Karen and Tim Davidson

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Four years of fighting

Published 12:32pm Friday, October 26, 2012

To say Tim Davidson is tired is an understatement.

He’s tired of medications and chemotherapy, tired of doctor visits and accumulating medical bills. He’s physically tired — can’t skate or help his granddaughter with hockey — and he’s tired of dealing with all of it for nearly four years. However, he’s not tired enough to throw in the towel.

Davidson, 51, of Austin, was diagnosed with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma in March 2009 after battling what he thought was psoriasis in fall 2008. Malignant T cells in his body migrate to the skin, cause lesions and can form tumors.

So friends and family of Davidson decided to throw a car show and benefit this Sunday at the Austin Eagles Club for him. Registration for the car show is $10, and the show will be from noon to 3 p.m. The benefit will be 1 to 4 p.m.

By all means, the treatments have been a painstaking process for Davidson. Though he works at Tiny’s Body Shop and is a classic car enthusiast, he hasn’t been able to tinker on cars as much, either.

“In August last year the cancer made a large-cell transformation, which means it became more aggressive,” said his wife, Karen.

Davidson received three months’ of chemotherapy only to have another large-cell transformation. After numerous medications and chemotherapy, Davidson continues to battle the cancer. The whole process has changed everyday life for his family.

“I think the hardest part for him is that he just on a daily basis doesn’t feel good,” Karen said. “Some days are worse than others. He is just tired of not feeling good.”

To some, Karen said, it may sound silly. Her husband used to drive her to work every day, and they would chat about life’s little things. It was a staple of their everyday lives. For Karen, driving herself to work seems strange. She has gained a new perspective, though.

“Don’t take things for granted,” Karen said. “Try to be grateful for something in each and every day. And that’s what we’ve been trying to go by every day.”

Even recently, Davidson has been slowed down again by a blood clot. The menagerie of recurring and new complications has been daunting.

“It’s just an emotional rollercoaster,” Karen said.

Chemotherapy has damaged Davidson’s heart, and now he must wait until his heart is strong enough to receive a stem cell transplant, which may put the cancer into long-term remission.

In the midst of all that stress, the Davidsons have support. For more information about the benefit, contact Greg Hovland at 507-269-8395.

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