[nfb-talk] Asking for prayers
jajkaldrich at gmail.com
Wed Jun 30 20:27:06 UTC 2010
I wish you well during this trying time in your life! I'm certain many here
feel the same way! We'll keep you in our prayers.
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From: "T. Joseph Carter" <carter.tjoseph at gmail.com>
To: "NFB of Oregon mailing list" <nfb-or at nfbnet.org>; <nfb-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 3:00 AM
Subject: [nfb-talk] Asking for prayers
> Hi everyone,
> Word's already circulating to some extent, but I wanted to wait until they
> had done some tests so we know what we're dealing with.
> I won't be attending national convention this year, because I found out on
> 6/21 that I have an unusual cancer called a sarcoma. Being me, it would
> figure that this particular cancer is quite rare, even among other
> sarcomas. The good news is that there is no metastasis (spreading to
> other organs) which is one of those things that cause them to start giving
> you survival statistics.
> The other bit of good news is that being the rare sort of cancer that it
> is, it's located in fat tissue. Even though it's a 7 cm tumor of what
> they call intermediate grade, because it hasn't spread it's not the kind
> of thing that would become life-threatening with modern cancer treatment.
> Being in fat tissue, obviously there will be surgery to remove the tumor
> and some surrounding healthy fat tissue. There will probably be radiation
> and a pretty good chance of chemotherapy as well. People react to these
> differently, but aside from my weight I'm actually very healthy, which
> works in my favor. (I did of course suggest that the doctors could remove
> extra fat tissue during the surgery, you know, just to make sure they got
> it all!)
> The question remaining is what order do we do the things that we are
> likely to do? Emerging research says that chemo before surgery might give
> me a lower chance of recurrence in the future, but the chance might
> already be so low that giving me some relief might be in order.
> I see a medical oncologist tomorrow after OHSU's sarcoma conference meets
> to discuss cases like mine. My surgical oncologist has already consulted
> at least one other sarcoma specialist from Baltimore. So really, I have a
> team of experts in this kind of cancer treating me, and they are
> consulting with other teams.
> Even so, this is pretty serious, so I welcome your prayers. I'll miss you
> guys (and the wardrobe update of blindness-related T-shirts of course!
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