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    One year ago, we spent two days tangled with appointments and finally faced the diagnosis...Advanced Metasatic Cancer. The monster came to visit me again last night, shook my bed or so it seemed, several times to be exact, but I rolled over-expaining with my thoughts that I needed to sleep because there I will be busy tomrrow=Russell is having a bar-b-que at his house; to share the day with friends and laughter. When I woke, the monster was there again, bigger than ever, as if dressed for a party! But there will be no monsters allowed today! Picture a glass of water on the Wicked Witch of the North. ..................Today is passion and family! The donations to the doctors and Oncology department have been made. The laces of grief through the gratitude have been loosened. (wish they were gone, but I am just not there yet.) We learned last Wednesday after the pulmonary function tests, Russell's lung volume has increased by almost 1000cc. That allows for some pretty good laughs, hoots and hollers. There is a Courage painting for Russell and endless thoughts that sweep me away to memories and events. I think of the hub, the spokes, the ride. How far do the spokes go? I don't know how far the spokes go, but I do know they go far enough. Please take a moment to share the energy, to join the passion, to celebrate my family, Russell's incredible strength and his compassion that bloomed in spite of disease.....a day of gratitude and hope. With Love!! Russell's Mom, Sharon
    ....On Road Again......
    Last edited by Russell's Mom; 07-13-07, 03:37 PM.
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    Originally posted by Russell's Mom
    One year ago, we spent two days tangled with appointments and finally faced the diagnosis...Advanced Metasatic Cancer. The monster came to visit me again last night, shook my bed or so it seemed, several times to be exact, but I rolled over-expaining with my thoughts that I needed to sleep because there I will be busy tomrrow=Russell is having a bar-b-que at his house; to share the day with friends and laughter. When I woke, the monster was there again, bigger than ever, as if dressed for a party! But there will be no monsters allowed today! Picture a glass of water on the Wicked Witch of the North. ..................Today is passion and family! The donations to the doctors and Oncology department have been made. The laces of grief through the gratitude have been loosened. (wish they were gone, but I am just not there yet.) We learned last Wednesday after the pulmonary function tests, Russell's lung volume has increased by almost 1000cc. That allows for some pretty good laughs, hoots and hollers. There is a Courage painting for Russell and endless thoughts that sweep me away to memories and events. I think of the hub, the spokes, the ride. How far do the spokes go? I don't know how far the spokes go, but I do know they go far enough. Please take a moment to share the energy, to join the passion, to celebrate my family, Russell's incredible strength and his compassion that bloomed in spite of disease.....a day of gratitude and hope. With Love!! Russell's Mom, Sharon
    ....On Road Again......
    Sharon,

    Here's not only to Russell's incredible strength and compassion but to YOURS. Here's to Russell's continued health and vitality and endless times of hoots and laughter for him and you both. Here's to overcoming adversity and allowing hope to float above all else. Here's to life.

    Enjoy the party!

    Michael

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Russell's Mom
      Please take a moment to share the energy, to join the passion, to celebrate my family, Russell's incredible strength and his compassion that bloomed in spite of disease.....a day of gratitude and hope.
      Here's to Russell and Russell's Mom! May there be endless moments of celebration!

      Scott
      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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      • #4
        Go Russell and Sharon!! Keep on doing what you do!
        Stage III. Embryonal Carcinoma, Mature Teratoma, Choriocarcinoma.
        Diagnosed 4/19/06, Right I/O 4/21/06, RPLND 6/21/06, 4xEP, All Clear 1/29/07, RPLND Incisional Hernia Surgery 11/24/08, Hydrocelectomy and Vasectomy 11/23/09.

        Please see a physician for medical advice!

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        • #5
          Hi Sharon: It's clear as a bell that Russell derived his strength of character from you!!! Here's to the beautiful garden that has bloomed in your life after so much downpour. In celebration of you and Russell!

          Best wishes and happy thoughts from California!
          Maria
          *Hubby Andy diagnosed 02/13/07, Left IO 02/16/07 *Stage 1A Non-Seminoma (65% Immature Teratoma / 35% Embryonal Carcinoma) *RPLND 04/27/07 Lymph Nodes-ALL CLEAR
          *Complications from Chylous Ascites so Laparotomy 05/03/07 *No food for 10 weeks, TPN only *07/18/07 Removed drains, tubes, picc line *CT Scan 07/31/07-ALL CLEAR
          *CT Scan 02/12/08-ALL CLEAR *Hydrocele surgery 06/19/08 *CT Scan 9/30/08 and 03/06/09 shows <cm left lung nodule - under surveillance

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          • #6
            I am toasting you, Sharon, and Russell, with my morning coffee

            I have become all too familiar with that monster. Keep a glass of water handy every night!

            Cheers!

            Tammy & Anthony

            Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
            L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
            4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
            AFP started increasing3 wks later
            Residual abdominal mass found on CT
            RPLND 6/8/07
            Cancer in pathology-
            80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
            No adjuvent chemo and
            AFP normalised

            July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!

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            • #7
              I raise a cold one to Russell for leading his life with strength and determination combined with an altrusitic spirit found in few. And I raise a second one to Sharon for leading by example and being responsible for the myriad of good qualities Russell has acquired from her.

              Salud!
              "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
              11.22.06 -Dx the day before Thanksgiving
              12.09.06 -Rt I/O; 100% seminoma, multifocal; Stage I-A; Surveillance; Six years out! I consider myself cured.

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              • #8
                Sharon - Russell is phenomenal and so lucky to have you for a mother and advocate. Sending prayers his way for continued good health and good news.

                Emily
                sigpic Husband diagnosed 10/19/2006. EGCT, with mets to lung, brain, lymph nodes and liver, 4XBEP finished 12/25/2006. Began HDC 2/12/2007 at IU. HDC failure 5/07. Husband passed away 7/14/2007.

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