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    Customs1789 wrote on lilnipper's wall

    Lilnipper, I also had Melanoma skin cancer on top of my head removed about 17 years ago. I didn't have chemo or radiation and it did metastasize into my brain about 12 years later. Originally, the doctor's told me I wouldn't likely live for a year, but I am still Here 17 years later! Good Luck, Jim

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    Left Cerebellum Brain Cancer

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      I didn't but my father did. He passed as they could not get the entire tumor.. I pray that yours is different

      over 2 years ago
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    Customs1789 wrote on Djvermont's wall

    Djvermont, I had brain surgery to combat brain cancer about four years ago. About two years after that my health became so bad I had to retire. I just finished a long series of HYPERBOLIC OXYGEN THERAPY. I is usually used to help with external wounds but may also help with internal wounds due to surgery. I learned about this years after my surgery and the docs say it would have been better if I had done this painless process sooner after my surgery. Just a thought.

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      Can I ask you a sensitive question? If you knew your health was going to deteriorate in 2 years, would you have tried to stop working earlier before your decline? We are still in very early stages of all of this (2 months since we knew he had a brain tumor and only 2 weeks since we got the prognosis) but I'm having a hard time fathoming going back to work. We are staying positive and plan to beat the odds but even if we do, I doubt I'm going to regret spending the highest quality time with my soul mate. Honestly it would almost make more sense to me to go back to work part time if his health declines. I'm looking for a sanity check- am I thinking about this the wrong way? Again, feel free not to respond if I'm asking a question you don't want to answer.

      over 2 years ago
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      My brain cancer was in the left cerebellum that mainly controls balance and fine motor skills. The docs told me back then, that area is the best location in the brain to have cancer. It has barely effected my thinking and the docs told me that I will have difficulties but I should live another decade or more. With that in mind, these are my thoughts on your question.

      If my prognosis was not so promising (short life expectancy, ill effects on thinking ability) I would have quit earlier. In my case, a few months after the surgery I felt good enough to go back to work. For monetary reasons and stubbornness towards making it to a full retirement, I am happy that I returned to work. But I live alone so there was little enticing me to stop working. Overall, I am glad that I toughed it out for two more years.

      If I had someone closer to me, like a wife, and I could afford to quit immediately I would have. I would have done all the things I could do, starting with the most challenging. Time is so short here on earth and it is a shame that we basically sell our limited time for money. If I could have afforded it, I would have quit immediately.

      I hope this answers your question. Please let me know how things are going.

      In His Love, Jim

      over 2 years ago
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    Customs1789 wrote on notsmiling's wall

    Notsmiling, I had Malignant Melanoma skin cancer removed from my scalp about 15 years ago. My first prognosis was that I was unlikely to live nine months. Cancer did spread a few years ago but I am still here 15 years later! I am now 53 years old.

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    Customs1789 wrote on Malindke's wall


    Just a quick note to say congratulations on the years past the Melanoma skin cancer. Mine was diagnosed and treated about 14 years ago!