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Chuck was accepted into the trial we found out at his Doctors appointment yesterday... they are rolling patients in so he will be 7 of 110 in the USA and Canada.. now we just have to wait.. for the phone call...I am not going to lie.. I am scared... Phase1 means NEW really new...Both Drugs have already been on trial and one has been approved to treat Melonoma(IPI) the other Anti PD 1 or its  fancy name Nivolumab that is awaiting FDA approval...The biggest plus is that if he has a reaction to IPI they will keep him on the Nivolumab only..so it gives him access to a drug he might not have had without the Trial untill the FDA approves it...I am hoping the benefits will out weigh the risks.. the possible side affects look pretty scarey.. I have to keep reminding myself that the side affects of the cancer are scarier.. he is all for it.. he says the end result is if it does not help him.. it gives them info that may be used down the road to help others...I know that in my head.. but in my heart I am terrifed....But all in all he is taking this as very good news.. and it is I know it is...I know we are blessed to have this chance.. and he has amazing Doctors... Will keep everyone posted.. Enjoy the spring :D Hugggssss

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As you know, I am a BIG nivolumab fan. Good luck chuck.

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This is so awesome.  I am sure you are scared but none the less you have an amazing opportunity ahead.  My husband is just at the beginning of his journey with no known mets yet, but with 30% sarcomatoid features and in the lymphnodes I know to be prepared so I just keep reading.  Good luck!  I will be praying for excellent results! 

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Yes April, you two are VERY fortunate to have the opportunity of these trials.  These are the two most sort after trials that most people are looking for and promise the best results.  Take one day at a time and keep praying, meditating and keep loving life! I have a good feeling about this!!  All my best to you both!!!  

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This is a trial many folks would give their right arm to get into - it's great news you've made it into it and right at the beginning. 

Don't be anxious because it's a phase I trial.  They will be monitoring very closely when what they're trying to establish is the posological parameters or, to put it more colloquially : just how much ipi can a good Chuck chug if a good Chuck can chug ipi. 

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I think you and Chuck and Fox would get along great.. if attitude brings healing you all WIN big!! I know as I have said before we are blessed by the Doctors we ended up with.. they are pretty amazing... and I am always Thankful we ended up where we did!! My answer to fear is to gather knowledge because like I tell the Doctors all the time.. "Tell us everything... bad things grow in the dark.. when you shed light you can gather the knowledge needed to deal" But I have to say Histology, Morphology and Grading still kick my butt.... I had to admitt to being scared because if not... then I could not deal with it... Chuck and I have talked about it.. a lot...that helps!!!Plus I have the book on the treatment.. by the time it starts I will have all the possible side affects memorized and down cold so I know what to watch for.... no matter how small it may seem... Our Daughter(a Nurse) is buying her dad a blood pressure monitor and a glucose meter...in  her words those are things we can watch at home lol...We go armed with Hope, Faith, and a little modern technology...and knowledge that we are in great hands Doctor wise!! As we told our Girls Softball Team when we coached...(and we have used it as our mantra since Chuck got sick) no one plays(or in this case heals alone) alone!! GO TEAM!!! Hugggss

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A and C,

If you weren't scared we'd be worried about you.  Chuck has a very good and positive attitude, that's half the battle, I'm with Ang, I have a good feeling about this.  Go into it with expectations of a great outcome and a comittment to do whatever is necessary, I like the phrase "ATTACK WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE" kick cancer's butt!  Follow fox's lead.

Good luck and Godspeed,

Gary

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Gary, you're getting a bit confused - it's dogs that have leads, foxes run free!

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but can foxes outrun the hounds?

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but the important thing is that OUR Fox can outrun cancer!!

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And the pack he runs with is growing and gaining momentum!!

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Fantastic news April. I understand you may be a little worried, but replace that concern with exhileration.  The chatter on this trial is postive and--like Tex says--he will be very closely monitored. I want everyone on this board to have his/her own chapter in the upcoming book, WINNING THE WAR ON KIDNEY CANCER. Go Chuck!

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Ok its late and i cant sleep this happens to me alot,April i think Chuck being accepted into this trial is a blessing so try not to worry and adopt an attitude of looking forward to the trial.

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Mike, why do you not sleep well - anxiety, pain, indigestion, troubling dreams?  [I know how you feel - I woke from pain last night, not unknown in the last couple of weeks.]  When you do, do remember that the idea of an unbroken night's sleep of 8 hours is a relatively new cultural concept.  There's good historical evidence that our forebears more often regarded it as natural to sleep for a few hours and, if then waking, to get up and do something for a bit and then go back to bed and sleep some more. So try not to get hung up on it - it's amazing how comfortable it can be to do that and wake up feeling fully refreshed and fine for the following day.  (This is assuming that there isn't some serious underlying medical cause and you seem to be doing well so I doubt that is the case.)

Next time you're having trouble sleeping, have a look at a good "Why did the chicken cross the road?" site.  It's fun and impressive that a student of maths and computing could compile a list of fun answers that reflect so much appreciation of literary stylistics - he not only captures the iconic pronouncements of the famous figures he 'quotes' but puts words in their mouths that in some cases catch their characteristic speech patterns very well:

Why did the chicken cross the road?

http://www.madore.org/~david/misc/chicken.html

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I am looking forward to the trial :D and we are very very thankful that he got in.. I think I have been terrified since he was diagnosed...even though I try not to show it to him and our daughters sometimes the fear creeps in.. But there is not a day I don't feel blessed and thankful.. for our doctors, the support of our friends and family.. and that this board is here.. to put me back on track :D But mostly I feel blessed that he is still here and we can enjoy the time we have together...God willing we will have years and years left together.. in 3 years we will be married 30 years... I am shooting for 50 lol :D And Mike.. from what I have observed with Chuck... the sleep thing happens.. even when you are feeling good... whether it's the cancer or underlieing worry...I don't have a clue.. but chill and I suggest that you try Texas idea...Our brain deals with things.. even when we don't think it is....I am from a family of what I affectionatly call Vampires we are night creatures lol...Chuck never has been.. but lately he is becoming one :D I am looking forward to a time when he embraces it!! Hugggssss

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Good luck Chuck.

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The luck of the Irish is being sent your way Chuck in bucketloads.  

Eims x

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You do know that "the luck of the Irish" means BAD luck, surely?!

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Texas,

Did you not know we are the luckiest nation in the world??!  We survived the famine, many wars, invasions and loads of recessions and we are still here so there has to be lots of luck involved in all that drama and history ;-)

Eims x

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The explanation of the phrase I've found most convincing is that it was an ironic comment made by American Irish immigrants about themselves when they were badly discriminated against in the jobs market etc and so was said wryly, much as we might say "Just my luck!".   It was self-deprecating humour, very much like the same vein in Jewish humour, from people also very much discriminated against. There are considerable degrees of similarity since these are probably the two most universally appreciated sources of humour (Jewish and Irish) from two peoples who have suffered the same fate of having frequently triumphed over adversity and suffered from diatribes about their "luck" because of sour grapes, rather than acknowledge their character and hard work in succeeding.

One comment from an Irish blogger I thought insightful is

If you've ever thought the "luck of the Irish" makes absolutely no sense — we're talking about a country where a lousy season for root vegetables caused widespread famine and mass emigration — it's because it doesn't. It's an ironic statement, and if anything the Irish are known far better for their sense of irony than their inherent luck.

Here's a different take:

Luck of the Irish

The phrase luck of the Irish is commonly thought to mean “extreme good fortune.” However, according to Edward T. O’Donnell, an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College and author of 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History, the term has not an Irish origin but “a happier, if not altogether positive,” American one.

    "During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. . . .Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression 'luck of the Irish.' Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed."

1. Luck of the Irish

The phrase luck of the Irish is commonly thought to mean “extreme good fortune.” However, according to Edward T. O’Donnell, an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College and author of 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History, the term has not an Irish origin but “a happier, if not altogether positive,” American one.

    "During the gold and silver rush years in the second half of the 19th century, a number of the most famous and successful miners were of Irish and Irish American birth. . . .Over time this association of the Irish with mining fortunes led to the expression 'luck of the Irish.' Of course, it carried with it a certain tone of derision, as if to say, only by sheer luck, as opposed to brains, could these fools succeed."

It certainly seems to be a controversial topic and a fair conspectus of views can be founh at this link, maybe favouring the negative connotations:

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-luck-of-the-irish.htm

I strongly recommend a nicely written, well-informed (but not 100% reliable) fun look at Irish history which puts a different slant on the very subjects you mentioned.  It's tongue in cheek and really quite funny:

http://www.cracked.com/article_16017_6-reasons-irish-arent-so-lucky.html

[It's inaccurate about red hair, which many in the UK associate most strongly with the Welsh.  It's certainly a Celtic feature but apparently there are more redheads per head of population in Scotland than anywhere else. I report this as a (formerlyFrown) red-headed Englishman with a Welsh name, living in Scotland, whose Mother was a red-headed Flood!]

I'm confident that Angie and her Mom will enjoy it also.

 

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Texas we could be distantly related...my maiden name is Flood!!!!  

Eims x

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My father was adopted by his step father. His name became Fox. His birth name was Driscoll. All I think I know about my ancestors is that they had emigrated to Canada and were fur traders. Eventually ending up in Connecticut. (I don't even know if that is accurate.) My mother 's maiden name was Welsh.

I have a small family with no history known of grandparents, cousins or the like. That's how one becomes "One of a kind."

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And you sure did a great job of that, Larry!

Wild Canadian fur-traders also fits the image quite well too!

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That must be why you're such a looker Eims (you see, I'm learning by sitting at Fox's feet!!)

(By the way, Fox has Irish ancestry but I'm claiming the closer ties to you!)

How common a name is Flood over there? Is it commonest in the S.W. ?

I sometimes have a sense of foregathering doom - all of a sudden everyone from my past whom I've been out of touch with for anything from 30 to 50 years is contacting me - like relatives foregathering round a deathbed.  The last few days I've been in close touch with my best friend from undergrad days, 50 years ago, and chums from Edinburgh Uni weight-lifting club 30 years ago (all due to wives who tracked me down via the Web, through my Wife's unusual name). 

Then, a couple of days ago, a lady emailed me out of the blue and we instantly established that we are related.  She'd been doing some genealogy research and established that upline from her is my great grandfather, born in Devon, England in 1805.  Turns out that her own grandfather was my uncle and we'll stay in touch and exchange genealogical leads.

Unfortunately that's my Welsh side, not my Irish, so it won't throw any light on whether you and I are related - but it's a small world, isn't it!

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Is  that question for me?  I have known a couple Floods. Not as common as Smith or Rodriquez but more common than Wedgie.

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Well you 2 lads are definitely charmers alright!!  Fox a lot of people that emigrated on the coffin ships during the famine dropped the "O" from their names so they could get on the ships faster...they were done alpahbetically so if your ancestory left Ireland then you would have been O'Driscoll!!  And yes Tex it is a small world and getting smaller!!

Eims x

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I had a flood in the basement once when I was 15...she was 17 and much more experienced

 

Nah...probably not related

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Well,  Eims, you must have done something very naughty to get surrounded by the "bad boys" of our forum, as Alice has labelled them.

That's interesting history by the way, isn't it?  It was even better if your name started with B.  Do you know where the Bamas originated?

Of course not all of them thought of the dodge of dropping the O !

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GARY!!!!  You bold boy!!  Texas I am a very good, god fearing Irish girl!!!!  ;-)  The Obamas relatives came from a place in Co. Offaly called Moneygall.  When he visited Ireland a couple of years ago he even had a pint of the black stuff in his cousins bar!!! 

Eims x

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That's cuz he's from Kenya not Ireland...and look who's calling the kettle black

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This forum produces such valuable information!

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The nonsense our political opposites spew about each other on this side of the pond is much closer to pure fiction

I should probably have added TFIC to my comment above, lest someone take me seriously

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We can see your tongue firmly in cheek from your pic.

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That's Friggin' Incredible Comrade

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seriously though mr obama is one handsome devil!!!  he has that je ne sais quoi dont you think??

Eims x

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Je ne sais not my type

todd121
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On my mother's side were Ooleys and Pattersons. I believe Ooley is an Irish name (?) and my great grandfather's family originated in the UK.

My father's side immigrated from Germany. Their name was Groce (a variant of Gross).

But both sides came to the US a long, long time ago. I'd say over 200 years ago. It's an interesting topic.

Todd

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See Todd I told ya there was a little bit of Irish in everyone somewhere along the line!!!  

Eims x

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