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Pete:

You inspire me.

Hang in there.

---TConrad

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Thanks, TC but it's Boomer
that does the inspiring.

Idea

I do appreciate it, of course.

Regards,


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131203

Well, back from the surgeon
and his words:

"You look great!"

The truth is that I feel great.
These last few days, especially,
I have been able to sit and for
the first time, with minimal
pain. It is almost like an itch
rather than a pain.

The only thing that is left is
a small opening in the wound
and from which very little
fluid is coming out of. He
was talking like I was going
to be onto the next thing
next week! Sheesh. He said
it would be 8-weeks and it
has all unfolded as he pre-
dicted. After a thousand of
these, you get good at it.

Anyways, I am doing every-
thing, except playing the
drums, where I have to sit
and vary weight, down there,
pushing hard and I am not
quite there, yet BUT I expect
that I will be at them, soon.

rendeer 

Everything forward. Stepping
on the gas.

Again, thanks to all, who have
supported me. I have been
blessed. There is no doubt.

Regards,


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Admin (Pete) wrote:131203

Well, back from the surgeon
and his words:

"You look great!"

The truth is that I feel great.
These last few days, especially,
I have been able to sit and for
the first time, with minimal
pain. It is almost like an itch
rather than a pain.

The only thing that is left is
a small opening in the wound
and from which very little
fluid is coming out of. He
was talking like I was going
to be onto the next thing
next week! Sheesh. He said
it would be 8-weeks and it
has all unfolded as he pre-
dicted. After a thousand of
these, you get good at it.

Anyways, I am doing every-
thing, except playing the
drums, where I have to sit
and vary weight, down there,
pushing hard and I am not
quite there, yet BUT I expect
that I will be at them, soon.

rendeer 

Everything forward. Stepping
on the gas.

Again, thanks to all, who have
supported me. I have been
blessed. There is no doubt.

Regards,
---------------------------------------------

It was you that blessed us.

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Thank you, kindly.

He's let me celebrate my
coming out:


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Pete

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In bed, with the flu, for the last
few days. No trip to the surgeon.
That will be next week. I anticipate
the wound being totally closed. It
is almost there. I can sit lightly
on a comfortable chair. I just can't
shift weight and push/kick yet.

Boomer: You let me know if and
when you skip into town. I plan on
being better soon.

Regards,


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131217

Well, visited surgeon: today.

The wound has closed.  It is
official.  The long Phase One
is done.  I am doing every-
thing I did before.  Call it
95%.  He likes the look.  I
am working, driving, playing
the drums etc.  It feels good.

Look! No bandages, Mom!!

 geek 

Next, will be the oncology,
which will only include rad-
iation but I may wait until
the new year.  I will see.

Anyway, there is no need
to go on.  It's been quite
a ride to now.  

I missed last week's update
because I had a flash flu.
A couple of days and it was
gone.  I skipped the visit.

Thanks, again, for all the
support.

Regards,

P


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Great news, Pete. Just great news.

The season has held some extra blessings for you.

Keep marching.

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7 January 2014

Today, the next phase begins, with a
trip to the oncologist and the discussion
about the radiation treatments.

Scan (local), Thursday. The area is
mapped for/by physicist and they study
it. Probably start the treatments next
week. It will be 6-weeks, 5 days a
week, each day taking about 15 min.

It will take a 30% recurrence probability
down to 10%. I have to do that trade.
I will have a little more hardening of
the wound and that area and it might
be tanned and reddened but there
should not be any real impediments
as a result of the treatment.

He liked my range of motion and
did say that the lateral muscle was
going to take some time in healing.

There it is. We begin, again.

Regards,


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Hang In there Pete
I hope you can have headphones on
with some music.


Keep on Keepin' On Pete



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Colin.

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Good Luck Pete. Smile 

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Thanks, Boomer. Let me know if
you get into town. Of course, with
the recent snow/cold, things have
been at a cripple, here. In fact, I
have my markings and in the ready
for next week's dry-run but last
night, my neighbor tried to pull over
to chat with me and got himself
stuck in a snowbank. Like an idiot,
I went to help. I got him out but
almost at the ultimate cost. After-
wards, I told everyone to restrain
me, if they must, in that situation.

The machine operates and to the
millimeter. Again, not something
you want to do unless you have to
but in my case, it will do the job
and it will be the right one.

Thanks, for your support. Say hi
to the gang for me.

Regards,


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140116

Have started the radiation treat-
ments and today is Day #2.

I saw the doctor afterwards and we
looked at the pictures. A deeper
margin was suggested that just
touched the femur but on the side
of it and not its body. It has to do
with the size of the cavity left after
the tumor was removed. It was
particularly aggressive and so he
wants to have added assurance.
We are going with it.

The lines look good. The therapy
went uneventfully, like yesterday.
During this next 6 weeks, I have
to relax in my expectation for
muscle development. Everything
will be slower and I have to be
OK with that. I have to do what
I can do and not do what I can't
but he feels very positive and
sees it fortunate for me how all
has/is transpired/ing.

At home, I am doing what I can
to move towards healing and a
future normalcy.

I thank you for your continued
support, which I appreciate.

Regards,


P


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I think you know that one factor in this recovery is your age so, it takes a bit more time to heal but, I have no doubt that you are set to be alright. Stay on track, Pete.

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Keep hangin, Pete... You're on your way there, buddy!

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140207

Ok. It has been a while and I
am through the midpoint of the
radiation treatments.

Keeping in mind that this is an
invader (the radiation), it is an
expectation that we will not see
any recovery in the muscle that
was incised. The purpose of the
radiation is to kill cancer cells.
That was/is the goal. That is
what we are doing. Now: while
that is the case, my immune
system is being assaulted and
this is a drain. It was expected.

I am tired and it will get worse
before it gets better. I need to
sleep more. I need to rest more.
It has become clear. The muscle
needs to heal AFTER the radiation
is done. I just have to get through.

Still, while all this is happening, I
am taking supplements and doing
what I can for my general health
and I will keep on that track.

I will feel more and more drained
during the remaining treatments
but when they are done AND THEY
WILL BE DONE, I will be on the
road to the real recovery and I am
looking forward to that.

A day at a time.

Thanks, everyone, for your support.

Love, P


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Stay strong Pete!I still pray for you!Peace Stef.

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Yes Pete
thanks for the Update.

Its harder than it sounds, i bet.


Stay Strong



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140219

Sorry I have not reported of late.
Of course, I would would like to tell
you of something different but there
is nothing for me to tell.

I have 8 treatments left and while I
can look forward to the end, I am
feeling as worn down. It is something
that was expected. No surprises. It
is cumulative and also continues to
suppress any recovery in the muscle
that was cut. Again, this was an
expected thing. There is more of
the stiffening that they talked of
and well, there it is. It seems likely
that I will have physical therapy to
do afterwards. There will be the
customary follow-ups etc.

I will persist to the end and let you
know how it goes.

Just eight more.

Regards,

P


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I have a long-time friend undergoing treatment for the third or fourth time in his life (he's in his 60s). He is terribly drained and feeling lifeless. He's a fighter. But he could certainly relate to you. Like you say, one day at a time, however slowly they may seem to drag by. My friend doesn't drum, but he has played soccer right up until this came up again.

Keep up with anything that will keep your immune system fortified. Yes, very important.

Hang in there, Pete.

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140303

Well, today was my last day of
the elected radiation therapy.  
It was easy: the process, but it
was so much harder saying
goodbye to the team that had
worked together to help me
through it all.

It's funny how life takes you
places that you do want to go
and there, you find yourself
glad that you went.

They applauded as I exited the
room and I fell into tears.  I
had no words.  I hugged and
cried with each one of them.

Now, the next chapter begins
and here is the view:  I am to
see the surgeon again and he
will be looking at the wound
and chat with me about things.
We will wait 6-weeks and do
another MRI and C-Scan to
look and see.  There will likely
be physical therapy down the
road.  I think we'll be able to
see after this period of healing.

The muscle that was cut will
finally be getting its chance to
truly regenerate and recover.
Slowly but surely we will be
steering the ship north again.

I will be in touch.  Thanks for
all the support.

Love,


P


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We are with you Pete!Be strong and patient!Peace,Stef.

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My heart goes out to you, Pete! You may want to ask your team about using the supplement MSM as adjunct therapy. I'm far from expert, but the benefits may be numerous. I like the kind labeled OptiMSM as it's a pure form of organic sulfur made by distillation. Benefits of the sulfur include tissue repair, lowering inflammation and alkalizing blood (an important part of cancer treatment and prevention). Because I believe prevention is the same as treatment, I've been using it daily the past several months and very impressed. Email me if you want more info. From Palm Beach County With Love.

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140320

Well, saw surgeon and he basically
said that the wound looked great
but that we needed to see the first
post-radiation scans in 4-weeks.

I am basically as good as my scans.

I felt a lot of activity in the wound
area and especially the first 1.5
weeks post-radiation. The fact is
that I am going to feel lots of things
in the area. It still looks like I was
bitten by a shark and it will be like
that for a year or so, when it fills
in according to the surgeon.

I can walk normally. I can play
the drums for 20 or so minutes.
I can do most things for that time.
The muscle is slowly getting
stronger.

I will update you again when I have
something to report. Thanks for
all of your thoughts and prayers.

Love,

P


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Woof,

I added MSM to my supplements.

Many thanks.


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