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The Next Adsit Adventure

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Raised by 433 people in 4 months
Created November 30, 2018
Fire and Aviation
on behalf of Evan Adsit
A good friend to all he meets and iconic adventurer, Evan has been diagnosed with Primary Mediastinal B Cell Lymphoma.  After having left arm pain while on run, he visited the ER where they suspected a blood clot.  Upon further examination, doctors discovered a large tumor near his heart and constricting his aorta.  Evan is optimistic as always, as is the prognosis by doctors.  Immediate intervention is required, and Evan begins intensive chemotherapy December 1st in the Boise area.  He hopes to move to North Carolina, where his family resides, to continue and finish his treatment cycles.  It will be a long, hard road, yet somehow Evan is sure to make it look easy.  Any contributions will help fund lodging while in Idaho, travel to NC to continue treatment, medical bills, and expenses incurred.
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March 22nd 2019

Hello,

This is Anna, Evan’s girlfriend, writing from Cancer Camp 2019 live in St. Luke’s Hospital as Evan’s chemo drip slowly leaks it’s final bounty into his veins. He is getting discharged in a few hours, marking the end of 6 rounds of chemo. Closing the final chapter on chemo.

I’ve had the good fortune of being with Evan in the hospital for the entirety of this round.

I felt called to share some things about this man. What I have had the honor to witness and know throughout this process.

It’s pretty clear how loved he is, a testament to his caliber. The amount of support throughout this process has been overwhelmingly beautiful and pivotal in his healing. I’ve learned so much about the strength of the community & family that supports this man as well as the depth of brother and sisterhood via the national community of Wildland Firefighters.

My gratitude is immense.

But what I wanted to express (that you might not get to see) is the depth of his character throughout this process. The way he has navigated this storm with courage, joy, and good humor. He has taught me much about the power of joy and positivity.

Cancer is not easy. It, in-fact, does suck. But Evan continues to choose to not let it suck. Instead, he uses it as fuel to learn and grow. To inspire and help others. He can’t go a day without joking and laughing...well, let’s get real, he can’t go more than a few minutes.

He has taken one of the hardest things a human can face and has turned it into an opportunity for greater evolution and expansion. And he has done it with joy.

I am in awe of him. His dedication to gratitude and a positive attitude inspires me.

When we first learned of his diagnosis and spent Thanksgiving in a hospital room full of uncertainty and fear; I found myself falsely feeling that Evan should be sadder. That maybe he was holding things back he should be feeling because, well shit, this is cancer after-all. I was sad. I was scared. I know he felt those things too..but not in the way I expected. I learned his program doesn’t run that way. His program is love and gratitude. And it’s incredibly resilient and strong.

In this way, Evan is showing me and everyone around him that those two things are the most powerful healing forces inside us. The most potent medicine. The greatest choices we can make in our own minds every day. The keys to human potential and a thriving, joyous life.

Everyone here on the 4th floor of St. Luke’s is in awe of him. Of course, he is a favorite patient. He writes songs for the nurses and staff. He does lunges around the nurses station. He has made friends with the cleaning staff. The doctor told him he is the healthiest patient he’s ever treated. When they ask if they can get him anything he asks for an espresso machine or a baby elephant.

My friends ask me often what it’s like being in love with someone going through something so serious. They ask if it’s all about being a caregiver, if all our conversations are about cancer. If our relationship is all seriousness because of cancer.

I find myself in a dichotomous relationship with cancer and chemotherapy. I deeply desire to take all of this away from Evan. To wake up from some strange dream with his full head of hair next to me. However, I also have immense gratitude to this process and what it has taught both of us. The way it has opened our hearts in deeper ways to each other and the world around us. Cancer has a funny way of cutting through all the bullshit of life and forcing you to be present with what matters. I’ve never felt so present and grateful for all the things in my life. In this way, cancer has been one of my greatest teachers.

While cancer feels like the mightiest mountain we have yet to finish climbing, life with Evan has been pretty normal and seriously joyful. Minus a few trips to the hospital, blood draws, and some hair loss; Evan is still Evan. I would argue he is even more Evan than he was before. Life feels strangely normal and sweet. Healing cancer has become part of the routine. The forefront is living and thriving and loving...and it’s because of him.

He is pioneering an example of a new, greater way to interface with human disease. It’s incredible to witness.

I wish I could somehow share all the moments of joy and laughter this man exudes. Instead, I think the first attached picture sums it up pretty accurately. This is what chemotherapy looks like...Evan Adsit style.

I hope this finds you choosing love and gratitude even in your darkest moments.

I am grateful for all of you. For all the support near and far, small and large. Every ounce trickles into our hearts and keeps us afloat.

I am even luckier to know and love this man.

Warmly,
Anna
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Greetings from Cancer Camp 2019! The spring sun is higher in the sky each day here in Boise and I feel the levity of the coming season. A season of transformation, of growth, of renewal. I feel great and can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve finished five rounds of chemo and have just one remaining. I have been very focused on allowing the medicine to do its job while not letting any side effects become a focus. This journey continues to be a marvelous adventure with countless lessons learned each day.

It occurred to me with infinite clarity just how real the mind body connection is. Our physical bodies are profoundly affected by what we think. The neural pathways in our brain are like road maps, and some routes, if travelled perpetually lead to dis-ease. Those pathways are the ones negative thoughts and emotions travel down. And as those pathways get used more the road becomes more worn in, like a rut we can’t get out of. When negative thought patterns and emotions travel down these pathways they produce chemicals that are toxic to our physical selves.
On the contrary, positive thoughts and emotions produce good, healing chemicals for our bodies. If our thoughts come from a place of love and carry that high vibrational frequency, our physical bodies will certainly heal and remain full of vitality. The more we have positive thoughts and express positive emotions, the more these “roads” in the neural network of our brain get worn in. Pretty soon those positive neural connections are so well worn in that we’re blessed with being “stuck” in a perpetual state of love and light.
Like our brain, the network of the people in our community, which ultimately includes everyone in the world, is intimately connected. I think that is why humans crave connection almost more than anything else, because we are inextricably connected already. But it seems society has done a great job of preventing that feeling of connection. We end up convincing ourselves that we’re not connected, or we end up firing negative “impulses,” or thoughts through that neural network which is made up of all humanity. This produces the same effect that negative thoughts and emotions have on our bodies. Our “body” of all humanity becomes diseased.
If you picture the network of connections of all humanity as an electrical grid, visualize a stray current sort of buzzing down the wire, sparking occasionally. Or a short, sparking dramatically casting an oppressive flash (a stress) on all the connections surrounding it. What does that type of current do to the wires? It wears them down, corrodes them, makes them more susceptible to stray currents and sparks.
Now picture a bright white light like that of a prism, sparkling smoothly down each wire of that electrical grid. You can feel it’s strength and positive energy. As it travels with speed, style and grace it is actually strengthening the wire. It is strengthening the connections around it with its high vibrational frequencies.
Now picture a group of people in your community. Picture the connections you have with them. Sometimes the impulse being sent down those connections is a “stray current” or a “spark.” It may come in the form of anger, hate, an argument, lack of trust, or perhaps most common, fear. In any event, that type of impulse clearly deteriorates the connection and the connections around it.
Now picture your community and all the connections. Picture that bright white light of a prism passing gracefully between all the connections, amplifying everyone in the community. That energy is love. Simple, love. This is how the human organism was meant to thrive. This is the grand design. Keep all the connections totally charged with love.
It is time for people to really connect. Speak in person, laugh, hug, cry. Take more time interacting with everyone, look them in the eye, ask them how they’re doing, hold the hug or handshake a moment longer. Share the love that you are.

A poem…

We are the web, our thoughts and actions are the electrical impulses travelling through the neural network which is all the human connections we’ve made. Zoom out, see all the connections you’ve made, and the connections of those who you’ve connected with. We are all connected. May those connections remain charged. May that charge carry the light and love that emanates from the highest frequency vibrations. May the scent be the sweetest smell of a honeysuckle in bloom, and the sound the prettiest melody dancing through the air, and the sight a field of wildflowers swaying in the breeze on a summer afternoon, deep blue sky overhead, and sunshine, warm sunshine on your face, eyes closed, your body floating as if on a cloud.
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Some thoughts I've had...I'm not preaching, just expressing opinions that are true to me right now.

Cancer and the Greater Human Organism

It seems to me that cancer as it exists within the greater organism that is “all of humanity” is the symptom that has shown up as a result of the “organism” doing something wrong in life. It is time to start treating the “Greater organism” with a little more respect. Treat it better, feed it better, foster its overall health. We individual humans are but single cells in the greater entity. We can accomplish this health change for the human organism by making changes at the “cellular level,“ and collectively. It starts by making better decisions about how we treat our own bodies, and how we fuel them. It continues by fostering an environment that best promotes this health for ourselves. In other words, think holistically and globally by making personal choices that promote good things that are best suited to serve the health of the greater organism. First, consume less of everything. Do not participate in anything that could be considered a “convenience.” The short cuts always come at a cost to the greater system, usually a big one. Talk to our bodies, put things in them that they need, that make us reach our full potential. Not just things that give us a fleeting “Good Time” that passes and ultimately leaves us worse off than the goodness of the abbreviated pleasure response we receive.

By avoiding shortcuts and conveniences we participate in a lifestyle that promotes health and overall wellbeing. Down to really tuning into the vibrations of the earth, and exercising out brains and bodies in ways that are vital to our wellbeing. The more we do this, the less opportunity “dis-ease” has to creep into our bodies and minds.

One big one for me to work on is food and food preparation. Beyond just eating good healthy foods, set an intention for the food as you prepare it, bless it, thank the sun, rain, farmers and fishermen for all that went into getting that food to your plate. Have the intention aimed at whatever you need that food to do. For example, “this celery juice will promote healthy kidney function.” And you know what, it will. Design it how you want it. Because thoughts carry a lot of weight.

As for the human organism, I think cancer is the red flag that some serious lifestyle changes need to take place. Some of the cells (humans) have gotten a little greedy and as a result other cells (humans) who happened to be in a particular part of the organism at a particular time where the “organism was expressing a symptom,” have the privileged honor of experiencing cancer as a way to tell the “greedy” cells, “Ok, it’s been a good party, but let’s slow it down a bit eh?” “All that self-afflicted abuse from your adolescence and young adulthood was great for experimental purposes, but it’s unsustainable. It’s time to make changes. Tighten shit up a little, okay?’

I think the core of the issue at hand is economic. Humans have become so one dimensional that it’s hard for many to consider “success” and “wealth” outside the context of money. It’s time to shift our economic system to a multidimensional framework whereby being successful or rich considers all aspects of life, not just money. Time spent with family, time outside, sense of community, physical wellbeing, access to good local food at a low cost, time spent with children…notice, time keeps coming up. Time is the only commodity that is available to us free of charge if we chose to take it. But time is as easily lost as it can be taken, if we choose to pursue other things that help us attain the current materialist myth of wealth. It’s time for a new story! Hang on, the pendulum is swinging back the other way. People are living in smarter more sustainable ways, and learning how to reduce the impact on the very system that is trying to support us. Just be more mindful. Who knows, it might even feel good, maybe even better than you feel right now.
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Round four, the chemo soldier


I’ve held off writing an update until now because I wanted to get the results from a CT scan I recently had. I have gotten the results. I am halfway done my scheduled chemotherapy treatment and the tumor is half the size it was initially. It has shrunk 50%. That means the treatment is working. The doctor is pleased, as am I. I wake up every day grateful for the life I have, and grateful for the support from all of you. I am grateful for all the small gifts life offers us on a daily basis. My spirits remain high. I have been operating at a high level frequency and feel great. For what choice do I have. When facing something daunting it seems there are two choices. One choice leads you down a path towards Hell. I don’t like the sounds of that path. So I’ve chosen a far more appealing path, and I’ve decided to have a little fun with this whole adventure. It has allowed me to open up in ways I never did before. It has allowed me to think with my heart without my head getting in the way. It has allowed me to connect with people on a pure and honest level, getting right down to the things that matter. It has done so many things for me.



Since I’m halfway through my treatment I thought it might be cool to share with you all a few poems I’ve written through the course of this journey so far, to shed light on what the process has been like from my perspective. So here we go.



11.28.18

Blue arm

Blood clot

Tumor in chest

Hospital in Boise

Heavy news



11.28.18

The news came in like waves

A set that starts small,

Then builds and builds

Until that one set wave comes.

You try to paddle to the outside

But it takes you, holds you in,

And there’s nothing to do but let it take you down,

Feeling the rush, the force,

Until you surface in the white wash to grab a breath.

The only thing to do then is to make haste,

Grab your board and paddle back out,

Get ready for the next set,

Because it’s on it’s way.



12.1.18

As the first of December is upon us, the weather has taken it’s cue to settle in for the season. This morning a wet snow brought silver dollar snowflakes to the capitol city and I awoke to the energy of a thousand people beaming warmth and love in my direction. I am humbled by the support. So many people have reached out.



I feel great as I embark quite literally on the journey of a lifetime. I have started my treatment today. So far so good. The actual chemo drugs will come later this evening. I am fully prepared to take them in and cooperate on a subconscious level with them to make them as efficient as they can be at their job! I plan on fine tuning this whole experience to be as fast, graceful and successful as It can be.



12.4.18

I’m sitting here in the sun shining through my window today

I feel the flow of a thousand or more people sending me love

I’ve never felt so high from a drug as I feel from this love

All those years I’ve invested my time in the people I love

For now I’m so grateful cause it’s paying back dividends



12.19.18

Wind Howls outside

Rain drops fall upon rooftops

Healing is within



12.28.18

The sun has risen here in the Capitol City today,

As the opening act of a Broadway performance would begin.

Darkness…lest the Morning Star and a half moon hanging in the sky.

Slowly, pastel purple and orange dissolve the black sky,

Illuminating the high desert morning with warmth and

Bright blue on a cold December day.



1.9.19

Oh come on now brother

It ain’t that bad.

It’s like a time or two spent

That you and I’ve had

I ain’t no stranger to a challenge at hand

And if I told you I was a bettin’ man…

I’d lay all my money down

Because I know for sure,

The grip of this thing

Ain’t no match for my cure.

So cut the sorrow, cut the Grief,

Just be happy, take a sigh of relief.

Because I’m glad for the adventure,

I’m learning each day,

How to dance through it all,

And do it all my way.



1.15.19

A quote my brother said. “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”



1.16.19

I love because I love and no other reason is needed.

Love begets love.

When you feed love with love you get to harvest love.



1.17.19

Rejoice, rejoice, the morning sun has come.

Treetops sway from side to side as a warm front sweeps through the valley from the west.

There is a charge in the air, electric.

It pours through my crown and spirals down through my root, glowing.

There is no resistance, only integration.

It weaves itself into my being,

Gold threads link to all facets of my being,

Glowing, eternal.



1.28.19

Oh my my, what a chance indeed,

To hit this thing with grace and speed.

It’s been a gift, a message, a sign,

To hit the reset button

And reclaim the life that’s mine.

On a windswept day or

When the sun’s shining bright,

I’ve seized this moment in time

And made it all feel right.

For what do we have

If we don’t have right now.

If you can’t live today

You’d better take a bow,

Because the show’s over

And the curtains will draw.

You’ll be cold and blue and the raven will caw!



1.30.19

The day is bright and crisp.

It brings high frequency vibrations to me.

I walk as if floating on air.

I am the day. I am the frequency.

The frequency is love.



If you’ve made it through all that, I hope this post finds you all happy and healthy. I’m currently in the hospital beginning round four of chemotherapy, sending you all my gratitude and love.



Thank you,

Evan

PS. I apologize for the two misspellings on the previous post. It's Ralph Waldo Emerson, not Ralf. And I had thoughts, not thoughs.
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