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    We've had some recent developments on the adoption front. Check out the last few entries of the blog for more information.
    Vinny (aka Frank)
    http://vinnysgotcancer.blogspot.com

    left I/O 1/5/05; 95%EC / 5% mature teratoma; stage IIIC
    4x BEP 1/24/05 - 4/11/05; RPLND (left side) 5/31/05
    VATS resection of teratoma from left lung 4/26/06
    Presently surveilling

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    Vinny:
    What you're doing is wonderful. I know you feel blessed but "Mini Vinny" is a lucky guy.
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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    • #3
      Hi, this is the first time I've read through your blog - what awesome news. I hope the next 25 days go by like a flash and your family heads home as one!
      Lori and Jon
      Diagnosed 5/22/2006
      I/O 5/26/2006, Stage 3, Good
      Teratoma (Majority), Seminoma (10%), Yolk Sac
      3xEP then determined not working
      HDC w/stem cell transplant 8/16/06 to 9/25/06
      Chest and Neck surgery 10/9/06 - immature teratoma
      RPLND 11/16/06 - immature Teratoma
      2/29/2008 - markers continue to be normal!
      9/16/2008 - released from Dr. Einhorn's care

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      • #4
        Awesome Vinny!!!!!
        Moffitt Cancer Institute
        CANCER SUCKS
        Diagnosed/Left I/O 9/18/2004--Non-Seminoma/Stage IIIC--3X B.E.P chemo--3X T.I.P. Salvage chemo---Abdominal [email protected] 34cmX 24.5cmX 17.5cm---4/19/2005 --RPLND/Left Kidney,8 1/2lb Abdominal tumor,42 nodes removed---7/16/2005 Remission/Surveillance---Severe Peripheral Neuropathy--

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        • #5
          Great news, Vinny. I'm very happy for you!
          Sincerely,
          Rune

          Right I/O, 11/27-2003 | Nonseminoma (embryonal carcinoma, teratoma) | Surveillance

          Ride to Live!

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          • #6
            Vinny:
            My heart breaks for you and for mini Vinny. Sunday when I ride with the CCC group I will dedicate the last 50 miles to you, the rev. and mini vinny. I wish I knew what to say.
            Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

            Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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            • #7
              I'm so sorry things have not worked out as hoped.
              Scott, [email protected]
              right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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              • #8
                Vinny --

                My heart goes out to you and Sarah. Sometimes I wonder, why does it seem that the good people are the ones who are tested over and over again, while the selfish, the careless, the oblivious seem to go through life without a care in the world or a thought for another human being?

                My only guess is to say that these trials in life exist just to take the good people and make them even better; to take the strong and make them even stronger; and to take those people that have that certain glow about them and turn it into a burning light that other people can follow.

                Keep shining, Vinny and Sarah.
                Scott
                Right I/O 8/1/06
                Stage I Seminoma -pT2 (Size 4.2 x 3 x 3 cm) w/vascular invasion
                Adjuvant Therapy: RT 9/18/06 - 10/5/06
                All Clear #1: 5/15/07
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                • #9
                  Vinny and Sarah,
                  I am so sorry for this turn of events. I pray that Mini Vinny has as happy a life going forward as he had at the beginning...although I so wish it could continue with you both.
                  Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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                  • #10
                    Very sorry to hear this.. we're all rooting for both of you.
                    Sincerely,
                    Rune

                    Right I/O, 11/27-2003 | Nonseminoma (embryonal carcinoma, teratoma) | Surveillance

                    Ride to Live!

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for all the messages, y'all.

                      At the very least, we provided a safe place for this child to transition into a stable and healthy household. It was well worth it, even the heartbreak of having to give him up to another family.

                      No regrets!
                      Vinny (aka Frank)
                      http://vinnysgotcancer.blogspot.com

                      left I/O 1/5/05; 95%EC / 5% mature teratoma; stage IIIC
                      4x BEP 1/24/05 - 4/11/05; RPLND (left side) 5/31/05
                      VATS resection of teratoma from left lung 4/26/06
                      Presently surveilling

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                      • #12
                        New News

                        There's a new issue of Baby News just hot off the virtual presses. Check the blog for the latest.
                        Vinny (aka Frank)
                        http://vinnysgotcancer.blogspot.com

                        left I/O 1/5/05; 95%EC / 5% mature teratoma; stage IIIC
                        4x BEP 1/24/05 - 4/11/05; RPLND (left side) 5/31/05
                        VATS resection of teratoma from left lung 4/26/06
                        Presently surveilling

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                        • #13
                          A very hearty, and cautiously optimistic, congratulations.
                          Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

                          Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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                          • #14
                            Vinny,
                            Cautiously optimistic congrats to you and the Rev. from me too!!!! Nice blog...another chance to see Don's tumor (which I took a pass on ) and "Innies and Outies" from our fellow member.
                            Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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                            • #15
                              My daughter

                              Hi Vinny,

                              I just noticed this thread, and wanted to tell you that my first daughter, who is now almost 8 is adopted.

                              We went through a failed adopted first and it sucked, but our second try brought us Chloe who is as healthy, smart and loving as any daughter could be.

                              I hope your second try brings you success.

                              JS
                              Right side orchiectomy, March 2001, 4.5 cm tumor with probable vascular invasion. Chose surveillance.

                              9.5 cm groinal lymph node tumor found in Dec. 2001

                              Finished chemo (cisplatin/etopicide) in March 2002.

                              Two healthy daughters born naturally after chemo, one in January 2004, another in November 2006.

                              Continued remission to present

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