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I TOLD YOU SO!!! (Part 3) "Weird scenes inside the gold mine" 008/01/08

In the old days, say five, six years ago, if you had a blood clot like the one I had (have) in my left leg, they would put you in the hospital. I was told this by DeliveranceDoc (formerly known as ERDoc). The one in my right leg was described diagnostically as isolated. Small, I suppose. It had never impacted me to my knowledge, which is why I asked New Love why she was even bothering (unless of course, she was trying to seduce me).

Of course, as you will recall, that is part of procedure.

The right leg clot was of little immediate concern to them, except that it showed a pattern, probably. The left leg clot, on the other hand, apparently roused them. It extended, as it turned out (have I already told you this, and if so, why I am doing it again?) from way above my knee to quite a ways below it. There was some concern, for sure.

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I TOLD YOU SO!!! (Part 2) "Weird scenes inside the gold mine" 008/01/08

Yes. My wife is angry, and she is smug, but she is more worried than either of the other two, and I am lucky for that. I was going to start this whole narrative, this piece about blood clots, with a reference to the song that includes "Ready for a thing called love", that I know Dwight Yoakam does, but also know that it probably predates his birth. The reason, of course, being that I know it takes a whole lot of love (should I have used the Led Zeppelin song?) to drive all the way back from DC to make sure I went to the ER on Thursday night. I know that.

I understand her anger, and I understand her smugness, even if it is less apparent for the moment, but I am still not exactly up to date on the worry. A blood clot? So what?

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I TOLD YOU SO!!! (Part I) "Weird scenes inside the gold mine" 008/01/08

(The Doors reference)

I was required, requested, ordered, whatever the proper word is, I am not sure: let us agree that I was INVITED back to the Advanced Imaging joint in the morning, as mentioned above, for a PVL. And because Mama Bear was there, I made it on time. I limped into the Advanced Imaging joint and gave them the paperwork from the night before and, as mentioned previously, knowing that my case was not serious, just KNEW that I would be there all day ...in the waiting room.

Surprisingly, they called me back pretty quickly.

The nurse was young and blonde and pretty (I was in love.)

First entry - Aug. 25, 2008

I don't believe in 'blogs.' I think they are unnecessary, a waste of time and energy and just plain silly. Who reads them, anyway? What possible good can they do?

No matter, I think I feel like starting a cancer blog. Gee -- I am amazed I said/typed the word straigh out: c-a-n-c-e-r. For many years, I couldn't bring myself to even say the word, much less talk about it. After all, cancer killed both of my parents and after the grief settled a bit, all I could think of was, "I'm next, I guess."

Now, here I am, a cancer survivor. Amazing, that! It wasn't true that having cancer meant one has to die. It also wasn't true that having cancer meant the end of life as I once knew it. Sure, there are some changes but by and large, my life is going on pretty well considering all that my body went through.

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It has been over three years since my original diagnosis of "perotid" gland cancer, the salivary gland. All phsicians assured me that the typs of cancer which had invaded me was not likely to spread. But you never know.
It has been almost three years since my operation and radiation treatment. The radiation had several side effects which I shall not describe. They have been annoying but one learns to live with simple adversity.
While undergoing treatment I, as a writer (Since I have not been published I cannot claim to be an "author,") wrote a short essay about the experience. It was from the vieewpoint of the cancer cells and what they were feeling during the radiation. You should be able to acess the essay somewhere in the "expressions" page.

Cancer: A learning experience. All of us dealing with it are on a spiritual adventure.

Just a note to all. I'm new at this, and don't know where to send this, or to whom. But I do have some thoughts to share.

Cancer has been an awakening experience for me. It's so difficult, when I can't see what is to come. Therefore, I live my life open to life or death. Many say, what overkill that is. You're fine, now. But after several recurrences, I know what can happen. But I also know God is there for me, and will not desert me. St. Paul mentions that death is preferable in some ways, but he stays on earth to help his friends. My motive is not so sublime, but I meet every day with an expectation that this spriritual adventure I'm on will continue, either here or hereafter. So the decisions I make and the way I live will reflect this effort. There'll be less fearbased, anyway. I want to do things to help others, and myself overcome fear, overcome cancer itself. I'm writing my books about my experiences, and I have a new website. Please visit me either within the system, here or at my website. It's uthicaatherdesk.vpweb.com.

Breast Cancer Survivor Advice on Chemo Side Effects

I am a breast cancer survivor of two years! When I started treatments in 2005, my skin dried out immediately from chemo and I felt like I was aging before my eyes. I needed alot of skin care products, but knew that most of them had things in them that were not good for my health such as mineral oil, preservatives, etc. I discovered Arbonne products through a very good friend of mine, and learned they were hypo-allergenic, no mineral oils/dyes/perfumes, never tested on animals - and I knew I had the right product for a cancer patient. I used their skin conditioning oil on my head, after losing my hair, and it kept the newly exposed skin soft and healthy. I also used the oil on my lumpectomy scars, which you cannot see today. Their anti-aging products gave my skin plenty of moisture and nothing bad or unhealthy was going into my body. My husband loves my incredibly soft skin and I feel confident knowing that I am using pure, safe and beneficial products.

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My Treatment against Follicular Lymphoma Cancer with Zevalin

My Treatment against Follicular Lymphoma Cancer with Zevalin

Hi, my name is Don. A 51 year old man that has always been active, stayed in shape, tried to maintain a fairly good diet most of my life and always felt that I was in very good health. It seemed as though I never got sick, at least not bad enough to warrant going to a doctor. So maybe a cold every now and then and had to have back surgery in 1996, a tonsillectomy in the early 60's and a few stitches here and there. In the year of 2006 my wife and I noticed that I had what we thought were just muscle mass or something at the top of each of my legs in the groin area, didn’t think much about them.

50 years, cancer free

It has been 50 years now, since my battle with cancer of the larynx. It was 1959 and I was six years old. I had only attended 1st grade for two days when I was rushed to the hospital because of suffocating. The doctor had been treating me for asthma as the tumor was growing. I was treated with surgery, radiation and chemo until the end of 1960 and I have led a great and full life. I am fortunate to have such amazing parents. Jim Valvano said "Never give up" and my parents did everything they could for me then, in 1059-60. I was the victim and they are the heroes in this story. I recently wrote a book about my memories of that period in my life, 'Hello Cancer...Remember ME?' can be seen on the PublishAmerica web sight.

Newly Diagnosed

Hi, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma-Waldenstroms Macroglobulemia on April 14 2008.
In May I went through 4 weekly rounds of Rituxan. Last Friday, August the 22nd I found out that I was in relapse and my doc put me on Alkaran and Prednisone. I am scared. I have been reluctant to go to a support group, I dont know why. But have pretty much worn out my normal friends. Help

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