Beloved MPIP family;
Happy Thanksgiving. Today is another day to give thanks. Some of you know my story, some do not. 8 years ago two weeks before Thanksgiving my first wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. Three and a half years later she passed away from complications associated with chemotherapy. Two years ago this Thanksgiving my second wife found a lump and was diagnosed. To this day she remains cancer free!
Three months after Kathren was diagnosed, I was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma. We actually shared an infusion room during one of my Opdivo treatments. While I continue to have side effects from my treatment, I am NED today and I am giving thanks for that. I give thanks for all of you as well and pray for your health and treatments. I also pray for the legions of caregivers who work so hard along with us. I pray as well for the caregivers, those who stand alongside. This beast is nasty, but will never beat us! Shout outs to Ed, Mike and especially to Bubbles (Celeste) for always being there for everybody.
Love you all,
Stage IV initial, NIVO February-June 2018 stopped because of colitis. WLE in Feb 2018, NED after surgery and recent scans. Treatment at Regions, St. Paul, MN, Dr. Dudek