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Comment by Daniel W on January 17, 2015 at 9:24am

Update on my situation.  I had CT scan on Tues.  Report came back on Thurs.  No metastatic growths.  Next CT in 6 months. 

New oncologist.  I have to drive about 40 miles, but as it turns out, the prior one was a longer drive in time and traffic.   This drive isn't bad. 

Researching my unusual, cancer, it happens to about 6 to 12 out of a million people.  Most oncologist have seen few or no patients with GIST.  This one has 4 other patients, so at least some experience.  He was approachable, respectful, flexible, compassionate - really good..

Life is still a crap shoot, but isn't that true for everyone?  I tolerate my medication better than most people, so I feel very fortunate. 

It's been a tough month, mentally.  I'm glad that part is done.  Now moving forward.

Best wishes to all and thanks again for the supportive, prayerless encouragement.  Very helpful.

Comment by Daniel W on January 3, 2015 at 6:39pm
Tarrence, I'm glad you have a break from the basal cells.

Thanks everyone for the well wishes. It means a lot.
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on January 3, 2015 at 3:28pm

Daniel: Wishing that everything goes well for you in all matters this month.

P.S. I've had about 10 bcc cut-outs in the last 24 years, the last was a nasty one from my nose two years ago. All quiet now. 

Comment by k.h. ky on January 3, 2015 at 3:17pm
Luck Daniel. You know you're in our thoughts.
Prayers would be just too funny. Lol
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 3, 2015 at 2:48pm

Daniel - best wishes for good results with both of these procedures.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 12:23pm

I join the crowd cheering you on Daniel. January, with cataract surgery, CT scan and meeting your new oncologist, keeps you busy. New trees arriving in February sounds like fun, at last. 

Comment by Plinius on January 1, 2015 at 11:43am

I'm rooting for you, Daniel - but you knew that!

Comment by Daniel W on January 1, 2015 at 10:39am

CT Scan is Tuesday the 13th.  Result prob back on Thurs 15th.  I meet my new oncologist then.  The encouraging parts, no unexplained weight loss.  I've pondered on the pleuritic pains I feel.  Pleuritic pains happen with taking a breath.   They seem to have gone away.  Things otherwise are pretty status quo.  If there is recurrence, which statistically is about 50:50 chance right now, there are other medication options.  Gleevec seems to be the least taxing on the system, so I don't want to project ahead too much.

Monday I have cataract surgery.  That will be a good thing to concentrate on.  It will feel really good to be able to see without all of the blurriness. 

February I should get some new fruit trees in the mail. 

Not such an active group these days.  That's really a good thing.  I hope it means everyone is doing very well!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 3, 2014 at 8:31am

Thanks Daniel.  Over the years, I've had a total of about 7 Basil and Squamous Cell Carcinomas removed from my hands and face, but have never had any scary Melanomas.

I think you have a good hair cutting plan.  I would do the same, but I'm sure it would itch too much.  

At age 25, I guess my beard would have stopped itching after a while, but as the years go on, hair has bothered me more and more.  

At age 50 or earlier, hair rubbing on my forehead and ears started bothering me.  Felt like torture after a few hours.  A few years later, hair in my ears and nose started causing itching, then my eyebrow hair.  When my ear hair or eyebrow hair grows to 1/16 of an inch, it starts, so I shave my brows once or twice a day, and pull ear hair out about twice a week.  

About 4 times per year, I shave my nose hairs.  I put-up with itching for that long, because my nose runs a lot, and with no hair to hold the liquid, I have to blow my nose unacceptably often.

My skin has always been dry and itchy, but hair anywhere on my head aggravates it.  Not anywhere else on my body, just my head, so I shave my head once or twice a day.

I asked my new dermatologist if there was some way I could get rid of my hair permanently, or a lease lengthen the time between shaves.  He said not with light hair.  Before he came in, his nurse said a laser wouldn't work on light hair, waxing would.  I may try a little waxing some day to see how it works, but I understand it's very painful.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 2, 2014 at 11:45pm

I like your hair and beard cutting style. Makes good sense. Thanks for the information about Melanomas, squamous and basal cells.


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