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dhs1963's picture
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Five years ago this weekend, I was on top of the world. Life was going well. Work was amazing. I had just eaten at Taste of Vienna...and then got to watch the Nats rookie play his first game, and hit a double off the wall. Yeah, I was a little tired all the time, but figured that was because I was approaching 50. But, I would take long walks to town, and even go on bike rides.
5 years ago tomorrow (April 30), the Nats had an off day. Because of that, I did something stupid. Overnight, I ended up with abdominal cramps -- and the pain was so intense I passed out, landing on my face and breaking my nose.
In the wee hours of the morning, the ambulance came. It was now May 1. The ambulance came. The ambulance. Ugh. Off to Fairfax Hospital. They were not concerned about the fainting or the nose, but did a CT scan to find the pain.
CT did not tell them that...but it did find something else -- a 5.7 cm tumor on my right kidney. The kidney is gone now...off in a pathology lab somewhere. In time, my diagnosis progressed to Stage IV grade 4 metastatic renal cell carcinoma. No one gave me survival odds at first. Rather they told me everyone is different.
A few years later, I was given the survival odds. 10% at 5 years. Here I am. NED 10% chance. Take that Cancer!
daisybud's picture
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That's Great! Stories like Yours are wonderful to hear. Wishing you Forever NED :)


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Awesome! So happy for you. Keep those NEDS coming!!

stub1969's picture
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This is such a great story.  Thanks for sharing.  Oh, and dhs--watch out for those Minnesota Twins.  I know it's early, but I have high hopes for them!


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Thanks for sharing your inspirational story!  Congratulations to you!

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So happy to hear of success stories.  I am pushing three years now but am not NED, close, my tumors are under control.  All my issues are complications/side effects fromtreatments and medicine.


Keep it up!

Dutch1's picture
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For those of us at stage 4, you give us something to shoot for.  Great story.  Celebrate the anniversary.


APny's picture
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Great story. Definitely go and celebrate!

Abunai's picture
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I agree with Dutch. It's great to hear the stage IV success stories.

marosa's picture
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Thank you for sharing and keep them coming!

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Your story is an encouragement to all of us!

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Skagway Jack
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DHS   Thats a homer if I ever saw one.  Rock on!



Manufred's picture
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Happy for you, and my own story is quite simialr.  Can you share your treatment regime, past and present?

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<p>That is wonderful news!!! Would you share your treatment ?</p>

ImNotDeadYet's picture
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Thanks for sharing that! It definitely makes thoughts about facing this stuff a little less grim. Odds were meant to be beaten! Glad you're doing well.

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will be 6 years for me,  just a couple of  relatively easy lung surgeries for mrcc, but no cancer drugs and thats the main thing for me, congratulations and hang in there.

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Thanks for sharing. your inspiring story


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You crushed the curve.  Congrats!

ZVM's picture
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dhs1963, what specific type of rcc did you have? 

Love to hear stories like yours:)

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