I have survived toughest year. Still in danger, but still alive.
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01-07-2015, 12:00 AM
RE: I have survived toughest year. Still in danger, but still alive.
(30-06-2015 11:53 PM)RocketSurgeon76 Wrote:  Banjo, I just stumbled across this thread. I'll be praying for you.

KIDDING!

Seriously, I went through several months of beam-radiation after surgery for testicular cancer in 2008... in prison! Nothing near the scale of what you're going through, but I have other medical complications that made everything a lot worse. I will keep you in my thoughts and wish you all the best.

Really that's all prayer is, anyway, when you get right down to it.

Thanks mate. I really appreciate it.

I fully intend to survive this. I am a stubborn bastard! Big Grin

TTA forum has been a rock to me. I am too ineloquent to truly express my thanks to the many members who have offered support here. Were I Shakespeare I could put it into words as he did.

I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks, and ever thanks.


I am deeply humbled by you all. Bowing

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01-07-2015, 06:00 PM
RE: I have survived toughest year. Still in danger, but still alive.
Well I am off to have some bone marrow dug out. Big Grin

It has come to my attention that this thread has made others uncomfortable. This was never my intention as it began as a happy thread. I will gladly ask the moderators and administrators to have it removed.
Please do not hesitate to PM me. I totally understand how some feel. It has also happened close to me. One of my best friends has ceased all contact. And I get it.

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01-07-2015, 06:05 PM
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You obviously have quite a following on this thread.

No one is forced to read it. I kind of doubt it will be removed...Stark and moms would probably only consider it if you wanted your personal info removed.

Hang in there friend...beat this thing...we are with you.

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01-07-2015, 06:08 PM
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(01-07-2015 06:00 PM)Banjo Wrote:  I will gladly ask the moderators and administrators to have it removed.

That'd be a shame. Death and dying is uncomfortable to think about but it is something we all have to face and the way you are handling it is inspiring. Unless it becomes uncomfortable for you I hope you keep posting. I think I speak for many that we want to know what's happening.

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01-07-2015, 06:11 PM
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Hell's Bells! Over 3500 views!

I say this is an important thread.

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01-07-2015, 06:19 PM
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If you want to keep posting, please keep posting. Many of us like knowing how you are doing. You are inspiring to so many of us and I am so glad we can offer you support from all parts of the world!
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01-07-2015, 06:46 PM
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It's not making me in the least bit uncomfortable. I have come to grips with mortality - mine and others'. I read here daily and it is uplifting how well you handle everything. Thumbsup

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01-07-2015, 08:27 PM
RE: I have survived toughest year. Still in danger, but still alive.
(01-07-2015 06:00 PM)Banjo Wrote:  Well I am off to have some bone marrow dug out. Big Grin

It has come to my attention that this thread has made others uncomfortable. This was never my intention as it began as a happy thread. I will gladly ask the moderators and administrators to have it removed.
Please do not hesitate to PM me. I totally understand how some feel. It has also happened close to me. One of my best friends has ceased all contact. And I get it.

Please do not delete this thread, mods.
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02-07-2015, 02:18 AM
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Okay guys thanks.
Well I just got in about 20 minutes ago. It has been a long day, My brother got a $106.00 parking fine when picking me up. (Parked illegally)

I am a bit out of it, actually no, I am really heavily sedated. There were a few invasive tests that I wont go into. I believe I had quite a large quantity of morphine. This coupled with the fact I have been out of it for days has only served to enhance that feeling.

On a better note my brother was running late for a meeting in Coogee (a suburb on the beach) and I had been craving a hamburger for a few days but had been a bit too tired to go out and get one. So at the cafe where Mark (my brother) had his meeting I had a burger and an orange juice. Although the burger was nice, I think the $19.00 price tag was a little bit steep. All up for the burger and juice was $23.00!

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Here's the cafe at the northern end of the beach. It was actually very nice there. When we arrived 2 wild lorikeet birds had landed on a woman's arm and she and her kids were feeding them. Smile

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Lorikeets.

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The view is what you pay for really, and I sat at the window looking out upon a dead calm ocean.

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The fellow who my brother was meeting is in the music/entertainment business and spoke to me of my history as a drummer. That was nice.

I must admit I am quite excited about this new hospital. The staff seem very nice and very good at their jobs. The woman who took my bloods got my vein the first try. I may have mentioned already that in one week at RPA I had forty jabs to get blood. I actually counted them. (That is how bored I was). They again took a lot of blood today, which has not helped my weakness.

The new nurse was friendly and lovely. My doctor seems highly intelligent and his offsider very caring indeed. My obvious current dullness of mind is a great concern to them and they want to monitor it carefully. This is why I am having trouble with subjects I usually know, such as Josephus and Tacitus in the thread about Richard Carrier. Normally I am all over that stuff, but I am not at all up to it at the moment

Mark took me over to his place to play with my niece. The absolute and total joy of my life.

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My niece likes aeroplanes so I took this shot outside the cafe. She loved that I took it for her.

And that my friends was my day.

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02-07-2015, 02:57 AM
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I just got a call from the hospital. It would appear I will not qualify for the trial. The woman went onto explain the reasons why, but I told her my mind is too slow to retain the information. I asked her to call Mark instead, who is sharp as a knife.

Unsure what treatment I will now receive. My regular specialist informed me last week that my chances with stem cell and bone marrow transplants are slim, as is radiation therapy. So I guess more chemo back at RPA.

Unsure what to think at this moment.

I am damned sure I will fight this battle as hard as possible. I will never give up. I lost a mate last year to cancer. A fine bass player I worked with for years. When given similar news he opted for "quality of life" over trying harder and went to live with his parents for the three months until he died.

I am not built that way. I prefer to keep fighting to the end. And I will.

Such a strange day. You can see from my post above how simple and uplifting it was. Five minutes after posting I received that call.

I told the woman she is lovely and easy to deal with and that I really appreciate what she has done for me thus far. She answered with a laugh "I will tell my boss." Smile

Strange day....

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