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OK, This board has suffered enough bad news this week...Its time to get some good news from somewhere about somebody...I have my appointment in the morning at 0930 and in hopes that they will indicate that there may be some mistakes or maybe the CEA was wrong or redraw blood and find an error. Or simply set up scans and find nothing... That is whats going to happen...We need to get this downward spiral of moral turned around. Attitude may not help to cure but it sure is needed to aid in the battle fought.

We need some good news...anyone a new grand dad or gramma ? Anniversary, birthday? Pass a kidney stone ? C'mon, gotta be some good news out there...... !!!

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I got damn good news today Buzz. I had my blood work done this week. Last test was 5 months back. Today they told me that my CEA is 2. Now that is up from 1.6, but is still below the safe zone of 3 for a non smoker. As I type this I be sucking on my pipe. Also, the type cancer that got me 3/08 was the aggressive type T3.

It is funny that a 2 can make an old coot happy. You know, old coot sounds better then old SOB.

Kerry

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I mean I only got off chemo a few weeks ago. Had a clear scan, although my gallbladder grew back (it can't) and I have sigmoid diverticulosis (my sigmoid's been gone for quite a while now) but no evidence of metastatic disease. My last CEA was 1.7.

That's all the good news I have. My kids are too selfish to give me grandkids. (Just joking folks!!) They're wonderful kids, and while all three are in the marrying range, they aren't. I do have grand-kitties though. :)

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that's so funny about the gallbladder. My scan in May (2 months after my liver resection and gallbaldder removal) said "normal size gallbladder. I looked at my Onc reading the report and suggested the radiologist reading the report may need to re-take some classes as it did not inspire any confindence in me, the patient.

peggy

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Well my reader seems to notice what's missing. They said my uterus was absent! Actually it was removed with the first surgery. It just kind of hit me funny that it was absent, like it had stayed home from school that day.

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I would have sat up and said - What? it's missing? Oh god, I must have left it somewhere... LOL !!!! Sorry - bad humor - but that's what you need to get through this fight...LOL !!!

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LOL.... had to laugh.... who ever thought having cyberknife would be good news???? Thats kinda twisted in a good sorta way.....

Anyway, seen the "Professor & Chief Cardiothoracic Surgeon" at St. Louis University today. I have had a recurrance of 2 nodules in my lungs. 1 is too small to worry about right now but the other is over 2cm and just yelling "Kill Me"..... so me being the good person I am had to oblige the nasty critter. This tumor was the only remaining survivor from round 1... If Survivor is gonna be in my vocabulary it sure ain't gonna be associated with a tumor...nope...no friggin way!. the only drawback was location. It is VERY close to the Hilum area of the lung and deemed inoperable in many cases. Not my case however.....YAY ME!!! Doc said he could cut off my right upper lobe and be done with it........or..... CYBERKNIFE!! Yes, always opt for the least invasive is my rule of thumb. Soooooo...no more chemo of course...which was my goal from the get go....burn the sucker outta there... do a little mop up...maybe... and HEY!.....just another day in the neighborhood!!!! This is fantastic news for me and just made my day! Luv all my semi's!!!

Jennie

khl8
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I have some good news! My son is getting married in less than 2 weeks and I am here to witness it!!!! I have been feeling really good and actually forget once in awhile that I had cancer!!!
Kathy

dorookie
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Jennie

i am so happy for you....and so excited that you can get rid of this little bugger once and for ALL...you go GIRL,...

Beth

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With my family and my dad and my sisters two sons. Nothing like the Grand Tetons to remind us of our beautiful country.

Keeping my fingers crossed for good CEA news from you!

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near Jackson in a little community called Swan Valley. I don't visit Jackson anymore because of my own reasons, but I hope you have a great time. Remember to look at the Tetons on the Idaho side. They are MAGNIFICENT!!! Even though I might be biased, I think they're prettier on the Idaho side than the Wyoming side. LOL

Love and Hugs.

Have a great trip.

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Yeah, we got all the co-pays paid off for the year. It may not sound like a big deal but with our insurance it is about $7,000. Now we still owe the hospital a bit for last year but they set up payment plans, zero interest, so that is an easy way to go with them.

George is feeling really well, so that is more good news, fatigue seems to be less and continues to work full time.

Both George's employer and mine have been good to us and generous, and continue to be, no hassles or loss of income of any kind regarding time off due to his cancer.

End of August going to Vegas, actually staying in red rock country and Henderson, we snagged free airline tickets using George's miles and snagged free rooms. At first I said no but the oncologist put his stamp of approval on the trip with a stern look at me saying "why not". George surprised me with tickets to Jersey Boys at the Venetian in Vegas so really looking forward to that.

Take care - Tina

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My twin and I are celebrating our 50th. What dates? Maybe we'll run into each other! :)
mary

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I hear the Jersey Boys is a great show! Red Rock is a beautiful place to stay too. Have a great time! Alex

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My daughter is coming home from the Army. Have only seen her twice in 3 1/2 years and she is bringing my granddaughter which will be 7 months then - first time seeing her. Don't know the date yet, but it should be within the next couple months. Yipeee. Good luck on the appointment tomorrow. Hoping all goes well.

Kim

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I'm looking forward to hearing YOUR good news!

*hugs*
Gail

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Just needed a little prodding to get it going....Thats all great to hear from all of you...It helps when someone(like me) needs a little pick up...and yeah it will be good news from me too...Im in a situation that anyway it goes I will win.....how bad can that be ?....

Old Coot ?...well Kerry, That is probably the best thing you've been called all week ...LOL...It would be for me around here...after the coyote remark I made to the wife, Im still gettin renamed everyday.... gotta love it...I really think it keeps em young.... :) Buzz

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I hope for good news for you Buzz, you truly deserve it as does your loved ones.

dorookie
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Once again you are just Great, this is exactly what I needed to see today. GOOD NEWS..Thank you....

I dont have any good news, but I dont have any bad right now so that equals out!!

But I am so enjoying reading everyones good news..

Praying for you Buzz...

Hugs
Beth

AnneCan
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Thanks for starting this thread, Buzz; what a great idea. Thanks to everyone for posting their good news. I for one am feeling a little better.

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We got some much needed rain. We've sort of been having a drought so this is nice to help refill the pool and to water the garden. I've been getting cherry tomatoes on a regular basis along with fresh basil and rosemary. My 16 yr old son has been cooking up a storm. He has aspirations to being a chef.
Forth of July weekend he made:
Breakfast: French toast with a strawberry cream cheese filling and a caramelized guava sauce on top.
Lunch: BBQ pulled pork (I helped him with that one, we cooked it for 14 hours in a crock pot) along with a cheese and chicken soup.
Dinner: Sausage and peppers with pasta with fresh pesto. Garlic bread.
Desert: fresh fruit cobbler with fresh garden raspberries, fresh (not from our garden) strawberries, peaches and rhubarb.
Here is a link to photos.

So all this is good news. It's nice to have a kid who likes to cook and help me out since I do 90% of the cooking.

Buzz, I hope you get great results from the CEA or that it is nothing to be worried about.
-p

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AnneCan
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The food looks fantastic! Cooking is such a great interest to have.

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Oh Phillie, you have to get your son a smoker. My husband makes pulled pork on his smoker for 14 hrs. it's awesome. I don't usually like that kind of food, but i eat my husbands - you have to try it. What part of the country are you in? We are on the Jersey Shore.

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Yes he dit it ! My husband Gilles is finishing up his chemo on Friday. We'll be celebrating with family at my brother's cottage.
As far as grand kids, well I don't want to brag but we have four beautiful and talented grand daughters that we love so very much.
Keep the good news rolling and good luck to you Buzz on your good news.
Love
Theresa

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Jennie,

That's great news that you can have cyberknife on the nasty lung tumor by the hilum!
Not great that you had the recurrence, of course, but great that there is an option. :)

God bless,
Lisa

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Nice to see ya again.......

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Hey Buzz,

I'm hoping and praying for good news for you in the morning!
My good news is that my CEA continues to go down. It was around 100 when I started the new chemo treatment mid March and as of the last CEA draw a week ago, it was down to 38. Still elevated, of course, but definitely going in right direction! I've gotten bad news the past 3 summers in a row, so this has to be a summer of good news for me!

Glad to hear everyone else's good news too. :)

Lisa

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I will inform all about what I learn today after I get back from Onc. Then we'll discuss what we're gonna do...if of course there is a necessity for it....no matter guys and gals, either way, its gonna be ok....I know that it could possible come out of left field completely blindsiding me but it doesn't matter, whatever it is good or bad , I'll deal with it and move on. I won't allow it to run or ruin my life...its simply another bump in the road.....Talk with all tomorrow asap....

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Thanks Buzz for the thread. It has been two years since I was in a pool and Tuesday I got into the outdoor pool here in CA (I'm here to work with my internal medicine/anthroposophical doc) and swam a 1/2 mile non-stop. Yesterday I swam a mile non-stop and easily. Mostly stopped because I was concerned about sunburn, but I am getting a good CA tan. :-) This is a huge milestone for me since I have been a swimmer all my life and it felt so wonderful to slide through the water again!

all the best, Leslie

PS thinking about good results for you today Clift!

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Getting out of the Vegas heat for a few days with the family. It will be our first family trip in a year, the first since my husband was diagnosed! (All 5 of us in the same car... teenagers and all! Yikes- think positive, right!?) Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy today! Alex

SueRelays
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THANKS BUZZ!

Last time I was feeling really down, popped on and saw Winnie's thread for stage IV roll call. It was so lifting to see so many replies!
And yes, there has been so much bad news...on the anal boards as well....this was a GREAT pick me up!!!

Hope your news was good!! Will be waiting to see the update!

Sue

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I have some good news. I spent the day yesterday with my wife and kids and some of there friends. We drove up the hills about a hour and spent the day at the river. It was GREAT and all the kids spent the day tubing, exploring, swimming, and just having a great time. Me? I was just happy just sitting in my beach chair watching them. I even took a little nap! Yesterday I never thought about cancer. Life is great!! I posted a few pics

Brooks

AnneCan
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It sounds like a perfect day!

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Hey Buzzard,

It has been a while since I have been on the board and I wish you all the best. I always enjoy your comments and insights. My good news is that I will be a grandfather for the first time in November. Plus it is more than 3 years since I have been NED. (hear large knock on wood) I go back in September and hope I get another clean scan.

Cheers,
Lance

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I share everything I can...lol...but started feeling a bit guilty with my wild life!!

(My new pic is me at an orchid farm in Holland...crossing a pond with HUGE koi swimming...it was a birthday present, I LOVE orchids!!!)

Hugs, Kathi

AnneCan
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Please don't stop posting; you have nothing to feel guilty for; if anyone deserves these wonderful times you do; a 2 time cancer survivor. Your stories are wonderful - interesting + very inspiring. I keep thinking...maybe someday.....

BTW, we had a guest here today who with his wife was also in Holland during the tournament. He was describing the soccer fever + seas of orange + I thought of you. I also love orchids.

dorookie
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I just love seeing your new pics and hearing about all the places you go. Its an inspiration to me and I am sure others.

HUGS
Beth

taraHK
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Here's my good news (I love this theme!).

I was feeling bummed about being "grounded" in Hong Kong for chemo this summer. I have had to cancel summer vacation 5 times in the 8 years for chemo. OK - I'm VERY happy to still be alive! but, I'm still allowed to be bummed...

So last weekend, I checked into a lovely hotel here in Hong Kong and had a "summer in the city" break. Hung out by the pool, nice dinner in the hotel, lazy sunday wakeup and brunch. It was just a "minibreak" but felt like a total getaway. Hey, you gotta grab it as you can!

Here's wishing for more happy news and moments for us all -- even the little ones

Tara

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Good New, well today, ah.... yesterday was National Tequila Day and Jose and I got really close! lol kidding

I had a great day, sitting on the front porch, watching the grand kids slip and slide and play in there pool. Family dropped by throughout the afternoon and we had great conversations. Food was staying warm in the crock pot and family ate at their leisure. Nice day!

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