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  • #16
    Jake, I like your attitude.

    My father developed lung cancer. Worked in experimental lab at GM and to stay fit after retirement he became aerobics instructor..... He was not a smoker and we were surprised when we found out because it was stage 4. My wife is a nurse having over 20 years in surgery. She said about 6 months and we were all stunned. He started experimental trials with a couple new drugs, one of which was Keytruda. Instead of a radiation type treatment they use this imunal type boosting medicine that is supposed to wake the system up and respond to the cancer.

    The idea is that you can operate on a spot but if the cancer is going through the lymphatic system it would be better to have your body seek it out and destroy it. Seems like wishful thinking that would be wasting time compared to just doing something like surgery and getting it out quickly etc......

    We are now close to 3 years after and up until last month the tumors had dissapeared and they considered him cancer free and didn't know what to do with him. He was taking some other medicine after that and he and others in the test group are all doing fine and they didn't know if they should keep taking it or just stop.

    They said that people who haven't undergone radiation type therapy seem to do the best and I remember when we found out the medicine he was taking was available at CVS online for like 5500.00 a vile and Walmart online for 5200? This stuff he was taking was only 3 doses and I remember being told they won't recheck scans until after the 3rd treatment because usually the cancer grows bigger before it gets smaller....

    I remember a couple years ago in the news was Jimmy Carter and the story was he had lung cancer and was about to be treated with the same types of things my dad had in the test trials. I was just talking to someone about how amazing it is that the increase in the availability of medicines that are very effective in historically ineffective scenarios is amazing. I was telling them about how I think it was about a year or close to 2 that we last heard about Jimmy Carter and I said if it hadn't work we certainly would have heard it in the news.

    Today, I stopped by and saw your post and I feel for you and am impressed with the same positive attitude my dad has. It makes ALL the difference and each day there are new medicines coming out. With the recent specs showing on his lungs they are unsure if maybe it is scar tissue or not but are watching it and are ready to start these new medicines if they determine it must be this way. The first medicine, Keytruda says online in todays search only effective in 1% which was posted a year ago. We now see the Keytruda commercials now and then on TV reminding us of where we have been and notably it says in 49% of the cases.... You already know that lung cancer is in top 3 so these advancements are bringing huge changes where there was no hope.

    The numbers of 49% seemed low compared to the group my father was in or at least his doctor had treated and I found this article that was put out a few days ago which seems to confirm what we have found or the path that we have been down so far..... https://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-...to-remission#1 My hopes and thoughts are with you. I am not in the medical field but we have two nurses in our family and we are amazed and thankful that others did not give up on him.
    James McNeilly
    ppsel

    Generalizations are false, generally speaking.....

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    • #17
      hi Jake

      you are inspirational and motivating for me with your junk n stuff !
      in the past.. and even today

      thank you for being who you are



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      • #18
        Originally posted by martin-av8r View Post
        hi Jake

        you are inspirational and motivating for me with your junk n stuff !
        in the past.. and even today

        thank you for being who you are


        Hey Martin, good to see you again !!
        Welcome back
        Life,The leading cause of Death

        Live and Learn--OR--Die and be an example

        321.252.7705

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        • #19
          thank you !! Jake

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          • #20
            Well gettin ready to have lung surgery on the 27th of March.
            My only fear is RELIGION !!
            So, I went and got me a Bible, a Koran, the Torah, a rabbits foot, a Rosary, a Holy Card, some Chicken Bones, a set of dice and a box of Lucky Charms !!
            I think I got this covered!!
            The only thing I'm missing is a Wife !!!
            If I live through the surgery my next death defying feat will be a Wife !!
            Life,The leading cause of Death

            Live and Learn--OR--Die and be an example

            321.252.7705

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            • #21
              you will be good ! with the surgery..! and have the time for the wife..!

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              • #22
                you are to good ! to piss off ! all the ask hole...

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                • #23
                  Jake. I just saw this. Keep your chin up and know you have achieved plenty and are respected. Prayers for you

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                  • #24
                    Hi Jake, I am sad to hear your latest news... know a little bit about how it goes. Been doing just a little myself.

                    Been a real pleasure to have met you on the odd occasion, a great admiration for what a sand’fellow' like yourself puts out in the way of a quality flying machine. Never got to try one, but sure as hell knew quality workmanship when I saw it. Did really want to go with my last approach to you but realised the impracticality, and the situation I myself am in.

                    As for wives...had two, loved them dearly one left me and I left one. Get on with them well even now. We never lost respect for each other just realised that we weren’t meant to be. It does get lonely and who know there may still be someone out there, I do believe that we are meant to be pair...of the opposite sex. I accept that some of us a different...but that’s a whole 'nother subject.,

                    It’s a little bewildering to see how fast life has gone by, I do shake my head a lot these days, luckily not Parkinson’s, and that’s a little dark because two friend have got that it it sure does not look like fun.

                    You got my prayers, and I will be rooting for you, I put it in the diary cause the memory is suffering a little. Guess some of us deteriorate in different ways, but then gyros do so why shouldn’t we.

                    I am heading over to Tampa in April. God willing you make it and I will see about coming down to see how you are doing on that chopper you've been building. And pester you for a ride on that sweetest flying thang I had a fancy for.

                    As for religion, I believe, there is more to go. The hows, where’s, and whyfore’s are out there in their hundreds, all dressed up in all sorts of fancy ways, the fact that there are so many just reassure me but just don’t convince me that they need to be dressed up and any particular rig, procedure or ritual.

                    As for family, you have family. Its the odds and sods you have met or communicated with over your long life and interests. People who respected you, admired what you did and did what you liked doing, the people you liked, communicated with and who have touched your life. Its big enough.

                    You will be in my thoughts from now...and on the day.
                    Leigh.

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                    • #25
                      Hi Jake, I'm not worried about you. Your way to ugly for heaven or hell! Your gona be around for a long time. Your in my thoughts and prayers and my angles are sending yours healing energy that they will pass on to you.

                      You were a big part of my Gyro journey even though my Air Command never left Terra Firma. You have such a big heart to help, support and encourage others.......you know you have the support of the entire gyro community.

                      Don't sell that gyro yet dude.....your gona need it.

                      Madwinger in Utah
                      Fly often, fly safe.

                      Mark Archibald
                      Bountiful, Utah
                      Parting out Air Command Elite CLT N138LB

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