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#194848 - 07/11/17 11:30 PM Vitamix  
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I want to encourage anyone with a loved one having long term significant food issues related to HNC, that making the switch to a Vitamix has changed our life. It has expanded the real foods my husband can eat and allowed us to enjoy the same foods at mealtime. I just eat the Vitamix recipe with him. So, if you are wondering if it makes a difference and is worth the money my thought is probably only if you are having a real struggle with food. For us it has been a game changer. Notice the support OCF with Vitamix on the far right of this site.

Wife to DP. DX SCC BOT 1/31/17
First treatment 2/27/2017 Cisplatin 3 times and IMRT
Last treatment 4/18/2017
Clear PET 7/13/2017
PEG removed 8/4/2017
#194850 - 07/12/17 12:49 AM Re: Vitamix [Re: sooner]  
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You are absolutely correct!!! The Vitamix is not just like any other blender. Its an amazing machine that is far better than I ever imagined. Plus the company is A++ with excellent customer service standing behind every single machine they produce. Even their reconditioned models come with a 3 year warranty.

The Vitamix is definitely a life changing machine to those OC survivors who struggle permanently with their eating. Its worth every cent!!!

SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07
-65 lbs in 2 mo, no caregvr
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 xtended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line IV antibx 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3x in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile
#194856 - 07/12/17 03:47 PM Re: Vitamix [Re: sooner]  
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San Jose, California
I had a Vitamix before OC and it was a nice-to-have. Now it is a lifesaver.

Keep fighting friends!

Me -- currently 49 years old
SCC diagnosed 3/7/2017 at age 48
Staging SCC HPV+ T0,N1 primary unknown
PET 3/16, no activity, biopsies 3/23 benign
TORS surgery identified 2mm tumor in BOT (vallecula)
Cancer restaged T1, N2, M0
Begin 30 sessions of radiation (60 Gy) 6/13
Completed radiation 7/24/2017
1st MRI clear 10/23/2017!!
#194857 - 07/12/17 04:14 PM Re: Vitamix [Re: sooner]  
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Toronto, Canada
Good for you, Stef.

She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails... Elizabeth Edwards

Wife to John,dx 10/2012, BOT, HPV+, T3N2MO, RAD 70 gy,Cisplatinx2 , PEG in Dec 6, 2012, dx dvt in both legs after second chemo session, Apr 03/13 NED, July 2013 met to lungs, Phase 1 immunotherapy trial Jan 18/14 to July/14. Taxol/carboplatin July/14. Esophagus re-opened Oct 14. PEG out April 8, 2015. Phase 2 trial of Selinexor April to July 2015. At peace Jan 15, 2016.
#194876 - 07/16/17 05:26 PM Re: Vitamix [Re: sooner]  
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Brian Hill Offline
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Boise, ID and Portland, OR
Please note that we have a program for people on permanent PEG tube feeding or a non resolving acute dysphagia ( persisting long after treatment) where they can qualify to get one at no charge from OCF. Please note that this program is supported financially by those that actually buy one from OCF, so it is a negative cost program in a perfect world. So far that has not been the actual case over three years of running this program and we give away far more than we sell. Note that while we do get them at a discount from Vitamix, they still cost OCF hundreds of dollars each. If anyone needs one please consider OCF as a source vs buying from Amazon or elsewhere. All Vitamix dealers are "fair trade" dealers, and that means no one can discount them, though they will write copy in their ads or state some nonrealistic retail price they are discounting from to get you to buy from them. We are all by contract, only allowed to sell them at the prices on the Vitamix web site, whether you are little OCF, or giant Amazon. Just remember when you purchase from us you are supporting another patient who has both eating and financial disparities.

Brian, stage 4 oral cancer survivor. OCF Founder and Director. The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.

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