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  • in reply to: Platelets are up, Michigan here we come. #57150
    32coupe
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    Aren’t we strange people…? We celebrate when our bodies have recovered enough from the last terrible round of chemo so we can have another…

    Praying that the chemo will go straight to the cancer cells and leave all else alone.

    God Bless!

    bob

    in reply to: A special day #57043
    32coupe
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    Sue and Betsy,
    Congratulations are definitely in order for both of you. I’m sure many are inspired by you great reports. Keeo it up…

    God Bless,
    bob

    in reply to: Part 2: Clean so far (sort of …) #56501
    32coupe
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    Jim,
    First, kudos for approaching three years. For that you are hearby awarded three “atta boys”! Now as far as the rise of the CA19… well, here’s my approach. I have been having various symptoms including fluctuating CA19 numbers for much of the last 5-6 years. Even currently after 15 years I have occasional symptoms indicative of recurrence. The various tests show nothing. The docs have no answers. So… I refuse to allow this evil disease to live rent free in my heart or mind. My best revenge against it is to live well each day. “This is the day the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it”! May God grant you peace…

    bob

    in reply to: anniversary #55831
    32coupe
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    Hi Betsy,
    It is really good to hear from you! However, I’m sorry to hear that your surgery was not successful. Is there another procedure being considered? The way you have dealt with your duct issues is heroic… Maybe this new year will hold the answer. Prayers coming your direction,

    bob

    in reply to: anniversary #55827
    32coupe
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    Hi Nick,
    I don’t recall how large the tumor was nor have I heard of any relationship between the size of the tumor and recurrence. I believe that the more significant factor for long term survival is clear margins (which I didn’t have). It is however very good news that you were a candidate for surgery. That alone improves your chances. May God grant you many healthy years…

    God Bless!
    bob

    in reply to: Latest scan #55648
    32coupe
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    Hi Byron,
    I’ve got a tee-shirt that says: “Tough times are temporary – tough people are legendary”. I’m pretty sure you are one of those “tough people”. I’m sorry it’s been a rough road lately but you are made of the right stuff to get through it. God willing, you’ll soon look back and find it a fading memory. Continuing to pray for you…

    BTW, I like to jokingly tell people that a mere mortal couldn’t live my life…

    bob

    in reply to: anniversary #55819
    32coupe
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    Hi Gerry,
    The only time I really experienced fear or anxiety was just before doctor appointments. Someone here rightly referred to that as “scanciety”. The rest of the time I tried my best to live my life without allowing the CC to live in my head by trusting that God would treat me fairly no matter the outcome. Peace came from Him. Afterall, we really have no control and worry bears no good fruit. The good news is that you have completed 1 and a half years. Do that 9 more times and you too will have 15 years…

    God Bless!
    bob

    in reply to: Update on me #55880
    32coupe
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    Susie,
    Congrats on completing the radiation. I know how relieved you must feel. Unlike asking for more chemo, I requested more radiation (it’s a long story) and was euphoric when I had my last treatment. Looking forward to hearing nothing but good scans from here.

    God Bless!

    bob

    in reply to: Latest scan #55645
    32coupe
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    Hey Byron,
    Sorry to hear about the bad scans. I used to suggest to the technician that they doctor up the scan with white out or photo shop or something. Afterall, how was I to stay in denial when they kept shoving those pesky scans in my face. Seriously, I’m glad that they are considering alternatives. The next one may be “the one”. I’ve always believed that as long as I was right-side up and sucking air that there was hope. And my friend I have found hope to be some powerful stuff – from hope grows faith and faith moves the hand of God…

    Blessings and prayers comin’ at ya,

    bob

    in reply to: Update on Ben #53453
    32coupe
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    Hi Tom,
    Here’s praying that the chemo is effective and the new year is filled with cause for hope. I’m sure that you understand that in a real sense, we are fighting this with you…

    Peace and Grace,

    bob

    in reply to: Best Christmas Gift Ever! #55917
    32coupe
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    WhooooHoooo! Janine, that is indeed good news. I’m going to believe with you that this is the start of the death of that tumor. May God continue to give you better than expected scans in the coming new year and astound the doctors.

    God Bless!

    bob

    in reply to: bile duct reconstruction?? #54661
    32coupe
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    Dearest Lainy,
    We’ve been here for the month of Nov. but are returning to Seattle for Dec. for a couple of birthdays: our dear little Chloe turns one on the 11th and of course we want to celebrate Jesus’ birth with family and friends. We will be sure to look you up in Jan. Love and blessings back at you,

    bob

    in reply to: Update on my story…… #54905
    32coupe
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    Hi Byron,
    Wow! Sounds like you ducked a bullet. Thanks be to God! Glad to hear about a quick and complete recovery. BTW, sometimes I say some really stupid things which get me in trouble with my wife. Do you think that could be caused by reduced blood flow to the brain…? Just wonderin’…

    Blessings!
    bob

    in reply to: 5 years post diagnosis… but bad news… #51141
    32coupe
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    Hi Mary,
    I have been catching up on your recent posts regarding Tom’s condition. To say the least, I am greatly saddened. I’ve always held out for a miraculous turn-around for Tom. It sounds like it is not to be. I will continue to pray that God will provide all that you and Tom need to face each day and that he will fill your home and lives with love and peace.

    bob

    in reply to: bile duct reconstruction?? #54659
    32coupe
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    Hi Karen,
    As with Ike, I had a recent hepaticojejunostomy. I had the surgery at the end of March which was the second go around – the first was in ’96. A few years ago I began having cholangitis episodes which gradually became more frequent and more severe caused by strictures in the biliary system. We had nearly given up hope of a solution when we discovered Dr. Lawrence Koep at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. He believed he could successfully rebuild the connections and remove scarring which caused the reduced flow of bile. As Ike has said, the recovery was very dificult and much longer than I had anticipated. For me it also took about three months before I began to function somewhat normally. It was about five months before I felt like I was back. I don’t know if it would be a viable solution for your mother – it is big surgery. I pray that God will lead you to an answer as He did for me.

    God Bless,
    bob

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