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  1. I'd rather be lucky than smart - I'm far better at it. My motto for many years and still true. When last I posted in January I had completed treatment for throat cancer (interesting to have the Michael Douglas commentary on the press since we share that boat) and I was headed in for ACL replacement. Both threads of my life have seeming worked out so far and I'm headed off tomorrow for the Van Isle 360 - 2013 version. I'll carry no guilt for being lucky, only remorse for those whose voyages have been cut short by cancer.
  2. Hopefully I can add one to the survivor side of the list. Got home from Cowes Week last august with a case of the crud I obviously got flying cattle car style from Heathrow to Seattle via Dallas. After a week and a half of coughing and wheezing (and sharing it with my wife) I was in talking with my GP about blood pressure medication and he asked if there were any health changes. I mentioned the gland in my neck that had swollen up which I thought was due to the cold. He looked at it and said to come back to check in a couple of weeks. When I did it was possibly ever so slightly smaller but not gone - we gave it one more week and then started testing. Turned out to be Squamis cell carcenoma which we finally tracked down to my left tonsil site (tonsils came out when I was a kid). Radiation and chemo started late October and finished right before the holiday break. One hell of a diet program is all I can say. Swallowing got to be problematic for a while, my hearing has suffered, my taste buds are shot, etc but the tumor receeded better than they had hoped so now I'm in limbo waiting for the followup scans to see if it's gone. Gotta wait for 2-3 mo following treatment to get a good scan. Having gone thru my wife's breast, endrimetrial, and brain cancer episodes I have always said I hate cancer with every cell in my body - my thoughts are unchanged. I've had it relatively easy I know but I hope to be able to add one to the win column. Van Isle 360 is on the horizon, I go in tomorrow for ACL replacement surgery but I can well and truly say I'm feeling better ever damn day. Cancer is a bump in the road - not the journey.
  3. My aunt on my mothers side (oldest of 6 kids) had Cancer and chemo when she was 56 yrs old - she's now 98. As they say - results vary so check the "long time from now" box on the questionaire and don't look back. Every single day from now on is just that much more golden. Attitude is the driver and it sounds like you've got the pedal to the metal. Go the Catherine!!!
  4. When my wife started her chemo she had returned to teaching her 6th grade class so that the kids didn't have to suffer the confusion of changing teachers late in the school year (it was in May by then). As is the norm for kids of that age the hormones were starting to roll and though they were somewhat quieted for a week or so after she returned from surgery they were soon back to bouncing off the walls. As her hair started to go she had it cut short. One day when they were being extra rowdy she grabbed a couple of hands full and shouted out "You kids make me so angry I could just..." and pulled 2 bunches out. As the ads say - the resulting looks from the students was PRICELESS! Tactic has been used by a couple other teachers going thru the same journey and never fails to get them! Pick your times and you can wow em!! PS - she looked great bald - never wore scarfs or wigs - just a big smile and some great hats when it was cold out! And when it grew back she could chide me for whom it will never return. GO THE CATHERINE!
  5. MSG, My experience on getting my wife & lover thru Chemo here in the Great Northwet: Attitude is #1 priority and damn hard to keep up all the time - do your best and let all our love and prayers flow in. We are all there to help the spirit. You will need someone to help when getting the drugs - both the chemo drugs and the "good" ones to keep you human. You will feel like sending everyone away – my advise is don’t – you will be compromised and you can (and have already) pay it forward later – it’s your turn to receive. You’re the skipper – keep a good crew on deck with you. Critical to my experience is to have the helper(s) keep records of EVERYTHING that goes both in and out of you. Timing is critical as you will be at the intersection of many rhythms - food is at different times, some anti-nausea drugs are 6 hr cycle, some 8, some 12, etc and dosages can be adjusted by the doctors to fine tune the effects. The medical staff can only start with their best guess of what will work to keep you from going over the edge - you (and your "staff") will be invaluable if you can recognized the rhythms (lifts and headers?) and help them fine tune things. My wife would go along fine for a while and then just erupt. We kept looking at the records and finally recognized the problems were cyclic with one of the longer phase drugs getting near the end of its cycle - upping the dose of that one a bit made all the difference in calming the swings. Several friends have had similar experiences and the doctors will be amazed with the feedback – most people just sit back and let them run the show – be proactive!!! If something is not working - tell them - they truly want to help. Foods will be great and then 2 minutes later will be repugnant - smells will be a new science. Simple soft non-smelling foods are best. Tapioca was her favorite. Keep working the problems - like the big C they all can be minimized if not completely trounced. Cancer is not the journey – it’s a bump in the road. . Our predictions were 2-3 yrs at the outside – it’s been 6 and every damn day is a blessing! Our prayers are flowing for you. Go the Catherine!