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Who else has it or has survived it?

I had a 50/50 chance of dying when I was 14 (started when I was 12) but pulled through. Fuckin love doctors. I had a fairly serious case of Melanoma.

Anyone else a survivor?
My grandfather had lung cancer and he passed away I’ve also interned on an oncology floor at the local hospital, so I’ve seen how horrific it is first hand…

But congratulations on fighting it and surviving
Yea man the hospital was a very sad place. I shared rooms a lot when I would stay over for visits and more often than not the person I was next to was dying and had weeks/months to live. It was really sad to think that there was nothing a doctor could do for them. I saw a lot of the same faces obviously and then when you quit seeing their face it was hard to get over it — not knowing if they were OK now or had passed away. People who work at hospitals though are some of the best people in this world. They are always happy and take on a very emotionally stressing job and make EVERYONE’s day brighter because of what they do. I’d like to be a doctor but I’m honestly not smart enough.

Dude, don’t even. If that is honestly what you want to do, then pursue it. I know it’s difficult, but if you try very hard you can do it.

I don’t consider myself all that smart, but I’m applying to med. school this upcoming June. Hell, if I don’t get in I’ll get my masters and then reapply…I do this because becoming a doctor is what I really want to do and I won’t quit until I have that MD or DO after my name. For some people getting good grades/MCAT scores comes naturally, but for most people it comes down to how much they study/put towards it.

Basically, you want it? Do it!
I fail like every science class I’ve ever taken even after studying, talking to the teacher, office hours, extra help, doing all of the homework and then more studying and teacher help…thing’s like that just don’t really click for me. Instead of helping people medically I plan on being a police officer and hopefully after that a higher ranking job such as FBI, CIA, DEA or even just like a SWAT officer in a larger city.

Well, GL in whatever you decide to do and once again, congrats on surviving.

-Brian
Thanks. It still gets me down thinking about those days and the pain though…but the pictures of me with my nurses and doctors always make me happy because everyone is smiling and being really nice — trying to cheer me up. Those people are amazing. I should go by sometime and see everyone…I go there still every 3 or 6 months but haven’t really gone by to talk with EVERYONE in years.

– Dietrich
Ugh I cant even imagine having it, but I did need to get patches of skin removed because they thought I had a chance of having melanoma last year so they actually had to cut a chunk of skin and stitch it up to test me. Left me a nasty scar on my chest and leg. Kinda scary waiting for results. I am always worried I might still get it though.

I have also lost an aunt to cancer, and 2 of my other aunts have it now. I dont even want to get started on my friends parents who have it. Its like EVERYONE is getting cancer now…really though, it isnt a death sentience as much as it used to be which is good. But its still rampant and its sad
RIP. Hopefully your other two aunts can power through and put it behind them.
Sent an e-mail this morning out to my main doctor and the two nurses who were with me a lot. Just said Hi, doing well, thank you and you are wonderful people and that I’d love to get lunch or catch up sometime. I just got a reply from two of them. They still had a picture of me on their computer that they sent me. I want to give them a huge hug.

Anyone else effected or am I the only one? I thought more people would have replied.
Not me but my gramma was a breast cancer survivor. She got in her 60s, lived to be 89. She basically died of old age My mom is a two-time survivor. She got hit in 2000 and again in 2003. She lost both breasts. If she can make it to next spring without anything showing up in her tests, then she can come off her anti-cancer medication and be considered cancer free

My dad was hit with both colon and lung cancer when he was in his 60s. From diagnosis til death was less than 6 months. Having him one day and gone in such a short time turned my life and my mom’s life upside down. She was 52 and had always been a housewife, never had a real job outside of home. 6 weeks after he was gone she landed a part time job. I dropped school and went to work full time to help her with bills. The first year and a half really sucked, we both went through alot of emotional ups n downs, but we eventually were able to pick up and move on. She met a wonderful man 8 years later and married him. She got her 2nd bout of breast cancer 3 months later, and he was very supportive. He was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer but it was caught early so hopefully the treatment he is receiving will help. He was bummed upon hearing the C word, but for the most part he has a really good attitude and enjoys each day.
In on this, I beat lymphoma and have been cancer free for almost 3 years. The 14th of this month was my 1 year anniversary of the end of chemo.

Thanks. It still gets me down thinking about those days and the pain though…but the pictures of me with my nurses and doctors always make me happy because everyone is smiling and being really nice — trying to cheer me up. Those people are amazing. I should go by sometime and see everyone…I go there still every 3 or 6 months but haven’t really gone by to talk with EVERYONE in years.

– Dietrich

I seriously love all my doctors and nurses after going through what I did, they are all such wonderful people and I’m actually kind of sad that I don’t get to see them much anymore.
my mom didn’t really have cancer.. but she had a brain tumor which required radiation treatment, brain surgery, and chemo for a while.

i remember she wouldn’t let me skip school to go to hospital with her for the surgery and i was sitting in biology class so scurrd
How does one get melanoma at 14? Were you outside a lot?

I’ve never heard of young people getting that (well, rarely).

Glad you pulled through.

How does one get melanoma at 14? Were you outside a lot?

I’ve never heard of young people getting that (well, rarely).

Glad you pulled through.

Well I was diagnosed at 12 actually, but yeah…it is not always from the sun…it can be completely random. I was someone who was out in the sun a lot, but they didn’t say that was THE reason why. It all started from an irregular mole that was cancerous and spread from there. Melanoma is typically found in those who are out tanning a lot for their whole lives and then get it around 35-55 but yea, it CAN happen to anyone…wear your damn sunscreen I guess!!

frikkin dawt.

Grats on your 3 year anniversary!!

I plan on getting my "cancer-free" date tattooed on my back somewhere.
not cancer but had a benign tumor when i was 8 years old. they had to remove one of my adrenal glands. im 25 now
i had cancer on the top of my head when i was like 3..i just remember going into the doctor’s office and they put a toilet seat cover looking thing over me and i saw the yellow from the iodine on and it and my mom gave me a lollipop..

no more cancer.
I got testicular cancer at 23. I’m 31 now and am doing pretty well.

i had cancer on the top of my head when i was like 3..i just remember going into the doctor’s office and they put a toilet seat cover looking thing over me and i saw the yellow from the iodine on and it and my mom gave me a lollipop..

no more cancer.

sounds like a simple basal cell removal. yay for lollipops.
I just got word that a homie of mine passed away this summer. When I was like 13 in the hospital he was like 14 almost 15. We both had melanoma, had the same shitty treatments and were hella good friends. Someone to look forward to seeing when you were in hell I guess. Anyway, he was told he was "clean" and started living his life again and left the hospital. I on the other hand was still there and this made me feel like I was going to die. He was the one who got to leave "early" in my eyes. I got super depressed then and wanted to kill myself. Apparently the cancer came back 4 years later and he had been fighting it ever since then….trying whatever new medicines there were and whatever else but slowly kept declining until he passed away. I never even heard about it until I Facebook’d him after thinking about it and found 100’s of wall posts about him passing away and a website journal of his life.

RIP.
Ever since reading about my friend I’ve had like permanent anxiety thinking about what if I have a second occurrence. UGHHHHHHH. Fuck me.

Hi-Five for the ex-Lymphoma crew!

I had Large B Cell Lymphoma in 2005. Been clear of it for now for 3 years as of Sept.
Hah…wow….this thread was ironically bumped.

I am going in today to the hospital to have more tests done after my biopsy came back with some properties of melanoma.

This would be the second time for melanoma before I turn 20 years old.

All I can think is I pray it is NOT melanoma, and if it is somehow, I hope it can be taken care of QUICKLY this time.
I lost my mom this year from lung cancer. Two week later we found out my wife has stage four lung cancer. It has already spread to her brain and liver. She just turned 51, I’m 52. Radiation seems to have taken care of the brain but we’re not sure whether to continue with chemo. The second round was a real ass kicker.

Cancer has seemed to become so rampant that I believe we will all get it someday if we live long enough.

I lost my mom this year from lung cancer. Two week later we found out my wife has stage four lung cancer. It has already spread to her brain and liver. She just turned 51, I’m 52. Radiation seems to have taken care of the brain but we’re not sure whether to continue with chemo. The second round was a real ass kicker.

Cancer has seemed to become so rampant that I believe we will all get it someday if we live long enough.

I’m so sorry to hear that, I sincerely hope you guys can pull through.

I’m 23 and my mom just died from Breast Cancer in March, she’d just bought her first house a month before and was about to turn 50. It was/is really hard because she was the only really close person to me (no father or siblings). Sucks, but I try not to wallow..she’d want me to live my life to the fullest. She was a registered nurse for premature babies and all of her coworkers and patients came to her funeral. Even the parents of newborns that didn’t make it came to the funeral and announced how devoted and caring she was to their children while they were alive. All throughout her treatment (2 years of multiple chemos, radiation, double mastectomy, etc) she never complained one bit and went to work with a smile even when she was weak inside, she was very courageous till the end.

Here’s a pic of her and me when I was about 15/16.


She sounds like a very wonderful lady and I’m sorry that she has passed away.

It is people like her that make such a large difference in people’s & patient’s lives so subtly. It’s the little things that count when you are sick in a hospital.
I’ve got myself convinced I’m on the same path as my mom & a handful of others in my family.

Esophageal cancer is a huge killer in my family. I’ve got all the hallmarks already. My mom was diagnosed & treated about 4 years ago. Had most of her esophagus & stomach removed. She’s the first in our fam to be diagnosed & treated before it progressed.

Skin cancer has claimed a few … very few people in my family die from anything other than cancer.

Oh, goodie.

Congrats to those of you managing to cope day by day.

She sounds like a very wonderful lady and I’m sorry that she has passed away.

It is people like her that make such a large difference in people’s & patient’s lives so subtly. It’s the little things that count when you are sick in a hospital.

She really was, been missing her a lot lately. You’re right, I’d never known how much of a positive impact she made until she was gone and people told me. I’m so proud of her.

I’m glad you’re in remission, be as healthy as you can to stay that way.
I should get a confirmed appointment date for my surgery on Monday or Tuesday.

Then it’s just waiting until the surgery and then a waiting game for some more results. I’ll be fine though, I know. So it’s no big deal.
A friend of mine just found out her mom has lung cancer. Apparently they caught it early and it hasn’t spread elsewhere, but its still scary. She’s moving back home for a few months to be with her (we’re 23). No history of cancer in the family, no smoking, healthy lifestyle, etc. Shit sucks I’m scared for my friend and her family.

I’ve never given cancer that much thought before, no history of it in my family, never had anyone close affected by it before. I’m studying nuclear medicine, and now i’m surrounded by it every day. Its been a huge eye opener for me. For example, we had a 31 year old male in and he was just diagnosed with colon cancer. Had no symptoms, no history in family, etc. He didn’t feel anything until a couple weeks before they found it. Turns out it was stage 4 and metastatic and spread all over. He doesn’t have much longer to live. 31 freakin years old, out of the blue. Its motivating me to make sure and do things that make me happy while i have the chance.
Stage IV is fucked up. Hopefully he does not have too much pain.
I haven’t had it, but it’s rampant in my family on both sides. I lost my grandpa to it last year. He was the kind of guy that never got sick, never had to go to the hospital, etc., but last year right around this time at the end of October he went into the doctor and they found out he had lung cancer and that it was spreading. He passed away on December 10, so it progressed extremely fast. I’m just happy that my entire family was able to make it up to see him and my grandma at Thanksgiving, and he even made the comment that it was great to have everyone together for Thanksgiving (that was the first time it’d happened for probably eight or nine years.) I’m glad we were at least able to make him really happy before he passed. He smoked like 4 packs/day for 40 years and was a pretty heavy drinker for most of his life. He gave it all up cold turkey and didn’t touch it for the past 10 or 12 years of his life, but the damage was already done by then. He was only 66.

Both of my grandfathers died from lung cancer. I never met either of them.

I’m so sorry to hear that, I sincerely hope you guys can pull through.

I’m 23 and my mom just died from Breast Cancer in March, she’d just bought her first house a month before and was about to turn 50. It was/is really hard because she was the only really close person to me (no father or siblings). Sucks, but I try not to wallow..she’d want me to live my life to the fullest. She was a registered nurse for premature babies and all of her coworkers and patients came to her funeral. Even the parents of newborns that didn’t make it came to the funeral and announced how devoted and caring she was to their children while they were alive. All throughout her treatment (2 years of multiple chemos, radiation, double mastectomy, etc) she never complained one bit and went to work with a smile even when she was weak inside, she was very courageous till the end.

Here’s a pic of her and me when I was about 15/16.

God bless her and you. What a wonderful woman and such a loss to us all.

I’m just being all emo child. Don’t mind me or anything stupid I say.

I’m just kind of over this bullshit. Disrupting my peaceful life again.
November 28th, 2008 @ 12:15PM, show up at 9:30AM. WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Just checked my voicemail.

Goodbye cancer, we had fun, but it’s now time for you to die in a fire.

November 28th, 2008 @ 12:15PM, show up at 9:30AM. WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Just checked my voicemail.

Goodbye cancer, we had fun, but it’s now time for you to die in a fire.

good luck
Thanks! I saw my Mom this weekend briefly but didn’t even tell her. I feel bad hiding it from her but I don’t know what I should do. I think she would be emotionally destroyed right now if she knew I had cancer again. My parents are currently going through a divorce and yeah…the house is already hectic enough. On the flip side, it seems like something I should not hide and should just be up front about…she’ll find out about it sooner or later and would probably be hurt that I felt I couldn’t tell her. Bleh. All I pray for is that it is over with, Nov. 28th at 4:15PM and I never have to deal with it again. I will be out of service for a while though…I’m going to need to take it easy for a few days after and somehow get to my finals also. By then I should hopefully be healed up enough where I can walk with no pain.

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