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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #140 on: October 15, 2016, 04:45:17 pm »
Excellent !
We have a lot of good boys and girls in harms way
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #141 on: November 07, 2016, 01:53:09 pm »
Any updates Ed?
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #142 on: November 08, 2016, 10:58:53 am »
 I started cycle 2, days 1 and 2 last week, it's supposed to be a milder drug than the first one. I get one type of drug on Thur. and Fri. and they have a pill that I take along with the treatment, the pill goes for 21 days then I get a week off and start over this week will be cycle 2, days 8 and 9. This cycle seems to make me a lot shakier and tired so I'm taking a anxiety pill to calm that down. I've lost a lot of feeling in my fingers,so it's hard to pick things up. At the end of the month I go back to Dartmouth Hitchcock to talk to the cancer specialist. They will look over the test's and decide how much more of this drug I need to take or stop. If they decide to stop they will start taking good blood cells out and grow them. Then they will do a powerfull kemo that kills all the rest of the bad cells and put the new-good cells back. After that I don't know what's next.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #143 on: November 08, 2016, 01:48:56 pm »
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers ed, not much to say except hang in there!
only have a few chain saws I'm not suppose to use, but will at times, one dog Dolly, pretty good dog, just not sure what for yet,  working on getting the gardening back in order, and kinda thinking on maybe a small bbq bizz,  thinking about it,

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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #144 on: November 12, 2016, 05:06:05 am »
Your in our thought and prays too.Hope you Get well soon!
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #145 on: November 18, 2016, 04:31:57 pm »
Yesterday I went to do week 3 of the new chemo and they informed us that the blood platelets are to low and said I'd have to wait till the platelets grow some more good ones. So now I have to wait till Dec 1st to get going again. This happened when I first started way back when they tried the heavier chemo back in Jul, at least I got thru 2 weeks before the the chemo got to be to much. The numbers for good platelets run from 150 to 460, the doctor ok's it as long as it's at least 50 this weeks blood test came back at 34. The chemo really can take a toll on the body. I need to rest more but have a hard time doing so, I rather be doing something to keep my mind off all that's happening to me.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #146 on: November 18, 2016, 08:56:42 pm »
Thanks for the update. I was hoping for better news. I think of you as I go about my day. My Father had that dreaded C word too.  :( Not many familes can get by without it.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #147 on: November 25, 2016, 07:39:20 pm »
So Sorry. My post was meant for the standing in need of prayer thread.

You are on our families prayer list, Ed! 
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« Reply #148 on: November 25, 2016, 08:18:47 pm »
Life will be hard for all some of the time.  My uncle just had a biopsy and will know more around wends.  He had been operated on and had chemo a few years ago and this is hard news.  Bandmill, my dad has early alzhiemers and is much younger then your mother.  You have a prayer from me. You still do also ed.

I never know what to say except to point out that muddling through is usually what is forced on people and knowing that even in the worst of times something will happen that will usually make you glad you at least got to see it or feel it or know it.  Those times might be spred out more then they should be for some and not given out to all equally but usually everybody that is breathing will still get a chance to experiance a blessing.  I am not trying to say this in a talk down manner from someone who is not in the know as I am not walking in your shoes but more as a core beliefe that I have and trying to get others to watch for such times.  I am not very tough and hope that I have the courage to remember this in my hour of need.  I am not telling you I will but do believe it in my soul now that some blessing will come that you will be glad you made it through the pain to see.

As always, I hope my post are never hurtfull in any way.
Wishing bandmill and Edd only the best.
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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #149 on: November 26, 2016, 10:14:53 am »
 I pray for each of us also, night prayers some times are hard to finish as the night time pills catch up with me. But I do believe they help all of us.
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« Reply #150 on: December 01, 2016, 09:50:56 am »
Yesterday we went to Dartmouth for a 2nd visit with the doctor who will be in charge of my stem cell transplant procedure. He went thru all the pros and cons of having this done, and kinda put me at ease with it. First thing they want to see is finishing this type of chemo treatment I'm doing now. I need to finish at least 4 sessions, I made it thru 2 and was supposed to start #3 today. When we got home last night there was a message that the blood test I did early yesterday morning showed a too low white blood cell and want to postpone another week. I've already had 2 1/2 weeks off and thought everything would be ok. We call this morning to ask why and they decided to try a blood test again this morning, so I'm hoping a day helped. It just seems that I get set back to much, I know it all to do with the body but it's hard to feel like this will go for ever. The specialist wants to harvest the stem cell as soon as possible, which I like. Once I get the chemo therapy over then the specialist will do the transplant of stem cells. It sounded scary of what and how this is done, but by the time we finished I was ok with it and want to get it done and over so I can be close to where I was before getting this cancer. I have decided to put in for social security and retire from full time logging, this depresses me but I'll still try to find a few small cordwood jobs to keep me busy. I'll also have the sawmill to make some lumber for projects and a small wood shop. The 10 acre maple orchard will get more attention also.

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Re: My cancer journey
« Reply #151 on: December 01, 2016, 10:05:19 am »
Keep up the positive thoughts Ed. The body is a complex thing, all in time. Gene

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« Reply #152 on: December 01, 2016, 06:08:47 pm »
 My blood test this morning turned out to only be .1% higher,but it was good enough that I could start my 3rd cycle. I know that they can only go as fast as my body can take, I can get impatient when things don't move along as fast as I think they should. At this point in my life I'm going to have to learn to slow down, which won't be easy as I've always been on the go.
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« Reply #153 on: December 01, 2016, 06:12:23 pm »
Get your SS benefits and sit back and enjoy life!!!
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« Reply #154 on: December 01, 2016, 07:29:51 pm »
My prayers are still with you Ed it takes alot of strength to keep a positive attatude. Hang in there and stay strong.
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« Reply #155 on: December 02, 2016, 08:13:00 am »
 Thanks cfarm and Autocar,
 I did sign up for ss benefits as I worried that one income won't be enough, used a lot of the 401 as a, "repair iron account"  :) . I have a friend who has the same cancer diagnosis, he has been fighting it for 3 yrs now. So I worry as Rita's insurance premiums keep rising I won't be able to pay that and help with house money. My part was to pay the taxes,repairs and extra propane when we needed it. So hopefully ss will keep us ahead and building things in the work shop will be the extra for going out to eat or presents that we never did much cause I needed to get this job done and on to the next. The worst was never spending much time with my sons when they were young.
 The young logger's and trucker's need to be reminded of this,it's not a good experience.
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« Reply #156 on: December 02, 2016, 10:48:52 am »
Edd
Most parents have those same feelings about their kids.  If you have kids when you are younger, you sorta have no choice but to pursue your work pretty hard if you want to provide.  The good thing is that most children remember it differrent then you remember it and really love you for it and also form their work ethic from you.  I believe this is why god invented grand children.  By then you are a little more patient and not quite as wrapped up in to making it in the world.
Regretts can be a waste of time unless they help you improve something that is going on currently.
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« Reply #157 on: December 08, 2016, 01:37:56 pm »
gww:  well said and true

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« Reply #158 on: December 08, 2016, 09:21:40 pm »
Hang in there Ed. I'm still pulling and praying for you and I know you can pull thru this one.

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« Reply #159 on: December 09, 2016, 06:54:12 pm »
 If I can get thru this cycle 3, it'll be the first time we made a whole cycle. Yesterday and today made cycle 3 day 3 and 4. A cycle is 6 days of treatment then a week off. Once I make 6 cycles the specialist thinks I'll be low enough on bad blood cell in the bone marrow to harvest the good stem cells. This part I'm not to worried about, but then they will put me in the hospital for 2 weeks and give me a massive dose of chemo drugs to kill off all the rest of the cells in the bone marrow, then they put the harvested cells back in and they will jump start new good blood cells to grow in the bone marrow, this is the part that really scares me. I thought I'd be stuck in a bed for the 2 weeks but they said no that I would be getting out of bed every day and walk around for a mile walk. This I liked as I have to be moving or I'd go nuts.
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