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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month!
April is National Donate Life Month
Thursday, February 28, 2008
'A good friend will come bail you out of jail
But a true friend will be sitting next to you saying
WE screwed up, but we had fun! '
Proud to be your Friend!
I've learned...that life is like a roll of toilet paper.
The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
I've learned...that we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
I've learned...that money doesn't buy class.
I've learned...that it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
I've learned...that under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
I've learned...that the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?
I've learned...that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
I've learned...that the less time I have to work, the more things I get done.
Sorry for the tangent above. The doctor’s visit (Lung transplant side of the house) went well; all test and test results were fine this month. My blood work looked good, the X-Ray was clear, and my spirometry is up (FVC is 82% and FEV1 is 84%) I am not at 100% but I hope to get there as the cold and flu season passes I will be able to hit the gym without too many fears which will strengthen my lungs, and build my body up again. I am able to stop some of the meds that I have been on since transplant as I am quickly approaching my first anniversary (3/6/07). The doctors did notice a slight rub when listening to my lungs on the right side around the rib cage, I think it is just scar tissue, I happen to have a lot of scar tissue.
That’s all for now.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
I am learning alot about LC (lung cancer) during the various presentations at this conference. One thing that seems to stick out to me is that research and attempts at finding a cure are grossly under funded as more than 80% of the funding for research comes from govt. agencies. LC is not a smoker’s disease it affects all of us and cripples the communities it is embedded in.
Bonnie J. Addario will be on Nancy Grace
Tune in to “Nancy Grace” on Monday, February 25, 20088pm ET / 5pm PT on HEADLINE NEWS“Nancy Grace” is television’s only justice themed/interview/debate show, designed for those interested in the justice story of the day. Bonnie J. Addario and Board member Deborah Morosini, MD will discuss Lung Cancer
http://www.thelungcancerfoundation.org Bonnie J. Addario
http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/nancy.grace/ Nancy Grace
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I am also nervous b/c the last time I checked UNOS (The United Network for Organ Sharing) http://www.unos.org/ the website only showed two BAC lung cancer patients listed nationwide waiting for a transplant; I am hoping to see that number increase to 3 or 4 soon maybe, possibly.....
There is always HOPE; you can live dying or dye living....
Friday, February 15, 2008
More videos from the Lung Cancer Alliance website.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Update, I did her hair it looks okay you can tell my wife did not do it, she can't go all week with my handy work so Aunt Pat is going to help me with their hair this week.
3 more days until my better half returns home
Monday, February 11, 2008
Potassium (Slow-K OR K DUR)
Magnesium (Magnesium plus protein)
Oscal D (Calcium + Vitamin D)
Bactrim (Septra); (SMZ-TMP); (Cotrimoxazole)
Colace (Docusate Sodium)
Iron (Ferrous Sulfate)
Vicodin (Hydrocodone/ Acetaminophen)
In closing Jan will be fine the first ultra is always the toughest (like I have run one, maybe in the future once I can feel my feet)
Good Luck Jan and the rest of the Fort Worth Runners Club members
Thanks again TCEQ for allowing to ramble on with some good information and some information that was TMI
This is also Day1 of living like a bachelor since my wife is out of town on business, the girls and I have made it so far, their hair still looks good, they have had healthy meals today, all is peaceful so far.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Next eye check-up will be in 6 months.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
I just learned a new trick with the computer and blogin' so I figured I would make a video of the radio commentary from Ellie and the pictures taken by Rie.
The commentary was provide by
Ellie Hogue; Reporter, WBAP News/Talk 820
The pictures were provided by
Rie Watts; Executive Masters Program, School of Engineering.
Greetings fellow cancer saviors, loved ones, and support persons. My name is Jerrold Dash and I am a two year survivor of Lung Cancer; terminal lung cancer stage 4 BAC (Bronchioloalveolar Carcinoma).
To say I was shocked, surprised, and blind sided by my diagnosis would be an understatement. I exhibited symptoms for several years before my diagnosis February 1, 2006, but these symptoms were classified as bronchitis, asthma, allergies, and pneumonia. I never expected to be diagnosed with lung cancer being a former collage athlete and non-smoker (50% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked).
Upon diagnosis I had no choice but to fight as anyone else in my situation would have done. I was told by my temporary oncologist that I could not beat cancer and he would treat me palatively with chemotherapy until I died from the cancer. Fortunately for me I had a pulmonary specialist that was sympathetic and could relate to my situation being a young professional raising a family. I was 32 years old when I was diagnosed and my daughters were 2 and a half and 3 weeks old respectively (I will not reveal my wife’s age).
I endued as much chemo as I could stand, participating in a few clinical trials along the way while waiting for a miracle (a bi-lateral lung transplant). I must emphasis that transplant for someone with lung cancer is just not done, and insurance companies consider the procedure as experimental treatment. Fortunately I had a pulmonary specialist and doctors at Stanford that would not take no for an answer from the insurance company. I was approved by my insurance company to be evaluated to see if I could be a candidate for lung transplant, which I was. The problem with being a candidate for lung transplant is that you must be within 4 hours of the hospital performing the transplant at all times, so I packed up my truck in August of 2006 heading West to Palo Alto, CA not knowing anyone at all and leaving my wife and two young daughters behind in TX. After several months of waiting and hoping my cancer did not spread I got the page a pair of lungs was available and I was number one on the list, the surgeon informed me that I needed to get to the hospital right away. I informed him that I was already at the hospital (eating dinner in the cafeteria) and that I needed to clean my apartment before my wife and other care takers flew in and saw my messy bachelors pad.
In summation everything worked out for the best I got the transplant (March 2007), and have been working to recover physically ever since. I hope to start running a couple of miles per week starting in March 2008 (if I can get my neuropathy under control, chemo side effect). The best news is that I am cancer free since the transplant.
I think that quickly captures my story, as I am not much of a writer, if you want more details and pictures of my lungs go to my blog (cancer therapy). http://2newlungs.blogspot.com/
By Jerrold Dash
Time keeps ticking, I keep getting stronger, and medical data must be updated and reevaluated.