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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month!
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Saturday, April 28, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
- You have a very strong opinion about where your coffee beans are grown, and you can taste the difference between Sumatran and Ethiopian.
- You can't remember . . . is pot illegal?
- A really great parking space can totally move you to tears.
- Gas costs $1.00 per gallon more than anywhere else in the U.S.
- Unlike back home, the guy at 8:30 am at Starbucks wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses who looks like George Clooney really IS George Clooney.
- Your car insurance costs as much as your house payment.
- You can't remember . . .is pot illegal?
- It's barely sprinkling rain and there's a report on every news station: "STORM WATCH."
- You pass an elementary school playground and the children are all busy with their cells or pagers.
- It's barely sprinkling rain outside, so you leave for work an hour early to avoid all the weather-related accidents.
- HEY!!!! Is pot illegal????18. Both you AND your dog have therapists, psychics, personal trainers and cosmetic surgeons.
- The Terminator is your governor.
The Stars at night shine big and bright (clap clap clap) deep in the heart of Texas ......
Monday, April 16, 2007
Some pictures of the old lungs are below keep in mind they are already segmented and research has begun on them. The lungs were undersized and honestly speaking with the doctors they don't see how I could even breath. The holes or nodules you see in the pictures are the cancer nodules for the BAC.
Someone please fix my hat my hands are compromised I am a doctor now; or at least for the moment I am :-)
Bad lung segment, notice the cancer nodules that starved me for oxygen I was slowly and daily suffocating, which would have been a painful death (mentally and physically)
The whole lung set-up (and yes it is segmented and cross-cut already) the right lung is on the left side and the left lung is on the right side. The lungs were small for my body, blame it on the sickness.
My wife and I will stop in and visit Ralph right lung and Larry left lung one more time before the research gods have their way totally with them.
I will look at the lungs, probably hold them but just try to figure out where we went wrong and why they (I) got sick, they used to be so strong but suddenly became so weak, without a proper diagnosis for years and finally no valid justification as to why or how I got BAC lung cancer; go figure some things will never be known; I am at peace with that lack of knowledge. MOVING Forward....
Friday, April 13, 2007
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Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Monday, April 02, 2007
Melissa McRobbie / Daily News
Jerrold Dash, pictured in his apartment near Stanford Medical Center on Sunday, is breathing easier these days, having received a double lung transplant at Stanford in early March. Dash had been diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2006. On the table in front of him is an apparatus that helps him measure his progress as his lungs grow stronger.
Dash gets second wind
Double lung transplant patient wins cancer fight
By Jason Green / Daily News Staff Writer
The 33-year-old Texas resident was delivering word puzzles to fellow patients awaiting transplants at Stanford University Medical Center when his pager lit up March 5.
At first Dash ignored it. But a stolen glance confirmed it was a local number. His heart was in his throat as he asked to borrow a phone.
"It was my doctor," he recalled. "He said, 'Well, we got you some lungs.'"
Since being diagnosed last February with Stage IV bronchioloalveolar carcinoma, a type of lung cancer that affects nonsmokers, the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics systems engineer had been hoping for that kind of good news.
"It was a little surreal," he said. "You prepare yourself mentally for it. But I still got a little shaky."
A day later, the diseased organs were gone and Dash was breathing more easily than he had in months. Now free of cancer and on the road to recovery, he hopes to return to Fort Worth by June, rejoining his wife, Rhonda, and their two daughters, 3-year-old Raegan and 1-year-old Ravyn.
"I couldn't believe it," said Rhonda, recalling the day Dash called her with the news. "I started jumping up and down, crying. One of my daughters knew I was talking to daddy and she asked me what was wrong with him. I said, 'Nothing. These are happy tears.'"
Although he's beaten cancer, Dash isn't pushing it out of his life. He wants to erase the stigma surrounding lung disease which, as he discovered, doesn't always affect cigarette smokers.
"First, we have to break down that stigma that you deserve lung cancer," he said. "Nobody deserves cancer. Nobody deserves lung cancer."
Dash's oncologist at Stanford, Heather Wakelee, appreciates his outlook. "Lung cancer is not just a disease of people who smoke," she said, noting that roughly 9 to 10 percent of men and 20 percent of women who develop lung cancer never smoked.
Dash also wants to be an inspiration to other late-stage bronchioloalveolar carcinoma sufferers. Transplanting lungs into such a patient is regarded by some in the medical field as a controversial procedure because "the odds of the cancer coming back are higher than not ... and Jerrold is aware of that," Wakelee said.
But for someone as young and fit as Dash, the procedure made sense. Before the operation, he was one of two patients with the cancer awaiting a transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing's Web site.
"I don't want others to give up. I want them to take a risk," he said. "If you have a terminal illness, fight it. Don't accept the status quo treatment."
As strong as he sounds today, Dash acknowledged that he needed help getting through the ordeal. Prayer and the kindness of others gave him - and his family - the strength to hold on, he said.
Sue Passailaigue, for one, provided a place for him to stay in Mountain View while he waited for the call. She offers the condominium to patients such as Dash who need to be close to the hospital in case an organ becomes available. Donations of cash, time and household items help keep it open.
"Sue calls it the compassion condo," Dash said. "If the walls could talk, the stories they would tell."
Dash is now living in an apartment a stone's throw from Stanford University Medical Center and taking his recovery one day at a time. Physical therapy begins soon, but the former Winston-Salem State University fullback is already walking and doing flights of stairs.
In short, he has traded one focus, beating cancer, for another: getting healthy enough to resume the life he was forced to put on hold.
"We won't mind being a simple, uneventful family," said his wife Rhonda, who paused to smile. "We've had enough life-changing events. Sometimes boring is OK, we've found."
E-mail Jason Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON THE WEB Read about Jerrold Dash's battle against cancer on his blog at 2newlungs.blogspot.com.
Watched a movie on Saturday: Wild Hogs and it was pretty funny. It reminded me of the time I tried to teach some of my buds to ride an old motorcycle that I had when I was working in Rhode Island years ago.
On Sunday I shattered the two mile mark with ease, and finished off the walk with several sets of stadium stairs. I also began lifting weights today; nothing serious just fitness/resistance tubes working my legs ONLY.
Wrapped up another news article for the Palo Alto Daily News.