Chemo… Round 5. I’ve been in good spirits throughout the process (from all the support and God’s grace). Each of the last rounds I wasn’t overjoyed but had an athletes mentality like… “Let’s Go… Have to do it… No excuses.” And while I have certainly been gaining strength and feeling better after each round, I must admit I’m pretty drained through the process. This is the first time I’m really dreading going in for treatment and the subsequent awful days to follow. Oh please pray for me today to have strength and courage to push through. Please pray for my nausea, stomach, and headaches. It’s not easy to fight and I certainly can put on a brave front. Today, I want to say how difficult it is and I need God more than ever.
Grace to you all.
American University men’s soccer coaches (Todd West, Kris Hazard, Ben Mortimer, and Nick Stames) are set to have their heads shaved tomorrow, Wednesday, September 24th, in solidarity with Shawn Kuykendall ’05 who was diagnosed with thymic cancer earlier this summer. Shawn was the 2004 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and was an AU assistant coach from 2011-2013.
Kuykendall and the entire AU men’s soccer team will watch as the AU coaching staff visit Hair City on AU’s campus tomorrow just before the start of their practice at 2:30 p.m.
“This is one of a few ways for us to show support for Shawn,” explained West. “We are looking forward to one of our biggest and best alumni outings to date. We should have a large number of former AU soccer players in attendance to support the AU/Kuykenstrong weekend this Saturday at Reeves.”
A big thank you to the District Ultras for supporting Shawn at last weekend’s D.C. United match against the L.A. Galaxy.
I want to thank everyone who came out to the Juggle-A-thon. It truly was one of the most humbling nights of my life. What a blessing to see so many familiar faces as well as new ones coming to support (someone they don’t know). I feel like there aren’t words to describe my gratitude. This certainly is a trying time in my life, but everyone’s support makes the burden lighter. The relationships… the people… It is just amazing to see. I am truly blessed. 🙂
Two of Shawn’s former players are organizing a great opportunity to support him and get your touch on point!
COACH SHAWN JUGGLE-A-THON
When we heard about Coach Shawn having cancer, we were extremely sad. It was a sad moment in many people’s lives, not just ours because Coach Shawn is a great person. We wanted to be as helpful as possible so he could feel better so we brainstormed many ways that we could raise money for Coach Shawn and help him pay for his cancer treatment. Anyone who knows Coach Shawn knows he is caring, funny, encouraging and always puts smiles on our faces. Coach Shawn is tough and positive and makes everyone a better soccer player. Since Coach Shawn always tells us to keep juggling and comes up with ways to make it more fun, we thought getting kids together for a juggle-a-thon dedicated to Coach Shawn was an excellent way to raise money for his cancer treatment. We want Coach Shawn to see how many people are thinking about him. Pray for Coach Shawn, come to the juggle-a-thon and help him beat his challenge!!!!!!
Akshay (12) and Akash (10)
Come join us whether you are a child who loves soccer, a Division 1 college athlete, a former teammate, fellow coach or a supporter of Coach Shawn and be part of this juggle-a-thon.
Thursday, August 29th
Spring Hill Recreation Center — Field #5
1239 Spring Hill Road
Have friends/family sponsor you for every minute or every juggle. Bring your sponsorship money to the juggle-a-thon in one check made out to the Ulman Cancer Fund. Funds deposited will go towards assisting Coach Shawn and his family with his medical expenses/treatment for his thymic cancer.
Another long day at Georgetown University Hospital, but on the whole an encouraging day for sure. The day starts with an 8:30 am appointment with my doctor to monitor my progress and to draw some blood to check if my levels are healthy enough for chemotherapy. At around 10:00 amwe head over to the Infusion Center to check in to get the medicine. Allison, the nurse, hooks me up to a hydration bag for the first couple of hours and then progress through premeds, including anti-nausea meds. This is followed by three types of Chemo and finishes with another hydration bag. The total time to take in all the meds can be 6-8 hours.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”