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  1. That's WONDERFUL Bud! Congrats congrats congrats! What are you doing to celebrate? A nice dinner? A little get together of loved ones? I'm so excited for you!


    My wife and I had planned to go out for dinner, and our daughters were going to join us, but it didn't quite work out. While traveling at 70 mph that morning on a service call to Wichita Falls, I hit a hawk, which had suddenly swooped down out of seemingly nowhere, with the grill of my company truck, limped into a collision center with a leaking radiator, and was late getting home that evening. We'll probably hoist a toast tomorrow evening while we're out with friends, but mine will be a non-alcoholic drink, since I'm still on antibiotics.

  2. Today, I became one of the 15 percent of lung cancer patients to survive five years. I have remained cancer free since my surgery on December 20th, 2007. So, by definition, I am cured. I will always have a higher risk of a recurrence or new cancer than someone who has never had lung cancer, and as last week reminded, my surgery damaged left lung may always be more prone to pneumonia and such. Still, I'm liking the sound of that "cured" word very much. A big Thank You to all of you who have supported, encouraged, and inspired me along the way.

  3. Thanks, y'all. It was a crazy week. I felt fine last weekend and even did a 76 mile bike ride on Saturday. But in the middle of the night, Sunday night, I got a fever with chills, body aches, and the whole bit.

    My fever broke by Monday morning and I went to work. But it was back by early Monday evening. This pattern just kept coming back, a fever in the night but ok during the day.

    Wednesday evening was the fourth day in a row, so I took the time to go to the Dallas VA hospital ER. My symptoms so closely matched that of TB patients, and the chest x-ray, which showed something in what remains of my left lung, couldn't tell if it was TB or pneumonia, so they admitted me to the hospital.

    They did a TB test, then a chest CT scan. It takes 2-3 days to get a result from a TB test, but the CT scan showed pretty conclusively that it was pneumonia and not TB (there was no cancer, either).

    It seemed very strange to end up with a pneumonia diagnosis when I didn't even have a cold or anything else wrong beforehand. They call that "community acquired pneumonia", when otherwise healthy people get pneumonia. It may be that my surgery damaged left lung will always be prone to this kind of stuff. I'm back home with antibiotics now.

  4. Sara

    Pretty shocking. It's just so hard to get a handle on someone so young and nice dying from this disease. Three weeks ago, she was still hoping to attend the Breathe Deep DFW walk here on Saturday. RIP Sara.

  5. what if ,this cancer makes a reappearance,what view of my world will I have then?

    And that, to me, is one of the problems with being in cancer mode too much of the time. That thought seems to creep in more often. And with my attitude of quality of life over quantity, I really don't like to think about how I would handle a recurrence.

  6. Janet, so sorry to read about how rough things are going for you. Going through a stretch of really bad quality of life is one thing if there is clearly light at the end of the tunnel. It's quite different if it's not certain that all the treatments causing the bad quality of life are really going to help.

    When I had cisplatin as an adjuvant after my surgery, it became obvious to me that 4 rounds was going to cause long term problems for me, so I quit after 3 rounds, in spite of my doctors' protests that 4 rounds would give me a better chance at long term survival. That doesn't begin to compare with what you are going through, but I think it shows which way I lean on the scale of quality of life.

    I say justifying things to yourself has to be first and foremost. Then worry about everyone else. Best wishes, I hope things get better.

  7. I'm now coming up on five years of being cancer free, so yes I take breaks from cancer, and my breaks from it seem to be getting longer. Some things do bring me back to it, like the DoD peer review work I'm doing now, and the DFW walk next month, but I guess each of us has to decide for ourselves how much non-cancer "life" is enough, and I would expect how healthy each of us is can have a large impact on how much non-cancer time we do.

  8. Welcome, Sandy! My story is similar, not that large a tumor, but a cancerous lymph node made it stage 2, so I had chemo after surgery.

    I've been cancer free for over four and a half years now, so my dark cloud is getting smaller. Here's wishing you many cancer free years, too!

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