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    Decision Point: OK, So the PET scan did lite up cancer in the hilum area , most likely nodes, and when going in to do a needle aspiration they found more cancer on the throat...So I am now considered incurable and on maintenance chemo for life as of now. I will absorb this and then after a brief hiatus start to look for alternate possibilities in the medical field. I don't go down easily............ :)

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    Oh No (Cancer is back/Recurred ): Not sure as of todays writing whats in store for me.....They have found a 2.5 cm mass in my Hilar region and I am to have a bronchoscopy in the morning Aug 18th 2011...
    It wasn't found in a CT scan but actually was found on a routine blood draw when my CEA started elevating..It seems to be an indicator for me...After a PET scan it was found that it is located on the same left side, just above the heart and next to the peritracheal cartilage...There is evidence of a high calcium content which could mean possible histoplasmosis, but with my uptake in CEA its likely I know what I am dealing with...There again for the most part, knowledge is good, though sometimes it tells you things that you might not want to know just yet.
    In any event, I'm still kickin' and hope to be for a long time....I guess we will see .....

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    Oh No (Cancer has spread/Metastasized): September 7th 2010...Cancer had returned into my upper left lung lobe...1.4 CM mass was removed and was determined to have colorectal cells in it, deeming me Stage 4. It was removed and all margins were clear as well as all surrounding nodes...No adjuvant chemo was recommended.

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    Celebration (Still here to tell my story.........): I now celebrate everyday as if its my last, I take nothing for granted anymore. I try and be to others as they are to me. I try and teach care, love, and hope aspects to any that will listen. I have my faith that carries me everyday to the end. All my strength comes from my faith, and I rely on that faith to get me through the dark times as well as the good times...
    I celebrate every little tidbit in this journey, for most of us there are no big wins, only small victories and usually one at a time. We must celebrate each as if they are monumental, and they truly are. We must pull the good out from the bad and relish it, for that what makes us the survivors that we are...... Celebrate Life !!!

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    Decision Point: Most Likely the most important part of your journey. I immersed myself into trying to learn as much as possible about the particular disease and situation I was in. In order for us to make the "Decision of our Life" it is very important that you become an advocate of your own destiny, even meaning if you have to make difficult decisions for yourself. Most medical individuals I have spoken with will only recommend what they think will do you the most good for your particular situation and then ultimately let you make the final decision, so as not to be at fault if things go "south" on us...so to be overloaded with knowledge is a good thing when large decisions have to be made with regard to quality, quantity, or life and death itself.........its simply not a choice that we can allow to let someone else make for us when we have the ability to control the only thing left we can control....our treatment protocol..........