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Old 05-10-2013, 11:30 PM   #31
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Davao and Roger,

No pity, I admire both of you for your courage and attitude, my prayers are with both of you.

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Old 05-11-2013, 01:26 AM   #32
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Havingin had Cancer and a 2nd occurrance, I am right there with you. Most of us don't want sympathy. Just treat me like anyone else. I find it to be a bump in the road as well. People at work call me "strong" and some call me "stubborn", but I feel like I am just a normal person that goes to a special Dr. for special meds. Nothing else is different. Keeping a positvie attitude is one of the most imporatant things for me. I never think too much about the fact that I have Cancer. I sometimes have to actually say to myself.."You have cancer" and then it still doesn't take away from what I want or where I go. I have a very wonderful Husband that makes sure I do all the things I must do, but he also allows me to be me and doesn't treat me as if I am sick. Cause I am not! Prayer is the only thing that I cherish and anyone who would like to pray for those of us with a seriuos disease, please do. I believe in the power of prayer. I will add both of you to my prayer list.

I can't wait to start my RV retirement. Have to work 18 more months so that I can get Medicare. Worst part of Cancer is how much it cost to treat! If it wasn't for insurance, I would retire tomorrow. I am going to really be wishing for that 18 months to go fast once my GK arrives. YEAH!!!!!
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Havingin had Cancer and a 2nd occurrance, I am right there with you.* Most of us don't want sympathy.* Just treat me like anyone else.* I find it to be a bump in the road as well.* People at work call me "strong" and some call me "stubborn", but I feel like I am just a normal person that goes to a special Dr. for special meds.* Nothing else is different.* Keeping a positvie attitude is one of the most imporatant things for me.* I never think too much about the fact that I have Cancer.* I sometimes have to actually say to myself.."You have cancer" and then it still doesn't take away from what I want or where I go.* I have a very wonderful Husband that makes sure I do all the things I must do, but he also allows me to be me and doesn't treat me as if I am sick.* Cause I am not!* Prayer is the only thing that I cherish and anyone who would like to pray for those of us with a seriuos disease, please do.* I believe in the power of prayer.* I will add both of you to my prayer list.

I can't wait to start my RV retirement.* Have to work 18 more months so that I can get Medicare.* Worst part of Cancer is how much it cost to treat!* If it wasn't for insurance, I would retire tomorrow.* I am going to really be wishing for that 18 months to go fast once my GK arrives. * YEAH!!!!!
I'll be praying for your complete healing also. Happy Camping.
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I don't know what your situation is with the big C, and maybe this isn't exactly the right place for this, but I want to give you a little of my history. We started full timing in 2002 and things were good. In the fall of 2008 I was diagnose with colorectal cancer. We spend the summer in SD and were just getting things lined up to head out for the winter. This put a kabosh to that so we winterized the camper, moved into the extra bedroom at our daughter & son-in-laws and started the process. I went through a series of radiation treatments, (that we found out later scarred my ureter which means I have to have a stent replaced between my kidney and bladder every 6 months)and than had surgery which entailed removing and closing up the bottom end and getting a permanent colostomy. I than had a series of chemo that kind of knocked me for a loop. I got neuroptha in my feet and hands from the one drug they used. They said it would most likely go away. (it didn't) After this was all said and done it took me some time to get back up. I think it was May when we moved back into the RV. The tests showed pretty good and a clear PET scan cleared me to hit the road the fall of 2009. Scans and test showed good until spring of 2012 when it reared it's head in a couple more places. Same cancer, just different locations. Another round of chemo and things were good in the fall to head out again. This spring it let me know that it is still around. A couple spots in the brain and shoulder. Had a mapping MRI Mon. and am waiting for the radiologist to get the map laid out and things lined up to give it a blast. After that chemo to do the shoulder thing. After the initial round, the chemo hasn't bothered me too much.I have a power port that they use when I go in, and than I usually carry a portable pump for a couple days because of the time frame needed to get one of the drugs in. Like I told the Oncologist, as long as we can keep swatting the flies, life is good. Except for the winter that we had to stay off the rode, we have been doing what we want. Might have to do a little rescheduling to get the medical in with our plans but it all works out. Life is good and we plan on continuing with what we're doing. Go with the flow and keep a positive attitude. No definite plans but we would like to make In. in Aug. Would like to me you. (please no sympathy)

Thanks for sharing because you remind me how lucky I am. My cancer is only minor at this point. I've always been the caregiver in our family and as my sons put it the "rock". My energy level has always allowed me to out work about anybody but I've noticed the extra energy slowly draining down. About 3 years ago they found that I had low testosterone and last fall after more test they found that I have prostate cancer but it doesn't really show up with the PSA numbers. The last test shows it getting worse. Only being 55 we're worried about the long term effects of radiation so the doctors are looking at all options at this point. I'm fortunate to have the support of a very close knit family and great employees. In life I've discovered many bumps and turns and each one of these has taught me something about myself. I guess my education isn't over. I am very fortunate and life is good.

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Old 05-11-2013, 11:58 PM   #35
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One thing I canhonestlysay about you is the fact you have a veryoptimisticout look for every thing. I bet if you came home and found your house on fire you would not get upset you would just say now i can get those things fixed that i never had time to do. I could take a page from your book. I do hope that we can catch up with one another some day and have a glass orthirdlyof Jack

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One thing I canhonestlysay about you is the fact you have a veryoptimisticout look for every thing. I bet if you came home and found your house on fire you would not get upset you would just say now i can get those things fixed that i never had time to do. I could take a page from your book. I do hope that we can catch up with one another some day and have a glass orthirdlyof Jack

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I appreciate those kind words but I'm just a wisky drinking RV type of guy, like most on here

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Havingin had Cancer and a 2nd occurrance, I am right there with you. Most of us don't want sympathy. Just treat me like anyone else. I find it to be a bump in the road as well. People at work call me "strong" and some call me "stubborn", but I feel like I am just a normal person that goes to a special Dr. for special meds. Nothing else is different. Keeping a positvie attitude is one of the most imporatant things for me. I never think too much about the fact that I have Cancer. I sometimes have to actually say to myself.."You have cancer" and then it still doesn't take away from what I want or where I go. I have a very wonderful Husband that makes sure I do all the things I must do, but he also allows me to be me and doesn't treat me as if I am sick. Cause I am not! Prayer is the only thing that I cherish and anyone who would like to pray for those of us with a seriuos disease, please do. I believe in the power of prayer. I will add both of you to my prayer list.

I can't wait to start my RV retirement. Have to work 18 more months so that I can get Medicare. Worst part of Cancer is how much it cost to treat! If it wasn't for insurance, I would retire tomorrow. I am going to really be wishing for that 18 months to go fast once my GK arrives. YEAH!!!!!
Good for you Sharon.....my kind of girl
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Thanks! I appreciate those kind words. I just live with a very positive attitude. The one thing that cancer has taught me is to live your life to the fullest. You never know what tomorrow may bring. It might be cancer that takes my life, but it could be anything. I try to make the most out of every day. I often think about all the plans I make and sometimes wonder if I will be around long enough to enjoy them, but I never stop planning. Like I said, it could be anything and not the cancer that might be our demise. So, live each and every day to the fullest.

It sounds like your are doing that too!

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Dave, I can't remember the issue, but it was only a couple months ago. The nurse that writes a lot of Helath tips for Escapees had a very thorough, well done article on Prostate Cancer and the newest options and where best to go. Article was so good that I've kept it as a "just in case". I'm on the road for the next 2 weeks doing a couple of Fire Trucks, but if you can't find it, call me and I'll dig it up when I get home.

Tracy and I are really looking forward to being next to you and Ginny (and I'll bring extra Crown and Maker's Markand the fixin's for Cosmos for the Girls. Tracy swears nobody makes them like I do).



And Sharon, if you look at our signature ~ that's how I look at life. Sounds like our outlooks are very similiar. All my best and my prayers.
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piperguy - thanks for the prayers and "yes!" I agree totally with your quote.

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