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    Laugh of the day - me and my fall down the waterfall...

    So I am checking out these super cool falls; standing at the top:
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    And I slip and fall down there:
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    And land down here at the bottom (that's me about 40 ft up at the top):
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    Those pics were taken the next day after several Tylenol 3's, bruises and a bump on the head. Here's the pic I took right before I slipped:
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    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    June 24 - tumor 1/3 the original size
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto

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    You really should take up motorcycle riding! There are those who do not grasp that life itself is risky, but a life without risk is barely living, flavorless. Had this not occurred, would it have been as memorable?

    Glad that the river survived you!

    And vice versa...
    07/08 Age 56 DX 1) Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma-Not Otherwise Specified. Stage IV-B, >50 ("innumerable") tumors, bone marrow involvement.
    08/08-12/08 Four cycles CHOEP14 + four cycles GND (Cyclofosfamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, Etoposide, Prednisone & Gemcitabine, Navelbine, Doxil)
    02/09 2) Relapse.
    03/09-06/13 Clinical trial of Romidepsin > long-term study. NED for 64 twenty-eight day cycles, dose tapered.
    07/13 3) Relapse, 4) Suspected Mutation.
    08/13-02/14 Romidepsin increased, stopped for lack of response. Watch & Wait.
    09/14 Relapse/Progression. Visible cervical nodes appear within 4 days of being checked clear.
    10/06/14 One cycle Belinostat. Discontinued to enter second clinical trial.
    10/25/14 Clinical trial of Alisertib/Failed - Progression.
    01/12/15 Belinostat resumed/Failed - Progression. 02/23/15
    02/24/15 Pralatrexate/Failed - Progression. 04/17/15
    04/15 Genomic profiling reveals mutation into PTCL-NOS + AngioImmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma. Stage IV-B a second time. Two dozen tumors + small intestine (Ileum) involvement.
    04/22/15 TREC (Bendamustine, Etoposide, Carboplatin). Full response in two cycles. PET/CT both clear. Third cycle followed.
    06/15-07/15 Transplant preparation (X-rays, spinal taps, BMB, blood test, MUGA scan, lung function, CMV screening, C-Diff testing etc. etc. etc.) Intrathecal Methotrexate during spinal tap.
    BMB reveals 5) 26% blast cells of 20q Deletion Myelodysplastic Syndrome MDS), a bone marrow cancer.
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    07/23-08/03/15 Marrow producing zero blood cells. Fever. Hospitalized two weeks.
    08/04/15 Engraftment occurs, and blood cells are measureable - released from hospital.
    08/13/15 Day 26 - Marrow is 100% donor cells. Platelets climbing steadily, red cells follow.
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    DEXA scan reveals Osteoporosis.
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    11/2015 Acute GvHD re-classified to Chronic Graft versus Host Disease.
    05/2016 Tacrolimus stopped. Prednisone from 30-90mg daily tried. Sirolimus begun.
    09/16/16 Three skin punch biopsies.
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    12/16 Type II Diabetes, Hypertension - both treatment-related.
    05/17 Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) begun in attempt to control chronic Graft-versus-Host-Disease (cGvHD.
    06/17 Trying various antibiotics in a search for tolerable prophylaxis.
    08/17 Bone marrow biopsy reveals the presence of 2% cells with 20q Deletion Myelodysplastic Syndrome, considered to be Minimum Residual Disease. Active surveillance is the course of choice.
    To date: 18 chemotherapeutic drugs in 9 regimens (4 of them at least twice), 5 salvage regimens, 3 clinical trials, 4 post-transplant immuno-suppressant drugs, the equivalent of 1,000 years of background radiation from scanning from 45+ CT series scans and about 24 PET scans. Two lymphoid malignancies plus a myeloid malignancy lend a certain symmetry to the journey.

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    Ah yes, the agony of de feet!! I was a hang glider pilot from 1978 to 1993, and I had one hellacious crash in 1982 when I stalled an inboard wing tip, lost control, and went back into the hill at 45 degrees down and 45 degrees banked. They say my body bounced three times on impact, and the oldest pilot on the hill said he had never seen anybody hit that hard and live. As a result of my entire rib cage being heavily compressed by the crash, two of my ribs snapped off on the back side! Now I have an old, boring life with a case of refractory AML that went off and got drunk in a cheap bar, and can't seem to find its way back to my location..... The suspense is killing me......
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    05/6/16 pre-op physical for knee surgery show low WBC & RBC
    05/22/16 [Birthday] Results of BM biopsy: AML 25% blasts CD34 with inv t(3:3) mutation, HIGH risk
    05/30/16 Undergo 3+7 chemo regimen
    06/??/16 TSHTF!! 3+7 doesn't touch AML, knocks out immune system, infections nearly kill me. Blasts 65%
    07/04/16 Diagnosis now Refractory AML. [:tombstone:]
    Six 4 week cycles of azacitidine, 21 injections over 7 days with 1.5" long needle into gut AND below navel.
    11/05/16 Wife & I move to North Shore Lake Ponchatrain - Infusion center 4 minutes away.
    15 injections for 5 days M-F with 5/8" 25 ga. needle Huge increase in quality of life.
    12/28/16 BMB shows CD34 cells 12%
    Three 5 week cycles of azacitidine.
    04/16/17 BMB shows CD34 16%, cycles dropped to 4 weeks.
    7/20/17 Diagnosis changed to "indolent leukemia", aka MDS
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    Oncologist estimates survival time now 2 - 4 YEARS!!!

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    You are so funny,DMW! I enjoy your posts. I have only fallen once but did it up good. I broke my leg when I fell off a ladder painting the kitchen. Ended up on life support for 5 days later had hip and knee replacement. Knee replacement laughs at me and I am now disabled with a walker. But it doesn't stop me from caring for Al.
    At least the river cooled you off?
    67 year old husband diagnosed with Periphial T Cell Lymphoma Feb. 2015
    5 rounds of CHOPE chemo put him into remission for 2 years....
    June 2017 Relapse....radiation planned
    Develops ITP, Low platelets....Hospitalized 3 days to be given Gamma Gloublin....discharged....gave prednisone but forgot to give scripts for that and Klonopin....results in steroid psychosis from Prednisone.....second time this has happened. Had one instance of it during previous chemo.
    ITP recurs....4,000 platelets
    Al had spleen removed Sept. 25. It went well. Platelets up to 100,000but since he was given platelets the day before and during surgery the dr. wants to give it a few more days to see if platelets keep rising. Still in hospital. Good attitude. Grateful to God!
    Also caregiver to our 40 year old son who had a benign ependymoma tumor removed when he was 14 years old. 6 brain surgeries.
    Thank you God for all your blessings! 🙏❤️🙏

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    And I thought I had all the adventures. It'seems confirmed I'mean definitely making it out your way... sans falling down the waterfall. Glad to hear you are okay though!

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    Well symptoms of concussion really settled in right after i posted. Frick my head hurt. But bruised hip bone and whiplash are much better. Can only work on computer an hour or so before head hurts more and vision goes blurry...sigh. Still this is improving too.
    PO I already wanted to drive a motorcycle but honestly I am too scared so I know it is best I do not. You need to be confident to do that. Sadly I just can't see me doing it.
    However I shall continue my mountain exploring. I love my time in the mountains and we go as often as we can with the Canadian Rockies in our backyard. I have had a number of falls there. Guess that is where I will continue to get my "flavour" LOL. It did make the trip (lol see what i did there - lame i know) memorable. Still laughing about it - just not too hard otherwise my head begins to hurt more.
    Wife to husband with squamous lung cancer stage 3 b
    dx - April 20/14
    tx started May 20/14 - radiation and chemo
    June 23 - chemo finished
    June 24 - tumor 1/3 the original size
    July 4 - radiation finished
    July 8 - PET scan shows tumor almost gone, lymph nodes back to normal
    Married July 19/14
    Sept 9/14 - repeat can shows tumor continues to shrink more, no new spots. New coughing and pain due to chest infection or side effect of radiation.
    Sept 19/14 - not infection but pneumonitis, place on dex for 4 weeks
    Oct 22/14 - now off of dex and facing even more symptoms of withdrawal
    Dec 16/14 - pretty much nothing left but a scar
    April 7/15 - ditto scan and screw you stats
    Oct 6/15 - more scarring but still cancer still gone
    Feb 2016 -scan the same
    Aug 2016 - more of the same
    Aug 2017 - and ditto

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    Now comes the hard questions?

    What WAS in that CUP??

    Were you chewing GUM?

    'Glad you are mostly all right. If the headache persist, see the Doctor.

    I've had my falls; chemo side effects. on/off motorcycles, on boats/ships, skydiving, roller blade prat falls and just walking down the street in New Castle, AU. I can't top you girl, and if it's OK, I won't try!!

    regards,
    zim

    But

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    Egads Zim you have quite the list of exciting 'tripping' adventures yourself. Who says we don't know how to seize the day and make the most of it...even if it means a few bumps and bruises. We feel alive!

 

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