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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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Always fantastic news! It is amazing what the power of prayer is capable of doing. The Lord is good!
 

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This is terrific news!

Thank you for being open about your journey - it is a source of encouragement. Wishing you continued health and well-being, Jay.
 

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Take a deep breath....

After my last two scans it looks like all that is left, in the doctor's words, is "...scar tissue. I would do a biopsy but I do not believe we would find any cancer cells".

There is stuff I should type here about the path forward and how we will, in fact, confirm remission, but we can save that for later. I've updated the title of the thread and I have some things I want to say about prayer and faith but I am still absorbing the information and in many ways trying to make sense of it all. (I was told that was part of the "psychology of cancer" which is an unfair thing that all cancer patients and their close families go through when these things come up.)

Thank you for being on this journey with us!
Now THIS is the way to end a week right!

So glad to hear it Jay! Wait until you wake up tomorrow and as you slowly come out of sleep you think to yourself "I'm feeling really good, I'm not sure why.." Then you wake up and realize...You ******* did it, your life will continue :)

Peace and Blessings, my friend. Now go tear it up with that Hellcat :ezbill:
 

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I dont believe in Jesus, I dont know if I believe in a God anymore either. I've said exactly 3 prayers in the last 10 years. One of them was for you. The other two prayers were not answered.

I am very glad to hear about the prognosis. I appreciate your sharing what a ride this has been with us.

Maybe you should write a new book, a little less technical this time.

Chronicle your journey and offer hope to others, and maybe make a few bucks.
 
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Next CT scan in the process is scheduled for next week and I am both excited and anxious.
 

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