Well, well, well. It’s been a while, dear readers. This third season of “MasterChef” is more than half over, and I’m proud to say I’m still in the game. As of last night, top 6, baby!
I’ve become the fan favorite of this season, and if you would’ve told me this while I was filming the show, I would’ve rolled my eyes and said, “Get outta here!” I don’t know why, but I found it hard to imagine my life becoming a topic of public interest. I guess when you’ve lived 30+ years of your life in obscure anonymity, fame is hard to fathom. But here it is, thanks to a little summer primetime competitive cooking show and Gordon Ramsay.
It’s weird to even say I get fan mail. But I appreciate all of it so much. It’s wonderful to know that I’ve inspired thousands of people all over the world; it makes all the stress I underwent while cooking my arse off on the show all worth it.
But the important question here is how is my health? And how have I managed to keep my NMO under control? That’s a mystery to me. With the level of stress and fatigue I’d endured at “MasterChef” and even the roller coaster I’ve been on since the show’s started airing, I’m quite surprised my NMO has remained quiet. I still make time to get to the lab and have the routine blood work done. And a few weeks ago, I made a trip up to Dallas to visit with my neurologist. Everything has been checking out a-okay, and I really need to thank my lucky stars that my health hasn’t been compromised after having undergone what was undoubtedly one of the most crazy experiences of my life.
Amidst the press and thesis, I should be going in for another routine round of Rituxan in the upcoming weeks. Even though my CD-19 count has been 0, my neuro and I decided I should go ahead and flush out my B-cells before life gets too crazy and chemo time becomes hard to schedule. Is it a bit ironic (masochistic?) that I’m sort of looking forward to the Rituxan appointments? Jennifer the nurse pushes liquid Benadryl straight into my veins, and I have an excuse to take a slumber from the writing, the press, the social networks, the phone calls, the emails, the requests…
It’s been a very positive experience for the most part. But all change—even good change—is stressful. And all of we NMOers seem to be innate stress-balls. Here’s to good health and good fortune. Oh, and excuses to take a respite.
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