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Brian Garcia
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Alaska Update
That's right, if you hadn't heard, we're back in Alaska!  Sorry, I realize that some people rely on this for status updates and I've definitely been lax in that department but we've been busy...in a good way! I finished my radiation treatment on June 6th an...
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Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a Scam
You've all seen the commercials or the billboards or the Google Ads when you search for anything cancer related. You can't spell the word "cancer" these days without coming across the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, CTCA for short.  For those of you ho...
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Proton Therapy Update
I'm now about 3 weeks into Proton Beam Therapy at Penn with two more to go. After my insurance rejected the therapy three times, my company (ConocoPhillips) actually stepped in the day before I was schedule to start the more harmful treatment and overruled ...
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Treatment - Round 5
Yes, this is really the 5th round of treatment. This was originally going to be a negative post about how every time we set a date to get back to Alaska, we are forced to change it, but I think we've had enough negative posts for a bit. We got some mixed ne...
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Got Ink?
Got any tattoos? Who's your favorite artist? When I get a craving for some new ink, I just go to my radiation oncologist.  Check it out! Please disregard the somewhat blumpy torso...it's been a tough year. They use these little guys to position me within th...
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How Many Oncologists Does it Take to...
Seriously! How many oncologists does it take to figure out a course of treatment? As soon as you go beyond 1, the question becomes impossible to answer because there's no way any 2 oncologists can come to a consensus on how to treat cancer that doesn't foll...
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What Does Remission Mean to You?
What does the word remission mean to you? I'll tell you what it means to me: jackshit.  Remission is a fucking lie.  Nothing but a big fat lie. LIE LIE LIE LIE BIG FUCKING LIE. Sorry, I've made it point not to curse on this blog because I know family member...
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Going Home!
It's been pointed out to me by several people that it has been quite awhile since my last update. I guess it has, but there hasn't been a whole lot exciting going on around here. I made it home for the holidays which was good because we got to spend it with...
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Home from Transplant, What Now?
I got out of the transplant unit Monday afternoon and returned to my parent's in NJ where I'll remain until I am cleared to go back to Alaska which will at least be until March 13th, 100 days from transplant.  From the day of transplant, it took my white bl...
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Transplant Day +12: Third HLE of the Year
What's a "HLE" you ask? That would be a Hair Loss Event and today marks the third one of the year. Much like the last one, it pretty much all came out at once in a single day. It grew back pretty quickly the other two times and hopefully I haven't pushed my...
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