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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:29 AM
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Today was my last day of radiation.
I was diagnosed with a "choroidal melanoma" earlier this year. It started to grow so my oncologist suggested we treat it with radiation.

My wife and I spent the past 4 days in Sacramento while I was being treated at UC Davis. The treatment was rather painless, and the doctor said I should never require anymore treatment for this problem.

I am just glad that it is behind me. I will lose most of the sight in my left eye, but what can you do?

It was great to get home and to give my son and daughter big, big hugs!!
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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:31 AM
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1. Wow! Huge healing vibes going out to you!
Are you feeling well? Not too tired?

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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:40 AM
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6. I feel great! The radiation they used on me is called "proton radiation."
It is 10 times stronger than what is normally used, and can be used to destroy small tumors (like mine) accurately and without damaging surrounding tissue.

I had to go to UC Davis because it is one of the few places in the country that has a particle accelerator that can produce this type of radiation. It really is amazing.
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enigmatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:32 AM
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2. Good vibes and awkward man-hugs, bro
:hug:

Did you ever get "Lost Son" by Richmond Fontaine? If not, I'll send a copy your way..
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:43 AM
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7. I did get it...and I really like it!
I just remembered that I was going to send you some Gigolo Aunts stuff.

PM your address to me. The quality on the stuff I have is not that great, but they are great demos of songs from "Is Everybody Happy.?"

I spoke with my friend Steve last month; the Aunts played some shows in Spain in October. Phil (Steve's brother and an original Aunt), joined them.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:35 AM
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3. My dear driver8..........
I'm so glad today was your last day of radiation!

And you surely already know that you can function with only one eye...

You will most likely lose your depth perception from having only the one eye to see from......

But the good news is, you will learn how to live without that!

Welcome home, my dear driver8!

:loveya: :grouphug: :loveya:
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:45 AM
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8. Thanks, Peggy!
I have been slowly losing the vision in my left eye for awhile so I am learning to live with vision in one eye. When the sun is bright, I hardly notice any change. However, when I am driving at night my depth perception is not very good at all.
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texanwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:35 AM
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4. Glad to hear that your treatment is over and you are back home with your family.
Lots of :hug: :hug: :hug: coming your way.
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:37 AM
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5. Thanks for the well wishes, everyone!!
I knew that there was a reason I hung out at DU!!
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:38 AM
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9. Congrats on finishing that. and don't worry about the sight
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 06:38 AM by SoCalDem
I have had vision in just one eye for a long time now, and you do get used to it :)

It makes you really thankful that for some of the important things, we have TWO of them :)

the depth perception loss makes driving a bit weird at first, and there's the idignity of having to take an actual behind the wheel driving test every two years, but if I can pass it, anyone can. :)

:hug:

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Guava Jelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:42 AM
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10. That is great news!!
I hope your recovery is fast and your sight loss minimal.
:toast:
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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 07:17 AM
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11. I'm glad the treatment went well
:hug:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:53 AM
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12. Good to hear it
Appreciate everyday
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:59 AM
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13. What good news.
I am very happy for you.

:hug: :hi:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:55 AM
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14. What awesome news!
Congratulations!

:hug: :bounce: :bounce:
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lizziegrace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:59 AM
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15. That's wonderful.
:hug:

The best gift ever.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:59 AM
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16. That's great to hear!
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 10:02 AM by Kajsa
I hope you have a good holiday season
at home with your family!

Healing and good vibes are sent
out to you.

God bless you!

:hug:
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Hugin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:02 AM
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17. I'm sorry to hear of your malady...
But, I'm glad you've overcome it.

Congratulations!
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:08 AM
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18. Glad you got through it.
:hug:
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:48 AM
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19. wishing you nothing but good health from here on out
:hi:
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Katina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:52 AM
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20. Glad you are on the mend
my nephew lost his sight in one eye to cancer, and it hasn't stopped him a bit. The brain is a marvelous thing, it "relearns" how to see to compensate for the loss of stereoscopic vision. It will be an adjustment, but as you said, it's been a gradual loss, so your brain has likely been picking up the slack already. Enjoy the holidays with your family! :toast:
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driver8 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 12:56 PM
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21. Thanks, everyone...
for the wonderful comments and all of the hugs!!

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