Aug 17 2012

Amazing Story

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Here is a story someone sent me about a man who lost his hands in a fishing accident.  He could not afford to get prosthetic hands so he built his own.

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Aug 06 2012

Jamie Moran

One of the girls who was in the cancer book with me was battling lukemia for the third time.  She passed away today.   Prayers go out to Jamie Moran’s family.

Photos by Skisight Photography  (local news station story)

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May 07 2012

Inspiring Video

A friend from church send me this over the weekend.  Wow is all I can say.  It makes me feel better in many ways.   I have a chance of loosing my leg if anything goes wrong but life would still be easier than this.

Actual link on Youtube:

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Apr 18 2012

Passed Away

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It was a very sad time last week.  My young neighbor passed away.  Prayers go out to his family.

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Jan 30 2012

So Much Cancer

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There is so much cancer out there, if I stop and take a look at what is going on around me.  Without naming names, two close neighbors have had cancer and are still here.  Two other neighbors have had it and are gone.  A very young man nearby has it and is not expected to make it.  Two children, in the last year or so at the elementary school up the road had cancer and one died.  A teacher too but not as recent.

Yesterday, I was showing a house to a client in my neighborhood.  We have 65 houses in our plan and 72 townhouses when complete.  Some how in conversation, they had mentioned they knew one of the neighbors that had died of cancer.  I try to meet as many neighbors as I can but never had met this one.   They live 5 houses up the street on the same side.  They had informed me that she had passed away from cancer – leukemia.  I had not heard anyone in the neighborhood mention this so I had looked on the internet to see if there was on obituary.   I found the obituary.  I was so shocked that I had not heard anyone mention it.

I looked it up because I wondered a bit about who she was and her age and when this all happened.  The obituary did not say much.  The date of death was April 17th 2009 and her birthday was the same day as mine.  She was the exact same age as me and it was the same year I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time.

I know it does not mean anything but just looking at the date was kind of freaky.  In all my school years, I don’t recall anyone having the same birthday the same year as me.  I wish I could have met her to encourage her.  I just had no idea.

I am blessed to be here.

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Nov 09 2011

Update 11-9-11

Visited Dr. Goodman for my leg on 10-4-11 for a three month follow up due to my leg x-ray not looking so good in June. In June, he had given me a CT and blood work (for infection). He said that my X-ray of my leg did not look so good in June and again in October. The X-ray shows different density’s of the bone. He actually said there was no change from June but said he definitely does not look good. He said that he was comfortable with seeing me in a year this time due to me have no pain and the other tests have been negative. In the past, I have had throbbing pain in different parts of the leg.

There are several things that the bone change could mean:
1) The prosthesis glue is coming loose
2) Cancer
3) Infection

If the prosthesis comes loose, they have open up and redo everything. If it is cancer, I am not really sure, maybe have my leg cut off. Infection could mean either or both of the previous mentioned points. Yes, I do have a fear of getting my leg cut off. I try to walk flat and be very safe with activities due to this. No skiing, ice-skating, etc . . .
To risky for me. Not worth loosing my leg over it.

Here is an inspiring video about a guy who was born with no legs and arms. I guess if I had to loose my leg it would not be so bad, but still don’t want to do it.

I could run, ski, skate and do many other things but I still want my leg.

Here is a photo of my leg from 2006.

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Sep 28 2011

Update 9-27-11

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Kate and I on her birthday on September 17, 2011. Yeah my hair is longer. I am doing good so far. I saw Dr. Ellis this month and everything looked good. He said no more CT testing on my chest necessary since I have past the 5 year mark on the bone caner. He said that continually giving me those tests could give me cancer. Still makes me nervous because you never know if it is going to go to your lung.

Will be seeing Dr. G at Shadyside for my leg follow up early next month. I saw him in June and he was very concerned about my leg. The X ray showed that the bone had again changed. Uggh. My leg is not hurting me at all though. In June he gave me a CT on my right leg and some blood work to test for infection. All was clear. I just hope and pray that they do not have to rip everything out in my leg and reinstall or worse cut my leg off.

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Sep 28 2011

Interesting Video that a Facebook connection posted

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This is interesting. Take a look.

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Mar 21 2011

All Clear

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Saw my oncologist this morning. He said everything looked great from all my recent testing. He is changing me over to a new drug called arimidex due to hormonal changes. This drug actually works better. I have to go back and see him in three months. My hair is coming in slowly but somewhat normal thickness, but have opted sometimes to wear a 3/4 wig when dressing up. It kind of makes me feel more normal because that is what I am used to. It is going to take 3 1/2 years for my hair to get back where it was (as what I had was that much from the last chemo).

The tulips are coming up and the sun is out today. What a wonderful day.

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Jan 04 2011

First Hair Cut

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Got my first hair cut tonight.  My stylist did a wonderful job for what I have at this point.  I am still wishing for my hair back.  I feel naked without it and my head is so cold in the winter. My energy level still gets better everyday. I have finally feel good enough to get back on the treadmill.

Here is another story that was published about the cancer project that I participated in.

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