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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You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.
I am a doctor myself... and modern medicine has so advanced that cancer is not a demon as it once were.
Trust the treatment, trust yourself.. be strong and drive along like those huge trucks you play with like toys!
Be cheerful, always listen to your fav music.
I read somewhere...
What Cancer Cannot Do – Cancer is so limited… It cannot cripple love, It cannot shatter hope, It cannot corrode faith, It cannot destroy peace, It cannot kill friendship, It cannot suppress memories, It cannot silence courage, It cannot invade the soul, It cannot steal eternal life, It cannot conquer the spirit.
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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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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 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!
 
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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We're pullin' for ya, ?!
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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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Thank you Daniel and all community members for your support. As most know that the healthcare in the United States is a mess. Some of our military benefits have been lost. Our family doctor does a blood test on my wife and I once a year that costs $2,000.00 each. This test tells everything and I mean everything that is going on in your body. We just had the last of this special blood test about 2 weeks ago from our family doctor because the military insurance (Government) is not covering it anymore. We are glad to know that the blood work for both of us is looking good, with the exception of me on some results with cancer which is to be expected.
I see my cancer doctor in November for blood work. I see him every 6 months now instead of every 3 months. My last visit was in May. The doctor said no change in the blood work. No change with CLL is excellent news. I'm learning to live with it. I feel good some days and other days not so good. My energy level has dropped, I don't know if that's the CLL or just getting old or maybe both. When I see the cancer doctor they take 4 tubes of blood every visit. This November he said they will do the full test again, about 18 - 22 tubes. My wife goes with me on that test so she can drive home.
Thank you again members for your Support. 😃
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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 I wearing Orange for you again this year as it's September I hope you are doing well and take care my friend!
 
Daniel 😉
 


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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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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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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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I am so sorry to hear that Dave! I really hope that you stay healthy this winter and that if anything does happen you get taken care of quickly. You've been doing such a great job of fighting this, and I know you can keep beating it despite the new challenges. You are awesome!
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Hello Webrooters. As you can see I have changed the title of this thread. Yes we are both battling cancer now. Colleen went in for a mammogram on the 12th of this month. Tests shown an abnormal lump. She went in for a biopsy early this week. Tested positive for cancer. She will be getting a MRI this Tuesday and we will see her Doctor on Wednesday to discuss what will be the next procedure. Her older and younger brothers are also battling cancer. There is nothing good about cancer, but it's good that we've have caught it in it's early stage, I hope. We'll find out after the MRI. Thank you Webrooters for your support all these years. I never thought I would have to change the title of this thread. 😞
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Hello Webrooters. Last week I went to my semiannual check up at my Oncologist. Not too good of news this time around. The blood work showed that I now have "Agammaglobulinemia" which is a condition of the blood, either congenital or acquired, in which there is near or complete absence of gamma globulin and a failure of the body to form antibodies, resulting in a frequent occurrence of infectious disease. So I guess the first time I get sick I'll be going into the hospital to get antibodies by IV which I hear takes all day. Hopefully I won't get sick, but I know I'll need the antibodies sooner or later. Other than that the rest of the blood work has not changed, which is good news.

Hi Dave sorry to hear about the added issue to your Health and hope you don't get sick and end up in the Hospital. But keep up your Spirits and we all are always thinking of you so take care of yourself and the family!
 
Let me tell the Community about us when the Community first opened almost 4 years ago! It was just Dave and I for the most part for the first year and was quite quiet so we Greeted new ones and helped them the best we could with the Webroot Staff like @MikeR @YegorP @akim and @Cat@ then we grew and we have so many helpers and it's nice and active now with many new Friends way to many to mention!@everyone
 
Take Care Buddy,
 
Daniel 😉
 
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So sorry to hear Dave about Collen please give her our best and thought's that they can control and put this into remission ASAP, you take care of yourself as well and again so sorry your family is dealing with such a nasty affliction.
 
Daniel 😞
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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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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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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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@ProTruckDriver wrote:
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.
 
BD
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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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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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