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Dead Man Walking

Seven years have past.  It was cancer they said.  Frightened I was but was determined to fight.  As heavy the load, it would get heavier still.  It’s as if I’m a dead man walking. I hear the angels talking talking talking Now I’m … Continue reading

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How IVIG treatment is going

Today I thought I would write an update on how my IVIG treatment is going.  The graphic above is a good description of the past week or so.  I have felt pain so terrible that it almost doubles me over.  … Continue reading

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Be a Survivor!! Continue to live your life!!

Since 2008, I have survived the following: Stage IV melanoma including four surgeries and high dose interferon Paraneoplastic neurological syndrome with steroid treatments, IVIG and nearly three years of Cytoxan therapy Severe weakness that began with left drop foot and ascended to … Continue reading

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August 2009: Transverse Myelitis?

In my last blog describing my journey fighting metastatic melanoma, I shared my first experience with cardiovascular disease after being diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma.  Little did I know that would be easy compared to what was coming next! During … Continue reading

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Heart Attack? But I Have Melanoma!

After the cancer had come back and I knew that I had Stage IV melanoma, it was a stressful time.  However, I was determined to continue to fight the disease. ***My oncologist and I had started looking at clinical trials … Continue reading

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The Cancer is Back

It was March 2009.  My son and I had completed renovating one of the bedrooms upstairs into a nursery for my first grandchild.  On March 11th, my grandson was born.  I was feeling really good.  A recent PET scan had … Continue reading

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My Experience With Interferon Therapy for Melanoma

Almost immediately after recovering from the serious infection that I incurred in my surgical wound post dissection of the lymph nodes in my left groin, I started interferon therapy.  Since about 1995, high dose interferon alpha-2b has been the recommended adjuvant treatment … Continue reading

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The Second Surgery – Total Dissection of the Left Inquinal Lymph Node Basin

As I said in my article about my first surgery for melanoma, my surgeon told me that I would need a second surgery – one to remove the rest of the lymph nodes in that particular area of my body. Since … Continue reading

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The First Surgery – Wide Excision for Melanoma

This article is my second post regarding my journey with cancer. After learning of my diagnosis, I think a lot of things went through my head.  It was a busy time at work.  My daughter had just miscarried what would … Continue reading

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First Learning the Diagnosis – It Was Cancer!

One thing that I want to write about on my blog is the chronic disease process from which I am suffering.  Its genesis is cancer.  Yes, the big “C” word.  It started almost six years ago and that’s probably where … Continue reading

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