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Fighting your illness with peace and joy

Sometimes, it can be almost impossible to function the way you want to because you are sick.  You are in pain.  You are afraid.  You want to be alone. It is at these times, that I turn to my faith.  Below … Continue reading

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Why I include chai tea in my total nutrition plan

***Sometime in early 2009, I discovered a wonderful beverage – chai tea.***  Well, some might be thinking something like, “What took you so long?”  I admit that although I have consumed a tremendous amount of iced tea over my life … 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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Okay now, what’s this heart thing again?

Shortly after recovering from the pulmonary embolism, that shortness of breath thing started happening again.  I thought to myself that surely I couldn’t be having heart problems again.  But sure enough, with every physical exertion came shortness of breath and … Continue reading

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True Grit: Sisu

My thanks to a not too distant cousin Clair McReynolds for a new word that seems to fit what I have been going through.  I really love learning new words and concepts.  I think anyone living with cancer or any other … Continue reading

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Now What? Pulmonary Embolism!

Just after completing my rehabilitation from the onset of transverse myelitis, another medical emergency struck.  I was walking with a friend from my office to lunch one Monday afternoon when a sharp pain in my chest doubled me over.  I … Continue reading

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I Have a FACEBOOK PAGE too!

I thought I would put a link to my Facebook page on my blog as well.  I am told that some people who only see my blog may not know about what I post on Facebook.  The Facebook page includes … 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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