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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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Understanding How Melanoma Is Staged

***The stage of a melanoma is a description of how widespread it is.  It has a lot to do about predicting survival and how treatment should be planned.*** Staging includes such factors as the melanoma’s thickness in the skin, whether it … Continue reading

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Do Redheads Carry Melanoma Risk Independent of Sun Exposure?

Originally posted on understandcancerin60minutes:
Why are redheads more susceptible to the potentially deadly skin cancer, melanoma? If you have red hair and fair skin, you are significantly more likely to develop melanoma than are people with darker skin. Sun…

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Cataract Surgery and Baby Boomers and Cancer Too!

Image from:  http://www.opeyecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Cataract-Eye.jpg ***I had cataract surgery on my left eye in 2004 at the age of 50 and on the right eye in 2005.*** The reason I went to the doctor and complained was twofold.  First, my vision was … Continue reading

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They Say You’re Looking Good – But You Sure Don’t Feel Very Good!

Below is an image that I have borrowed from the Breast Cancer Awareness Page on Facebook: I think a lot of cancer patients will share my near disdain when I see one of my friends and they say something like … Continue reading

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