Dave Latham, an employee at Stand Up To Cancer who is currently in treatment for metastatic cancer, says he has a lot to be thankful for, even amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Are you concerned about your COVID-19 risk?
Fortunately, my white blood cell count is within the normal range so I don’t have the complications associated with being immunosuppressed so many of my fellow patients have right now. That being said, I’m not sure how my body would respond to the virus after all I’ve been through.
2. Has your treatment plan changed at all?
It hasn’t changed yet, but it may as things continue to progress. It’s a team effort between the patient and their health care team to prioritize treatment that needs to happen now and weighing the COVID-19 risk. I’m working with my health care team to minimize my trips to the medical plaza where my treatment and scans are done.
3. How are you doing at home?
I’m focusing on the things I can control — like taking this opportunity to get proper rest, eating healthy, and getting exercise on my indoor bike. My goal is to log 100 miles a week. I’m fortunate during this pandemic to keep working from home and thankful for the ability to video chat with friends and family to stay connected.
4. What gives you hope?
There are no words to describe the gratitude I have for all the health care providers who are working long hours to save lives right now. Heroic is a vast understatement to describe what they have done for me and continue to do for others. People staying home, staying positive and reducing the risk of COVID-19 for others give me hope. We will get through this together.