I was diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease and I had to move.

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  1. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

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    In a thread about car/driver issues I mentioned I had been diagnosed with a potentially fatal disease. A couple of months ago a large black mole on my left hand, just behind my thumb's second joint, got scratched and started bleeding. It bled for about 2 weeks until I could get into a plastic surgeons office, where she removed it and a couple of smaller lesions from my chest and scalp. My dermatologist, an angel named Dr. Andrea Willey, did the original excisions and treated me with both great care and dignity. She then referred me to a surgical oncologist who eventually ( last Tuesday) got me into a general surgery where they took a little more from the hand to make sure the cancer was completely gone, did a skin graft and did a sentinel lymph node biopsy.
    Melanoma. I have been left in limbo, largely due to an execrable communication system between doctors and labs. Yesterday at a follow-up with my Haemotological Oncologist, I found out that my lymph node was clear and I can take a small breather, (Recheck every three months or if anything pops up.)
    Contemplating one's own mortality is no fun, especially when one is the primary caregiver for a spouse and has just bought a house to accommodate her needs. Anyhow, we got moved and eventually will get unpacked and resettled. Wanted to let you guys know I'm OK.
     
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    CigBurn Total Hack

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    I'm really glad to hear you've gotten a bit of a break from all of it with the docs. Wishing you and the wife the very best while you get settled into the new place as well.

    Ron
     
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  3. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Dr. Stratster

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    Glad to hear that you got the all clear from your doc. It sucks not knowing and going through what you went through, but you are going to live, and that’s the main thing. Glad you’re ok.
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Man, that's got to be a huge relief! Glad to hear things are moving in a positive direction for you now!

    :thumb:
     
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    BallisticSquid Most Honored Senior Member

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    Sounds like quite the roller coaster. Glad that things are looking good for you at the moment.
     
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    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    Damn! Get well soon!
     
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  7. AncientAx

    AncientAx Still hacking ....

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    Melanoma is no joke ..... glad all is going well !
     
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    bchaffin72 The Wizard next door................

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    Best of luck! Here's to staying clear.......................
     
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    tery Dr. Stratster

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    Stay cool , luck is with you .
     
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    Glad to hear that the lymph is gone. Hope it stays that way and you get better. You're a great man!
     
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    Dewey Most Honored Senior Member

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    Wishing you the best. Be well.
     
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    Polarbear Don Poleone

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    You kicked that lymph's ass!
     
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    Great news, my brother had a battle with cancer in his nuts, and they even had to take one of them out. The reason I'm telling you this is because that was 20 years ago and it has never returned on him.
    But I can't state loud enough that it's so important to go for a checkup every 6 months. I am really glad you get a second chance at life. I was stabbed 8 times and left for dead when I was 22 years old and I never looked at life the same way again. I realized that life is all about enjoying each and every day. I never worried about money or materialist things again. I hope you all the happiness in the world. Take care
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather

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    Often the not knowing is tortuous. Knowing gives a name to the foe. I'm glad things are clear.
     
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    Great news, here's to continued great news going forward!
     
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    Really glad to hear you're ok, old friend! Prayers for you and your wife.
     
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    Scary stuff, glad you're ok. I had a faulty ultrasound when I was in my early 30s that said I had a malformed kidney and multiple spots/lesions on that same kidney. All sorts of bad thoughts ran through my mind for a week until an MRI got everything straightened out.
     
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    Great to know you're OK!

    Keep on rockin'!!
     
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    nederemer Senior Stratmaster

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    Ah yeah man been there myself. About 5 years ago now I was diagnosed with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease i.e. Kidney Failure). This was just out of nowhere, fell over at work, went home to lay down and my puppy kept me up so I decided to go to the doctor. Found out I was less than a few hours from kicking the bucket. November 2017 I received a kidney transplant. But like you, it's just an ongoing thing.

    Hang in there and be tough!!
     
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    I'm glad to hear that the lymph nodes tested OK. Take care.
     
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