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My good friend and S&W board poster hammer  (Steve Frye) found out he has cancer.  Its in his chest near his lungs.  He won't be posting much for a while but appreciates your thoughts and prayers. 

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Get well Hammer

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I wondered where hes been. Im always saddened when somebody gets cancer. Hope he beats it.

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Thoughts going out to Hammer.  Good luck in fighting this.

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Best wishes in his fight and hoping he kicks cancer's ass!

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HBF wrote: Best wishes in his fight and hoping he kicks cancer's ass!
Same here.  Best wishes Hammer!

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Advances in medicine have made cancer a jobber. My mom beat cancer three times. She's 77 and still going. Orndorff gave cancer the piledriver a few years ago. With a few prayers to the man in the sky with the book, you'll go over, too.

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Good luck Hammer, all the best!

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Hang in there Hammer.  Best of luck getting it into remission.  Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

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Best of luck Hammer.  Hopefully it was detected early enough where you can put it out of its misery

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Prayers and best wishes going out to Hammer.  Beat this back and rejoin the IWC soon.

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My thoughts are with you Hammer. Kick Cancer's ass.

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Portalesman wrote:
I wondered where hes been. Im always saddened when somebody gets cancer. Hope he beats it.

This. Do You know if He's getting Chemo or Radiation?

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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote:
Kick its ass Hammer


This.

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Get well soon hammer, sure you'll be posting again quickly

Hope we're posted on how he's doing

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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote:
Kick its ass Hammer


This.


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Prayers sent for Hammer.

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Get well soon Hammer. I'll be praying for you.

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The very best to our S & W Brother Hammer. We'll all be thinking about you.

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Hurt 'em Hammer. Take Cancer to the woodshed. Praying for you.

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I have a feeling Hammer this time next year you'll be walking around wearing a T-shirt that says:

"I BROKE CANCER'S LEGS!"

Get well Bud!

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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I wondered where hes been. Im always saddened when somebody gets cancer. Hope he beats it.

This. Do You know if He's getting Chemo or Radiation?


He did not know yet and will keep me posted thru texts so I can update everyone here.

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Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers, it means alot. I just found out Thursday that it is Cancer. I do not know what kind yet or what stage until I see the Oncologist. But I have several appointments coming up in the next couple weeks with several different doctors, so I will know more soon. I WILL OVERCOME THIS!!!! I have made up my mind, that this is not going to beat me. I will be dropping by more with updates (and maybe trolling) LOL.

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carpetbeggar wrote: I have a feeling Hammer this time next year you'll be walking around wearing a T-shirt that says:

"I BROKE CANCER'S LEGS!"

Get well Bud!




I like that idea.

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The Hammer wrote: Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers, it means alot. I just found out Thursday that it is Cancer. I do not know what kind yet or what stage until I see the Oncologist. But I have several appointments coming up in the next couple weeks with several different doctors, so I will know more soon. I WILL OVERCOME THIS!!!! I have made up my mind, that this is not going to beat me. I will be dropping by more with updates (and maybe trolling) LOL.
Nice to see that you are remaining upbeat with this diagnosis.

You better be trolling again soon damn it

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Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers, it means alot. I just found out Thursday that it is Cancer. I do not know what kind yet or what stage until I see the Oncologist. But I have several appointments coming up in the next couple weeks with several different doctors, so I will know more soon. I WILL OVERCOME THIS!!!! I have made up my mind, that this is not going to beat me. I will be dropping by more with updates (and maybe trolling) LOL.


I just want to give a little advice, the Oncologist is going to overwhelm You with alot of information. Don't be afraid to ask any and every question that You can think of, because there is no such thing as a stupid question. Bring a Pen and Paper with You so You can write things down if needed. Also, do some research on the treatment plan that They will give You, to be sure that it's the right treatment plan for Yourself. If You have any questions, just PM Me on here and I'll try to help You out if I can.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: The Hammer wrote:
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers, it means alot. I just found out Thursday that it is Cancer. I do not know what kind yet or what stage until I see the Oncologist. But I have several appointments coming up in the next couple weeks with several different doctors, so I will know more soon. I WILL OVERCOME THIS!!!! I have made up my mind, that this is not going to beat me. I will be dropping by more with updates (and maybe trolling) LOL.


I just want to give a little advice, the Oncologist is going to overwhelm You with alot of information. Don't be afraid to ask any and every question that You can think of, because there is no such thing as a stupid question. Bring a Pen and Paper with You so You can write things down if needed. Also, do some research on the treatment plan that They will give You, to be sure that it's the right treatment plan for Yourself. If You have any questions, just PM Me on here and I'll try to help You out if I can.
go one step further, and do like I did, which was take a recording device in, this way I have every word exactly as he said it.


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Hammer, you can and will beat this, no doubt about it!!!  

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I had a biopsy on Friday morning, and I should getting the results on Tuesday or Wednesday. That should tell me what kind of Cancer it is and what stage it's in. Just keeping you guys updated!!

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The Hammer wrote: I had a biopsy on Friday morning, and I should getting the results on Tuesday or Wednesday. That should tell me what kind of Cancer it is and what stage it's in. Just keeping you guys updated!!


Best thread on the whole board

Thanks for the update, you have a great attitude, knock this shit out!

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I had a biopsy on Friday morning, and I should getting the results on Tuesday or Wednesday. That should tell me what kind of Cancer it is and what stage it's in. Just keeping you guys updated!!


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mike3775 wrote: The Hammer wrote:
I had a biopsy on Friday morning, and I should getting the results on Tuesday or Wednesday. That should tell me what kind of Cancer it is and what stage it's in. Just keeping you guys updated!!


Best of luck bud
what Mikey Numbers said

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Just a quick update on my situation.... the doctor called me this morning with the results of my biopsy, and it's Hodgkins Lymphoma. I have an appointment with an Oncologist today at 1:30, so I should know more this afternoon. Just keeping everyone informed. Please keep me in your prayers.

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The Hammer wrote: Just a quick update on my situation.... the doctor called me this morning with the results of my biopsy, and it's Hodgkins Lymphoma. I have an appointment with an Oncologist today at 1:30, so I should know more this afternoon. Just keeping everyone informed. Please keep me in your prayers.
Hang in there Hammer. 

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The Hammer wrote: Just a quick update on my situation.... the doctor called me this morning with the results of my biopsy, and it's Hodgkins Lymphoma. I have an appointment with an Oncologist today at 1:30, so I should know more this afternoon. Just keeping everyone informed. Please keep me in your prayers.
Wishing you the best... even though it's going to be tough  to do, try and stay positive.

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Just a quick update on my situation.... the doctor called me this morning with the results of my biopsy, and it's Hodgkins Lymphoma. I have an appointment with an Oncologist today at 1:30, so I should know more this afternoon. Just keeping everyone informed. Please keep me in your prayers.

I had the same thing. If You have any questions at all, PM Me.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: The Hammer wrote:
Just a quick update on my situation.... the doctor called me this morning with the results of my biopsy, and it's Hodgkins Lymphoma. I have an appointment with an Oncologist today at 1:30, so I should know more this afternoon. Just keeping everyone informed. Please keep me in your prayers.

I had the same thing. If You have any questions at all, PM Me.




Thanks Bird.

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Hopefully if you take Chemo, they find a combo that will not affect you much at all Hammer.

My mom had stage 4 colon cancer that mastasized to her liver in area's and the first 3 or 4 treatments, she was sick as hell, but they kept tweaking the medicines to where they found the right combo that still caused the hair loss but she didn't get sick from it and still brought her markers down and didn't require her to take massive amounts of potassium and magnesium daily.  Even today, she still take chemo treatments twice a month, but she has her hair(it just doesn't grow), but other than that, you wouldn't know she is on chemo because she is fine after every treatment.

I wish you all the best.

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Hopefully if you take Chemo, they find a combo that will not affect you much at all Hammer.

My mom had stage 4 colon cancer that mastasized to her liver in area's and the first 3 or 4 treatments, she was sick as hell, but they kept tweaking the medicines to where they found the right combo that still caused the hair loss but she didn't get sick from it and still brought her markers down and didn't require her to take massive amounts of potassium and magnesium daily.  Even today, she still take chemo treatments twice a month, but she has her hair(it just doesn't grow), but other than that, you wouldn't know she is on chemo because she is fine after every treatment.

I wish you all the best.


I have a feeling that it would be ABVD if it's Chemo.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: mike3775 wrote:
Hopefully if you take Chemo, they find a combo that will not affect you much at all Hammer.

My mom had stage 4 colon cancer that mastasized to her liver in area's and the first 3 or 4 treatments, she was sick as hell, but they kept tweaking the medicines to where they found the right combo that still caused the hair loss but she didn't get sick from it and still brought her markers down and didn't require her to take massive amounts of potassium and magnesium daily.  Even today, she still take chemo treatments twice a month, but she has her hair(it just doesn't grow), but other than that, you wouldn't know she is on chemo because she is fine after every treatment.

I wish you all the best.


I have a feeling that it would be ABVD if it's Chemo.
Probably.  I just hope he doesn't get real sick after the treatments.  It sucks being sick for days, then feel better, just to go through it again a few days later

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Hopefully if you take Chemo, they find a combo that will not affect you much at all Hammer.

My mom had stage 4 colon cancer that mastasized to her liver in area's and the first 3 or 4 treatments, she was sick as hell, but they kept tweaking the medicines to where they found the right combo that still caused the hair loss but she didn't get sick from it and still brought her markers down and didn't require her to take massive amounts of potassium and magnesium daily.  Even today, she still take chemo treatments twice a month, but she has her hair(it just doesn't grow), but other than that, you wouldn't know she is on chemo because she is fine after every treatment.

I wish you all the best.


I have a feeling that it would be ABVD if it's Chemo.
Probably.  I just hope he doesn't get real sick after the treatments.  It sucks being sick for days, then feel better, just to go through it again a few days later


You're preaching to the choir My friend. After a while, it seems like one long day. Alot has to do in what stage you're in also.

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update on Hammer.  Its Hodgkins Lymphoma, he starts Chemo next Thursday on an every 2 weeks basis and prognosis is good that he will beat it (90-95% hes told) please keep the prayers and good vibes heading his way.

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Count Grog wrote: update on Hammer.  Its Hodgkins Lymphoma, he starts Chemo next Thursday on an every 2 weeks basis and prognosis is good that he will beat it (90-95% hes told) please keep the prayers and good vibes heading his way.
Good news.  I know that there have been some great advances made in Hodgkins Lymphoma treatment the past 20 years or so and if caught early, a lot of people are beating it now.  I'll keep him in my thoughts.

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Count Grog wrote: update on Hammer.  Its Hodgkins Lymphoma, he starts Chemo next Thursday on an every 2 weeks basis and prognosis is good that he will beat it (90-95% hes told) please keep the prayers and good vibes heading his way.Thats awesome, every 2 week cycles of Chemo is definitely great news.

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mike3775 wrote: Count Grog wrote: update on Hammer.  Its Hodgkins Lymphoma, he starts Chemo next Thursday on an every 2 weeks basis and prognosis is good that he will beat it (90-95% hes told) please keep the prayers and good vibes heading his way.Thats awesome, every 2 week cycles of Chemo is definitely great news.

All my best

1 week on, 1 week off is definitely better than doing it every week.  My grandmother was holding up fairly well on that schedule because she would still be well for at least 10 days in a row, but when they had to increase it to every week she couldn't handle it.  This provides a lot of recovery time from the sickness and still allows you to live your life normally at least 2/3 of the time.

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update on Hammer.  Its Hodgkins Lymphoma, he starts Chemo next Thursday on an every 2 weeks basis and prognosis is good that he will beat it (90-95% hes told) please keep the prayers and good vibes heading his way.

What stage does He have?

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My Oncologist says stage 2.

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I would like to thank everyone here for their kind words, encouragement, and for the ones who do believe your prayers. You guys are the best!! This is the greatest board on the net, not because of the subject matter. But because of the people who post here. You guys are great, thank you again!!!

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The Hammer wrote: My Oncologist says stage 2.
Glad it was caught early enough man.  Thats great

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mike3775 wrote: The Hammer wrote: My Oncologist says stage 2.
Glad it was caught early enough man.  Thats great

What Mike typed.

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My Oncologist says stage 2.


What kind of treatment?

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: The Hammer wrote:
My Oncologist says stage 2.


What kind of treatment?



I go on Tuesday for a heart test and a lung test and to get prepped for a port a cath (I think that is right). Then I go back Wednesday to have the port a cath put in. Then back on Thursday for blood work, to see the doc again, and then start chemo. He said chemo would last 2 1/2 hours. Not sure if it will be that everytime or if it will be longer, I forgot to ask that question on Thursday when I seen him. But they seem to think that chemo will take care of it, no surgery needed. There is a slight chance that I might have to take some radiation at the end of chemo to take care of anything left behind from the chemo. But we won't know that until we see how well it responds to the chemo. Thursday will be my first chemo treatment so I really don't know what to expect. I am just glad we are gonna beat it.

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My Oncologist says stage 2.


What kind of treatment?



I go on Tuesday for a heart test and a lung test and to get prepped for a port a cath (I think that is right). Then I go back Wednesday to have the port a cath put in. Then back on Thursday for blood work, to see the doc again, and then start chemo. He said chemo would last 2 1/2 hours. Not sure if it will be that everytime or if it will be longer, I forgot to ask that question on Thursday when I seen him. But they seem to think that chemo will take care of it, no surgery needed. There is a slight chance that I might have to take some radiation at the end of chemo to take care of anything left behind from the chemo. But we won't know that until we see how well it responds to the chemo. Thursday will be my first chemo treatment so I really don't know what to expect. I am just glad we are gonna beat it.


Find out if the Port is a " power port" They are the best in design and the easiest to maintain. The Echo test is to see if Your Heart can take the Chemo, the same for the Lung Test. The Chemo is ABVD if it's 2 1/2 hours per session and it's most likely, every 2 weeks. Also a very important thing is to make sure that before They give You the Chemo, is that They give You Nausea medicine for Your stomach. That usually takes 15-25 minutes and is part of Your procedure. Also diet is very important, I was given a cook book on meals my wife could make me and if I can find it, I'll send it to Grog and He can give it to You. Also something that my wife just mentioned to me, is that You get tired of different foods and drinks really quickly. Something that You like this treatment, you most likely won't like by the next treatment. Never stock up on alot of foods and drinks.

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I go this morning and have the pota cath inserted into my chest, and I start chemo tomorrow. Just keeping my S&W family posted.

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The Hammer wrote: I go this morning and have the pota cath inserted into my chest, and I start chemo tomorrow. Just keeping my S&W family posted.

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Well they couldn't get the porta cath in yesterday. The vein they were trying to put it into is being mashed by the swollen lymph nodes around it so they weren't able to get it in. So they fixed a pick line on the underside of my arm by my bicep for the chemo to run through for today, and after 2 or 3 chemo treatments we are gonna revisit the pota cath insertion. They seem to think the swollen lymph nodes around it will have went down enough to put it in then. So in just a little bit it's off to chemotherapy.

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Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!

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Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Thats great you didnt get sick. Just remember, when you go anywhere, wear one of those surgical masks though, since you will have no immune system, and you will get sick way easier now.

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Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.

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Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took

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mike3775 wrote: The Hammer wrote:
Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Thats great you didnt get sick. Just remember, when you go anywhere, wear one of those surgical masks though, since you will have no immune system, and you will get sick way easier now.


 

What he said. When my mom had her latest bout two years ago, she was told not to leave the house and always keep hand sanitizer. If my kids so much had the sniffles, I didn't bring them by.

 

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Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Hammer is on the smae stuff that I was ( ABVD)
Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took


Hammer is on ABVD like I was.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
The Hammer wrote:
Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Hammer is on the smae stuff that I was ( ABVD)
Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took


Hammer is on ABVD like I was.


Wishing you the best Hammer. And it's awesome that a guy like Ted (FF) can tell you what's up and you can take that experience to the bank. It's times like these that make S&W what it really is.

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The Hammer wrote:
Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Hammer is on the smae stuff that I was ( ABVD)
Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took


Hammer is on ABVD like I was.


Wishing you the best Hammer. And it's awesome that a guy like Ted (FF) can tell you what's up and you can take that experience to the bank. It's times like these that make S&W what it really is.


Thanks Eric. I debated if I wanted to sugarcoat or tell Hammer the truth about My experience. I figured that I would want someone to tell Me straight up on what to possibly expect. I wish I had someone to help Me like this during My time dealing with it.

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Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Hammer is on the smae stuff that I was ( ABVD)
Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took


Hammer is on ABVD like I was.


Wishing you the best Hammer. And it's awesome that a guy like Ted (FF) can tell you what's up and you can take that experience to the bank. It's times like these that make S&W what it really is.


Thanks Eric. I debated if I wanted to sugarcoat or tell Hammer the truth about My experience. I figured that I would want someone to tell Me straight up on what to possibly expect. I wish I had someone to help Me like this during My time dealing with it.

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Well this week my schedule is going to the hospital on Tuesday morning to get another pick line inserted in my arm. Then come back on Wednesday and see the doctor and get my chemo treatment, and when that's over they will remove the pick line. Then back on Thursday to get the shot that you have to get 24 hrs. after chemo, which helps keep your white blood cells from bottoming out. (which the chemo will make them do). But good news is after my first chemo, I didn't get sick. hopefully I won't this time either. Just keeping my friends at the S&W board posted!!!


Hammer is on the smae stuff that I was ( ABVD)
Well, My White Blood Cells bottomed out and They still gave Me the Chemo. Don't always believe what Your Doctors tell You. They will tell You one thing in the beginning and then tell and do something totally different the next time. Always ask for the counts or ask for paperwork seeing the counts and if You don't understand something, ask the Head Nurse in the Infusion Room to get some answers. If You don't like on what's going on, question it until You get the answer You're looking for. Alot has to do with Your age. I was 38 when I started Chemo and They told Me basicaly They were going to see on how much Chemo My body could take and not worry about the White Cell count. Sometimes the Oncologists want to make You into a Guinea Pig and try and do some experimenting on the Patient.


There are also different forms of chemo as well, some of which do not require white blood cells to be high either

My mom is on one type where as long as the white blood cell count is above 45, she is fine to take, and they switched her to that because her white blood cells took almost 2 months to get above 95 which the other drug took


Hammer is on ABVD like I was.


Wishing you the best Hammer. And it's awesome that a guy like Ted (FF) can tell you what's up and you can take that experience to the bank. It's times like these that make S&W what it really is.


Thanks Eric. I debated if I wanted to sugarcoat or tell Hammer the truth about My experience. I figured that I would want someone to tell Me straight up on what to possibly expect. I wish I had someone to help Me like this during My time dealing with it.


Thanks Ted. Yes it is, that is one of the reasons that I love this board. So far they have not lied to me. They told me that my white blood cells will go down. The shot is just to help keep them up as high as they can, whatever that might be. They also told me that if anybody is sick to tell them not to come over, and to keep hand sanitizer on hand, and even spray Lysol in the house once or twice a day. So having you guys helping me, it helps me gauge how full of shit they are/or not. Thanks guys, your the best.

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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.

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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.


Hopefully You can get Your Port in soon. It's so much better and easier on the Body.

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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.


Hopefully You can get Your Port in soon. It's so much better and easier on the Body.


This right here. The Port makes it so much easier for everything

I don't remember reading if you have to take labs every other week before chemo or not, but that port is great because they can draw the blood from that and be done in seconds, without requiring a needle draw

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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.


Hopefully You can get Your Port in soon. It's so much better and easier on the Body.


They told me yesterday after my third treatment they are going to do another ct scan to see where we stand and then maybe they can go back and put in the port.

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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.


Hopefully You can get Your Port in soon. It's so much better and easier on the Body.


This right here. The Port makes it so much easier for everything

I don't remember reading if you have to take labs every other week before chemo or not, but that port is great because they can draw the blood from that and be done in seconds, without requiring a needle draw


I have to take labs every week. Even on the weeks that I don't have chemo. They are watching my levels very close. I have to say that I feel like they are taking very good care of me, and they actually seem to care about me. everyone at that hospital has been fantastic.

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That is great. I really hope you can get the port so that you no longer need to be a pin cushion.

Again nothing but the very best and you will overcome this

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Had some problems at the hospital yesterday. they tried twice to put the pick line in my right arm. (2 different veins) But it wouldn't go as far as they needed it too for whatever reason. So we had to change and put it in the left arm. And it went right in, go figure. But it's ready now, so I will go get my second chemo today.


Hopefully You can get Your Port in soon. It's so much better and easier on the Body.


This right here. The Port makes it so much easier for everything

I don't remember reading if you have to take labs every other week before chemo or not, but that port is great because they can draw the blood from that and be done in seconds, without requiring a needle draw


I have to take labs every week. Even on the weeks that I don't have chemo. They are watching my levels very close. I have to say that I feel like they are taking very good care of me, and they actually seem to care about me. everyone at that hospital has been fantastic.


Getting blood work every week gets old after a while. Also, if You have any trouble breathing whatsoever, go to the Hospital immediately. It could be a series of Blood Clots starting in Your Lungs and They head towards the Brain. I had to get bolld work every week for 10 months even after my Chemo treatments. Also, You might have to go to Pulmonary rehab to get Your Lungs back into shape, due to inactivity.

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Busy week this week. About to head out the door to the hospital to get a pic line put in my arm, then back tomorrow for my 3rd chemo treatment, then back on Thursday for the shot for my white blood cell count. So far all of my counts have held up without any dropping. Which is great. I see the doctor on my chemo days and they said last time that after my 3rd chemo treatment they were gonna schedule a ct scan to see if they could maybe get the port a cath put in. Boy I hope so because getting a pic every 2 weeks sucks! So thats where I am at right now, AND I STILL HAVE ALL MY HAIR!!!!!!!!  LOL

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Busy week this week. About to head out the door to the hospital to get a pic line put in my arm, then back tomorrow for my 3rd chemo treatment, then back on Thursday for the shot for my white blood cell count. So far all of my counts have held up without any dropping. Which is great. I see the doctor on my chemo days and they said last time that after my 3rd chemo treatment they were gonna schedule a ct scan to see if they could maybe get the port a cath put in. Boy I hope so because getting a pic every 2 weeks sucks! So thats where I am at right now, AND I STILL HAVE ALL MY HAIR!!!!!!!!  LOL


ABVD will eventually make Your Hair a little thinner, but not that much. You will never lose it.

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I just had a CT scan this past Wed to see if swelling in my lymph nodes in my chest had went down enough to maybe put a port in so I don't have to get a picc line every 2 weeks. I got the results back yesterday, the good news is that the swelling is going down. The bad news is that the doctor doesn't think it has went down enough to put the port in right now. So I guess we will keep doing the picc line for a few more treatments. I go in for the next picc Monday morning at 8:30 (Christmas eve). And I am scheduled for my next chemo on Wed. Just keeping everybody up to speed.

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