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  1. I like the fact that there are some blunt sarcastic individuals working with me in this fight. "To be honest ... in order to cure you we're going to be as close as we can get to killing you." At least I get to join Keith Richards in the whole "complete blood transfusion" stakes. Only required of course because they have to kill my blood. They're giving me artificial leukemia !
  2. Well ... there are always surprises eh !? Turns out the cancer did start in my throat. The lymphatic tumour thing is because of the throat cancer, ie: a secondary metastization. I'm through all the preliminaries now, as a nurse at the clinic said to me yesterday ... "in your marriage to cancer you're just ending the honeymoon phase. Now it's time to move into the reality part of the relationship". Just letting you know where I'm at, and another chance to say thanks for the support which is critical and heartfelt ... see you when I come out the other side of this terrible partnership with a full divorce.
  3. I need a time machine so I can go back and prevent any of this from even happening. Here's the latest as of today. I will spare you the gory stuff but it's going to get ... nasty. I thought there were those of you who deserved this in the same blunt open terms I took it. DO NOT FEEL SORRY FOR ME IT IS FORBIDDEN. I had my final 3 hour briefing today before the health care professionals go all Manhatten Project on my arse. It begins on Thursday. Last night out Wednesday night but no getting drunky poo. I don't want to get into the gory details, and some of them gave me pause ... but I love irony so I'll say this. The cure will make me feel like I'm dying. It's actually going to kill parts of me. It's described as a "highly aggressive" treatment. The most aggressive they have, but in doing this my prospects for recovery are pretty good they tell me ... in the long term. First phase is a combined radiation and chemo therapy course 5 days a week for 3 months, then see how I handle it. Short term, there will be some challenges that, to be honest ... well it was deflating. However there is no avoiding it. Basically the way they make me better is microwaving away 25% of my health and well being and making parts of me uglier than I can contemplate (and I ain't no Brad Pitt to begin with) and some of it will never return to normal even after recovery; unless I am some kind of medical journal cover story freak. Which because I'm a big stubborn ox is what I'm shooting for. Anyway, I love you all but I'm going to be a bit of a hermit for a bit. It's just something I have to do. Don't take my absence to imagine anything bad. I'm going to be doing fine. Come at me bro. Take yer best shot.
  4. Hey there WWIIOL fans. So here's an update on my progress. Went in for surgery on Monday ... they weren't sure exactly what would be removed as there was to be a spot pathology while I was under to determine the true extent of what showed up in my last scan. So a piece of my throat was taken at the base of where the tongue starts down in the throat. Well we found the primary folks, it's in my throat. So my lymphoma is being caused by a throat cancer. This meant the tumor in my neck was not removed as it will be treated by chemo on the primary in my throat. Now we are waiting for more pathology on the type of cancer I have in my throat/base of my tongue. This will determine what further surgery I have to undergo in addition to the precise nature of the chemo treatment. I've not been feeling all that great this week but that's to be expected, I should bounce back just in time to start chemo eh (sardonic grin) ... at the same time I'm making an effort to get my car fixed because I can't let that slide no matter how challenging it is to rectify that situation. For those not in the know I kind of sacrificed my front end to a concrete wall to help a dog to not have his very last dash across the road through traffic. It's going to be a busy week ahead that's for sure. Hope you're all well and don't take anything for granted. That's an order so pay attention.
  5. Thanks for taking a chance on the books oh Weasel from the wild side. Can I ask you a huge favour since it's real hard to get people to do this ... and leave a review on the books amazon.com page where you bought it ? Something that maybe suggests that my writing style is a little different ? I think it's one of the books strengths but I can't really tout that myself. Thanks again for taking a chance on me. https://www.amazon.com/Geof-Rey-Evans/e/B0181D1RBI?fbclid=IwAR0lKmMI2Hr1W__F_6Kh9T1U13Cb9UpMESonFONFYdcqC_Yau04x0BXqS6M
  6. Last update for a few weeks, unless a miracle happens. We haven't made a lot of progress but we have eliminated some things. The big issue is they haven't found the primary even after all these bloody scans. Getting a PET soon maybe that will find it. I'm about to get a full neck dissection but how much they remove depends on what they find. The surgeon told me in all honesty a lot depends on what he can see with his own eyes once he cuts me open. Things are going slowly in some respects because of financial considerations so there is no way in all that eternity can provide, that I will ever be able to thank all of you great people enough for the help you have given me. Right now it's a toss up between lymphoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Not sure which is the better outcome. It could they say be something else if the primary is found. Level 3 malignant has been confirmed, hey that's better than level 4 or 5 right ? They have ruled out the throat and lungs as a result of testing and those are the two most common primaries in my case so again ... it could be worse. I won't go on too much until I know more, perhaps my next update can wait until after the surgery coming up. I am reminded of a line from a song I wrote that might help you understand I'm still in this fight. "I crawl across the desert ... Drag myself through cut glass All because I don't know how to die."
  7. Thank you for that. We haven't made a lot of progress but we have eliminated some things. The big issue is they haven't found the primary even after all these bloody scans. Getting a PET soon maybe that will find it. I'm about to get a full neck dissection but how much they remove depends on what they find. The surgeon told me in all honesty a lot depends on what he can see with his own eyes once he cuts me open. Things are going slowly in some respects because of financial considerations so there is no way in all that eternity can provide, that I will ever be able to thank all of you great people enough for the help you have given me. Right now it's a toss up between lymphoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Not sure which is the better outcome. It could they say be something else if the primary is found. Level 3 malignant has been confirmed, hey that's better than level 4 or 5 right ? They have ruled out the throat and lungs as a result of testing and those are the two most common primaries in my case so again ... it could be worse. I won't go on too much until I know more, perhaps my next update can wait until after the surgery coming up. I am reminded of a line from a song I wrote that might help you understand I'm still in this fight. "I crawl across the desert ... Drag myself through cut glass All because I don't know how to die."
  8. Yeah the highest scoring squadron in the RAF in September 1940 when the Battle of Britain officially ended with the cancellation of Sealowe, was 303 Polish " Kosciuszko " squadron.
  9. Quick update on hospital exit first exploratory surgery. They changed it from the super major version they had planned for reasons I won't explain because it's kind of complicated. I probably get THAT surgery in 2 weeks. Unfortunately while I am stage 3 they can't find the primary (yet) but results from this surgery might pin point it when the lab gets all the results back next week. We're hoping. Good news : it isn't lung cancer and my lungs came back as all clear. OS 100% which is as good as the numbers go. It doesn't make sense to me as a long term smoker but there ya go, I'm a freak or something. Now we have to do one super expensive scan that they only do when the other 3 or 4 types fail to find the primary. Then the (they warned me) high risk neck dissection. Followed by 5 days a week chemo for 4 months. Oh this will be fun. But still not decided. That's the plan if the primary turns out to be the lymphatic nodes which is so rare that in both their surgical careers I would be the 5th patient ever to have that condition. So highly unlikely although they think a best case for me if it does. So for 2 more weeks I'm back at square one. Can only plan and prepare options no decisions to be made yet. As far as everything "normal" like living and stuff outside of the medical side of all this, how it's going to finish up I have no idea. I have to take a road trip while I still can, down to Houston to fix up my Oz citizenship stuff so that option can be pursued depending on what lies ahead. I have to be ready to not work again for at least half a year. That's daunting. Never mind, the universe will have a way. It always did before. Peace and love everyone, we're all we got so stick together. The huge support and critical (at this point) assistance you great people have provided so far have made it possible for me to get this far. I will never be able to thank you enough. You're all in my thoughts every day. I apologize if details seem a little vague but it seems to change with every procedure/visit/test/surgery so really good detail appears to be a hindsight thing rather than a predictable one. Provided I make the next 3 or 4 steps (and I will!) then maybe it will clear up some more. Ok I gotta go and dodge some more bullets now. !S! 2 PS: when you're walking through the flames don't forget to ask for a cold beer.
  10. Lymphoma. So far all we know is it's in the lymph nodes of my neck. The complete disappearance of all the fatty tissue from those nodes is a concern. We'll know more soon. Wouldn't be right if I didn't say "soon" now would it ?
  11. Well just got out. First procedure seemed pretty minor to me. We know a little more. Not nearly enough. Another visit in 5 days. So far, 2 of 5 nodes are abnormal. One of them very much so. It's grown quite a bit. That's all I got for now. In closing, yeah ... I would have thought in the last 50 years they'd have invented a better hospital frock.
  12. There are no words to describe your awesomeness, all of you. I will never be able to say thanks enough. First surgery tomorrow. Instead of a G string how about a hospital gown ?
  13. Good question Moz. I *think* that Kindle assumes the extra "coverage" of all the free downloads will get the author more notoriety thus leading to greater chance of viral "exposure" and that this warrants the reduced royalty the author receives. In truth I just write and hope like hell it goes somewhere. Bit like WWIIOL really. w00t ! PS: there is a "world wide fund" that Kindle divides up amongst authors to pay them for Kindle Unlimited downloads. I still don't quite get how it's algorithm works even though they periodically re-explain it to us.
  14. Hey it's a good read, you're going pretty slow. Stop working so hard. Leave a review when you're done and while you're at it, make it 5 star. You'll have to close the TE every 30 minutes anyway.
  15. An Australian library has copies ? I'd be amazed !