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Saturday, November 09, 2013

What Day?? Lungevity Walk Day

Getting ready to walk for those folk dealing with LC that can't.  I didn't know if I would be able to do it this year.  I started the week with two pulled hamstrings due to helping with a history fair poster.  It is Saturday my Hamstrings feel better so here we go, ready for a good walk.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Life is Good

Hello I haven't posted anything in a long time or a long time for bloggers that is.  I have not been to the spa in almost 2 years which is great.  My health is stable, so I haven't had much to talk about, like I said "Life is Good".

 

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Medical marijuana

I have never used marijuana or any other illegal drug, or really consumed alcohol for that matter but I can now say I have had my unhealthy lungs filled with that foul smoke.  It is not just me that had deal with marijuana but my family as well and yes even the dog got high.  We are victims of the smoke party our neighbors upstairs are having.  It is my opinion that those athletes from that university in Fort Worth aren't so squeaky clean as their name might have you to believe.  I called the Local Police so hopefully my new lungs won't be polluted anymore.  It is a shame that I had to fight to get new lungs now I have to fight to keep them clean while in my own home.  I want to breathe free.....
 

Monday, April 08, 2013

LUNGevity name stolen by a CF patient

I am really frustrated and deeply disappointed that one of the organizations geared to helping lung cancer patients is having to deal with someone stealing their name.  Lung cancer patients don't have many organizations that fight the good fight for them.  It really cuts to the core that a local CF patient is trying to use the LUNGevity name to raise money for her personal fundraising effort for an up coming CF event in North Texas.  The sad thing is she sees no harm in using a name that people associated with lung cancer to now be tied to CF.  I am not bashing CF, but there is next to no funding for lung cancer.... heck when I go to several local stores I am often asked at checkout if I want to donate to CF.  I wish industry thought enough of lung cancer to take up a collection towards a cure when people checked out.  It is stealing to use another organizations name the way this person intends to.

LUNGevity name stolen by a CF patient

6 year Annual Post Transplant evaluation

6 year Annual Post Transplant evaluation took place over a week ago.  The evaluation went well.  Most lung test results were better than expected since there really isn't much data on lung transplant patients with BAC as their pre-condition.  I am still waiting to see if I set a new 6 minute walk record for Baylor (I moved from UTSW) I will have to keep you posted.

Monday, February 04, 2013

7+. Years and counting

It has now been 7+ years since my stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis.  Another year on the books, I am blessed to still be hear and morn the cancer and transplant friends I/we have lost anlong the way.  I go into this new year with change on my mind.  I am starting by switching my post transplant care to Baylor and away from UT Southwestern.  

Monday, March 05, 2012

Almost 5 years

5 years ago today I started getting prep for a lung transplant. I wasn't expecting the call I was preparing for a 5K in San Francisco that was coming up and helping my other BAD lung homies. I got the call while eating dinner at the Spa. Getting the call while already at the Spa was not good because it was laundry night (3 wks worth of clothes built up) and apartment clean-up night too. My wife and mom and friends got to experience my bachelors pad it was a throw back to my undergrad days and time in Rhode Island, No VA, and FTW.... basically my carefree days.

Anyway the five year mark starts now b/c they prepped me starting at about 5pm the surgery started around midnight and went into the early morn hours the next day. I will post more Tuesday in keeping with the spirit of the long life saving procedure I underwent.

Monday, February 13, 2012

WTF (still no results)

February 13th, 2012; Monday and still no results from the CT on 2/8/12 yet. I wonder what the heck is going on, normal CTs that I have had are usually read within a couple of hours. I am a little worried... not so much about the scans but about the fidelity of the people reviewing the diagnostic procedure. Good, bad or ugly lets have my shoulders are big enough to take it. Let's have, are the test good, or bad, do we need another CT. Tell me something.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

CT scans yesterday

Got my 3 month CT scans on yesterday following the microwave procedure on my lung on Nov. 7, 2012. We shall see what the results are in a day or so. In this case no news is good news. I hope I fair better than my Tarheels, "come on man" you got beat by a Freshman in the last, the last second of the game.

Friday, February 03, 2012

6+ years and counting

6+ years as a lung cancer patient as of mid day February 1, 2012. Originally diagnosed as a Stage 4 BAC patient before the chemo, transplant, and follow-up surgery. The past 6 years have provided an unexpected journey but I wouldn't trade the experiences for anything. Let's see where the next 6+ years will take us...(Can I say that because I am told by some I am supposed to die within the first year of diagnosis)...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Coach Paterno

Sad day for football fans Joe Paterno passed away this morning. Coach Joe was a class act glad he doesn't have suffer from the difficult situations that he was dealing with.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy belated New Year

happy belated new year. The remainder of this post has been blocked & blacked out due to Congress over stepping their political boundary.



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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas.

Today was a good day I stayed out of the hospital which is a good thing since I have sen the inside of a hospital / ER at least 3 days last week. I have been dealing with some kind of cold picked up more than likely at my daughters dance recital a 2 weeks ago. Stupid me I didn't wear a mask the venue is TOO small and yes sick people were out in full force supporting their little dancers. I hope I am on the mend the transplant doctors are running some test and have me on some new temp. antibiotics.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2nd Day back at work.

Yesterday was a bust, I had no energy and limped through the day as I attempted to go back to work after a week off post surgery (11/7/11).

Last week at a glance.
Monday
Surgery, I thought I would be getting an RFA procedure but going in they informed me it could either be RFA/ or / Microwave. When I woke up sore throat and all (incubation) with more IV's than I started off with I found out that the doctors did a Microwave procedure on only one nodule they think the other might be left over scar tissue from the wedge resection of 2009. I went home high as a Kite that night in the dark, in the rain with a nervous chauffeur (thank you morphine).

Tuesday
Sore as if I was still playing football going through preseason (abs and back were really sore), also deep breaths hurt. Lots of naps.

Wednesday
Rested most of the day, soreness decreased, took off bandage on my back (it stayed 12 hours longer than it should have), showered and I can't really see the incision from the Microwave.

Thursday
Resting, soreness lessening, breathing is getting better.

Friday
Repeat of Thursday Saturday Did the DFW lung Cancer walk, I walked the 1 mile course it hurt, I was tired very tired afterward. The event turnout was good...it has more participants each and every year.

Monday, November 07, 2011

microwave instead

No RFA today, I was given a microwave procedure on on of the nodules. We will watch the othe nodule as it is right on the line from the wedge resection I had in 2009. CT scans in 3 months.

I am sore and tire but at home so off to bed my belly is full. to quote Autin Power's "I'm a fat b4st4rd".

RFA Day

Heading to UTSW for an RFA procedure on my two nuts (actually the nuts are what I call these two spots on my right lung) Let's keep this brief post G rated. Time to hit the highway and fight mad traffic.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

The Results SUCKED

My results sucked. Two nodules bot 9mm and in my right lung. The doctors at UTSW are trying to presuade me to go with SBRT as a treatment but I am not sold. I will still look for the best option FOR ME Note:... I am not a lab rat.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Results Day..

Waiting for the results of my latest CT/PET scans from last week. I am also scheduled to talk with the surgeon and radiologist today too. Cancer sucks.

Monday, August 29, 2011

returning to work in the morn.

Back to the salt mine in the morn. after sitting around the house for 3 work days.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Umbilical hernia day

Another surgery day, we will see how it goes. Off to fix my umbilical hernia. I think it might have been caused by a combination of too much coughing and trying to lift more weight than I should.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

July 7, 2011

CT scan today, I hope they hurry up because my stomach feels alittle uneasy...I need some food. I also need to get my stomach checked since I moved all of our household goods myself (I still got it).




random note: I started back riding my motorcycle last week. First time having a good ride in 5+ years (it was HOT though 104).

Friday, May 20, 2011

It is time for a change regarding LC

Random thoughts...


I need to publish post that only I can see

The different groups supporting LC need to pool shared resources while focusing on the unique areas

It is good for LC survivors together from time to time

BC (breast cancer) is not the enemy. I LOVE THE BOOBIES, THEY'RE NICE

Dissolving the stigma around LC is key to improving the survivability of a LC diagnosis

Thursday, March 24, 2011

yet another PET/CT scan

My four year transplant(versary) starts on Friday. I have my CT/PET scan, bone density, abdominal aorta sonogram...and..other test including labs. I will be getting an extra test to check my CMV levels since I have been so tired an sick lately. I hope to meet with doctors from Baylor hospital in Dallas, TX next week during the lung cancer walk in Dallas on 4/3/11. I fell like UTSouthwestern has dropped the ball and no longer see me as patient I fell like a walking / talking medical white paper.

Oh well short post as I need to eat before the magic hour arrives hat means I can't eat after a certain time for fear that the food will mess up the pending test.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Anniversay (4 years post lung transplant)

I forgot that a few hours yesterday and today mark the 4 year anniversary of my lung transplant... on such an auspicious occasion as the only thought running through my mind is "Eat Shit Conservative Medical Personnel, Rick James".

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Quickly approaching the 5 year mark

Quickly coming' up on the 5year mark of my stage 4diagnosis of BAC lung cancer. I never should have made it but I did so, suck egg conservative members of the medical community who felt obligated to still my joy and try and take away my hope. 2/1/2011 is gonna be a good and better night even though I have a pending surgery weighing on me.

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