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Bleu Raeder

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Because some of us are very acquainted though this forum and as alluded to in https://saintsreport.com/forums/f3/i-have-avoided-posting-long-i-can-355540/#.WAfjV_krL0M I have received some news recently which affects life in a most profound way. I have been hesitant to share this news for a number of reasons, but some of you I know here would like to know. We've known each other a long time (almost 20 years????) through this outlet and sometimes in real life and I am as close with some of you as I would be with any dear friend even if we've never met in person. Some of you who are connected to me in other social media may have figured it out.

It seems I am dragging my feet here, but all of that needed to be said.

On Friday I was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Lung Cancer in my left lung.

Just 3 short weeks ago during my wellness exam we discussed getting my heart checked just because heart disease in my family had finally reared its ugly head. My calcium score was good but they saw a shadow on the CT which they wanted to check into. "Could be nothing.", they said. They schedule a PET scan and I honestly thought it looked like an excessive jump to go from these results to such an expensive test (https://saintsreport.com/forums/f3/grrrr-cost-health-care-359622/#.WAjM__krL0M). A second opinion or two confirmed this was the test needed. The PET lead to a biopsy in one of my ribs (where the metastasis is). The biopsy lead to the diagnosis.

I have a referral to MD Anderson and will be there in a couple of weeks.

Here is the thing: I have no symptoms other than the discomfort left over from the biopsy. No pain. No coughing. I run 3 or 4 days a week and have no problems with my breathing other than sinus junk. I still play my trombone. If we hadn't done the calcium scoring no alarm would have been raised until I became symptomatic and who knows how long that would have taken.

I am also hopeful and know I can beat this. I am more than determined to beat this. There is a lot of life yet to be lived and I am confident I will be here to live it.
 
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Well, shoot.

The spot I described previously is a recurrence of the previous cancer, but it is just that spot. Since NSCLC of this type is fairly slow-growing we caught it very early and plan to perform focused radiation known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) also known as stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR). I should have anywhere from 1 to 3 treatments. We will not know any results until January though, because any scan before that would show the inflammation from the treatment and give us a false sense of whether the treatment worked or not.

Thanks, 2020.

I have always said that if you can wake up in the morning knowing that people are praying for you and loving you that there is no way you can have a bad day, so I am asking for your prayers, well-wishes and speaking good vibes into the universe.
We're with you Bleu. Every day.
 

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Prayers on the way and continuing.. Hang in there!
 

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