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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Whatchyu got going there Russ? Dolphins and Patriots?

      11 days ago
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    Russ wrote on martyp's wall

    Hello martyp, Welcome to WhatNext where you may find someone who is on the same cancer journey as yourself. I myself am a stage IV, 17yr, pancreatic cancer survivor. So you see this disease can be beat. People ask me how I did it? It was persistence and determination to bneat this disease. It was the cards and letters from so many family, and friends that kept me going. I saved all of those cards and letters and pull them out around my day of surgery...November 3, 2000. I would also be a fool to not think there was some Devine intervention that took place. Never give up hope martyp...and get out of the house every day. Don't sit at home talking yourself into a state of depression. I have gone out every day since the day of my surgery. At first I would go to the mall, and have lunch in the food court, now I go to Chick-fil-A every day for the past 6-7 years. They treat me so well...and allow me to keep a bottle of Thousand Island dressing behind the counter for my salad. I am probably the only person who goes to Chick-fil-A every day and doesn't order chicken. They recently built a new Chick-fil-A and have now added a button on all the cash registers that say..."Russ' fries, and Russ' salad"...and that's all they have to push for my order. You don't have to go out for lunch every day like I do...you can just to the mall and people watch. If you don't feel up to it at least get out to the front stoop and take in some sun. At first I would walk to the mailbox and back before I was finally able to walk around the block...then it was driving to the mall, and now Chick-fil-A. Never give up hope martyp. Remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is the candle of hope. My best to you martyp...Russ

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      I do get around and have fun flying my drone and sometimes doing live feeds on Facebook of our sunsets here in the north end of the San Francisco Bay.

      I am also trying to build a coin selling business and other things to take up my time.

      I also have my younger brother living with us who also has cancer that we are trying to get under control.

      I don’t think I am heading towards the oven just yet . But with family history it would be a foolish thing to not know what coming for me .

      2 months ago
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      Sounds as though you are doing okay...

      2 months ago
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    beachbum5817 wrote on Russ's wall

    Hi, Russ. I currently am a WhatNext member for myself as a breast cancer survivor. I am reaching out to you as a caregiver for my husband who has been diagnosed with "Adenocarcinoma of head of pancreas". It took a month and a half for the doctors to diagnose him and another month for treatment to start. He is Stage II. He has his first chemo on Monday. He is not doing well with it. He has no appetite and can't drink much. He has been back to the cancer center everyday for them to give him IV fluids. I found you, and you are giving me hope. I know this is going to be a tough road, and I pray that he won't give up on the treatment. He has lost over 30 pounds. Fortunately, he had it to lose, but it is becoming too much. If you have any suggestions, I would be very grateful. I don't know how I can help him. I think it is much harder to be the caregiver than it is the patient. Thanks for letting me vent. Take care.

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    Russ wrote on Myloulou's wall

    Hello Myloulou, Welcome to WhatNext a great website to find someone who is on the same cancer journey as yourself. I am a 17year, stage IV, pancreatic cancer survivor. So you see this disease can be beat! I don't know if they give the same chemotherapy as I had...it was 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, non-stop for 5 weeks. Radiation 5 days a week during the same 5 weeks. It was devastating to say the least! One thing to remember is to never give up hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and it is the candle of hope. We here will keep that candle lit until you are able to do it yourself. Our best to you from those of us here on WhatNext...Russ

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    Russ wrote on arlenematz's wall

    Hello arlenematz, Welcome to WhatNext...an excellent website to find someone who is on the same cancer journey as yourself. In fact I myself am a 17 yr stage IV pancreatic cancer survivor. So you see this disease can be beat especially since you are stage II. I was diagnosed at age 56, and I am now 73. One thing to remember Arlene is to never give up hope. Hope is the only candle lit in the darkness while all the others have gone out. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it is the candle of hope. All of us here at WhatNext will keep that candle of hope lit for you until you are able to do it yourself. I noticed on your profile page that you have not begun treatments. How about surgery...do they plan for you to have any surgery or have you already had surgery? Remember Arlene all of us here on WhatNext are here to offer you our support. My best to you...Russ

    • 42william's Avatar

      Russ, have you been pn some kind of treatment all this time

      about 1 month ago
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      Hi Russ, first of all, thank you for sharing your experience. I had surgery on 2/14/18, with the removal of half of my pancreas and spleen. I'm in active treatment with chemo and have completed 2 cycles. So far the chemo has been tolerable with the help of Zofran anti-nausea med. After you were done with treatment, did you change your diet, like limiting or eliminating red meat, lots of veggies and fruits and green tea? Thanks again for the words of hope and encouragement. Best, Arlene Matz

      about 1 month ago
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    Ankarankar wrote on Russ's wall

    Thank you so much. I had my niece read about you to my brother. He is a former West Point graduate who has been working for IBM and is 61 years old soon to be 62. He was just about to retire. I cannot tell you how much your post meant to us. He has been through his second chemo and has been very sick. I do not live near by and honestly they do not want company till after the chemo when he feels better. We appreciate you more than we can say.