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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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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.

Freakin' awesome!

 

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That truly is great news, Jay. If you make it back to Lafayette for any reason, we will get the lunch band back together. How is the northeast treating you? Did you enjoy last winter? Pats fans treating you okay? Inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks for sharing the great news.
 
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That truly is great news, Jay. If you make it back to Lafayette for any reason, we will get the lunch band back together. How is the northeast treating you? Did you enjoy last winter? Pats fans treating you okay? Inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks for sharing the great news.
That would be awesome.

So far, so good. This winter was supposedly one of the mildest they've had lately. For me weather is weather. Just have to dress properly or stay inside. Pats fans have been for the most part OK although there have been a couple who have challenged me. Once I start quoting actual, provable stats it turns into "good natured ribbing" with undertones of "I can't believe someone from Louisiana could be that well versed in football". :ezbill:
 
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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.
:melike: That is such awesome news, Jay! I am absolutely thrilled (and relieved) to hear that you are Cancer free! Lung cancer is a tough one to conquer.
 

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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.
BR, that is fantastic news. congratulations and i am happy for you.
 
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I cannot believe that it has been a year since I rang the bell. I have a scan coming up in early June, but all of the scans have been clear so far and I don't expect this one to be different. I have started to regain some of the strength I lost and I'll admit I am in horrible shape. I am still dealing with side-effects and from what we (medical team) can tell I'll be dealing with those things for a long time.

I still wake up every day thankful for the prayers and support. I am humbled by all the good thoughts, well wishes and positivity.
 

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