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jpcollier
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Joined: May 2008

Hello. First of all my prayers go out to everyone. I just returned from Iraq to discover I have thyroid cancer and awaiting results to make sure it has not spread. I have 12.5 years in the Marine Corps. Since this is all new to me if there is any information anyone would like to send me to help me out I would greatly appreciate it. I just need to know that I can continue to count on the military if they happen to release me from active duty. Thanks and good luck to all. My prays are with everyone.

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spongebob
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Joined: Apr 2003

Ahoy, JP -

First, thanks for your service over in the sand box. I am an active duty member (still). iwas Dx'd with Stage 2/3 colon cancer in 2001. The military took great care of me (at Bethesda NNMC) and I am still rolling.

It's VERY doable - and thyroid cancer is VERY treatable!

Drop a note if you have specific questions. Ooo-RAH!

- SpongeBob

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jpcollier
Posts: 4
Joined: May 2008

Thanks SpongeBob for the reply. I just found out I am PCS'ing to Quantico in Oct so I am happy about that because I heard there are some wonderful doctors up there. Thanks for the inspiration. OOH-RAH

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spongebob
Posts: 2599
Joined: Apr 2003

JP -

Since you're a Marine, you'll probably get your treatment at Bethesda. If they don't steer you that way, fight to get there. Bethesda is in a joint practice with the National Cancer Institute - which is right across the street. It may take you an hour to get there (2+ hours if you're trying to drive through the Mixing Bowl at rush hour), but WELL worth the drive. Feel free to drop me a note if you have any questions.

Go get em!

- SB

sarcomamom
Posts: 2
Joined: May 2009

Thank you for your service!
My daughter was treated at Bethesda. I can't say enough good things about the treatment she received on 5-west.
God bless you!

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