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G.A.M. last won the day on May 30 2020

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    I spent 43 years as a hermit software developer.

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  1. I wish I'd gotten that tip before it happened a couple of times.
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    Hello, @BridgetO. I'm doing fine. I see my Oncologist in a week. I hope I am still doing fine. I've been treating the joint pain with plain old extra-strength Tylenol and that has helped immensely. How are you doing? Best, Glenn
  3. I had things in the reverse order. Lobectomy (upper right, 3 cm mass) and then chemo. Mine was caught early by accident when my gall bladder decided to call it a day. I hope your outcome is great. Seems like they caught it early. Be glad you have mandatory physicals, I guess. Best, Glenn
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    Hi, @Tom Galli. I've never heard of it, but I'll give it a try. Thanks. Best, Glenn
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    Hey, @TJM. I appreciate it. Best, Glenn
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    @LexieCat, I have an appt with my PCP in two weeks. I'll bring it up with her. Thanks. Best, Glenn
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    At the end of chemo, my left hand began to hurt. Then my right hip, left elbow and right hand. It's progressed to the point that my left hand is useless. Is it a result of chemo, in anyone's experience? Best, Glenn
  8. I can't believe it's been three months already. I'm getting a full blood workup (through my port if I'm lucky), then a CT scan from nose to knees first thing in the morning. Then the wait. My appt isn't until Tuesday Feb 2nd and I only meet with the PA. I've met with her a few times during chemo. She never volunteers data, you have to kind of coax it out of her. Just so it's good news, I hope. My best to all of you.
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    @Tom Galli, I checked with my father in law, who worked in the mills for 45 years and he doesn't recall any of the Aliquippa feeds where he worked connecting to the Ohio River Railroad. That doesn't mean it wasn't one of the other mills along the river. They're all gone now. Sad to see it. Glenn
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    Met with my Oncologist on Tuesday. Blood looks stronger. Still anemic. Based on what I'd been told so far, I asked to have my port removed. He said no dice. There is still "suspicious tissue" in lymph nodes and in my neck and upper chest area. The new routine is a port flush every five weeks then a CT Scan, bloodwork, and a meeting with the ONC every ten weeks until further notice. I guess it's his train and I'm just riding it.
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    No more chemo!

    After my oncologist got a good look at my scans this morning, he cancelled rounds #5 and #6. He's ordered another PET scan to be sure, but he thinks I'm cancer free at this point and I can go on the 3 month CT scan regimen. I'm stunned.
  12. Hi, @BridgetO. I don't meet with my Onc for two weeks. I get another blood test next Thursday. If I'm still down, I'll ask for one before starting round #5. Best, Glenn
  13. Hi, all. I have been anemic since having/treating cancer. Sudden fainting with no recollection of events seems to be a part of it. So far, I've broken four metatarsals and y'day took seven stitches to the back of the head in three hours at the ER. I've strained a knee and been worked up so many times for it with no help. The one thing I look at is my hemoglobin. It has been ages since it was normal and now, on chemo, had dipped to 7.4, requiring a transfusion of two pints of blood the week before last. HGB went back up to 9.4, but y'day when they checked it, it was back down to 8.5.
  14. Thanks, @Sabacat You’re pointing out the hopeful parts.
  15. Thank you, @GaryG. That gave me some strength. Best, Glenn
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