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Sundance Update - Still in Hospital

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Sundanceh
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Hi Everyone!

I'm still in the hospital - the plans changed completely. DaVinci was cancelled and we ended up doing full blown thoracotomy due to the severity of the tumor. Pain I was having was real - tumor was 6cm (tangerine) and had grown into ribs and chest cavity.

Much has happened - I've had a couple of ribs removed and chest cavity scraped. Much to much to explain in email - I'm hurting real good, got a chest tube still in (10 days). Still hospitalized and will go home on oxygen. Working hard and making progress since 15th.

Saw an early copy of my path....Cancer - mets to the lung.

Treatment to follow after I can recover. Will have to meet with radiation onc and my surgical onc and gather more info to make a better, more informed decision.

No surprise - I am standing tall and will beat this back - gravel in my guts and spit in my eye, I'm going to hit back now, it's my turn. It hit me pretty good and all the pain the past few months and the surgery and all I've done here at the hospital have been a real beating, but I'm up to the challenge.

I saw briefly what has happened to Louann and Kimby and it saddens me to read and hear this news. Don't want to step on them in their time, but just wanted to let you know what's going on so you would not worry about me.

I will not be stopped - I will not give in - I'm still going to win this battle. Gotta get out of here and heal up some and make decision treatments and then get those - won't be easy but none of my journey has been.

I've been staying on top of nurses and docs here at the hospital - full time job. Very tired and hurting right now, so I'm going to go now.

Love you all and miss you all, very much. Haven't forgotten about your mags either - story and pics over to publisher now - end of August.

Gonna be off work for awhile - everyone pleased with the progress I've made since I got here to now - I'm a good patient.

Take care, Everyone!

-Craig

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CanadaSue
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Craig glad you were able to post, and let us know how things are.

Keep that positive thinking up! Sorry to hear you are in so much pain still
hope it subsides fast.

You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Hugs,

Sue

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Patteee
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thanks for the update Craig! Here is hoping you get to go home soon and heal quickly!

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msccolon
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you are very strong and we aren't surprised to hear you doing so well. I sure hope the pain subsides soon and that you can come to terms with whatever treatment option you have in your future. Thanks for updating us and keep on those nurses!
mary

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tootsie1
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Oh, goodness. You just keep having so many things going on, Craig. I've been so anxious to know how you're doing, and it delights me that you were personally able to give us the update. That lets me know you're on the mend a bit from this horrendous surgery.

I hate your news, but I know you are a very strong fighter. If anybody can beat this thing, it will be YOU.

Love you, my friend. Praying for you!

*hugs*
Gail

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just4Brooks
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I'm sure that Louann and Kimby would be so proud of you right now. It's so good to hear from you. Many of us have been thinking of you.

Hurry up and get better because we miss ya
Brooks

Jaylo969
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Thank you so much for letting us know how you are getting along. We miss you & love you and I for one KNOW that with the gravel in your guts and spit in your eye you will come through this challenge. You are a brave heart Craig.

Rest yourself up and stay on top of the nurses :)

Sparks, prayers, good vibes and all other good things being sent to & for you.

-Pat

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luv3jay
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Craig I'm so sorry to hear this turn of events. Please keep us informed and I will keep you in my prayers. I know you are in a lot of pain...remember I had almost the same surgery in February. Be strong!
Sheri

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christinecarl
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I am hoping for a speedy recovery for you, thanks for updating us, we were all wondering and hoping you are ok. Fking cancer has met its match. I love your attitude, grit and determination. Truly inspiring. Stay strong Craig!

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amyb15
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thanks for the update. I have been checking every day to see if you had posted. It sounds like you have somewhat of a plan aready, that is good. Pleased keep us updated and post when you can...You are missed when you are not here.

Amy

AnneCan
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I am sorry you have been through so much but boy have you done it with strength and dignity! You are inspirational to me. Your thoughtfulness towards the forum is unbelievable; to not want us to worry about you - amazing you would even think of us with what you are going through. Once you are home you will see the incredible number of threads + posts wondering how you are doing. It sounds like you are totally ready for the next round + we will here for you as you are there for so many of us. Take good care, + please tell Kim that we are thinking of her too, + cheering both of you on.

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JDuke
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your post. Sorry that things took an unexpected turn, but maintain that strength and fighting attitude! Know that you remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Joanne

elizabethgd
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Here is hoping you get home soon and your recovery is smooth..We are all thinking of you..And sending love and strength to you..

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Aud
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so good to hear from you! Thanks for writing and letting us know how you are doing. We've all been thinking about you. Holding you in the Light for strength, healing, and continued recovery from this surgery.
~Audrey

amcp
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So very thankful to hear from you and to hear the fight in your voice. Sorry for all the pain and all the problems but know that with your determination you can and will fight this monster. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Hoping that each day brings you closer to better health. You are truly an inspiration to me and to so many others. Your courage, drive, and spirit gives other the hope and courage to fight on also. Take care and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Anna

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KathiM
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Craig, thank you dearheart for the update!!!!!

I've said it many times before, but it bears repeating....You are a true inspiration!!!!

I am sending my warmest, biggest hugs!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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mommyof2kds
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Craig, hang in there, it will get better..

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fedester
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yes it's your turn to rest.
yes you will beat this back down, no doubt.
keep up the great attitude, and know we are all here for you,
be well
never,ever give up!!
bruce

SandyL
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and hear the fight still within! Sorry about the DaVinci thing, but glad the drs. seem to be on top of your situation. We all have been so concerned and wondering how you were doing, but at the same time realizing how painful that surgery was the last time for you. I am glad to hear from you and know that you are still "Sundance" and still have your wonderful attitude about this cancer. Thank you for letting us know and we will be fine now for awhile till you are able to post again. Keep the faith and continue on....and on...and on. We luv ya
Sandy

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462lt
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Prayer are with you. Laura

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Nana b
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We will be waiting here for you! Prayers and positive thoughts sent your way!

Brenda3.16
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Thanks for the update Craig. You have got a great attitude. I'm glad you are ready to fight. I will be praying for you. Brenda

coloCan
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Give that cancer a swift ***-kickin

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Annabelle41415
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We were all so worried about you so glad that you posted. Sorry things didn't go as planned but it sounds like you are coming along and doing what they are asking progress wise. Hoping that your recovery will be a speedy one and remember you are thought about daily.

Kim

Lifeisajourney
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was the good news of the day. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Pat

dorookie
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SO glad to hear from you...hope you are healing and fast...hope your pain is controlled, I know I had the same surgery, however my tumor was about half the size of yours, they only took out part of one rib, but it hurt like heck. But before you know it the pain will be gone. Thinking of you and praying for you..

Hugs
Beth

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Sonia32
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l am so glad you have posted. As you can see we have all been worried about you.You will be ok you are my bro and you will kick this in the butt. Iots of love to you & kim. hugs sis

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geotina
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Stay strong my friend.

Hugs - Tina

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eric38
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I'm sorry to hear about this. It seems we are all taking a beating right now. I hope this is not too discouraging for the others on the board. There is still hope and fight in all of us. There is always the immense human capacity to beat the odds.

khl8
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Craig.
So gald to hear from you, been thinking about you daily! I am sorry to hear that your surgery did not go as planned but so happy that you have the fighting spirit! Get the res you need and know that we are all thinking about you!
Kathy

Fight for my love
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I have been thinking of you and praying for you,my brother.It's really good to know that your spirit is high and you are very determined to beat this up,and I believe deeply that you will beat this up competely again.Please have a quick recovery.Best wishes and best luck with everything.Love you,take care.

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Linda Z
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to hear that you're still around and fighting like hell. My prayers and thoughts are with you Craig. Stay strong

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Paula G.
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Glad you gave us an update. Sorry it wasn't what I wanted to hear. Sorry you're in pain. I hope you heel fast and get back to the board. Thinking of uou my friend. Paula

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pluckey
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Craig----sooo glad you posted and put all your semi-colon friends out of our hysteria.

Love You and praying for you Craig

((HUGSS)) Peggy

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LivinginNH
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Hi Craig! So good to have you back on-line, if only briefly. I've been checking every day to see if you've posted, we've been so concerned. And I'm sorry to hear that you're in so much pain, but you'll pull through and be back to your ol'self in no time. You are such a fighter and an inspiration to Rick and I. He always tells me, "If Craig can stay strong after being through so much, than so can I!". God bless, and get better soon. - Cynthia

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abmb
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Thanks so much for the update, everyone has been Praying for you and keeping you in our thoughts. We are here for you whenever you need a pick me up. You sound very positive and I believe that faith and positive thinking help heal fast. Take care and God Bless. Margaret

sheri22
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Craig
Glad to see youare doing your job and helping the nurses and DR do their job to
Here is a song I am making up just for you hope it makes you smile

KEEP FIGHTING KEEP FIGHTING TO MAKE THEM DAMN CANCER CELLS QUIT BITING

DONT LET IT KEEP YOU DOWN BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE ALL FROWN

WE ARE PRUD OF YOU FOR ALL YOU DO JUST REMEMBER IN A LITTLE WHILE YOULL BE GLAD YOU WALKED THIS MILE WHEN ALL IS GOING WELL AND THE CANCER CELLS WENT STRAIGHT TO HELL

WASNT THE BEST SONG BUT ONLY SONG i EVER WROTE HOPE IT MADE YOU SMILE

sHERI22

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Linda Z
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to hear that you're still around and fighting like hell. My prayers and thoughts are with you Craig. Stay strong

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lisa42
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Hi Craig,

Man, I'm sorry you had to have the full blown regular lung surgery. Nasty tumor! Well, now that I know your update, I know more specifically what to pray for. You rest up, Craig, and I know you're going to get through this and not give up!

Hugs and prayers,
Lisa

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impactzone
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Stay on the right side of the green. Love your spirit and it picked me up today.
You are a warrior.
Chip

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thready
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I talked to Craig's wife today. Craig is up walking the halls, he is ready to go home. I hope to see him soon and will let you know how he is going.
Jan

AnneCan
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Thanks Jan, I am glad to hear Craig is up + around.

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lesvanb
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Thanks so much for posting this update Craig. It sounds like doing anything is a struggle right now. I'm so sorry this one was such a bummer hit and glad you got through it. Sending care and love for quick healing and pain relief. We're in touch.

Love, Leslie

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Mchapp
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Craig,
Fight Like a MAN!!! Recover, rest and I know you will take it on with all your might! Hope you are home soon!
Michelle

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sharpy102
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@Craig: soooo good to hear from you....and so good to hear that you will fight 'till the bitter end! Go man! You can do it! You are strong, and very determined! Show these damn cancers that they will not win! I hate them soooo much that I wish I had the chance to get a piece of it...I would seriously make it suffer...salty water for a week, out in the sun when it's 107F for a week, than put it into -20C for a week, than give it some potassium-chloride for a week, ask the neighbor to run over it by his car 5 times...I would not kill it immediately...that would be to precious death. I would make it suffer....suffer for really REALLY LONG! I hate it! I am mad, I am angry, I am frustrated! I never ever thought it my life ever that I could hate something/someone soooo much...but the cancer...I cannot even explain or express how great hatred I feel towards it!!! Makes me soooooooooooooooooooo upset! Go man, you can do it! Show them they will not win over you! And I will cross all my fingers for ALL OF YOU! Die cancer, die!!!

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jillpls
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Thank you for showing us your spirit, fortitude and amazing get up and go attitude. You are a great fighter! I would not want to go against you anytime. Keep on being strong. God bless you.
Jill

taipei
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Hi Craig: Wow, you are a super man, so glad to see you and your positive attitude, will pray for you.

Winnie in Houton

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coolvdub
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Craig,

I'm sorry things didn't go as planned, but so happy to learn that you have made it through such an invasive surgery. Your shear determination and spirit have served you well my friend. Take time to rest and heal now, if there is anything you need. Just let us know and we will be on it. It's the least we can do for such a fighter. I'm so proud to know you, because you are so inspiring.

Don

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Nana2
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Thankful for your post dear one, been wondering. Hang in there and keep fighting back!
April and Jim

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