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Thread: OT- Breast Cancer **Update SIX Months Cancer Free**

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    OT- Breast Cancer **Update SIX Months Cancer Free**

    My wife Emiko has been diagnosed with breast cancer, she checks into the hospital tomorrow, and has the surgery on Wednesday, then a weeks recovery, then the Chemo starts.

    Seems it has been caught in the first stages, her score in the Scarff-Bloom-Richardson system is a "5" which puts her on the upper limit of a Stage one breast cancer. The tumor is 1.7 cm in diameter and they will do a "Lumpectomy" which is good, and the prognosis is also very good.

    Tomorrow I take her into the hospital in the morning and then I get to work all day, then back to the hospital to meet with the surgeon, around 8 PM. I'll know more then, but things seem very straight forward.

    Most of the expenses are covered up to 70% by hour health care, and Emiko bought an insurance policy about 15 years ago that she has paid into every month, this will pay her a substantial amount of money, hopefully enough to cover the remaining %30 and any other expenses, like the meals in the hospital, that are NOT covered by our "Universal" health care , at least we should not have a staggering medical bill to shoulder as well.

    The only down note is that the mother-in-law has been her usual poor excuse for a human being, which does not help, but no one was surprised either, but I'll not dwell no the insignificant.

    We remain upbeat, a little scared but hopeful, I don't know if I'll be around much, or I might just be around a lot, depend I guess.

    I was reluctant to write about this, as my wife is a very private person, you see we, as a family run business, live a fairly public life, everyone knows who we are, who are kids are etc, so privacy is a hard won thing for us, but in this case, we thought it was worth it, if even on of you guys makes it a point to talk to your significant other, mother, or lady in your life about getting a check up.

    Thanks in advance.

    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 09-20-2008 at 04:33 PM.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Zushi, Japan

    I am work now and just reading this. I am very sorry to hear this news. I sincerely hope for a speedy recovery. On an up note I understand that breast cancer caught in the early stages has a very high rate of recovery. Let us know how it goes. We are all very concerned.

  3. #3
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Stu, I'll have Emiko, you, and the rest of your family in my thoughts. Let her know she's got a lot of people pulling for her around the world. Let us know if there's anything we can do to help from here.
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Brentwood, TN
    I wish both you and your wife the best Stu. Let us know if we can help...
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  5. #5
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    Dec 2006
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Stu....I will keep your family in my prayers. Take care.

    - Keith
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  6. #6
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    Nov 2006
    Elgin, IL
    I'll have your whole family in my prayers. I know 2 ladies who have went through this, both caught in the early stages. Everything came out well for them. Keep up the faith.


  7. #7
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    Nov 2006
    Wisconsin Dells, WI
    Stu, you, Emiko and family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Glad it was caught early and here's hoping for a speedy recovery.

    Please keep us updated.


  8. #8
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    Jan 2007
    I'll be thinking all positive thoughts here for your wifes speedy and complete recovery Stu!!


  9. #9
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    Jan 2008
    Carol Stream Illinois

    You and your family are in our prayers. I will be making an appointment today to see my doctor as I have found something this last weekend that does not feel right, have not slept well this weekend.


  10. #10
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Stu, my family will have you and yours in the thoughts and prayers.
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