighting the fight ❤

  46. Cindy Munson says:

    Thinking of you lots Loren. Thanks for the update, Just emailed Susie today……love you, big big hug. Won’t take my next walk for granted.

  47. Sammy Gross says:

    You continue to be and inspiration…..another friend of mine was recently given 3 to 6 months to live….she thought that her stomach issues were just due to heartburn…turned out it was advanced pancreatic cancer stage 4. She is a fighter like you and never complains…so know that we are standing behind all who face such serious health issues. May Spirit continue to guide-direct and let you know that you walk not alone but with us and 10thousand angels by your side…..hugs….

  48. apharmlady says:

    Loren – Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers….hang tough buddy!! Enjoy your walks and your everyday joys….and loves!!
    ❤ Nancy Robertson Lord Drake

  49. You are and have always been an inspiration! You are one person I look forward to hearing a lot more from when you finally beat this thing… ❤

  50. I dreamed about you last night. We were just talking about the C word. Kind of strange to dream about a person I have only met a couple times, many years ago. Anytime I see blue nails or toes, I thank that person for thinking of you. You have united many of us San Diegans – and I’m certain will continue to do so ❤

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