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Offline Ed_K

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My cancer journey
« on: July 11, 2016, 07:34:39 pm »
 This has turned out to be a very bad yr. First I lost my youngest son to pain meds in Feb. tried to work thru it but it's been very hard.
 2 months ago I fell off the skidder tearing a tri-cep, fell into ice chains broke a rib. Month ago kidney's started hurting, figured well here's #6 went to emergency rm yup #6 but on wrong side 5 on right. As they went thru tests found low blood cell cnt. more test, last week found out I have uncurable myloma, bone marrow cancer. Today they said it can be managed with treatments  8) . I start chemotherapy tomorrow.
 I knew something was wrong when I couldn't start the saw's on the monday Rita took me to the er. 2 day's later couldn't even pick them up. Really made me mad >:( .
 So I could use some prayer's, Thanks.
 It's hard to just sit here and type.
 I made a big mistake of looking it up on the internet, when you read 3-5 maybe 7 yrs it gets into your head and that's not good. Staff say I have a good chance of manage ing it for a lot longer  :) .
 I can't imagine not being to log again.
 Sorry for such a long thd.

Look up the International Myeloma Foundation. They have publications on Myeloma that will give you good information about the disease. Concise review is a over view of the different types of the disease.Understanding Fatigue will help you understand why your so tired all the time. Patient Handbook will explain what you have,tests you you really need and support care and where to find it.
 There's more publication's but these three are what you will need after the doctor's tell you,you have Myeloma.

 I found another publication from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that has very good info, it helps with understanding all aspects of Myeloma.
Ed K

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Re: I'm not much for asking for help.
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2016, 07:41:53 pm »
My gosh...   

Prayers sent.   Your post makes me ashamed at some of the stuff I get upset and depressed about.   

Also...  not to try to be rah rah or Mr. false hope and with the full disclosure that I don't know anything much about doctoring I know a few people (including my dad currently who just drove my log truck for me 2 days ago) that have gone way, way, way past the supposed expiration date on cancer diagnosis.  Its also much lower stakes but a few years back I when I had back surgery I was told (in quite exact words) that I was screwed and my discs would never heal and that I was probably all done logging but they healed.   And I'm still chopping away. 

Hang in there.   

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Re: I'm not much for asking for help.
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2016, 07:42:35 pm »
That is a good run of bad luck...sorry to hear, will pray for you.  Thought I'd mention it, there's some 6 or 10 questions you're supposed to ask your doctor before you do chemotherapy.  I just watched some documentary on how it doesn't work like 94% of the time, and the doctors just put you on it because they make alot of $ on it.  I would do some research.  My mother had cancer and she didn't do chemo and ended up beating it with the prescribed pills.  Chemo could be a big hassle just to make a doctor richer.  Do some research.  My 2 cents.  Will pray, hope you beat it.  I think a positive attitude goes a long way with it, don't let it get you down.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2016, 07:49:54 pm »
Thoughts and Prayers sent . A good attitude can really help the body heal.
We have a lot of good boys and girls in harms way
lets all support them and their familys.

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2016, 08:10:44 pm »
Thoughts and prayers from the eastern side of MA for you Ed. hang in there and as said keep up good thoughts about kicking it's butt.

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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2016, 08:15:38 pm »
I am glad you told us - it must have been hard to do. Words mean so little but you have my prayers.

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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2016, 08:16:28 pm »
 I'm sorry to hear your having trouble, and hope / pray for your recovery.

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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2016, 08:26:31 pm »
  Our prayers go out to you from SW Vermont. Ed, I have been a long time reader of your posts, and have come to respect your work and attitude toward life. Keep positive about the outlook, and don't forget you have the support of your family and the extended family here on the Forestry Forum. Make it known if any of us members can help you or your family in any way. May GOD's love reach down to you and bring you peace.
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2016, 08:36:18 pm »
Were here for you Ed,
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2016, 08:41:32 pm »
Please continue to talk and share.  Thoughts and prayers for you Ed.

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« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2016, 08:50:03 pm »
Wow, you have been through a lot this year.   All the best to you  Ed.
Make sure you know how to fall properly when you fall and as to not hurt anyone around you.
Also remember, it's not the fall what hurts, its the sudden stop. !!

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« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2016, 08:54:36 pm »
I'm pulling for you Ed. Prayer's from my family coming your way.
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« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2016, 09:04:13 pm »
so sorry to hear  and yes we are hear for you

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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2016, 09:04:55 pm »
Very sorry to hear of such a trying year.
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2016, 09:23:24 pm »
I like your posts and the way you cut wood. Sorry to hear of your problems. I sure don't have the words to help. But I know I will be thinking of you. You live your life the way you should and then get dealt a bad hand.   :(
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« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2016, 09:26:46 pm »
Prayers being sent up from Michigan.

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My prayers go out to you and your family.
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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2016, 09:40:19 pm »
Praying for you!! My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer back in November...28 yrs old. She has not done chemo and is doing the dr Schulze incurable program. She is winning! Drs told her she would be dead 6 months ago If she didn't get chemo. God can answer prayer!

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« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2016, 09:50:54 pm »
 Ed, so sorry for your tough times. I lost a son too, so I can understand what a kick in the gut that is. Now, dealing with everything else, well, that's just really rough. Prayers are flowing your way, hope your fortunes improve.
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« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2016, 10:20:22 pm »
Bad year indeed! To be honest I lack the right words if there are any. May the force be with you.
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