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  1. #1076
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    Having a plan of attack is a great step forward…good luck

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    My MIL's doctor was pretty bang on with his estimate. She passed away yesterday morning. I really liked my MIL. Fuck cancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaver View Post
    My MIL's doctor was pretty bang on with his estimate. She passed away yesterday morning. I really liked my MIL. Fuck cancer.
    Vibes to you and yours.

    Fuck cancer.
    "somebody's gotta do it"

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    Fuck Cancer.
    FUCK CHILDHOOD CANCER...especially Leukemia

    But, after over three years of treatment, I'm thrilled to say that my son "Rang The Bell' today.
    It was a journey I wish nobody ever experience (parent or especially the child).

    I raise a glass of my finest to him and the hospital staff.

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    Beaver - my condolences

    And gator, I can’t imagine having to take that journey. Congrats to your boy and your family.


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    Beaver, fuck cancer for what it takes from us.

    And gatorboy, the same but I’m glad for your boy and you.

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    Wow, GB. Congrats. Honestly a cancer diagnosis in one of my kids has been probably my biggest fear, props to both of you and everyone else involved.

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    Beaver, I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t get more time with your MIL

    Gator, congrats on finishing that journey with your son! Cheers to no more treatment!


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    Man beaver and gatorboys news just put me into a emotional state. Fucking balling my eyes out.

    I did the first cycle Monday-Wednesday. What people say is true. Chemo really is not all that fun.

    It did seem to shrink my partial obstruction-> I can somewhat fart normal now. Hopefully that lasts till the next cycle. 🤞

    Liver biopsy this week.

  10. #1085
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    I want to throw a little good news in here. Jen's tests last week were good. MRI of brain showed everything stable. PET scan showed some improvement in left hip.

    Game Over just a couple of things. You need to be your best advocate. If you don't like your oncologist or the office you can change. You need to feel comfortable and have confidence in your treatment. Oncology docs and nurses have a hard job. Not all patients are going to live no matter how hard you try. If you want to talk to someone that's been through this shit there are people here. I'm happy to talk from the caregivers point and what to expect. I've talked with Berko and he has a lot of experience. You don't have to do this alone.

    And your life is never going to be the same. You have joined a club you never wanted to be a member. But you will meet some amazing people along the way. You will laugh. And yo will cry. There will many ups and downs. You will find out you are stronger than you ever imagined.

    And cannabis is your friend. Helps with pain and nausea. Gives you an appetite, at least for a little while. Maybe RSO could help you too.

    Fuck Cancer!

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    I can add to the good news train:

    It turns out that AC's aunt was mis-diagnosed. She has cancer, but something very treatable, not the guaranteed death sentence she was initially hit with. Odds are very high she'll be just fine.

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    Man, it’s nice to read good news here.

    GO, Millie has some good advice, read it twice. In particular, you need to be your own advocate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow Skipper View Post
    Man, it’s nice to read good news here.

    GO, Millie has some good advice, read it twice. In particular, you need to be your own advocate.
    what he said

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    Condolences Beav.
    I like my MIL too and she's been failing increasingly for over a year now.
    Exhausting.
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    Millsie,
    Glad you guys got some good news for a change. Give my love to Jen.

    Fuck cancer.
    In with the 9.

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    Thanks Milisie

    I really like my oncologist and FWIG he is the best in the area (he’s also the head of the institution)

    Same goes for my surgeon (he’s on the hospital board of directors) and my Gastro is the local liver specialist.

    Needless to say it seems they have surrounded me with a local dream team.

    I guess when a 43 year old has IVC colon cancer it catches attention. Shit they don’t even recommend a colonoscopy till 45.

    According to my Oncologist I’m on quite a aggressive treatment. First round was rough but I handled it. Just started round two yesterday (Monday).

    I have zero issues so far outside of the one scheduler. Furthermore her recent attempt of scheduling me hours of wait time between the lab/dr visit and treatment was overridden by my oncologist without me saying a word to anyone about it or the previous issue.

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    Haven't checked in here for a while so condolences for all of you affected by tragic outcomes. At the same time best of luck for those who's battle is still ongoing.

    Had 6 people within close family fighting cancer. And while 3 of them lost in the end (at progressed age though) my wife and daughter survived thus far, with my cousin newly added to the list battling right now. Doesn't seem to stop.

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    Wow. That is just too much. Good luck to you and your family.

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    That is a lot, Hicks. Sending your family luck and positive vibes.

    This thread is now relevant to me too, unfortunately. And I don't exactly know what to say, so I'll say the same thing GO said, as it captures my thoughts pretty well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Game Over View Post
    Heavy thread. Always avoided it. So many highs and lows from the victories and losses. I really don’t have much but to say I appreciate you guys. And I’m so sorry for all the loss pain suffering and heartbreak.
    I now have a family member with Stage IV. Still processing multiple things, but curious of the mags input on:

    Prognosis - how do the mags feel about getting estimations on how much longer someone will live? I can't figure out if I want to know or not. I don't want a count down timer but do want to have a better idea of how to allocate my time (in general and with this person). And the person in my life that was diagnosed is concerned it will change how I live my life, which they don't want.

    Therapy - I've been an advocate of therapy for a few years. The diagnosed - and supporting family members - don't want to participate in therapy currently. They're of an older school mentality - "it's my burden and I'll just carry it." Any thoughts/recommendations on how to make it more palatable?

    Open to thoughts, resources, books, videos, etc. from anyone. If this has been covered elsewhere in the thread, I'm happy to search for keywords/page #s, it's just long (and heavy).

    Positive vibes to all.

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    ^^ Stage 4 means the cancer has become metastatic and spread to distant organs in the body. In my experience with relatives who have been diagnosed as Stage 4, you don’t have much time left with them - but of course it can vary a lot on an individual basis. I don’t think even the doctor treating the patient can predict exactly how long the patient will survive, although he could probably say 90% of patients with this condition will survive this long.

    But that’s all private information protected by HIPPA, so you will have a hard time getting that info from the doctor unless the patient has signed a waiver allowing that info to be shared with you. You might be able to get some idea by googling around on the internet for the particular form of stage 4 cancer.

    I do think many people who are dying from cancer don’t want to burden their loved ones. Sometimes they will lie to you for that reason. The last time I spoke to my younger brother on the phone he told me he was doing great and feeling much stronger. He died a few days later. I only found out then, from the people he was living with, how much suffering he went through in his last weeks. He refused to tell me anything negative himself at all, up until the end.
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    Father-in-law died Wednesday night, diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer almost exactly a year ago. He got on some immunotherapy/chemotherapy treatments that gave him a high quality of life for most of 2021 and extended his life expectancy. Thankful for the borrowed time and that we live 2 miles apart, but It’s still rough seeing how quickly health can degrade towards the end.

    I learned how to ski ~15 years ago by chasing him and his two brothers around. They didn’t have much patience for standing around, definitely a “keep up if you can and see you at the bottom” kind of mentorship. I was a snowboarder at the time, switched over to skis to prove to my then girlfriend/now wife I was cool enough to change mode of transport and still keep up with her dad + uncles. This family really loves skiing. Unfortunately, he didn’t have enough energy to ski last season even pre-diagnosis, and this season was also out for obvious reasons. Our last conversation on Monday, we talked about the December storm cycle in the PNW, he laughed at the absurdity of 230” of cold smoke in a 3 week period on Hood, and how he hoped to be skiing again by spring.

    Pic from the annual family meetup at Mary Jane/WP, these kooks love skiing moguls with plenty of heckling at each other on the way down:
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    This next pic is a really special memory from 5 years ago, classic 10” storm day on Hood with fat, wet flakes. FIL on the left, my wife as the powder banana, and her brother on the right (her brother died later that year…):
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    I don’t want this to be a “poor me” post because it’s not, really just wanted to share some helpful takeaways from the family and this experience:

    1. cancer sucks but you are not alone, lots of people can relate and understand
    2. Ski often
    3. Ski moguls
    4. Ski with friends (or family)
    5. It’s ok to regroup at the bottom, ride up together, and repeat, especially on a pow day
    6. Don’t take sh*t too seriously, life (and especially skiing) is supposed to be fun

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    Sorry TFT - condolences to you & your mrs on the loss of her dad

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    Condolences man. Sounds like you had a good friendship with your FIL.

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    Brutal. RIP.

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    Well said tft. Glad you got that quality time in. Condolences to mrs tft

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