Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The C word

One good thing about spreading positive energy and encouraging an optimistic approach to life- when it comes time to get a taste of my own medicine, it’s good. Still, it may not be fun to be put to the test. It may be quite unpleasant.
After thinking of several ways to put this, I decided to give it to you straight- just like we got it. After months of chasing down the origin of stomach cramps, we got the news that Sonya has cancer in her colon. Obviously, this was not something we wanted to hear, and were not at all prepared for it. This is the kind of thing that we hear about happening to other people. Us? Really?

I’m sure that a lot of you realize that cancer is way too common. In fact, I know that many of you are all too familiar with what we are experiencing.

This is very personal and I understand if you would choose to keep it on the down-low. One of Sonya’s first thoughts was that if she could have colon cancer (being a 32 year old, lean, active, and healthy eating female that barely hits 3 digits on the weight scale), “We need to tell everyone it could be them!”

Months of testing showed nothing of this nature. The blood tests and everything else they did could not detect the cancer until the dreaded colonoscopy. Sonya wants everyone to know that you HAVE to get checked. We found a huge research center where we are getting this taken care of. They have a lot of information about the subject, in case you might be searching City of Hope.

Keep in mind, this is curable and Sonya has surgery scheduled for the end of the week to get this thing taken out. We’re totally kicking its ass. We got this. We know that we have a lot of people praying and sending positive energy, and we appreciate it. Keep it up. And don’t tell Sonya’s dad, if you know him. We’ll do it when the time is right.

This will soon be a thing of the past. Sonya is amazingly strong and ready to fight.

This will be a squash match!

Anyone wondering what we’re up to...it’s this. Nothing else matters.

I’ll update you soon.

Take care of yourselves.
Enjoy life.
RVD

28 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

Hey man, I will be wishing you and Sonya the best in this new hurdle. I have no doubts you two will come out of it stronger than ever.

April 23, 2008 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Joshua said...

good wishes to you and your wife. my dad was diagnosed with the same thing at the same age 17 years ago. with me now about to turn 30 this is just another reality kick to get myself checked. i'm sure you'll get the best treatments in the world, but i gotta say i think keeping a positive attitude is just as important. i'm sure that won't be a problem for either of you.

April 23, 2008 at 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Mz. Fortune said...

Rob, I am sending all my best positive energy and prayers to Sonya and you. She'll beat this, no worries! you and her will come out of this! Positive thoughts bring positive outcomes! All my love to you both,
Lori (uber fan)
West Palm Beach, Fl.

April 23, 2008 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be praying for your wife, stay positive.

April 23, 2008 at 6:50 PM  
Anonymous oaks56 said...

Rob, just want to wish you and especially Sonya the best. she'll definitely be in our thoughts and prayers. you two already are so tight and i'm sure this will only make you even stronger. by staying on top of this from the get go, you've done your best to pinpoint the problem. hopefully by being proactive and concerned this will be very minor for Sonya at best.

Take care and stay positive,
oaks56

April 23, 2008 at 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep staying positive. My father was diagnosed with rectal cancer when I was 3 years old and given 5 years to live. I'm turning 40 this year (ugh!) He just celebrated his 83rd birthday by taking a cruise. Cancer research has come a long way since then. But if you or your wife would like to talk to a cancer survivor e-mail me at edventure at gmail dot com and I can put you in touch with him.

I wish you both the best of luck.

April 23, 2008 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Duane said...

You and your wife are in my prayers and meditations! She can and will beat this. Try and stay strong and positive and know that a world of people have both of you in their arms and hearts. Lean on us if you get weak!! She WILL whip cancer's ASS!!
Respect Duane

April 23, 2008 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger JAYLTEAVI said...

Hi Rob, Just wanted to say i hope your wife Sonya get's a quick recovery, and every things turns out as best as posibly it could be. I'm glad you found out soon.I'm also glad
you ask other people to check themselves out.To you wife i think it'll turn out to be like you in the ring. Sonya will turn out with a 5 Star splash, Frogy style.Take care Rob. Sonya happy recovery.Till next time,Bye. J.L.-T.V.

April 23, 2008 at 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rob, Best wishes to your wife and yourself. No doubt, you guys will make it through the next couple of days and everything's gonna be fine! Stay positive, that's what it's all about! :)

April 23, 2008 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Robert said...

Hey Rob,

I just want to let you know that you and your wife are in my prayers. Having had a father die of cancer, I know all too well how it sucks.

I'll be praying for you both in this rough time.

April 23, 2008 at 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Luke said...

My heart goes out to both of you. I wish you both the very best.

I just had a friend of 23 go through cancer. This caused me to do alot of research and I found some really cool info.

Here are 2 sites that I found that show the powerful effects certain supplements and nutritional strategies can have on the cancer.

http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com/print.html

http://educate-yourself.org/cancer/gonzalexlectureondrkelly1990.shtml

I wish Sonya the very best with her surgery. God Bless

April 24, 2008 at 1:55 AM  
Blogger HULKSTER said...

HOPE THAT ALL IT GOES FOR THE BEST

BY ITALIAN FAN

April 24, 2008 at 4:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish you and your family absolute unconditional love, brother. I feel in my heart everything will work out. You bring much positive energy into the world, and for that reason above all others I know she is in a good place. Hang in there brother. Peace and love!

April 24, 2008 at 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob, i cant count the times youve left me oversome with joy, that may sound ridiculous, but thats what your career has ment to me, and i hope there is only joy to come for you and sonya after her surgery, i hope this brings some posotive energy to you and her. Best of luck with all of this, you two deserve it.

April 24, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous CalmMountain said...

Nihao RVD-san & SVD-san,

...Wow. That sucks.

Hope the surgery goes smoothly. Sounds like things are moving quickly, that's good but must also be overwhelming. Give yourselves some time. It takes time to come to terms with this kinda news - and time to heal from it as well.

Please be careful when gathering info. There is just so much information out there... It can bring even a positive person down and make them feel lost. Remember that every single case of the c-word - like every patient - is absolutely unique. So even if other people had the same type of cancer, what applied to them might not apply to SVD-san. If you've got good doctors then you ought to be able to ask them anything and they'll answer as best as they can, based on your specific case.

Yes, cancer can be defeated - no doubt of that - but take it one step at a time. Please try to find something to laugh at each day and make sure you're not hug deficient. RVD-san, that applies to caregivers as well. There's no better way to stay strong for a loved one.

You've got all the positive energy my friends and I can send but if there is anything else that either of you need, please name it and we'll do our best to support you both.

Courage and Peace!

~CalmMountain

April 24, 2008 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Jacob Daniel White said...

Hey RVD,

Just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I got wind of your wife and she is in my prayers. As a die hard wrestling fan and minister (Evangelist and Youth Minister) I find myself praying quite often for wrestlers and their families. When I heard about Sonya, I just had to let you know that I'm gonna petition the big man upstairs to intervene! You take care man and keep it real.. always.

Later champ,

Jacob Daniel White

April 24, 2008 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Chadhulhu said...

We are all rooting for you and Sonya, stay positive.

April 25, 2008 at 3:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rob:
One Step at a time My mom, sister and I are all cancer survivors. Cancer can be beaten. In fact the way I approach it is once Sonya has the surgery and the cancer is out, she should consider herself a cancer survivor and to no long have it. Another great cancer facility is M.D. Anderson cancer institute in Tx.

Finally check out a book called Love Medicine and Miracles by Dr. Bernie Siegel. Great book for positive thinking when going through cancer.

Stay strong!

April 25, 2008 at 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RVD I am so sorry to hear about the cancer. I've been a fan since the beginning and was crushed to see what became of ecw. Originally i was going to try and push you into TNA but hearing what your family is dealing with do whatever you have to and know there is no show with out the whole fucking show as a part of it. Wrestling died with your absence and everything i love about TNA you originated, innovated and executed. But thank you for being bigger than wrestling and my prayers and good will follow you and yours.

April 25, 2008 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Livinlegend85 said...

Hey Rob, I'm sorry to hear about your wifes "C" problem, but im amazed to hear how you guys are handling it and how strong you guys are mentally, i personally like the phrase "we are going to kick it's ass". I wish you guys the best, this positive energy thing KICKS ASS, it's helped me with a LOT of problems lately. Take Care!
PS- Thanks for the heads up to everyone about the "C" checkup thing.

Anaheim,CA

April 26, 2008 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Taking a positive attitude is SO important. Love to Sonya. She and you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

April 27, 2008 at 5:56 AM  
Anonymous RVD Friend said...

RVD SHOULD COME BACK.
RVD Back.Back.Back.
FOR GOD BACKKKKKKKKKKKKK.
RVD You Backed.
You're BEST.
BACKED.OK?

April 28, 2008 at 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's an incredibly tough thing to deal with (understatement of the year), but given the way that you two lean on each other and give each other strength, we are all confident that she will beat this.

Sending you as many positive thoughts as possible-
Brianne

April 29, 2008 at 5:45 PM  
Anonymous polipropileno said...

My best wishes to both your wife and you.

From Spain, your biggest fan.

April 30, 2008 at 4:28 PM  
Anonymous dwy said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to Sonya and you, RVD!! Had my bout with "The C" almost ten years ago- feeling fine! I know you two will be strong.
All the best wishes,
Kevin

April 30, 2008 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Fernando said...

All the best wishes and prayers to you, your wife, family and friends.. Thanks Rob for making a great Christmas for me in Pasadena, TX, you were great and I will travel again from Puerto Rico to see you....

May 1, 2008 at 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Jay said...

I'm not a praying person so will wish her the best. The squash match line was pretty funny. I always try and use wrestling terminology into my story's.

May 2, 2008 at 7:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sending positive thoughts to Sonya and you. I hope that the operation went smoothly and Sonya makes a quick recovery.

A Scottish fan

May 5, 2008 at 11:52 AM  

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