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One MCL survivor to another

As a cancer survivor, specifically mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) since April 2006, I am a grateful member of the ACOR Listserv (link below), a member-survivor-only message board that daily sends numerous updates from members. This one from MCL survivor Jim Bridgman was particularly worthy of archive status:

"I met a neighbor at the mailboxes on the corner one day. He lived less than a half mile away in our rural setting. Walter told me that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and when I asked him what type, he said mantle cell. He had already been getting treatment and was getting ready to go in for an Auto transplant.

"I went and visited him in the hospital during the transplant and soon he was out. We became pretty good friends. I believe his remission was less that two years and during that time his high school sweetheart wife died suddenly in his arms one night.

"At that point, I believe Walter lost the will to live. He relapsed and I drove him and attended all his doctor visits and treatments. We were like a couple of class clowns during those visits and kept the hospital staff in stitches.

"When he would have tremors from the Rituxan, I would tell him afterward that he looked like bacon frying. There was some debate about him doing an allogeneic transplant and the ultimate decision was up to him.

"After much conversation, Walter decided to go ahead with it and they did an unrelated donor transplant. After the transplant, Walters marrow would never produce enough blood cells and they were giving him blood a couple of times a week.

"Finally they gave him a choice of whether he wanted to keep on doing that, because it would eventually fail. He opted to stop the transfusion and go home. I visited him ever day as his health declined. It was about a week before Walter was taken home to be with the Lord. I am incredibly grateful and honored for the time we had as friends."

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Bet that not many CANSWERISTS (cancer survivors) mark retirement and remission via the same calendar like this one?
January 1, 2010 marked the official start of both my early retirement and my full remission from mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) that was first diagnosed (DX) in April 2006. That MCL DX was followed by some 16 months of chemotherapy, then an allogeneic stem cell transplant in Agst 2007. A brief relapse of the MCL with a single tumor in October 2007 was followed by successful radiation treatment known as tomotherapy. Most all of this care took place at City of Hope in Duarte, CA. Essentially, retirement and cancer remission took place in a parallel timeline that is over 2,500 days in duration.

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▶ In the recasting of my MyJournal blog posts, this was originally posted on 1/02/07, just about 8 months before my aSCT* at City of Hope.

▶ We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called 'Opportunity' and its first chapter is New Year's Day."--Edith Lovejoy Pierce

▶ I must admit, writing is one of my passions. From my college days as a journalism student, I have always practiced this art in some form. Although I have never written a book, I have written numerous articles for print in organizational publications and newspapers.

▶ Early in my career, I remember what a thrill it was to have one of my "news releases" for a Denver hospital "adopted" by a Denver Post reporter and published on PAGE ONE of that well-known periodical.

▶My first job after college was as a public television promotional officer when most of my writing was 30-second television spots for everything from "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" to a local cooking show.

▶ Later, my career moved to healthcare and hospitals and into nonprofit organizational advancement through fund-raising, where the art of writing and communications served me (and I trust my employers) well.This path will be 37 years of duration in May 2007. When I count or recall all of the new year days in that span, that's a multitude of chapters. Perhaps enough to make a book, right?

* aSCT = allogeneic stem cell transplant ▶

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17/NIV

A new creation?
(originally posted in MyJournal on 24July2007)

I don't know about you, but I enjoy new things. Among my colleagues in the healthcare fund development profession, I may be among those who have seen the most "new" beginnings. That's because, for me, there have been 11 job location changes since 1970. One career, but many new starts, not to mention the new addresses.

Little did I realize that my childhood nomadic life as a military dependent (U.S. Army) would be duplicated by my adult civilian occupation. While I was in some 13 different schools through college, I came to realize that these travels brought an adaptability and a tolerance for change, not to mention the constant experience with "new" people, events, and circumstances.

But it is still hard to fathom becoming a "new creation" as this verse describes. I know that of my own power, I am incapable of making anything "new." With HIM, all things are possible. [Mark 10:7]We hold this promise that we are "new" when we abide in Christ. The old self has died; a new being is born. Believe it! Accept it! Live it!

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#IVIG Gi▶ #SocialCurrentSee
▶The top-of-the lineup story in this TRILOGY prompts my memory about the numerous times in which I arrived at City of Hope and other medical facilities for chemo sessions or other reasons.  The most astounding visual that prompted concern was the sight of m...

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This is what the Lord says, ... "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:16,18-19/NIV

Doing new things? This is the time of year when most of us think about just that. Usually, the "new things" we contemplate surround new year's resolutions. Mine is keeping a personal journal while my wife, Dee Dee, months ago started a scrapbook (type of graphic journal) about our walk since last March when we discovered the mantle cell lymphoma. Isn't the INTERNET a wonderful tool for this purpose? I have created this BLOG with the help of a variety of internet and software tools. The effort is mainly for the purpose of keeping the myriad of information about my case in one easy to search, retrievable location. And now I can share this information with you, my friends and family.

I know: This is probably too much information! But interspersed with all that medical and scientific stuff are a few paragraphs of humor and other citations that I would like to share about assorted topics relating to our lives and our vocations.

Now, you can read as much or as little as you like as you follow the Foxworths on this unexpected, unintended journey. But, you know, life is like that: We never know what to expect, so it is a good thing that our Creator has encouraged us to forget the former things and to not dwell on the past. Instead, we look ahead to see what "springs up!" Whatever that may be?

The above post was published originally on 12/31/06, the first holiday season post my MCL DX, as we continue the retrospective (backwards to forward) recasting my MyJournal accounts of the survival journey.

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Recasting and reposting my #CANSWERIST story with this flashback clip from 10+ years ago.

Tax Day. Not exactly the most popular day on the calendar. But on and around this date in 2006, I was finally in the hands of Dr. Martel. She came to our attention through our good friends, Art and Sarah Ludwick of Glendora and she was well know in the Foothill Presbyterian Hospital community (where I worked in those days) due to her time as a member of the Wilshire Oncology Medical Group in the San Gabriel Valley, but at this time she was part of the City of Hope Medical Group, with an office in Pasadena.

Now (10 years later), I am remembering Dr. Martel as a brilliant and thorough physician who provided what had to be the most complete history and physical ever done on me in some 58 years at that time. While I had care under her supervision for some months, she was the clinician who eventually connected me to City of Hope a few months beyond this initial visit.

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Here's a recast of my very first Blogger post (dated 15March2006) when I started keeping a journal about my MCL survival.

The more I archive about this particular subject and others, the more I come to appreciate the Blogger platform and the integration with social media, including G+. Now, with more than 500 posts to MyJournal, I am attempting to recast that content in this G+ collection. In time, I should accomplish the task because, in the end, 144 characters is not enough and Blogger posting can be too much at times when brevity serves me better. This, then, is a suitable compromise.

March 15, 2006 was the 74th day of the year 06 in the Gregorian calendar. At that time, there were 291 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Wednesday. If you are trying to learn Spanish, then this day of the week is miércoles, derived from mierda, or the Spanish vulgar for worry, failure, and oh yes, sh**.

Looking back, my March 15 of 2006 was the expletive and precursor date for a monumental life-altering experience, the pending arrival of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), my official induction to the world of CANswerists. You have to read the posts of this blog and related social media sites to understand the whole story, but as of June 2014 (eight years later), I remain a cancer survivor, hence a "CANswerist," thanks to some heroic efforts by a multitude of caregivers at City of Hope. ▶ Flip②▶ MyJournal▶▶▶

At that time eight years ago, we were about to leave California for a Florida trip to see family and to attend my 40th class homecoming reunion at Forest Lake Academy outside of Orlando. This was the only high school reunion I had ever attended and we had so looked forward to the experience.

But on this eventful trip, I was carrying the secret of another pending trip: The discovery of a golf-ball-size lump under my right arm. Having no pain or discomfort caused by the lump, I would delay seeing a doctor until we returned from the trip in early April. The diagnosis could wait.

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