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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1200 on: January 27, 2012, 10:15:04 AM »
Thank you lovely Jason.   :-*  Yes we are, and we hope you are the same.  Saw the specialist today on a follow up 6 month check.  The scan shows him absolutely clear and lymph glands normal   :champ   This calls for a small dry sherry and a rich tea biscuit (or something similar) later this evening I think.  ;)

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1201 on: January 27, 2012, 11:21:10 AM »
Anyone?
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1202 on: January 27, 2012, 11:31:36 AM »
My Grandad was diagnosed with prostate cancer 6 years ago. They didn't have much hope for him as it had spread. 6 years on and he's still going. Some of the treatment they can oiffer is very good. The cancer in his blood levels went from 10 to no almost non-existant in response to the hormone treatment he received. It has steadily increased in the past year to 22 but he's testing a new drug and last month his levels decreased to 18 but have gone back up to 23 now. He doesn't half get worried but the docs obviously aren't concerned because they're njow only checking him once every 3 months again.

My dad got prostate cancer about a year and a half back. They caught it pretty early, and he recovered pretty quickly after the procedure, didn't do chemo. Hope it goes well for your dad, if its cancer it seems like they discovered it early, and from what little I know its one of the easier ones to recover from.

Sorry to hear that Chakan. My Dad has to go in for further tests soon for the same thing. Hopefully the posts above will provide some help, there's certainly a lot of grounds for optimism at this early stage I would think. Good luck.

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1203 on: January 27, 2012, 11:34:19 AM »
Sorry to hear that Chakan. My Dad has to go in for further tests soon for the same thing. Hopefully the posts above will provide some help, there's certainly a lot of grounds for optimism at this early stage I would think. Good luck.

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1204 on: January 27, 2012, 03:21:32 PM »
Hey guys,

So my father was just diagnosed with prostrate cancer. I need a little bit of knowledge and advice.

This is what the doc had to say:
First of all it's very very small like 1mm big, it's non-aggressive and they caught it very early. They only found out cause his prostrate was 1% swollen from normal when he went for a checkup and the urologist said he couldn't see anything when he took the biopsy.

So any advice would be welcome. What's usually the treatment and how worried should I be?

There is a very very high success rate from that that now. Catching it that early is good. My Uncle and one of my friends had the same thing recently. both were caught in later stages than that and both have made a full recovery.
Found out this morning that my dad has lung cancer now after doing so well fighting off stomach cancer last year.
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1205 on: January 27, 2012, 03:26:51 PM »
There is a very very high success rate from that that now. Catching it that early is good. My Uncle and one of my friends had the same thing recently. both were caught in later stages than that and both have made a full recovery.
Found out this morning that my dad has lung cancer now after doing so well fighting off stomach cancer last year.

Thanks mate,

Sorry to hear about your dad :(
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1206 on: January 27, 2012, 03:28:27 PM »
Thanks mate,

Sorry to hear about your dad :(
No worries bud. I wish your dad and yourself all the best. =)
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1207 on: January 27, 2012, 04:16:21 PM »
No worries bud. I wish your dad and yourself all the best. =)

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1208 on: January 27, 2012, 05:10:53 PM »
Maggie Missus, it's great to see you back although I'm sorry to hear what you've both been going through. Tonight I'll participate in a little Bushmills single malt in celebration of your great news. Loads of love from the otherside of the world x

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1209 on: January 27, 2012, 05:18:42 PM »
Just a sort of question to those whose family members have been through the ringer and are now out the other side. Does the fear that it's going to come back ever leave you? I'm not talking about the patient specifically, but you as close family. With the diagnosis coming as such a shock as it did in our case, we were totally unprepared for what came next. We got through last year, just about, and now we're out the other end. It's mental to think that the first round of chemo was almost exactly 12 months ago. My mind has turned to the future but every now and then (usually when I'm feeling a bit low anyway) I end up plagued with fears that the bastard's going to come back and be worse than before. I don't dwell on it by any means but my God when the thought hits me, it leaves me reeling and all the panic comes back and it takes ages to subside again.

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1210 on: January 27, 2012, 05:42:03 PM »
Just a sort of question to those whose family members have been through the ringer and are now out the other side. Does the fear that it's going to come back ever leave you? I'm not talking about the patient specifically, but you as close family. With the diagnosis coming as such a shock as it did in our case, we were totally unprepared for what came next. We got through last year, just about, and now we're out the other end. It's mental to think that the first round of chemo was almost exactly 12 months ago. My mind has turned to the future but every now and then (usually when I'm feeling a bit low anyway) I end up plagued with fears that the bastard's going to come back and be worse than before. I don't dwell on it by any means but my God when the thought hits me, it leaves me reeling and all the panic comes back and it takes ages to subside again.

Does it ever go away?

No.

I don't think the fear will ever leave me.  I'm permanently (but secretly) watchful.     
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1211 on: January 27, 2012, 06:19:19 PM »
There is a very very high success rate from that that now. Catching it that early is good. My Uncle and one of my friends had the same thing recently. both were caught in later stages than that and both have made a full recovery.
Found out this morning that my dad has lung cancer now after doing so well fighting off stomach cancer last year.
Hopefully he can fight it again Kit, thoughts and prayers are with you and Dad....
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1212 on: January 27, 2012, 09:17:16 PM »
Lots of love, strength and positivity to each and every one of you who are fighting this horrific illness.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. xxx

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1213 on: January 27, 2012, 09:24:32 PM »
Hey guys,

So my father was just diagnosed with prostrate cancer. I need a little bit of knowledge and advice.

This is what the doc had to say:
First of all it's very very small like 1mm big, it's non-aggressive and they caught it very early. They only found out cause his prostrate was 1% swollen from normal when he went for a checkup and the urologist said he couldn't see anything when he took the biopsy.

So any advice would be welcome. What's usually the treatment and how worried should I be?

It's possible that the majority of men have cancerous cells in their prostate (over a certain age).

To find them isn't necessarily a sentence to illness, suffering and wot not.  I didn't know how old your dad is, but I would suggest that there is a pretty good chance he would die of old age before the prostate became an issue.

Then again it might be an issue, so they usually do monitoring every 6-12 months to monitor the progress of the cancer and to see if it is growing/progressing.

If it does start to develop then they will whip the prostate out (easier said than done mind) but the fact the fact they are in so early means that there should be a very very good chance of a very successful treatment if it doesn't develop.

So the answer is, they probably won't do anything..... Best wishes to your dad anyway...
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1214 on: January 27, 2012, 10:05:17 PM »
It's possible that the majority of men have cancerous cells in their prostate (over a certain age).

To find them isn't necessarily a sentence to illness, suffering and wot not.  I didn't know how old your dad is, but I would suggest that there is a pretty good chance he would die of old age before the prostate became an issue.

Then again it might be an issue, so they usually do monitoring every 6-12 months to monitor the progress of the cancer and to see if it is growing/progressing.

If it does start to develop then they will whip the prostate out (easier said than done mind) but the fact the fact they are in so early means that there should be a very very good chance of a very successful treatment if it doesn't develop.

So the answer is, they probably won't do anything..... Best wishes to your dad anyway...

Thanks mate :wave

My dad is 66 so getting on a bit.

Yeah I have been reading up quite a bit and it seems quite a lot of men develop it but it doesn't usually lead to much.

Will see what the doc says when they go for their meeting.
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1215 on: January 27, 2012, 11:44:40 PM »
Thanks mate :wave

My dad is 66 so getting on a bit.

Yeah I have been reading up quite a bit and it seems quite a lot of men develop it but it doesn't usually lead to much.

Will see what the doc says when they go for their meeting.
Good luck with that, but with a bit of luck the prognosis is often extremely good when it's so early
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1216 on: January 28, 2012, 01:07:14 AM »
Does it ever go away?

For you, No.

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1217 on: January 29, 2012, 11:35:45 PM »
Hey guys,

So my father was just diagnosed with prostrate cancer. I need a little bit of knowledge and advice.

This is what the doc had to say:
First of all it's very very small like 1mm big, it's non-aggressive and they caught it very early. They only found out cause his prostrate was 1% swollen from normal when he went for a checkup and the urologist said he couldn't see anything when he took the biopsy.

So any advice would be welcome. What's usually the treatment and how worried should I be?


I haven't been around the last days so I've only just seen this mate.

Sorry to hear that but as others have posted the recovery rate from that type of cancer is pretty good so hopefully your Dad will fit right in that category.

Just wanted to let you know that I'm, as always, at the end of a PM if you need to talk/vent. Take care mate! :wave

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1218 on: January 29, 2012, 11:58:37 PM »
Hopefully he can fight it again Kit, thoughts and prayers are with you and Dad....
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1219 on: January 30, 2012, 12:08:10 AM »
Nothing they can do this time apart from pain relief when it is needed. Going to take some time coming to terms with it.

Make sure you talk to your dad in time about the things you might not have talked about (if there are any that is) because they were too awkward and so on. Getting the conversation started is hard but afterwards you'll feel much more at peace with yourself. I didn't get to talk about all the things I wanted to before my dad was gone. I haven't been struggling with it but I can sometimes be sad that I didn't get to do it before he went all of a sudden.

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1220 on: January 30, 2012, 12:10:52 AM »
So my stepdad has had several chemo sessions and has been responding well to treatment, all but one area of the cancer has shrunk so thatís good news, all we can do is wait for his next round and see how it goes. Fingers crossed.

My Dad was complaining of feeling ill around Christmas, he was struggling to keep his food down so he went to the docs, the doc referred him to the hospital carried out did a CT scan, got a call from my sister on the 30th of Dec, I was happily watching us beat Newcastle, I could tell she was about to give me bad news - her voice was breaking and I knew she had been crying. My sister told me that my old man had cancer in his gallbladder and liver. After further test they told my Dad that they couldnít operate because of the size of the tumor on his liver and that they would only be able to offer little if any treatment at all. My Dad has deteriorated so quickly itís frightening, last week they said they didnít think it would be worth offering him chemo due to how weak he had become but my Dad insisted so they offered him steroids to build his strength up. Itís been a few days since his steroid prescription and heís now bed ridden unable to stand or feed himself and is constantly being sick. The specialist is due to come round on Tuesday when I expect him to tell my Dad they canít do anything for him, they have already offered to put him on the Macmillan ward and make him comfortable, so Iím being realistic and expect the worst news. Although Iíve have seen my Dad everyday since he found out and know what to expect when I go round itís still really hard to see him like this. It was only before Christmas we were doing renovation work round my mums and now he cant even take himself to the toilet.

Before we found out about my stepdad Iíve never had to deal with any cancer in the family apart from my Gran but to be honest she was in her 80ís and really not well before hand. So I had come to terms with my stepdad having it and then this happens to my old man. Fucking unbelievable.

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1221 on: January 30, 2012, 12:15:22 AM »
^^Oh fuck that's terrible.... :sad

Nothing can be said to ease the pain except for use this forum to vent and seek advice if you need to. Lots of peeps in here have been through the same as you're going through right now (unfortunately) so I guess you can get help in here if you need to.

Best of luck and may God bless you and your family.

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1222 on: January 30, 2012, 12:17:46 AM »
Hey guys,

So my father was just diagnosed with prostrate cancer. I need a little bit of knowledge and advice.

This is what the doc had to say:
First of all it's very very small like 1mm big, it's non-aggressive and they caught it very early. They only found out cause his prostrate was 1% swollen from normal when he went for a checkup and the urologist said he couldn't see anything when he took the biopsy.

So any advice would be welcome. What's usually the treatment and how worried should I be?

Only just clocked this so just to add my experience to those that replied earlier check my PM mate  :wave



 

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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1223 on: January 30, 2012, 12:18:58 AM »
Thank you mate. Nothing they can do this time apart from pain relief when it is needed. Going to take some time coming to terms with it.
Ah fuck mate. About the only thing you can do now is to maximise your time around him and do those things you both always talked about doing but never quite got around to. Be there for him...
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1224 on: January 30, 2012, 12:24:36 AM »
Thank you mate. Nothing they can do this time apart from pain relief when it is needed. Going to take some time coming to terms with it.
Good luck to you mate.

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« Reply #1225 on: January 30, 2012, 12:33:39 AM »
So my stepdad has had several chemo sessions and has been responding well to treatment, all but one area of the cancer has shrunk so thatís good news, all we can do is wait for his next round and see how it goes. Fingers crossed.

My Dad was complaining of feeling ill around Christmas, he was struggling to keep his food down so he went to the docs, the doc referred him to the hospital carried out did a CT scan, got a call from my sister on the 30th of Dec, I was happily watching us beat Newcastle, I could tell she was about to give me bad news - her voice was breaking and I knew she had been crying. My sister told me that my old man had cancer in his gallbladder and liver. After further test they told my Dad that they couldnít operate because of the size of the tumor on his liver and that they would only be able to offer little if any treatment at all. My Dad has deteriorated so quickly itís frightening, last week they said they didnít think it would be worth offering him chemo due to how weak he had become but my Dad insisted so they offered him steroids to build his strength up. Itís been a few days since his steroid prescription and heís now bed ridden unable to stand or feed himself and is constantly being sick. The specialist is due to come round on Tuesday when I expect him to tell my Dad they canít do anything for him, they have already offered to put him on the Macmillan ward and make him comfortable, so Iím being realistic and expect the worst news. Although Iíve have seen my Dad everyday since he found out and know what to expect when I go round itís still really hard to see him like this. It was only before Christmas we were doing renovation work round my mums and now he cant even take himself to the toilet.

Before we found out about my stepdad Iíve never had to deal with any cancer in the family apart from my Gran but to be honest she was in her 80ís and really not well before hand. So I had come to terms with my stepdad having it and then this happens to my old man. Fucking unbelievable.


Make the most of what time you have left and do what you can for him...
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1226 on: January 30, 2012, 12:39:54 AM »
Make the most of what time you have left and do what you can for him...

I'm trying mate, just don't really know what it is I can do? Being with him is about all that's left now.
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1227 on: January 30, 2012, 09:45:19 AM »
So my friend who didn't have cancer, then had cancer and 2 weeks to live, now a week later does not have cancer, just some tumours that will kill her in maybe a year. I knew it was fucking bullshit all along. Astounded at how shitty and wrong the doctors could be though! Bet they'll change their minds again next week. Assholes.
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1228 on: January 30, 2012, 10:35:17 AM »
So my friend who didn't have cancer, then had cancer and 2 weeks to live, now a week later does not have cancer, just some tumours that will kill her in maybe a year. I knew it was fucking bullshit all along. Astounded at how shitty and wrong the doctors could be though! Bet they'll change their minds again next week. Assholes.

Sorry that youve all been put through what must be an incredibly emotional time, it is sometimes very hard to pin down for them and nowadays they are trying so hard to catch everything that mistakes are made. Hope your friend finally gets a definitive answer so they can get the treatment they can.

Also, so sorry to hear that Kit, hadnt checked in here for a while. Really sorry to hear, my thoughts are with you and your family mate.

Chakan, my grandad had prostate cancer and even though they caught it relatively late, he managed to fight it for years. Unfortunately by the time it was treated it had spread into his bones and theres nothing they can do for him now. In the same boat as Kit, just managing his pain and making him comfortable. The Macmillan nurses are absolute heroes, the work they do and the support they provide is brilliant, if you have any problems or worries you can call them for a chat, have a look here mate: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/HowWeCanHelp/HowWeCanHelp.aspx

Its great that they caught it early, thats always the main point in how they can deal with it. Catch it early and theres a great chance you can fight it off or at the least keep it under control. Hope he gets better mate, keep us posted.

Devastated to hear that EST, cant imagine how wrecking that must be. Its awful when it just hits fast like that, my thoughts are with you mate.

I hate this thread sometimes, just so much pain and hurt, such a c*nt of a disease. But theres so much support and help here in this daft bloody forum that it really helps just posting with people who are going through the same thing. Best of luck to everyone dealing with this bastard. Much love.
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1229 on: January 30, 2012, 01:22:19 PM »
Thanks all. I wish you all well with your situations also. I feel this thread could be of comfort in the coming months.
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« Reply #1230 on: January 30, 2012, 05:00:41 PM »
So my friend who didn't have cancer, then had cancer and 2 weeks to live, now a week later does not have cancer, just some tumours that will kill her in maybe a year. I knew it was fucking bullshit all along. Astounded at how shitty and wrong the doctors could be though! Bet they'll change their minds again next week. Assholes.

That's just appalling. Even worse. Hope your friend's ok (and all her loved ones) - I can't begin to imagine how anyone would cope with this. There was a wee problem with my diagnosis - and yes, I'm not the most laid back person on Earth - but that was bad enough. This is just unbelievable.

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« Reply #1231 on: January 30, 2012, 05:02:56 PM »
Thoughts are with Chakan, kitster and EST1982. Hope I haven't missed anyone. Keeping my fingers crossed for everyone.

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« Reply #1232 on: January 30, 2012, 05:05:57 PM »
That's just appalling. Even worse. Hope your friend's ok (and all her loved ones) - I can't begin to imagine how anyone would cope with this. There was a wee problem with my diagnosis - and yes, I'm not the most laid back person on Earth - but that was bad enough. This is just unbelievable.

Yup, they were planning the funeral and her husband was thinking of offing himself over it, imagine if he bloody well had done and it turned out to be for nothing. Boggles the mind how it goes from benign to cancer to just tumour and not cancer. Thankfully she'll be live and kicking for a while still but damn, there were literally hundreds of people upset over this.  :no

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Enemy, at that time, and now, I cant think of anything good to say about her. She's still being a c*nt

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« Reply #1233 on: January 30, 2012, 05:09:43 PM »
Horrible hearing that Enemy, really hope it gets sorted out soon. All the best.
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Re: Cancer
« Reply #1234 on: January 30, 2012, 06:55:37 PM »

So my friend who didn't have cancer, then had cancer and 2 weeks to live, now a week later does not have cancer, just some tumours that will kill her in maybe a year. I knew it was fucking bullshit all along. Astounded at how shitty and wrong the doctors could be though! Bet they'll change their minds again next week. Assholes.

Enemy

I was seriously pissed off reading this and I don't even know her. How awful it must be for you. How is it possible to tell a patient she has cancer if they're not 100% sure? Surely they should know if it's cancer or not? To me (I'm no doctor but just been reading loads about it recently) it sounds like, from the way you desceribed it, benign tumours that are located in places where it gets complicated if they keep growing, like in the brain. Again, I'm no doctor...just a thought.

Do you know where the tumours are located?     

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« Reply #1235 on: January 30, 2012, 07:25:19 PM »
Enemy

I was seriously pissed off reading this and I don't even know her. How awful it must be for you. How is it possible to tell a patient she has cancer if they're not 100% sure? Surely they should know if it's cancer or not? To me (I'm no doctor but just been reading loads about it recently) it sounds like, from the way you desceribed it, benign tumours that are located in places where it gets complicated if they keep growing, like in the brain. Again, I'm no doctor...just a thought.

Do you know where the tumours are located?     

I think near her spine but the biggest one encroaching on the vein down to her bowel. The thing is without them knowing if this tumour had been growing how could they have even given her 2 weeks? It could have been that size for 5 years or may even be that size for another 5. I know they like to give the worst case but you'd think (and I'm no doctor either) that with the big c they'd at least biopsy to confirm before upsetting everyone.
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« Reply #1236 on: January 30, 2012, 08:57:44 PM »
Yup, they were planning the funeral and her husband was thinking of offing himself over it, imagine if he bloody well had done and it turned out to be for nothing. Boggles the mind how it goes from benign to cancer to just tumour and not cancer. Thankfully she'll be live and kicking for a while still but damn, there were literally hundreds of people upset over this.  :no

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Holy shamoly - this is truly shocking. Actually, scrap that - it's unacceptable. I hope someone has apologised and explained what happenend, at the very least. You simply do NOT put people through this. Ever. It makes me so angry.

Good for your friend though, and I hope she gets even better news in the near future. Keep us posted please, and be good to yourself.

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« Reply #1237 on: January 31, 2012, 04:02:39 PM »
Thanks all. I wish you all well with your situations also. I feel this thread could be of comfort in the coming months.

Feel free to drop a PM if you need to or just vent in here. Plenty of people to lean on or shoulders to cry on. All the best.

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« Reply #1238 on: January 31, 2012, 05:23:25 PM »
Well folks, today i got the 'All Clear' after being diagnosed in December 2008 with A.L.L (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) aged 21. Battling through highs and lows whilst undergoing chemo for over the last three years, i will turn 25 on Thursday so it will be a double celebration!
It certainly put my life in perspective and after starting treatment a young & naive boy, i feel i have matured massively and come out a better person ready to start my life again!
It is heart-warming to see all the help and support in this thread and that there are positive outcomes. My thoughts go out to everyone who is currently dealing with it or know of others who are.

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I am running the London Marathon in April to raise money for the charity that has helped and supported me during my time in hospital as it was something i really wanted to do shortly after i was diagnosed. The link below if anyone is interested.

http://www.balmoral-group.com/foa/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=148





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« Reply #1239 on: January 31, 2012, 05:56:39 PM »
Congratulations mate. That must feel amazing. Enjoy your birthday!