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Old 03-18-2009, 10:37 AM
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I'm asking for your prayers

There's no gentle way to put this, but I have been diagnosed with inflamatory breast cancer. It is the rarest, most aggressive and least treatable of all the the breast cancers. Survival rate 30%.

You can read the medical details HERE.

I'm going to Tampa tomorrow to the Moffitt Cancer Treatment Center. It is one of the best research and treatment centers in the country. I've also been exceptionally fortunate to be accepted as a patient by the top dog breast cancer research doctor on the campus. He has degrees in both surgery and oncology. I think the rarity of my "version" of breast cancer motivated him to take me on, but it will give me access to Clinical Trial drugs that otherwise would not be available. He is the best of the best and I couldn't ask for more.

I have a sister who is a nurse at Tampa General Hospital (Moffitt is part of the TGH campus) that lives within a mile of the Center. She's offered to let me stay with her while I go through the first course of chemotherapy, surgery, more chemo, radiation and then hormone treatments. Again, I feel blessed that she is there since it's a 240 mile round trip drive otherwise. Doing that daily would just exhaust me.

There's not much my friends here at RTP can do except keep me in your prayers. I'll peek in and post progress reports as I can.

hugs and thanks to all.
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:31 AM
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Re: I'm asking for your prayers

i don't come round here too often these days, and im not sure if you remember me, but i remember you and am terrible sorry to hear about this.

All I can offer you is my positive thoughts and prayers and i will keep you in my thoughts. please do keep us informed of your progress and most importantly swampy, stay as positive as you possibly can. You can and WILL beat this.

Best of luck and please do keep this thread updated with your progress!
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:38 AM
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Only been around here for a short while, but you have inspired me to try and learn many new ways to create artistic renditions from simple photos. Thank you.

God speed, my prayers are with you in your fight.

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Old 03-18-2009, 11:56 AM
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I'm sorry to hear about this.

Last year I had an aunt go through breast cancer. She got through it and is better now, it’s all gone. I am sure it will be the same for you. The most important thing is to have faith.

You’re in my prayers,
-Keven
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:10 PM
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Re: I'm asking for your prayers

Swampy:

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Too often it seems, the nicest people get faced with the biggest challenges. Over the years you have been very generous with your helpful replies to RTP members' queries, and with the very professional tutorials you've provided. I'm looking forward to many more years of your generosity.

Please keep us informed of your progress as you beat this disease.

Regards,

Larry
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:15 PM
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I hope things go well for you.
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:23 PM
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I'm very sorry to hear this. My most sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:30 PM
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I'm sending every positive thought I can in your direction, Swampy. Breast cancer is a bear, but you can beat it if anyone can.
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:09 PM
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Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Think positive, it can be beat.
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:11 PM
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Re: I'm asking for your prayers

Well Gal i was wondering about you and was all poised for sending my usual nosey pm to you

and sorry to say i am lost for words at your news

Of course my love,thoughts, regards and prayers are on the way to you

and when/ if the going gets tough just remember there is a forum of 64,127 (as of today) members all rooting for you and wishing you well

god bless you and do keep us informed as much as possible

hugs hugs and more hugs Swampy

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