Randy Sturgeon coaches track while battling back from cancer
The plan is further chemo in the near future. The chemo may reduce them even more and while they may never go away, they can shrink to undetectable level. It is possible the tumors could stay dormant or be controlled for a long time. Nothing is for sure, though.
Yesterday a chest X-ray was done because of the pain I get off and on in my upper right front, side and back. It came back clean. I have been given a more fast acting pain killer for now. Also, a PT Scan will be done Friday morning to follow up on the tumors and further check where the pain is coming from. it may just be a side affect as so far nothing has shown up.
Overall, while I am not physically my best, I am very positive and upbeat about things. I now have two oncologists working together for me. I feel very good about my doctors, but that doesn’t mean I won’t follow up on things.
However, these doctors really care. I have seen it in their eyes, not just by their words. I have seen tears when things did not go as well as one hoped. I get e-mails returned on weekends and if something comes up, I am always seen right away.
The biggest thing is the support of friends and family. Despite my situation I am a very happy person with no fears, anger, regrets, nothing. I have had a better life with cancer than I had before when I didn’t have it.
Randy also reported being thrilled with the sprinters he coaches at Granite Bay High School.
One of my goals this season with the girls team was to have a good 4 x 400. I don’t think they ever ran under 4:14 last year. We, I mean they, ran 4;10 first meet winning the race. They won almost all their races but even at league where they were fourth, they ran 4:10. We just couldn’t get under 4:10.
Tonight, in the [CIF San Joaquin] section trials, they run 4:01.30. School record and qualified for section finals! PS. Tyler Brendel, my ace sprinter, qualified for the finals in both the 100 and 200.
Varsity boys won their heat of the 4 x 100 in 42.82. They also are in the championship finals. I was a big sick today, but suddenly feel better.
They did again in the finals. My girl high jumpers went 1-3, varsity boy took 2nd, the 4 x 100 varsity boys improved by nearly .7 to a 42.15, Tyler finally broke 11:00 in the 100 with a 10.9 and got 4th in the 200, Annie broke her own 400 record with 58.16 and those girls who broke the school record with 4:01 on Wednesday, a 10 second improvement, did it again running 4:00.21. Carla’s distance runner took 3rd in the mile 4:18 and then came back to win the 2 mile in 9:15. Finally our girl who didn’t really take up running the 300 hurdles till about 3 weeks ago, ran a new school record 45.51. Next week is the masters meet, the qualifier for the state meet. We will have some kids make it. Great way to finish my coaching career, They came through for me big time.
In late April, he shared sad news:
Today I told my sprinters and high jumpers that this was my last season as a high school track coach. It makes me sad, but time to focus on healing and other things. I put in nearly 40 years.
When I started coaching high school girls, they were separate from the boys in coaching, training and different meet days. Thank God, that has all changed. Not only are they now one team, training together, they are lead by girl captains.
Still there are some who still don’t take female athletes seriously, but they are dinosaurs, dying off.