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  1. Even though Tom was a 5 1/2 year LC survivor it was CHF that got him in the end. He struggled for every breath. He sure did put up a fight. Thomas S. Murphy, age 78, of Palatine, IL, passed away Friday, November 8, 2013 in Boone Grove, IN surrounded by his family. On July 28, 1935 he was born the son of Thomas and Pauline Murphy who precedes him in death. Also preceding are sisters: Donna (Ki) Wagner and Marian Oliver. Surviving are his children: Debbie (Richard) Falgout, Steven (Barbara) Murphy, Michael (Lorenda) Murphy, Erin (Lee) Arntzen, Vivienne Murphy, Jayla Jackson; step-daughter Ch
  2. Even though Tom was a 5 1/2 year LC survivor it was CHF that got him in the end. He struggled for every breath. He sure did put up a fight. Thomas S. Murphy, age 78, of Palatine, IL, passed away Friday, November 8, 2013 in Boone Grove, IN surrounded by his family. On July 28, 1935 he was born the son of Thomas and Pauline Murphy who precedes him in death. Also preceding are sisters: Donna (Ki) Wagner and Marian Oliver. Surviving are his children: Debbie (Richard) Falgout, Steven (Barbara) Murphy, Michael (Lorenda) Murphy, Erin (Lee) Arntzen, Vivienne Murphy, Jayla Jackson; step-daughter Ch
  3. This is what a 5 Year, Stage IV NSCLC survivor looks like. 5 YEARS!!! WAY TO GO TOM!!!!
  4. It was January 29th 2008. 5 years ago the surgeon told Tom he had stage 4 lung cancer. 5 years ago Tom asked the surgeon how much time he had. The surgeon said without treatment we won't be having this conversation this time next year. So Tom said I guess we better do the treatment. 5 years ago we went to the oncologist who stepped out of the box. 5 years ago. Where did the time go? There by the grace of God lives Tom. Thomas Murphy is officially a 5 year, Stage IV NSCLC Lung Cancer survivor. He took a licking but he keeps on ticking.
  5. It was January 29th 2008. 5 years ago the surgeon told Tom he had stage 4 lung cancer. 5 years ago Tom asked the surgeon how much time he had. The surgeon said without treatment we won't be having this conversation this time next year. So Tom said I guess we better do the treatment. 5 years ago we went to the oncologist who stepped out of the box. 5 years ago. Where did the time go? There by the grace of God lives Tom. Thomas Murphy is officially a 5 year, Stage IV NSCLC Lung Cancer survivor. He took a licking but he keeps on ticking.
  6. Here's the mini scoop. We are going to go straight to the PET scan in 4 weeks. The Onc thought he'd skip that extra step of another CT. The PET is set up for 11/20/12. If the PET shows anything then we will go back to the surgeon for another bronchoscopy. Like the holidays don't bring enough stress without the added stress of waiting and wondering. Thanks & keep those prayers coming. WE sure could use them. Denise
  7. Here's the mini scoop. We are going to go straight to the PET scan in 4 weeks. The Onc thought he'd skip that extra step of another CT. The PET is set up for 11/20/12. If the PET shows anything then we will go back to the surgeon for another bronchoscopy. Like the holidays don't bring enough stress without the added stress of waiting and wondering. Thanks & keep those prayers coming. WE sure could use them. Denise
  8. Thanks ladies. I always wondered why they do his CT's without contrast first. He is allergic to the dye but when he does the protocal he's fine. We see the Onc on Tuesday and see where we go from there. Denise
  9. So we are 3 1/2 months away from Tom hitting the 5 years at stage IV mark and we now get an although & however report. SIGH!!! Mediastinal windows reveal small scattered mediastinal lymph nodes which are stable and not definitely pathological based on CT size criterion. His COPD, emphysema & radiation damage stuff is all stable. No new mass or adenopathy although exam is limited without intravenous contrast. Abnormal fullness in the right hilum, again limited in evaluation due to lack of contrast. Volume loss and retraction related to that is stable. However, there are new non spe
  10. So we are 3 1/2 months away from Tom hitting the 5 years at stage IV mark and we now get an although & however report. SIGH!!! Mediastinal windows reveal small scattered mediastinal lymph nodes which are stable and not definitely pathological based on CT size criterion. His COPD, emphysema & radiation damage stuff is all stable. No new mass or adenopathy although exam is limited without intravenous contrast. Abnormal fullness in the right hilum, again limited in evaluation due to lack of contrast. Volume loss and retraction related to that is stable. However, there are new non spe
  11. Hi Paldridge, So sorry we had to meet this way. I hope your hubby is getting his nausea under control. My husband was also treated for pneumonia for 2 months before they decided to do an x-ray and found he had a 7cm NSCLC mass wrapped around the main bronchus on the right which made it inoperable as well as mets to the liver. This put him at stage IV and after 7 chemo treatments and 35 radiation treatments 4 ½ years later he is still here and ready to celebrate his 77th birthday next month. This can be an emotionally and physically draining experience on both of you. So, as many others on th
  12. Thanks all!! Tom's Oncologist has confirmed that there is NO SIGN OF CANCER!!! He says the bad news is that your lungs look like crap. The good news is it's NOT CANCER.Yeah baby!!! The Onc also said that Tom is getting very good at catching pneumonia. We have now added Spiriva and a Pro Air inhaler for the COPD. Hopefully this will help with the breathing and give him a bit more stamina. This man continues to amaze me. He's like the energizer bunny. He keeps going and going and going. 4 years 3 months and counting. It gives me hope that I will get my 20 year wedding anniversary milestone!!
  13. Thanks all!! Tom's Oncologist has confirmed that there is NO SIGN OF CANCER!!! He says the bad news is that your lungs look like crap. The good news is it's NOT CANCER.Yeah baby!!! The Onc also said that Tom is getting very good at catching pneumonia. We have now added Spiriva and a Pro Air inhaler for the COPD. Hopefully this will help with the breathing and give him a bit more stamina. This man continues to amaze me. He's like the energizer bunny. He keeps going and going and going. Denise
  14. Thanks all!! Tom's Oncologist has confirmed that there is NO SIGN OF CANCER!!! He says the bad news is that your lungs look like crap. The good news is it's NOT CANCER.Yeah baby!!! The Onc also said that Tom is getting very good at catching pneumonia. We have now added Spiriva and a Pro Air inhaler for the COPD. Hopefully this will help with the breathing and give him a bit more stamina. This man continues to amaze me. He's like the energizer bunny. He keeps going and going and going. Denise
  15. 4 years later here we sit waiting and wondering. A couple of weeks ago Tom was having a lot of trouble breathing. He called the doctor and they refused to give him and appt. They told him to go straight to the ER. Instead he went to the local urgent care clinic. The clinic took one look at him and called 911 and had an ambulance transport him to the hospital. They took very good care of him and got him comfortable and admitted him with pneumonia. This is the 3rd time in 3 years for pneumonia. While he ws there they did a chest x-ray and said there was a 3cm mass in the right lung. His origin
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