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#148219 - 04/13/12 08:10 PM Our pal Nate
ChristineB Offline
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I have been texting every day this week with Nate. Today he completed his second round of radiation. It was a rough road for him having chemo with the rads. This week was especially brutal. He really was struggling the past couple days. I told him I wasnt going to post an update until I could post he was finished. This morning, Nate sent me a text with a photo of his certificate of completion.

Congrats Nate!!!!! Let the healing begin!!!!
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Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07, no caregiver
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo extended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line w/ IV antibiotics 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3 times in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile

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#148221 - 04/13/12 08:54 PM Re: Our pal Nate [Re: ChristineB]
MissBazinet Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 50
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Woot! Congrats!
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Female,28 yrs old,Non-Smoker/Social Drinker
T3 N1 M0 SCC Dx 11-10-11
11-23-11 Left Hemiglossectomy
11-30-11 Modified Radical Neck Dissection
01-25-12 Removed another spot on BOT, skin graft (left thigh)
38 RADS Tx Finished April 13, 2012
Living life in spite of cancer and not in fear of it!

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#148222 - 04/13/12 09:54 PM Re: Our pal Nate [Re: MissBazinet]
Maria Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 07/15/11
Posts: 945
Loc: Ohio
That's really good to hear! And I'm impressed that Nate was successful with taking a photo of his certificate with his phone - I would be challenged doing that at the best of times!
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CG to husband - SCC Tonsil T1N2M0 HPV+ Never Smoker
First symptoms 7/2010, DX 12/2010
TX 40 IRMT (1.8 gy) + 10 Cetuximab
PET Scans 6/2011 + 3/2012 clear, 5 year physical exam clear; chest CT's clear of cancer. On thyroid pills. Life is good.

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#148226 - 04/13/12 10:58 PM Re: Our pal Nate [Re: Maria]
Cheryld Offline
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Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 12/22/10
Posts: 5260
Loc: Toronto canada
Awesome.... Heal well! And fast Nate!
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Cheryl : Irritation - 2004 BX: 6/2008 : Inflam. BX: 12/10, DX: 12/10 : SCC - LS tongue well dif. T2N1M0. 2/11 hemigloss + recon. : PND - 40 nodes - 39 clear. 3/11 - 5/11 IMRT 33 + cis x2, PEG 3/28/11 - 5/19/11 3 head, 2 chest scans - clear(fingers crossed) HPV-, No smoke, drink, or drugs, Vegan

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#148231 - 04/14/12 12:45 AM Re: Our pal Nate [Re: Cheryld]
ChristineB Offline
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Posts: 9245
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Nate is a wiz with electronics! Most younger people are! Texting with him is challenging to keep up, Im like a snail compared to Nate.
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Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07, no caregiver
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo extended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line w/ IV antibiotics 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3 times in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile

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#148235 - 04/14/12 01:03 AM Re: Our pal Nate [Re: ChristineB]
Gabe Offline
"OCF Down Under"
Patient Advocate (1000+ posts)

Registered: 08/02/07
Posts: 1301
Loc: Sydney NSW Australia
Great news that Nate has now completed his second round of radiation. I know it was not easy.
Hope his healing is speedy and side effects minimal.
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History Leukoplakia bx 8/2006 SCC floor mouth T3N0M0- Verrucous Carcinoma.
14 hour 0p SCC-Right ND/excision/marginal mandibulectomy 9/2006, 4 teeth removed, flap from wrist, trach-ng 6 days- no chemo/rad.
6 ops and debulking (flap/tongue join) + bx's 2006-2012.
bx Jan 2012 Hyperkeratosis-Epithelial Dysplasia
24cm GIST tumour removed 8/2013. Indefinite Oral Chemo.

1/31/16 passed away peacefully surrounded by family


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#148280 - 04/14/12 10:03 PM Re: Our pal Nate [Re: Gabe]
Kerri Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 592
Loc: MA
Great job, Nate! You are so strong and an inspiration to all of us! Thanks for keeping us posted, Christine smile.
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37 y/o fem at Dx (23 wks preg @ dx on 3/16/11)
SCC L oral tongue (no risk factors)
L partial gloss/MND 3/28/11 @ 25 wks preg
T1-2N0M0; no rads/chemo
Tonsillectomy on 8/6/12 +SCC L tonsil T2-3N1M0 (HPV-)
Treated with 35 rads/7 carbo & taxol (Rx ended 10/31/12), but many hospitalizations d/t complications from rx.
Various scans since rx ended are NED!
Part of genetic study for rare cancers @ MGH.
42 years old now...I wasn't sure I would make it! Hoping for 40 more!

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#148702 - 04/24/12 02:32 AM Re: Our pal Nate [Re: Kerri]
misskate Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 02/15/07
Posts: 782
Loc: San Francisco,CA
Right on Nate! Congrats and I hope all these treatments and surgeries are behind you for good!!!

Wishing you all the best in your rehabilitation and recovery.

KATE


Edited by misskate (04/24/12 02:32 AM)
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Tongue Cancer T2 N0 M0 /
Total Glossectomy Due to Location of Tumor

Finished all treatments May 25 2007
Surviving!!!

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#148709 - 04/24/12 04:16 PM Re: Our pal Nate [Re: misskate]
Barb Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (300+ posts)

Registered: 05/27/05
Posts: 497
Loc: Ohio
Congrats Nate! Here's to a quick recovery.
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[i]"The artist, a traveler on this earth, leaves behind imperishable traces of his being." -Fran

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#148715 - 04/24/12 08:47 PM Re: Our pal Nate [Re: ]
SUEZ Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 07/21/10
Posts: 531
Loc: AURORA, OH
Yay Nate!
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CG to Ron
Out of Pain 4/3/13
4/12-lung and under chin growth no treatment
1/13/12 lung biopsy
6/11 recur 6/30 resection #2 Clear margins
Clear 12/10
Surg 5/13/10 neck dis/nodes part gloss/flap R thigh all teeth out
RAD 30 8/10
DX 4/2/10 "Oral Cavity" T3NOMO
12/28/07 Non Hodg Lymph remission 7/08

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#148720 - 04/24/12 10:27 PM Re: Our pal Nate [Re: SUEZ]
EricS Offline
Patient Advocate (1000+ posts)

Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 1844
Loc: Idaho
I got to spend time with our boy Nate when I went to the San Antonio walk. Hitched a ride with Susan Pansmith and had a fun roadtrip. Got to spend Saturday Night with Nate watching UFC fights and then hangout all day Sunday. Got to show him all the love his OCF family has for him and his family. Spent the time he slept with his mom and brother letting them know we are there for them too and that there are people that care and understand what they are going through too.

Nate looks good all things considered, just needs lots of food and rest right now...and love and support of course. Keep him in our thoughts and prayers and show him love on his Facebook page


Edited by EricS (04/25/12 01:16 AM)
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Young Frack, SCC T4N2M0, Cisplatin,35+ rads,ND, RT Mandiblectomy w fibular free flap, facial paralysis, "He who has a "why" to live can bear with almost any "how"." -Nietzche "WARNING" PG-13 due to Sarcasm & WAY too much attitude, interact at your own risk.

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