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The bad news & GOOD News thought I would share the beginning of my journey. First the bad news it's liver cancer in several areas. The GOOD news is it's treatable with a very high success rate.

I started Tuesday off by checking in at the UofW Medical Center at 8:30 am the 1st group of specialist gave me a quick physical & mental assessment.

Took a break around 9:30 while a team of 15 specialist met to discuss my situation at 11:00 I met separately with 5 different specialist & the treatment coordinator nurse.

The 1st specialist scared the hell out of me by asking very sombily if I had any relatives or spouse I wanted in the room before he started. I wanted to know 1st so I could console Sue thinking he was going to tell me it's terminal it will be our 45th wedding anniversary in April. He could have started by saying they had a treatment plan.

One by one they came in to explain what type I had with their reasoning why they concluded this to be the best option for success.

We left there about 2:30 pm.

I never thought I'd be happy to hear "you have cancer" I was knowing it's treatable with a very high success rate, even though there are no guarantees I feel a big black cloud has been lifted.

I'll be starting treatment in several weeks it's a multi dose treatment from 1 to 5 treatments depending on how well it responds.

Thanks to all for listening.

Bob
 

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Thanks for sharing Bob. At least you know what it is and have a game plan now. Keep us up to date when you can. We are all in your corner!!
 

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That is GREAT news to be able to treat it with a high success rate.

Please keep us informed as you continue this journey.

Everyone else....Go get a physical!!!!!!
 

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Everyone else....Go get a physical!!!!!! NOW
Don't put it off my last physical was on 3/4/2017 these can change rapidly as we age.

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Friday I went into the UofW for the first test which is ramming a catheter up your groin, blocking off any blood vessels that may leak into your stomach, lings etc then a test shot of radiation to see if I can tolerate it. Last step was a CT Scan & laying flat on my back for 6 hrs. So far no problems they said if there were any it would show up within 24 hrs.

The best part it's treatable.

The worst part right now is the dissolving plug they put in your artery it hurts just moving, can't lift anything over 5 lbs for a week or walk any distance over 100 ft.

Now I just wait for their call letting me know when to come in for the big dose.

Thanks to all this has been a good outlet for me to vent. It's surprising how alone you feel even with a wonderful family.

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I haven't been able to post or do much of anything been hard to concentrate. On April 6th I went in for my 1st treatment. The original plan was to do it in 3 treatments they changed their minds combined it into 2 treatments. That made it a double dose hitting my system all at once.

I guess it's better this way now that it's over the worst part is I can't lift anything over 5 lbs for 2 weeks. The smell of food cooking was like torture, starving take a bite of anything but fresh fruit and I was full. Saturday things seem to change almost instantly I can't eat enough.

I sure hope none of you ever need to go through this. I caught it early with my yearly physical GET THOSE PHYSICALS.

Bob
 
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