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Author: Subject: The Road Goes On Forever....as does the LOVE for some fella named Bobo

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 12:06 PM
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Let's hope Dr. Vogelstein (whew...that name's a little TOO close for comfort, huh?! ) can perfect this 'spore therapy' soon.




I don't get it........


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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 12:07 PM
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I like to think I have a pretty good sense of humor. It has helped me get through this. You want to joke with me?? Be my guest, but please, not in this Thread, OK?


The Cliff Notes..........

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 12:42 PM
The Doctor Visit went well yesterday, primarily because there is now a plan in place. This Disease is tough enough without living in Limbo.

The Plan, in brief, is this:

I will continue the current Chemotherapy beginning tomorrow for 2 cycles. I believe I now have a better understanding of how it will affect me and will be better prepared for it than I was last time. I'll get Treatments on 6/15 & 6/22. On the 29th, I get to rest. Then, 2 more treatments on 7/6 & 7/13 (did they really have to schedule my last treatment on Friday the 13th??? ) followed by a CT-Scan 10 days to 2 weeks later. If the drug is working, I'll continue. If not, forget the Rat Poison - I'll be right there with them getting the "stuff" they are getting. Of all of the research I have done, the 2 best Hospitals are Sloan Kettering in NYC & MD Anderson in Houston. I'm leaning toward TX because NYC is too big for me plus the cost of lodging is astronomical. I have friends in TX that I've never met that I'd like to see. Also, Anderson offers a more holistic approach to the disease (they are open to non-traditional treatment) as opposed to the "paint by the numbers" approach of most Hospitals and Doctors. And I can guarantee you that should you ever be seriously ill, that is the approach that you are going to get.

My Doc essentially "blew off" the 2 additional treatments that I mentioned to him - Radio Ablation Therapy ("microwaves" your tumor) and Stereotactic Body Therapy (a highly concentrated form of Radiation Therapy that attacks only the tumor(s) while sparing the vital organs nearby. That's OK with me - that's what I expected him to say. He's an Oncologist (Chemotherapy Doctor). It would be like going into a Chevy Dealer and the salesperson telling you that Chevys were crap and you should buy a Toyota instead - Sure!! I will simply consult with Doctors more qualified to offer an opinion. Do I really want a J-LO fan telling me about the ABB??? Herein lies a lesson worth repeating. ALWAYS seek a 2nd or 3rd opinion. Doctors are not "gods" (no matter what they think).

I'll end this on a hopeful note. It has been my experience that having this awful disease has awakened a 6th sense in me. You become very attuned with what is happening in, and to, your body - very difficult to explain but it's there. My 6th sense (gut feeling) is that this Chemo might be helping. My walking is much better and my pain level has been reduced. One can only hope - guess I'll find out on in late July.

As always, Thank You one and all.........................remember to show the ones you love that you love them because "Nobody Knows" how much time you, or they, have on this Earth.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 12:51 PM
good vibes oput to you my brother...

 

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glad you got a plan mister. and Friday the 13th is a good day for sometpeople! hopefully yours.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 01:00 PM
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I like to think I have a pretty good sense of humor. It has helped me get through this. You want to joke with me?? Be my guest, but please, not in this Thread, OK?


The Cliff Notes..........




I must have missed that post......


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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 01:02 PM
where is NTina?

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 01:07 PM
Thank you for sharing this hopeful news, Bob. Love to you and your girls. And watch out for sharks!!! You never know what they may spit out.....
 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 01:51 PM
Bobo, I am very encouraged by your post. As always you are very focused and have done your research. Hoping for the best with the "therapy." If not, I've known some folks that have been to Anderson with some pretty good results.

My "sixth sense" tells me all your strength, faith, courage and determination will surely be rewarded by one of these paths you're on.

And, whichever path it is, we're all there together with you my friend.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 01:54 PM
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Bobo, I am very encouraged by your post. As always you are very focused and have done your research. Hoping for the best with the "therapy." If not, I've known some folks that have been to Anderson with some pretty good results.

My "sixth sense" tells me all your strength, faith, courage and determination will surely be rewarded by one of these paths you're on.

And, whichever path it is, we're all there together with you my friend.


beautifully put coot.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 02:56 PM
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My 6th sense (gut feeling) is that this Chemo might be helping. My walking is much better and my pain level has been reduced.




 
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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 02:58 PM
Very glad to hear about that, Bobo. Keep fighting. Continued best wishes to you and your family.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 03:04 PM
Good to hear this Bobo.

A couple openings for jokes in your post but I won't go there

[Edited on 6/14/2007 by fast43]

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 03:18 PM
I'd say I'm encouraged by your post.

Looks like the "old" Bobo attitude we've come to know and love.

Hang in there Bro.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 03:42 PM
Hag tough surfboy. We're pulling for you. Hopefully, if you decide on Texas, you can get a temporary Yankee pass to get into the state. Then the problem will be getting you to leave.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 03:52 PM
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Bobo, I am very encouraged by your post. As always you are very focused and have done your research. Hoping for the best with the "therapy." If not, I've known some folks that have been to Anderson with some pretty good results.

My "sixth sense" tells me all your strength, faith, courage and determination will surely be rewarded by one of these paths you're on.

And, whichever path it is, we're all there together with you my friend.


Couldn't have put it beeter than Coot* ... still walking down the road with you Brother

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 04:44 PM
God Bless Bob and his family every day.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 05:09 PM
Well spoken, coot*! Much love to you and your family, Bob!

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 05:12 PM
Bobo, glad to hear your sixth sense is sending out this positive message and that there is a plan in place for the battle ahead! Thoughts and prayers headed Pixberg way for you and your family.

 

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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 08:15 PM
Love and prayers going out to Bob and your family.....

A plan is a great thing to have going, and love that sixth sense thing...

 
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  posted on 6/14/2007 at 10:38 PM
Thrilled to hear you are feeling better painwise! We'll take it huh? LOL. Love & prayers to the O'Briens...

 

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  posted on 6/15/2007 at 05:23 AM
Good luck tody with the chemo. You should be a pro at this by now.

 

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  posted on 6/15/2007 at 06:05 AM
Bob, glad to hear ya got ya "Healing Game" goin' on.

Sing it out loud, sing it in your name, sing it like your proud...sing the healing game.

My love and humble prayers to you, my friend.

 

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  posted on 6/15/2007 at 01:24 PM
Thinking about Bob today, and the first of the first round of stuff....

Hang in there!

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  posted on 6/16/2007 at 08:45 AM
I restarted the Chemo yesterday........................

So far, so good as I feel better prepared this time. The reason it takes so long is because first, they have to hydrate you with Saline (2 hours). Then they give you steroids to help with the nausea. Then they give me the first "cocktail" (Ifosffamide - 2 hours), followed by Adriamyacin (4 hours). By the way, the English translation of those 2 drugs?? Rat Poison. And the Saline!! All I'll say is that a Race Horse has nothing on me in the "Tinkling" Department!

My experience last time was that the Chemo didn't really kick in until Sunday after the Streroids wore off, so we'll see. Last time, I waited too long to start taking the Anti-Nausea Meds. I won't make that mistake this time...............

As always, your concern is very much appreciated P&L - Bob

 

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