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Old 10-13-19, 01:11 PM
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Cancer

Last week, I felt tired and a little off my game. I went to the doc and got flu meds but before I left, the doctor ordered Blood work. I thought nothing of it. The next day (At work) my wife calls in panic mode. "Get to the ER now" she told me "What? I'm not sick". It seems that most of the numbers for Kidneys were super low. At the hospital, the ER doc said to me, "You have Blood Cancer". What a shock!! I eat right and workout but the Cancer can mask itself as almost any problem. We think they got it time. Monday is all day Kemo. So I'm off the bike for who knows how long. All I ask is for prayer for this long war with Cancer that stands before me.
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Old 10-13-19, 01:40 PM
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Oh that’s terrible news - so sorry to hear that.

You have my prayers for a full recovery, for strength during the treatment and support for you and your family at this difficult time.
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Old 10-13-19, 02:31 PM
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Sounds like you lucked out. You're starting out fit and healthy, you have an alert doctor, and they seem to have caught it in time. I hope you beat this cancer's ass fast!

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Old 10-13-19, 03:00 PM
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Good luck my nephew has that and doing very well on meds keep the faith
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Old 10-13-19, 04:09 PM
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All the best. My wife beat it almost 30 years ago.
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Old 10-13-19, 04:49 PM
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Old 10-13-19, 05:16 PM
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All the best to you and your wife. Keep us posted.
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Old 10-13-19, 05:28 PM
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Wow, that has progressed quickly from initial test to treatment.

Many blood cancers (Lukemia, lymphoma, etc) have good long-term prognosis.

We all wish you the best.
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Old 10-13-19, 05:49 PM
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Wishing you strength, health and good progress.
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Old 10-13-19, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Kid View Post
So I'm off the bike for who knows how long.
You know, if cycling is important to you, then you might talk to your oncologist about bicycling and perhaps tricycling. Or exercycling.


Don't give up on fitness and exercise.
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Old 10-13-19, 09:20 PM
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Sorry to hear that. All the best to you!
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Old 10-13-19, 09:24 PM
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Sending you positive vibes and prayers. You can do this!
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Old 10-13-19, 09:33 PM
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God Bless You
My prayers that you will recover and be cancer free soon.
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Old 10-14-19, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Kid View Post
All I ask is for prayer for this long war with Cancer that stands before me.
will do
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Old 10-14-19, 06:45 AM
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All I ask is for prayer for this long war with Cancer that stands before me.
You got it. Also what @Korina said, you are starting out fit and healthy, and that does count for something.
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Old 10-14-19, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Kid View Post
Last week, I felt tired and a little off my game. I went to the doc and got flu meds but before I left, the doctor ordered Blood work. I thought nothing of it. The next day (At work) my wife calls in panic mode. "Get to the ER now" she told me "What? I'm not sick". It seems that most of the numbers for Kidneys were super low. At the hospital, the ER doc said to me, "You have Blood Cancer". What a shock!! I eat right and workout but the Cancer can mask itself as almost any problem. We think they got it time. Monday is all day Kemo. So I'm off the bike for who knows how long. All I ask is for prayer for this long war with Cancer that stands before me.
If I may point out the upside here...

Your attitude is awesome!

You just got diagnosed with cancer. And you aren't acting scared. You aren't acting angry at the universe. You are acting pissed off that you have to take a break from bike riding, as though you know it's just a time limited break and you'll be back on the pedals eventually.

I think that's awesome!

Yeah....cancer sucks. Chemo sucks. And being unable to ride a bike sucks.

But you sound like you've already made up your mind that you're going to beat it and get back on the bike, you just don't know when. And that is pretty badass!

Get better. The roads will still be here when you're cancer free....which will be sooner than you think!

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Old 10-14-19, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
If I may point out the upside here...

Your attitude is awesome!

You just got diagnosed with cancer. And you aren't acting scared. You aren't acting angry. You are acting pissed off that you have to take a break from bike riding, as though you know it's just a time limited break and you'll be back on the pedals eventually.

I think that's awesome!

Yeah....cancer sucks. Chemo sucks. And being unable to ride a bike sucks.

But you sound like you've already made up your mind that you're going to beat it and get back on the bike, you just don't know when. And that is pretty badass!

Get better. The roads will still be here when you're cancer free....which will be sooner than you think!
+1

My little sister is in the process of beating breast cancer.

You've got a big battle ahead of you, and it will suck. You can beat this though.

Prayer sent.
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Old 10-16-19, 09:36 AM
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Old 10-16-19, 10:57 AM
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1. think of this as a serious course of study that you didn't sign up for, but have to take. the only question you must keep asking your team is "how do I get an A in this class..?" docs, nurses, even the front desk person.
2. make sure you have the best medical care you can possibly get. just because someone helped you first does not mean that they are necessarily your first choice. it does matter.
3. Dr. Internet is not your friend. Just. Don't. Go. There. the internet is skewed and biased and the search algos will show you the worst of it.
4. your medical team should dictate your 'ancillary' activities. if they say exercise, do - if they say don't, then don't. your energy reserves may be needed for unseen battles in your system. when the fatigue comes, it hits really hard.
5. ask them about everything. MSK wouldn't let me drink green tea at the time. Seems latest research then showed that the benefits of green tea also benefited cancer cells. always ask.
6. chemo starts out "not so bad'. doesn't stay that way for most types. be ready.
7. start the conversation at work now, not later.
8. if you know any distant connection with direct experience with your type of cancer, get in touch now. they'll have suggestions and perspective you can't get elsewhere (you're either in the club, or you're not).
9. the chances of getting some type of cancer in one's lifetime is over 39% (ACS, retrieved Oct.2019). your number came up, don't think more about it. look forward, not backward.
10. just think... in 12 years, you'll be typing in some forum somewhere just like me, talking to someone just like you.
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Jesus. Glad you caught it. Fight!
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Old 10-16-19, 08:27 PM
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That's bad news, but at least you know and are getting treated. Get well soon!
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Old 10-17-19, 11:49 AM
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That's terrible!

Scary coincidence, I just heard today the same about a guy from my work -- went to the doctor with flu symptoms and found out he has leukemia
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I'll be praying for you.
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My oldest daughter was diagnosed at 32 with a rare form of breast cancer.

She prepared to fight it like a prize fighter or a gladiatot going into battle.

She researched allthe medical issues and even fired one team of doctors when their plan did not match her research (yes, she is THAT bright and could easily gone to med school, except it was too boring).

Not wanting to lose her thick mane of dark, curly hair, she found out about these:

https://www.breastcancer.org/tips/ha...ails/cold-caps

She kept her hair.

Her cancer is in remission and although she knows that it could always come back, she lives a full life.

Not everyone will have the same success, but cancer is no longer the death sentence it once was.

There is hope.

Good luck to you.
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Not everyone will have the same success, but cancer is no longer the death sentence it once was.

There is hope.

Good luck to you.
I ditto this and would like to add, “if there is breath there is hope”! This goes out to the OP who started this thread and had the unfortunate words (nobody wants to hear) “you have cancer”. My mother had those words told to her 3+ years ago when she was diagnosed with stage 4 small cell lung cancer, it not only changed her life but also changed my life and the lifestyle I lead now. I realized I don’t want to get cancer and then figure out how to get rid of it, I wanted to do as much as I could to never get it! in a nutshell diet and exercise (to me) are two of the biggest things I can suggest to start to help yourself. My education started when I googled alternatives to chemotherapy and learning of other alternatives/choices to standard cancer treatments.

A suggestion would be to educate yourself on the type of cancer you have and the different options you have. My mother did a few (3?, 4?) different types of chemo treatments (despite my feelings about this) none of which helped her. The last chemo treatment was new, it was devastating to her, she said no more. 3 weeks later her hair fell out, now she wears a wig. She is doing fairly well @ 83 without any treatment since January. I honesty believe she would be doing just as well (probaly better) had she never went through it. Total bills over $600,000, fortunately she has good insurance. Coincidence? If you know what I mean .

OP, if you like PM me and I will do my best to help pass on my education and things I have learned to let you know there is hope and I wish you the best in a full recovery!
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