The Battle With Cancer Begins


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I remember when TripleHelix and I joined this forum there were only a few members. It sure has grown within a year. During the end of last year TH and I communicated by PM’s about my health problem. The beginning of last year my white blood count was elevated. Another blood test was done near the end of the year and it was still elevated. I had a bone marrow biopsy done and on October 26 I was diagnosed to have Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.  The cancer is in the early stage and as of now I don’t need Chemotherapy. I have found the hardest part after going through the initial shock of getting this bad news is telling family members and friends that you have it. I still haven’t told my sister because she has gone through enough last year with her husband passing away after 50 years of marriage. The reason for posting this is because I believe some members have seen a slow down with my activity on the forum. Just wanted to let you know Webroot is the Best and I’ll be here for the long haul. Some days are good and some not so good (feeling fatigue like having the flu). I just have to learn to cope with it. To bring some humor to this bad news, I drove for Schneider National Trucking for 16 years and got sick of looking at their Orange Trucks. Guess what the awareness ribbon color is for Leukemia: ORANGE!
 
Cheers,
 
Dave.

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Hello ProTruckDriver!
 
That is wonderful news about Colleen being cancer free for 2 years. You really did have an awfully painful September with those medical issues. That CT Scan with contrast is nasty for alot of people and especially when you have cancer. It must react like a poison in your system. My Mother has cancer and she refuses to have that done for many reasons....
 
I wish there was a cure coming for Leukemia. I lost a girlfriend when I was 16 and it's really can be a touch and go disease. I am happy to hear you are sustaining and holding on with this type of Cancer.
 
Thank you for updating all of us here Dave!;)
 
 
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@ProTruckDriver wrote:
I haven't updated this thread in over a year, so here's a little update for my many friends on the forum. Colleen and I are still here kicking. LOL. Colleen has been cancer free now for 2 years and I hope many more years to come. As for me with the Leukemia my blood work has been stable. Hopefully they will find a cure of this type of cancer (CLL). This last September was a bad month for me with two trips to the Emergency Room. One at the beginning of the month for very bad abdominal pain, which the found to be coming from my back (spinal stenosis) and at the end of the month for a very bad leg infection from the knee to the toes. To top it off I had a CT Scan with contrast and had very bad side effects from the contrast for two days. To sum it up we both are doing pretty good with all the medical things that are wrong with us. Thanks for your support Webroot Members. :D

I'm so sorry to hear that, Dave. I'm glad that Colleen is 2 years cancer free and that you're both hanging in there and doing pretty well despite everything that you've gone through together! 
 
Thanks for keeping us all up to date with the latest. We've got your back. 
 
 
 
 

This. Keep ON TRUCKIN!!!!!
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@ProTruckDriver wrote:
I haven't updated this thread in over a year, so here's a little update for my many friends on the forum. Colleen and I are still here kicking. LOL. Colleen has been cancer free now for 2 years and I hope many more years to come. As for me with the Leukemia my blood work has been stable. Hopefully they will find a cure of this type of cancer (CLL). This last September was a bad month for me with two trips to the Emergency Room. One at the beginning of the month for very bad abdominal pain, which the found to be coming from my back (spinal stenosis) and at the end of the month for a very bad leg infection from the knee to the toes. To top it off I had a CT Scan with contrast and had very bad side effects from the contrast for two days. To sum it up we both are doing pretty good with all the medical things that are wrong with us. Thanks for your support Webroot Members. :D

I'm so sorry to hear that, Dave. I'm glad that Colleen is 2 years cancer free and that you're both hanging in there and doing pretty well despite everything that you've gone through together! 
 
Thanks for keeping us all up to date with the latest. We've got your back. 
 
 
 
 
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I haven't updated this thread in over a year, so here's a little update for my many friends on the forum. Colleen and I are still here kicking. LOL. Colleen has been cancer free now for 2 years and I hope many more years to come. As for me with the Leukemia my blood work has been stable. Hopefully they will find a cure of this type of cancer (CLL). This last September was a bad month for me with two trips to the Emergency Room. One at the beginning of the month for very bad abdominal pain, which the found to be coming from my back (spinal stenosis) and at the end of the month for a very bad leg infection from the knee to the toes. To top it off I had a CT Scan with contrast and had very bad side effects from the contrast for two days. To sum it up we both are doing pretty good with all the medical things that are wrong with us. Thanks for your support Webroot Members. :D
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@ProTruckDriver  I am  terribly sorry to hear that you and your wife have been confronted wirh this terrible disease. but it is good to read that both of  you are going into the right direction! I cenceraly hope that 2017 will be a marvelous year for the both of you! 
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That is good news @ProTruckDriver, I am not going to tempt fate in here and start jumping for joy though LOL you have had a rough enough time as it is without me making it worse for you. However with tests once a year now it is a really good sign and I hope at some point they will be able to give you the all clear.
I wish you and your good wife Colleen have a very Happy New Year with a massive upturn in the health of you both.
 
 
Well BD our weather is supposed to turn colder next week so we may start getting the stuff that you lot are sending in this direction.
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Happy New Year, Dave
 
At last some further heartening news for you...which is great to hear about.
 
As you say, may 2017 be a better year for you and Colleen.
 
All the best, Baldrick
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Great news @ProTruckDriver ! 
Best wishes! May you and your family be healthy and happy!
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Hi Webrooters,
Today I had my 6 month appointment with my Oncologist for blood work. We talked things over for about an hour since I had a few questions for him. He stated it's been 4 years now since I was diagnosed with Leukemia. The first few years with blood tests every 3 months and the last 2 years blood tests ever 6 months. He said that my blood tests are steady. I was excited to hear him say "Blood test once a year now" 😃 Although he did say any signs of any type of infections to notify him immediately. Looks like 2017 is going to be a great year for us. Thanks Webroot Members for your Support. 😉

I just saw this, Dave. This IS great news. Glad to hear that you'll be around for many moons to come. 🙂 Hope everything is going well with Colleen, too. You both take care of each other and stay positive. You know that all of us here are wishing you both only the best.
 
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Hello @ProTruckDriver
 
Dave, great news to hear the results of your doctors appointment.  I am very glad for YOU and Colleen.  I wish you and Colleen the best!   Keep truckin.......
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@ProTruckDriver not great news but Awesome news my firend may you have a great year!
 
Cheers,
 
Daniel 😉
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Great news Dave! I am estatic for you! I'd hate to hear anything other then positive news. You are one of the top Webrooters here with the greatest and fun personality. And besides I need an Apple/Mac fan on here with me. LOL
 
 
Thank you for keeping us updated. Much appreciated! 😃
 
 
 
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Hi Webrooters,
Today I had my 6 month appointment with my Oncologist for blood work. We talked things over for about an hour since I had a few questions for him. He stated it's been 4 years now since I was diagnosed with Leukemia. The first few years with blood tests every 3 months and the last 2 years blood tests ever 6 months. He said that my blood tests are steady. I was excited to hear him say "Blood test once a year now" 😃 Although he did say any signs of any type of infections to notify him immediately. Looks like 2017 is going to be a great year for us. Thanks Webroot Members for your Support. 😉
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Hi Dave that's great news! You and Collen have been though allot and we wish both of you the best of health in the coming years and stay on top of things as you have been doing!
 
Cheers,
 
Daniel 😉
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Hi Dave,
 
Thanks for the update. That is great news to hear. I hope the both of you get your strength back soon and you can both enjoy the Holidays. Cancer-free sounds like the best present one could get. I will be sending warm and positive thoughts and prayers your way. Both of you take it easy and get well soon.
 
BD
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Hi Dave
 
That is most excellent news indeed...let us hope that the same will be true of you soon. All the best to you both...and keep up with the positive attitude. We are all thinking of you both...and willing that things go the right way all round.
 
Wishing you both ease of being
 
Baldrick
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Thank you for the update Dave and the wonderful news that Colleen's cancer is gone and no chemo is needed. 6% is a low figure and I hope and pray that as time goes by she escapes its return however it is good to see the strength that you are getting from each other.
 
Best wishes to you both
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Hi @ProTruckDriver  Dave,  I was happy to hear that your wife is cancer free.  I am so sorry that your wife has to go through the side effect of fatigue; I know what that is like.     Dave, I hope your doing well also.    I will pray that your wife regains her strength and that you stay strong for her. 
 
May God Bless You Both
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Hi Dave!
 
Thank you so much for that update. It's great to hear Colleen does not have cancer anymore and hopefully it never comes back.
 
God bless her for going through all that treatment and I hope the weeks go fast for her. That's got to be tuff for you and Colleen traveling back and forth 5 days a week. At least you have eachother...
 
Take care,
 
 
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Hello Webrooters. I like to give you an update on Colleen's condition. First, it's been a long few months for both of us. Seeing Doctors and all types of tests Colleen had to have. After the Mammogram she had to see the Cardiologist, get a MRI, then have surgery. They only removed the small lump and tissues around it, also 3 lymph nodes were removed to see if the cancer spread. We were notified in a few days that the lymph nodes were "negative" for cancer. We were notified that she would have to get Radiation Treatments. We had a choice, by the large machine one treatment a day, 5 days a week for 6 weeks or have a Catheter put into the breast for 2 treatments a day for 5 days. We chose the catheter because of less side effects. The only side effect she has is fatigue and the Doctor said that the fatigue will last about 6 weeks. She is handling it pretty good so far, got about 1 or 2 more weeks to go. We were still worried about if she would need Chemotherapy Treatments. A visit to her Oncologist and the answer was No Chemotherapy. Cancer is gone. There is a 6% chance it could come back. If the lump would have been 1/16 inch larger than she would have to get Chemo. So as you can see we had a very busy few months especially while she was having Radiation Treatments. She had to get them at the Virginia Beach Hospital. That was a trip from home to the hospital of 25 miles twice a day. So we traveled 100 - 125 miles a day. Thanks Webrooters for your support. 😃
 
 
 
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I am so sorry to hear your news Dave.
I am glad it has been caught early though, it will give her a better chance in her fight.
Please pass on my best wishes to Colleen.
This must have been a massive blow you Dave, having been fighting it yourself as well but I know you will stay strong for her, but please understand that we are all hear for you if you should need anything.
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This is desperately sad news, Dave...but as you say, hopefully catching it at an early stage improves the prognosis. Of course thoughts and prayers are with you both as you face this new 'challenge' together. 
 
If there is anything that we can do to help then let us know.
 
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Very sorry to hear this, Dave. But it's good they caught it early. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your wife. My mother-in-law, who's 76, was diagnosed 4 years ago with breast cancer. Hers was also caught early and she's been doing very well after surgery to remove her breast. They've made and are making great strides in the medical community when it comes to diagnosing and treating Cancer. Having dealt with Cancer in my own family, not only my mother-in-law, but both of my parents,  various uncles, cousins, etc. I know that it is never easy and can be very overwhelming. Stay positive and know that all of us here will be pulling for you both.
 
Jon
 
 
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I am so sorry to hear this Dave. I'm really glad that she caught it early - I think there is a lot of hope when you catch it in the early stages, so good for her for being proactive about it. We're all sending you our thoughts and prayers!
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Hi Dave 
 
My heart goes out to you and Colleen I always say why do the best people have to suffer with this disease. I'm praying for Colleenergy that this is in the early stage
 Also praying you both have strength and endurance during all this . 
 
Again sorry to hear this my friend 
 

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