It's been awhile

Hey, not sure if anyone remembers me. I see a few familiar people in here, Like Helen Marshall, and Smurf and Tyndall. If I missed seeing you please don't be offended.Was reading an article about a 31 year old with similar stage 4 lung cancer with mets to the brain, and it reminded me that I hadn't popped in her for quite a while so I thought I'd just give a quick update for anyone that might be interested.

For those that remember, and I guess for those who don't as well, I was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer in January 2013, went through concurrent chemo and radiation for a couple months, and pronounced NED on my subsequent scan in June 2013. Was fine for almost a year, and then the headaches started around March of 2014. In April they discovered a golf ball size tumor in the front left part of my brain, and removed it. Then after another course of radiation to make sure they got it all, I was again pronounced NED in July. And so far, fingers still crossed, every chest scan and Brain MRI since has been clean. So clean that my medical oncologist says if my next chest scan is clean he's going to drop me back to just a chest X-ray once per year. And the even better news is, that even though I was told I'd likely be needing to get a brain MRI every 6 months for the rest of my life, on my last visit to my radiation oncologist his PA said she was going to check to see if after my next brain MRI in Feb. they can push those to just 1 per year as well since I'm doing so well. She said in most cases like mine they would have seen it recur already, but since it hasn't they may be comfortable moving be out. Yippiiee.

Well that's the good stuff, and  I guess the really imortant stuff. I'm alive. Of course it hasn't been all roses. My wife of 35 years left me 2-1/2 years ago. But aside from that, I can't complain. Life if good. So for anyone who was here back then that may have prayed for me, God has answered our prayers. Thank-you.all.

And if there are typos, please excuse me. The print is so tiny I can hardly see what I'm typing.

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Hi! Yeah it's been a WHILE, but I'm glad because it means you've been busy with life! Good to hear from you🤗
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Wow, you've been through a lot but are doing well. We love to hear stories like that. Keep up the good work and enjoying life. Yes, life is good.
Thank you for posting this update...and please let us know when you get your next NED! HUGS
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January 24, 2013

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Lung Cancer

February 1, 2013

Stage 4

Yes

Craniotomy

Brain

Arizona Center for Cancer Care

March 29, 2013

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