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Old 13 July 2015, 20:27
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Good luck with your treatment. My prayers are with you.
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Old 13 July 2015, 23:07
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Good luck. Prayers for a quick and full recovery.
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Old 13 July 2015, 23:56
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Lefty,

Nothing to add - just prayers for your full and speedy recovery.

Kick cancers ass!

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Old 14 July 2015, 05:41
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My wife had a prayer said for you at a local Catholic Church, she's like that.

I'm a little surprised to see I'm the first to say "Fuck cancer!"
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Old 11 September 2015, 00:02
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Home again after completing 30 days of radiation. Rather than list all the side effects, I would simply state it is not for the faint of heart. Oncologist states it will take months for everything to clear up and return to normal. Until then I feed myself with a tube in my belly, inject lots of meds, and hawk up enormous gross globs of phlegm every 15 minutes or so.
Docs will check on me in a month and perform the first scans in three months. They told me I have a 50/50 chance of recovery.

For a number of reasons, we chose the Milwaukee VAMC where I was able to stay in a domiciliary free of charge. All the medical staff treated me and my fellow sufferers like gold. All the bureaucrats and non-medical staff treated us like dirt. Can't even begin to list all nonsense I witnessed.

Received an amazing amount of support from friends, coworkers, and fellow vets, esp. the Ranger community.

So glad, so very glad, to have this behind me so I can recover and move on to the rest of my life.
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Old 11 September 2015, 00:15
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Good to here your home Karl. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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Old 11 September 2015, 00:49
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Glad your back home. Hope all goes well for you
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Old 11 September 2015, 02:49
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Lefty so sorry you are going through this. No knowledge regarding subject to offer advice, however, I will lift you up in prayer asking for wisdom to make the correct choice and for healing.

God bless.
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Old 11 September 2015, 03:54
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Old 11 September 2015, 06:36
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Old 11 September 2015, 06:50
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Old 11 September 2015, 11:18
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Old 11 September 2015, 15:20
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Glad you're back home. I hope you have a quick recovery.
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Old 11 September 2015, 15:38
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Prayers out.

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Old 11 September 2015, 16:56
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I hope you have a full recovery.
Everyone can learn something from your experiences and maybe save themselves some grief in the future. Anyone that does not keep their own digital copies of MRIs, CT scans and X-rays should start. This practice saved me a lot of time when a Doctor thought I might have kidney cancer. By comparing a 2 year old CT with a current CT kidney cancer was ruled out. The spot that concerned him showed no cange over that time.
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Old 11 September 2015, 17:32
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Old 25 October 2015, 23:18
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Brief update: So far, so good. Regaining my strength, able to work outside, altho I haven't picked up the chainsaw yet. Been doing some bowhunting with a new crossbow. Started swallowing my pills whole and my liquid food about a month ago. Have to be careful swallowing, the glottis/esophagus/trachea junction didn't fit just right after surgery. At the one month checkup I insisted on removal of the PEG tube, they had me do some swallow tests, then removed the tube. Hurt but worth it. Some tastes are coming back (like beer, yay!) but mouth is still super dry. Things like yogurt still stick to the tongue and inside of mouth, so still on liquids. Left half of tongue is paralyzed and swollen, really clumsy and makes speech a challenge. When asked about when it will stop swelling, surgeon said never, it's a combination of fatty tissue and lymphedema.
Was told loss of beard on chin and neck is forever. Very few whiskers have grown back, my handlebar mustache is gone for good. Weird hair loss on back of head may be permanent.
After being told the radiation effects would "bottom out" two weeks after last treatment, I learned last week that the radiation will continue to cause damage for six months.
All things considered, I am still at ease with the decision to endure radiation. First post-op scan will be in January.

Editorial comment: Had it not been for the adversity I willingly chose in my brief military career and voluntarily suffering the worst the military could do to me, I honestly do not know how I could have handled the medical challenges of this past year. Testing myself early in life gave me the strength and ability to endure and prevail over the trials of later life.

Thanks again to all for the good wishes, prayers, and calls.
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Old 25 October 2015, 23:48
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Old 26 October 2015, 01:15
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Old 26 October 2015, 02:26
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Lefty, you've been through so much and overcame it!

Be thankful the doctors didn't recommend the increasingly popular anal route for throat work. ;-)

I can't believe anyone had the gall to treat you poorly during your procedure and recovery!! Is it anything you can speak more about so we know who to avoid and if the chance arises who's ass to kick?

Have you considered any kind of legal action? Id fight to get that case. I keep thinking about how one of the nurses treated my grandfather when she thought no one was looking. He didnt speak much after he hit his head and she thought he would never be able to communicate what she was doing. Some people are just evil and need a long fall with a short stop.

Seriously if its something you feel comfortable speaking about (and if you don't feel comfortable in open forum feel free to PM) the long arm of SOCNET is capable of amazing things and very protective of its amazing people.

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