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Old 02-24-2009, 07:14 PM   #1
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Health Update

First let me say Glennette and I truly thank all of you for the support during this trying time. The calls, emails, snail mail helps me more than you know in staying focused with a positive attitude.

I don't think I shared this during my illness announcement so here is the facts and update.

My cancer is stage 4 and had spread to my liver before I knew I was sick. Obviously this was an additional blow to the mental status. I feel we were blessed with my job loss forcing a relocation due to the fact I have a great and supportive employer now and our relocatiion led us to one of the best cities in the US for cancer treatment.

I have not had any radiation as planned but chemo is a bitch!!!

I get every other Tuesday the following drugs 5fu, Avastin, Eloxatin, Leucovorin.

I had a CT scan on the 18th of Feb and all mass in the rectum and the spot on my liver have "significantly reduced in size" after four treatments. I have four more treatments beginning today and will rescan to check for the next steps.

The treatment are 3 days per week, 5FU is worn for 48 hours straight.

Surgery has now also been removed from my doctors plan due to the liver problem.

All of my vitals and blood test have returned to there normal healthy levels and that is a GREAT thing. I had lost 50 pounds so far and last week I had gained three pounds back.
So although I stay exhausted most of the time and not able to do very much. The treatment is working and my attitude is still positive.

Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers,

Mike and Glennette Rimmer
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:11 PM   #2
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Way to go Mike! Keep plugging away!
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Old 02-25-2009, 06:50 AM   #3
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Good news is always welcome. Keep thinking positive. You will beat this cancer. Our prayers are with you.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:57 AM   #4
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Very glad to hear things are moving in a positive direction for you. I've never met you in person but I think of you often. I wish you the best and I believe a positive attitude makes a great difference. You certainly have that going for you. Best Wishes from us as well.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:57 AM   #5
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50 pounds??

CRAP Mike!! You didn't have that much to lose! Well maybe a little


Keep us posted Brother.


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Mike, Glad to hear some positive information. We keep you and your family in our prayers. Keep that positive attitude, it helps gets you through the tough times in life. May God bless you and your "One Great Wife". Stay strong, we're all pulling for you
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:21 AM   #7
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Hwy Mike,GREAT news! Glad things are looking better for you. That's one hell of a diet plan, 50 pounds??? Next time take Marie Osmond's advise, "Try Nutri-System!"
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Mike, just keep hanging in there!
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May GOD truly bless you and your family on this next phase of treatments.

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We are all pulling and praying for you Mike. Hang in there.
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