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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,

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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

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Old 02-25-2009, 08:16 AM   #6
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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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Old 02-25-2009, 09:46 AM   #8
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Mike, just keep hanging in there!
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:07 AM   #9
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May GOD truly bless you and your family on this next phase of treatments.


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Old 02-25-2009, 10:11 AM   #10
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We are all pulling and praying for you Mike. Hang in there.

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Old 02-25-2009, 01:22 PM   #11
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Good news is always better.
50 lbs lost is a tough one to make up.
You are still in our prayers,
My you continue to win over this challenge.

thanks for posting an update
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:29 PM   #12
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It's good to hear that you are up and about and to see you post. Like Bama said, I never met you but you are in our hearts, keep up the positve out look thats part of the up hill battle, you will get to the TOP. I was on the forum last night and saw your post when it first came up and I clicked on reply 3 different times, but didn't know what to say, I could only fell your pain as I was reading. I would like to wish your Wife the best as well, I know it's tough on her as well.
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:29 PM   #13
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Hang in there Mike. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

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Old 02-25-2009, 11:42 PM   #14
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I dont know you personally but consider you as family!!! Thanks for the update and God bless you and your family!!!
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Old 02-27-2009, 07:42 PM   #15
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Was sorry to read that your going through some difficult treatments, but it sounds as though you have alot of support around you from reading the replies. We wish you a full and speedy recovery with your illness and hope that your days ahead are filled with sunshine as you regain your health back. God bless you and your family and we'll keep you in our prayers.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:55 AM   #16
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Mike, i prayed for you this morning.
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Yea....what can a person say. I wish you well. Hang in there.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:45 PM   #18
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Keep on keep'n on, Mike.

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Old 03-27-2009, 07:48 AM   #19
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It was good to hear from you. Ya know all of us, and not just you have to
keep pushing ahead. I myself went into the hospital on March 1st. My heart went into A Fib. Top of the heart not contracting like it should. They were not able to convert me so I had to spend four days in the hospital here, then transfer to St. Vincents in Ohio for a heart catherization. Heart is clear of any obstructions but now I have to remain on cardiac drugs for the rest of my life! I HAVE plans on taking the nurse enterance test for nursing school as I am already a Certified Nursing Assistant. (Sure you have met some of us recently) My exam was already scheduled for May 1, 2009. Please note the HAVE that is bolded above. I have plans as opposed to had plans because I have realized that a nurse provides care because they want to help people. I can not help people If I give up so I made the decision when I left the hospital that I will continue and will not give up until I am physically unable to do the job at hand.

Side note: I don't know about you but I want to bump up those numbers for days camped in 2009. We cant let life get us down! God bless.

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Old 03-27-2009, 09:55 AM   #20
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Live life to the fullest!!! I get busy and I tend to forget this. Every so often stories like this remind me. I have a young son that was born with multiple defects and I didn't think he was going to live long. He is doing well now and I am greatfull. The point of my rambling is you never know what is going to happen tomorrow. Live for the day and don't sweat the small stuff. Mike, I'm glad your doing better. Keep up your spirits. Every day is a blessing.
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