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Scottie72 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:47 PM
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Recent Update on my condition
I have been mainly lurking the past couple of weeks.

For those who don't know:

I have a brain tumour, I had surgery that removed 29 - 30 % of it, it was diagnosed as a anaplastic astrocytoma grade 3. I am currently undergoing radiation therapy.

I am just about half-way through my treatments with just under 20 more to go. I had my chemo consult today and they are going to wait and see how it responds to the radiation therapy.

I have been keeping an online journal at livejournal.com

<http://www.livejournal.com/users/scottie72 />

I want to thank all those who have sent me well wishes here at my DU family.
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:49 PM
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1. My thoughts are with you-keep up the fight!
:hug:

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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:50 PM
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2. geez
I hope you get cured. You must be going through quite an ordeal.

Best wishes,
Sue
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Scottie72 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:53 PM
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4. I am actually doing quite well
Thank you for the best wishes. I continue to improve each day. My symptoms are from my surgery. (The second brain surgery I had in 5 months.. my first was for a VP shunt for Hydro I developed late last year)
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:52 PM
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3. That sucks. I hope you can beat this tumour.
Everyone of us is needed and wanted.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:53 PM
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5. 20 more to go???
I'm very familiar with radiation treatment, not for myself but a loved one. My heart goes out to you. My thoughts and prayers for light and healing are with you. As the above poster noted, that is truly an ordeal. :hug:




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johnnie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:56 PM
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6. Oh man, I hope all goes well
My thoughts are with you. Please take care and get well real soon.
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Darth_Kitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 06:57 PM
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7. We're all pulling for ya....
:hug:

Here's a big hug, you deserve it. :hug:
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Missy M Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:00 PM
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8. I wish you only the best....
I was reading your live journal and you are a brave person. I'm sure with your attitude you will beat this and live a wonderful life.
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katinmn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:00 PM
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9. Here's more good wishes, Scottie!
:hi:

Glad that you are doing well. It must be good to know you are half-way through the treatments.

Stay well and keep up that good attitude. :hi:
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Debbi801 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:01 PM
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10. Oh goodness, Scott...
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you continue seeing positive results.

:hug:
Debbi
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Tace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:01 PM
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11. Best Of Luck
I've gotten bad headached since I was a teenager. At first, doctors were concerned about a tumor. Turns out they're just your basic cluster headaches.

I look forward to reading about your return to fitness. Cheers
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liberalnurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:05 PM
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12. I am so sorry to hear this......
I am speechless. I realize your battle is great. I think the live journal is a precious idea. It is also theraputic. I was wondering where you were.......

You are in my prayers. Anytime you want to talk, you can PM me and I'll call ya.




LN. :hug: O8)
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jarab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:07 PM
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13. My best to you, Scottie72.
You have the proper outlook to whip this thing.

...O...
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sueh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:07 PM
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14. Praying for you, Scottie. Hope all goes well.
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IChing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:12 PM
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15. Hope it all goes for the best, sorry, we're with you in spirt
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:16 PM
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16. Bestest of Vibes to you.
We're all pulling for ya!!!
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:17 PM
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17. Makes my Hurricane Dennis problem look like small beer.
Thanks for the reality check and best of luck to you.
:hi:
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Scottie72 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:18 PM
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19. don't feel bad
I know how bad hurricanes can hurt an area and people. Batten down the hatches!! :silly:
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BlondieK143 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:18 PM
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18. Sending my thoughts and prayers your way.
Hang in there and thanks for keeping us updated!
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hickman1937 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:28 PM
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20. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
I just bookmarked your journal.
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Scottie72 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:29 PM
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22. Thank you
for the book mark. I definitely keep more up to date in the journal than any other place on the net. Some days I just don't feel like do anything on the net.
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SlavesandBulldozers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:29 PM
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21. stick with it man
we're thinking about you. positive vibes and prayers on the way.
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knowbody0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 07:53 PM
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23. good luck Scottie
tough times, half way over
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:14 PM
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24. sweetie, hang in there. this will be a bad dream some day. HUGS
to you and yours, honey.
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KT2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:30 PM
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25. Wishing you the best
and I took a look at your journal - it's great and I love the kittie faces to show your mood for the day.
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lumberingbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:32 PM
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26. Good vibes to you, Scottie!
:hug:
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:33 PM
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27. Best to you, Scottie.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Wapsie B Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 08:34 PM
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28. Good wishes Scottie!
You're in our prayers.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:02 PM
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29. Best wishes and best of luck for a complete recovery
as swift as it can be
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amazona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 09:08 PM
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30. hey good luck you WILL beat this
I had two friends in the 1970s who had brain tumors. They both beat it. Thanks for the link to your journal, that's cool to keep a journal of your story.
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 10:02 PM
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31. {{{ Sending Healing Vibes }}}
Best wishes to you. :hug:

You're a brave man, and I look forward to reading about your progress.
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:40 AM
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32. kick for morning crew nt
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:42 AM
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33. best wishes Scottie72
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Scottie72 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:43 AM
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35. Thanks for the kick
I wlll also do the same!

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Obamarama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:54 AM
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34. Are you aware of the American Brain Tumor Association?
Edited on Fri Jul-08-05 08:55 AM by KzooDem
First of all, let me wish you best of luck with your chemo and radiation. As you likely know, it's going to be an unpleasant experience at times (perhaps most of the time) but when it gets really bad, just visualize that as sick as you are, the chemo drugs are KILLING the cancer cells.

My niece had an astrocytoma and we were put in touch with the American Brain Tumor Association (see link below). You may very well already know about them. They gave us a lot of support, information and resources as we fought her tumor.

Where is yours located? It sounds like it's in a very sensitive area given the percentage they were able to excise?

I'm sure you have a good support network, but I have been down this road with my niece, so if you want to communicate with someone who understands what you're going through, feel free to PM me. I'm actually back in school to become a Physician Assistant with the goal to specialize in neurology, as I was very inspired by the medial professionals who treated my niece. I'll also check out your blog.

Be well and I wish you the best of luck!

ABTA website:
http://hope.abta.org/site/PageServer
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Lannes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:44 AM
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36. Get well soon Scottie
You can beat this.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:44 AM
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37. Best wishes to you
:hug:
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48pan Donating Member (957 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 10:51 AM
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38. I hope you win your fight...
And have many happy years posting on DU.
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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:07 AM
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39. Stay strong Scottie
and sending good thoughts and prayers your way for a complete and speedy recovery.
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MaryBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:31 AM
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40. Golly!
Your situation sure puts Parkinson's Disease into perspective.

Keep on keepin on.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:36 AM
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41. Hang in there, Scottie..wishing you the best
Have you consulted an attorney in your area to determine whether there is any relationship to your line of work...I remember you showing us all what you did back when old DU was up but I don't want to post it here in case you no longer post about your line of work.
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Scottie72 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 06:54 PM
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42. I have not consulted an attonery
I do not think it caused the cacner. The amount of radiation that I am exposed to is very small. I get more in one treatment than my whole time there. Though the thought has crossed my mind. There is a contraversy over small exposure to radiation. We know the effects of larger doese but not smaller doese.

Though when I return to work I do not plan on doing any radiation surverys for quite awhile. (

Yhaml up for the well wishes!
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-10-05 07:12 AM
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49. I'd at least talk to a workers compensation attorney
it may be small but it's repetitive,,,just sayin'
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Mixxster Donating Member (653 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:30 PM
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43. We've never "met" but I'm sending you good thoughts and...
...positive vibes. Hang in there, Scottie72.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:35 PM
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44. I hope you get well soon.
Hang in there. Stay tough. :hug:
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 07:36 PM
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45. I am so sorry; I hope you get well very, very soon
And I hope DU keeps you informed, laughing, crying, distracted, pissed and whatever else. HUGS!
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SCRUBDASHRUB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 09:18 PM
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46. Sending positive vibes your way, Scott. :)
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:39 PM
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47. I just read your whole journal...please keep posting so we know
how you are doing, okay?
Love, B
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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 11:41 PM
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48. Good thoughts and wishes coming your way.
Stay strong.
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