F*** You, Cancer! Catch all

My dad goes in for his first radiation treatment today!

Dropping a nuke on cancer!

Just heard a university buddy was diagnosed.
I was going to post a bunch of the story but felt it wasn't my place.

Just wanted to add an FU to cancer for him. 9 weeks of chemo starting, but 95% success is the prognosis for his situation, which I thought was one of the worst.
Testicular, spread to lymph nodes.

Ghostship wrote:
Just heard a university buddy was diagnosed.
I was going to post a bunch of the story but felt it wasn't my place.

Just wanted to add an FU to cancer for him. 9 weeks of chemo starting, but 95% success is the prognosis for his situation, which I thought was one of the worst.
Testicular, spread to lymph nodes.

Important reminder to males: Check your nuts.

I have 2 uncles who are within days of starting treatments for cancer.

One is thought to be operable, the other is going in to find out if it's chemo or radiation. Talk about a kick in the junk.

It's F'd up that it's more meaningful to one individual when it's someone you know and is your age, and drank and played football, and dated the girls you knew... Hell, it could be me.

I should be able to have the same empathy for anyone, but somehow it doesn't work that way.

My mom had been clean for almost four years, as far as I knew. Then I hear that her thyroid had doubled in size over the past month—still smaller than it had been before they cut it up, and it's normal for it to grow back some.

So biopsy yesterday. Doctor was much more jovial and talkative before the biopsy than coming out. f*ck.

wordsmythe wrote:
My mom had been clean for almost four years, as far as I knew. Then I hear that her thyroid had doubled in size over the past month—still smaller than it had been before they cut it up, and it's normal for it to grow back some.

So biopsy yesterday. Doctor was much more jovial and talkative before the biopsy than coming out. f*ck.

Damn, man. I'm so sorry to hear that.

Unfortunately, I was coming over here to post my own pre-emptive FU at it for myself. Went to the dermatologist to have some skin tags removed, and instead had two moles on my back that worried him. They've been biopsied out and now I'm in the waiting period to see if there needs to be more done.

I'm staying positive that it was either nothing and now I've just got two circular scars waiting to happen on my back, or that they caught it early and dug it all out with the biopsies.

And more love to all those who are fighting it themselves or with their loved ones.

And a third time for luck.

My dad goes through his final round of radiation today on his lung spot.
Hopefully that will be it for now. Aside from his prostate which seems to be impeding his ability to pee properly, it does not seem to be progressing much and the doctors are less concerned with it than the recurring infections and pneumonia in the lungs.

fucancer

My grandma goes in for radiation again today. FUcancer.

I feel like adding an additional FU to her doctor who misdiagnosed her for 6 months. On the plus side he is trying to avoid being sued and has rushed all the appointments.

Good news! The biopsy results came in early.

Bad news: It's bad news.

Sorry Wordsmythe. Thoughts and prayers out to you and your family.

FU Cancer.
Maybe more of us should have become doctors.

Damn... I'm sorry to hear that, Wordy.

Shi#, Sorry Wordy. Hugs to mom
and a big fart in the mouth of cancer.

FU!

wordsmythe wrote:
Ghostship wrote:
Just heard a university buddy was diagnosed.
I was going to post a bunch of the story but felt it wasn't my place.

Just wanted to add an FU to cancer for him. 9 weeks of chemo starting, but 95% success is the prognosis for his situation, which I thought was one of the worst.
Testicular, spread to lymph nodes.

Important reminder to males: Check your nuts.

I had testicular cancer in the right about 5 years ago. It was caught early so no radiation treatment. I miss it still but yes it is a young man's cancer. Wish your friend well.

Just an update on Ms. MacBrave and her fight with breast cancer:

Finished traditional round of chemo about a month ago but still has to have infusions of herceptin every three weeks, probably until May of 2013.

The chemo has shrunk the tumor considerably. YES!

A lumpectomy is scheduled for Halloween (no kidding).

After surgery is radiation, not sure how long she'll need this. Good thing it can be done at our local hospital and is supposed to only take a few minutes.

Symptoms from the chemo persist. Earlier this week she had the nail on one of her big toes removed by a podiatrist. It had started to detach, got infected, and was causing quite a bit of pain.

Thinking of both of you and your families. Rough stuff.

Things were looking good, but they took a turn for the worst. My grandma was scheduled for surgery, after this last round of suffering, but now they have called it off.

Good news: cancer diminished.
Bad news: cancer spread from uterus to her kidneys and her lungs.

#$!@$!@ you cancer.

Damn, Sorry to hear that B.

We still havnt heard any results from my dad's radiation.

On an up side we are looking for an apartment/assisted living/full care location for my dad. Hopefully the one they look at today is the one. Then we can get him out of that hospital room where he has been hallucinating for the past 2 months due to hospital dementia. He needs a real home around him!

JohnKillo wrote:
wordsmythe wrote:
Ghostship wrote:
Just heard a university buddy was diagnosed.
I was going to post a bunch of the story but felt it wasn't my place.

Just wanted to add an FU to cancer for him. 9 weeks of chemo starting, but 95% success is the prognosis for his situation, which I thought was one of the worst.
Testicular, spread to lymph nodes.

Important reminder to males: Check your nuts.

I had testicular cancer in the right about 5 years ago. It was caught early so no radiation treatment. I miss it still but yes it is a young man's cancer. Wish your friend well.

He got doctor approval to go out for a couple of barley sodas before the next round of chemo. His Movember was pre-empted though.

An update:

Ms. MacBrave had her lumpectomy on the 31st. Doctor got clean margins on the tumor and found the sentinel lymph node, which he removed. After an overnight stay she came home on the 1st. She hasn't had a lot of pain and the drain they put in has had less and less in it each day so hopefully it will be removed sometime this week.

My thoughts are with all of you and your families.

That's great news MacBrave!
Give Ms. a high five for us and a big old middle finger to her cancer, that's right from me.

groan wrote:
That's great news MacBrave!
Give Ms. a high five for us and a big old middle finger to her cancer, that's right from me.

Thanks all for your thoughts and prayers.

Today we got the pathology report back from the lymph node and tissue around the tumor they removed. Both came back negative, no trace of cancer!

After she's healed up from the surgery a round of radiation treatments is next, along with infusions of Herceptin.

MacBrave wrote:
groan wrote:
That's great news MacBrave!
Give Ms. a high five for us and a big old middle finger to her cancer, that's right from me.

Thanks all for your thoughts and prayers.

Today we got the pathology report back from the lymph node and tissue around the tumor they removed. Both came back negative, no trace of cancer!

After she's healed up from the surgery a round of radiation treatments is next, along with infusions of Herceptin.

Awesome news, man!

MacBrave wrote:
groan wrote:
That's great news MacBrave!
Give Ms. a high five for us and a big old middle finger to her cancer, that's right from me.

Thanks all for your thoughts and prayers.

Today we got the pathology report back from the lymph node and tissue around the tumor they removed. Both came back negative, no trace of cancer!

After she's healed up from the surgery a round of radiation treatments is next, along with infusions of Herceptin.

Fantastic! Happy news.

MacBrave wrote:
Thanks all for your thoughts and prayers.

Today we got the pathology report back from the lymph node and tissue around the tumor they removed. Both came back negative, no trace of cancer!

After she's healed up from the surgery a round of radiation treatments is next, along with infusions of Herceptin.

Ace. That's fantastic news, fella.

My dad left the hospital to go to a nursing home yesterday. This is HUGE as he was beginning to show signs of hospital dementia and needed to exit asap.
We got him into a 1 room apartment and it seems very nice. He will be awaiting long-term care. Until then our healthcare system (yay Canada!) helps to provide the additional care that the nursing home can't provide.

He is already so much happier after only being out for a day. We are working on getting his internet hooked up as I type so he can get back to hos WoW and Rift! (kidding, he stopped playing any sort of action games a year ago. He's 80!!!)

we still don't have any results from his radiation treatment but things are looking good for him right now.

Cancer, I F.U.!

So it's almost the one year anniversary of my friend (and my girlfriend's best friend) Melody's death. She died at 28 of an aggressive lung cancer, not having smoked a day in her life. She was diagnosed only a couple of months before she passed away - it was absolutely devastating.

My girlfriend and a group of Melody's friends have been working hard all year honor Melody's memory by establishing a scholarship in her name. It's never too late to say FU to cancer and try to make something good happen for others. Melody was a recent PHD graduate in Psychology and was huge into wellness and work-life balance for students, they're raising money for an award to be granted to students who best exemplify Melody's spirit in this way. It would be pretty cool to have an award with her name on it that will keep giving in perpetuity. It's a pretty incredible way to remember someone you lose, I think.

Anyways, I'm getting teary-eyed just writing this. If you're so inclined, you can check out the site they made for her: http://www.melodymatte.com/

If any of you are able to pitch in to the award at all, it would also be amazing. It's awkward to ask, since this is someone you guys never knew, and I certainly don't expect anything. But I think it's a worthwhile cause, and I'd be doing her a disservice if I didn't bring it to the attention of this amazing, loving community (even if I'm sometimes too distant to admit to myself how awesome it really is.)

Thanks,
Dysplastic