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Thread: A Year Ago Today....

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    A Year Ago Today....

    A year ago today I was recovering at home from my first cancer operation. The doctors at the Jikei Medical University Hospital removed a Superficial Spreading Melanoma from my back, it was about 25mm in diameter and 5mm thick. I went home and waited to hear if it was cancerous. I learned later from one of the surgeons that they basically thought I was a dead man walking, with that large and that thick of a melanoma it was just about a done deal that the cancer would have spread and this particular cancer has a very high kill rate once it metastasizes. Now a year on, I have one heck of an ugly scar on my back, looks like I got hit by a battle axe, not just the run of the mill axe, but a battle axe, and so far I'm still cancer free. It did not spread, and I only had to have on additional operation where they took a LARGE dollop of flesh from my back.
    I'm very thankful that I'm still here, and I want to thank one and all for thoughts, prayers and good wishes.

    Stu
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Great news and good encouragement for others who fight the same fight. I guess we're stuck with you, eh?
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    We're thankful that you are still here too Stu
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    Yes sir Stu, there are things in our life that make us mark time. I am glad you had good doctors and are here. Greatly enjoy your posts and being able to say I know you. I have a scar on my back from a mole that got the ring around it, told my mother in law I had been shot. She believed that 'til the day she died.
    Jon

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    It's great to hear you're continuing to do well, Stu. Best wishes for the future!
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    Good update Stu! Very glad to hear. Jim.
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    Every day that we have is a gift. I hope you always have more gifts ahead of you than behind you.

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    Someone winning the big fight is always good to hear!

    I hope you are healthy for many years.
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    That's great news Stu! And here's to many many more years to come!!!
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