Lucky Seven

This Monday is the start of Week #7 of my chemoradiation treatment. It is also the last week of treatment! It consists of two (2) days of chemotherapy on Monday and Tuesday and five (5) days of radiation Monday through Friday (5+2=7). With the prominence of lucky number seven, I’m hoping that the final week is uneventful and my recovery can slowly begin over the following weeks.

Why is “lucky seven” the world’s favorite number? There are seven days of the week, seven colors of the rainbow, seven notes on a musical scale, seven seas and seven continents¹.

Week #6 was relatively uneventful – at least as it relates to my cancer treatment. The frequent hydration during the week lowered my creatinine levels, which correlates with improving kidney function.

Michael Becker asleep with iPhone in hand at the urgent care center at MSKCC.

Michael Becker asleep with iPhone in hand.

In fact, the biggest issue for me this past week was throwing out my back. This isn’t cancer or treatment related, which was confirmed when I stopped by the urgent care center at MSKCC. I was a bit nervous since back pain can also be a sign of kidney issues, but all the tests came back fine. They prescribed some good pain medications and a muscle relaxer, which caused me to fall asleep while on my iPhone as you can see in the funny photo in this post captured by Lorie.

The likely culprit for my back pain was the mattress in our temporary apartment which is a good deal softer than the one we have at home. The folks at Furnished Quarters have been really great during our stay and they promptly replaced the mattress when we asked.

Thanks again to everyone taking the time to read this blog and for all the thoughts, prayers, and good vibes.

¹ Read more: Why ‘lucky 7’ really is the world’s magic number at:

4 thoughts on “Lucky Seven

  1. I am so happy for you that treatment is near the end. While the side effects take a while to dissipate (and they will dissipate) you will immediately feel great from not having to be on a treatment schedule. Your life once again becomes your own to run. Life will feel much better and can you start having some fun again. I am always here for you.

  2. Dear Michael, I had this overwhelming urge to find you and was very sad to come across your blog. I am so very sorry to hear you and your family are going through this! This was the last thing I expected to find.. I want you to know that I have thought about all of you often over the years and will pray for the day your cancer free!

    Sending you all my love and prayers,
    Jenny Chinn-Jakl

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