Jan 08

Happy New Year One and All

I truly hope your New Year is off to a great start … in spite of the weather that we are all suffering through these past few days. Today’s blog is going to be kinda short and one-dimensional but I hope to be back in full-swing next week (whatever full-swing might mean). So here we go …

My stem cell transplant procedure took place at Loyola University Hospital starting on 12/24/13 and was completed at about 11:30 on the morning of 12/25. An interesting Christmas present to be sure. I had no unusual complications and all the side effects from the previous chemotherapy and irradiation treatments were as expected.

I was released from the hospital three days ahead of the preliminary schedule they had given me and am now home where mostly I sleep and try to focus on whatever it is I am working on at the moment … much more difficult than you might think, although I am told that I will get better by the day as we go forward. I certainly hope so.

Most importantly, I am cancer-free and should fully recover to normalcy sometime over the next several months. I have a couple of weeks of quarantine, get visits from a nurse every other day and go back into the cancer clinic every seven days for check-ups, but it looks like all is going to be okay. An interesting six-month journey to be sure. I have learned much, developed a few new perspectives and come to appreciate my true friends in a way not possible without having gone through this experience.

That’s it!!! Love ya … Lyle


Have A Great Week, Everyone!


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  1. Martin Kapolanik

    Way to go Lyle!!! Your news has made it a happy new year for everybody!–Marty.

    1. Lyle R. Hill

      Thanks Marty! Lyle

  2. Jack Carter

    OMG! That’s great news, Lyle. Grateful as the dickens you pulled through this thing and now have your heal on the throat of the dreaded “Big C”. Maybe a few Blackhawk games would speed the progress?!

    1. Lyle R. Hill

      For sure a few Blackhawk games would speed the process and I can’t wait til I am fit enough to try to get to one. Always good to hear from you Jack. Lyle

  3. Cheryl

    So very glad you’ve gotten such positive results!

    1. Lyle R. Hill

      Thank you Cheryl. Lyle

  4. joel Helfer

    Happy New Year Lyle… Great news about your recovery. I know you will be back at full strength soon.
    You have the moxie and drive to keep going for a long time. My best wishes to you and your family.
    Your true friends are very proud of all you have accomplished. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

    1. Lyle R. Hill

      Thank you Joel. It has been a journey and I too am looking forward to whatever it is that is next. And please give my best to the Helfer clan as well. Lyle

  5. Craig


    Congratulations! Great way to start a New Year!

  6. Lyle R. Hill

    Thanks Craig and Happy New Year to you as well! Lyle

  7. Johnny R.

    Hill; glad to hear you are doing so well. Just want to know if I am going to get a FREE copy of the “Broken Tomato” in as much as I helped you so much with it, or if I willhave to buy my own. JR

    1. Lyle R. Hill

      Nice try … Amazon.com will take good care of you. Lyle

  8. John Dunn

    Lyle, Great News …so happy to see you are on the mend….in my prayers. HNY,JD

  9. Lyle R. Hill

    Thanks John. Good to hear from you and in fact was just thinking about you and one of our old jobs the other day. Happy New Year to you too. Lyle

  10. David Butler

    Hello Lyle. I just read your December 2013 column. Yes, I’m one of the one’s that is always a few weeks ..ur months… behind. First, I wish you all the best in your recovery! You and your family are in my prayers. I also wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your column. If it was your intention to make a difference is someone’s life with your column, even without meeting them, then you succeeded with me. That is not BS. Actually sometimes it is the only article I read in the magazine all the way through…don’t tell. It is evident from your column that you have a wealth of knowledge in our industry, which has let m e know I’m not the only one dealing with crazy people in this industry. Take Care.
    P.S…..I just ordered your book and am looking forward to reading it soon.

    1. Lyle R. Hill

      David … thank you for your kind remarks and your secrets are always safe wuth me. I hope you enjoy the book and even if you don’t, it didn’t cost that much anyway. Have a wonderful day and please know that you made mine much better than it would have otherwise been. Lyle

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