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Hit the 3 year mark and I am no longer a "Borg" :)

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Last week I had my scan and I'm still NED so that puts me at three years remisson!  Yay!  Today, my port was removed so I am no longer a member of the "Borg" (Reference Star Trek, Borg Collective). Wink  The extra "nipples" are gone! 

I am very grateful and hugs and smiles to all of you!

 

 

 

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Jim:

Great News!  Have a Spot of Tea, as the English say.

Nancy

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Thank you, Nancy.  I think I'd prefer a margarita but should wait a little while I guess ;).

 

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Delighted to hear it Jim, Superhero of this Board for so many years !

max

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Thanks, Max.  No superhero here - if anything, the funny sidekick!  :)

 

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You walked the walk my man! Hope to follow in your footsteps. Now get on with life. We only have so much of it to enjoy!

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Hi Jimwins!

Congratulations!

Enjoy life!

Sten

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Thank you, Sten!

 

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Thanks so much, buddy!

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Great news. I'm so happy for you and your family! You're going to miss the third nipple. 

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It was a dual port so two extra nipples I guess ;).  I definitely don't miss the little tube that went down my neck which was barely noticeable but I noticed it and could feel it. 

Thanks, Jeff.

Jim

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I'm happy for you. I look forward to the day I get mine out.

I am curious about the procedure? My first port became infected and had to be removed. I was left with a huge gaping hole in my chest which my husband had to pack and dress everyday for weeks. It was tedious for him and painful as giddyup for me. 

In a "normal" circumstances, did you have it done at the hospital? Do you have stitches? Were you sedated? 

Congratulations on having your chest back!

Cheers,

Rocquie

 

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Thanks everyone!  Rocquie, the procedure was done outpatient at the hospital and took about 45 minutes or so.  I was not sedated but of course they used local anasthesia.  The doctor used what he called a "bovie" which is like a scalpel that cauterizes as it cuts to reduce bleeding.  He had expected some challenges in removing it as it had been in for three years but luckily, there were none.  He used internal stitches that dissolve and applied "liquid stitches" or "skin glue" to the outside.  I was able to drive myself home afterwards. I'm basically done unless I have any problems.

I now have a hairless patch on my chest in that area but it'll be back in no time :).  I was told I can shower in 24 hours but not to scrub that area and there were other instructions.  I'm a little sore today but not bad.  According to them removal is much simpler than placement.

Hugs

 

 

 

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That is such good news.  It sure makes it easier to put it behind you and even more so with your port gone.  Thank you for all you do to keep us all upbeat,  Bill has a CT scan Mon.  Ever since his relapse, it's a little more nerve wracking.  Hope you have that margarita soon!

You're the best, B&B

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Jim and Becky,

I guess I could tolerate being a Cyborg if they paid me like the Terminator....

Will say a prayer for Bill's CT Monday, Becky. Biopsy results  for me Wednesday morning.  Like Alfred E. Neuwman used to say on the cover of Mad Magazine, "What ? Me worry ?"

max

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_E._Neuman#mediaviewer/File:Alfred_E._Neumann.jpg

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Thought you had longer to wait.  Of course my thoughts and prayers are with you too.  I sure hope it's good news.

We'll be waiting to hear,

Becky

 

 

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I am really happy for you Jim.

Like Becky said thanks for keeping things up beat for us you really do bring smiles to this forum.  

Congratulations and big hugs to you . :)

~GG~

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I always said when life gives you lemons, make a margarita!  LOL

Sometimes all we can do is laugh at life. 

Hugs

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Thanks Becky and Bill!  I actually had a couple margaritas with some friends.  The incision is healing nicely.

Hugs

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Awesome news Jim!!!

sorry for the late reply, I just logged in and saw the great news! Huge HUGS buddy...

sincerely,

Liz

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We miss seeing you on here but I know you have a busy life with kids and all :).  Thank you and big hugs back :).

 

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Great news Jim, I so glad your doing well. If I get lucky with another good scan in a few months I'll be joining you in being deborgified ;) hmmm.. May have just coined a new word I'd like to see more of around here, be well my friend

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Delighted you checked in, Aaron !

You know us, we make up our own language as we go along....

max

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im always watching and reading. I've been tempted to reply to jeffs " possible nlphl causes " thread but I'm convinced it takes so long to present its almost impossible to determine. I'll be keeping a watchful eye on your " prostate progress " as it were and making snide and inappropriate comments whenever possible ;) 

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My fave is "lympho-maniacs" from girliefighter I think :).  There are others but I can't recall now ;).  Of course, "chemo brain" has been around for a long time.

Maybe we should start collecting some of these and publish a dictionary? 

 

 

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Thanks Aaron and it's great to hear from you!  Hope you and yours are doing well.

Jim

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I am just thrilled for you!!! So proud and happy for your healthy results

 

Mike

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Way to go Jim! So happy for youl  I'm supposed to get mine out in 3 months and was curious what they were going to do - mine will have been in over 5 years so hope it's not too bad. Glad things are so positive!

 

Mary N.

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