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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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Thinking about it... since it is already Thursday and it would be real short notice for the rest of the bunch, would you be able to do next Friday?
Yeah, that looks good to me.
 

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What town, who is coming, who is buying and where and what time do I show up to crash this free lunch? :p

That is so awesome! Can you make lunch Friday? Cause for a little celebration of sorts!
I should be able to. Somewhere this side of town?
Thinking about it... since it is already Thursday and it would be real short notice for the rest of the bunch, would you be able to do next Friday?
Yeah, that looks good to me.
 

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What town, who is coming, who is buying and where and what time do I show up to crash this free lunch? :p
Lafayette. Any member is welcome to attend our little lunch gatherings. Drop me a PM (or conversation as they call it on this new platform) and I will put you on the email list for the next one.
 
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WAIT! Friday is now a no go due to a schedule change at the office - can we set for the next Friday?
 
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Another CT scan in the books and started Cycle 25 (out of 34-36). Still no cancer and the scar tissue is slowly going away, but it will never fully go away.
 
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I hope this will really be the final update, at least on this subject:

I have completed treatment and will be ringing the bell this week: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/ne...-bell-rings-with-relief-and-hope-11135577.php The scans are clear, no more biopsies to be done.

I am cancer free.

Now, there are some things that have to be done and I will forever be under the watchful eyes of a cancer specialist or two for the remainder of my, what is now hoped to be long, life. There will be scans and tests and occasional visits. There may be "maintenance" therapies. I plan to take each of them in stride.

I want to thank each and every one of you who has offered good thoughts, prayer, encouragement, support, a shoulder to cry on, a joke to laugh at, meals, treats and smiles. I have said it before and I will continue to say it - waking up each morning knowing that someone is praying for you and loving you is the greatest gift any of us can receive. I am beyond blessed.
 

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Great news! Wish you and your family all the best! Who dat! :9:

I hope this will really be the final update, at least on this subject:

I have completed treatment and will be ringing the bell this week: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/ne...-bell-rings-with-relief-and-hope-11135577.php The scans are clear, no more biopsies to be done.

I am cancer free.

Now, there are some things that have to be done and I will forever be under the watchful eyes of a cancer specialist or two for the remainder of my, what is now hoped to be long, life. There will be scans and tests and occasional visits. There may be "maintenance" therapies. I plan to take each of them in stride.

I want to thank each and every one of you who has offered good thoughts, prayer, encouragement, support, a shoulder to cry on, a joke to laugh at, meals, treats and smiles. I have said it before and I will continue to say it - waking up each morning knowing that someone is praying for you and loving you is the greatest gift any of us can receive. I am beyond blessed.
 

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