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#11249 07-10-2007 01:32 PM
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A motorcycle racing club...

I have raced cars for many years, and bought my first motorcycle the summer just before I was diagnosed. I rode it all year long and bringing it onto a race track quickly became a personal goal of mine. Even though I continued to ride on local streets through much of my treatment, my physicall and mental condition really prevented anything more than short casual commutes. I was really devastated and worried it would be a very long time until I was able to ride seriously again, or do many of the other things I enjoyed in life.

Well last weekend, almost exactly one year to the day that I finished treatments, I completed my first track event on my bike, and had a blast. I never would have done this if I wasn't 110% up to the task. 175 mph is nothing to take lightly, and its a very serious workout running lap after lap. But I'm feeling fully back to my previous self, if not better, and I'm back to a healthy and normal weight. In a nutshell I'm feeling fully healed and healthy and back to enjoying my life the ways I did before this ordeal began. As much as I enjoyed the race, it was far more of a symbolic victory than anything else for me.

As an added bonus I spent the night before the race at a small B&B near the race track that caters to bicyclists, and I slept in their "Lance Armstrong" suite smile As corny as it may sound, I really found the pictures of Lance riding that were hung all over the room to be touching and motivating.

Anyhow, my sole purpose of this post is to share this symbolic victory with those who may be just starting or finishing treatment and hopefully offer some encouragement. It's a long journey, but things do get better....

all my best to everyone.
David

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Sooooie Pig! [in case you think I'm nuts, Dave, you bike is Arkansas Razorback Red so Go Hog!] Thanks for sharing. Amy in the Ozarks laugh


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Thank you so much David for this post. I am just a meer 7 weeks out of treatment with a ND to go. I really needed to read this story. You have given me encouragement that it will all be ok in the end. I just hope this will all be over with soon.

Thanks again my friend,
Billy


Dx Mar 07 with Base Of Tongue Stage IV. IMRT 35x with 3 doses Cysplatin ran concurrent. Tx ended May 31,07. Left and right node involved. Radical neck disection 7/18/07
#11252 07-11-2007 12:35 AM
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David,

From one David determined to get past this crap to another, way to go !!


David

Age 58 at Dx, HPV16+ SCC, Stage IV BOT+2 nodes, non smoker, casual drinker, exercise nut, Cisplatin x 3 & concurrent IMRT x 35,(70 Gy), no surgery, no Peg, Tx at Moffitt over Aug 06. Jun 07, back to riding my bike 100 miles a wk. Now doing 12 Spin classes and 60 outdoor miles per wk. Nov 13 completed Hilly Century ride for Cancer, 104 miles, 1st Place in my age group. Apr 2014 & 15, Spun for 9 straight hrs to raise $$ for YMCA's Livestrong Program. Certified Spin Instructor Jun 2014.
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Good for you, David W! Great pic!! cool


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CG to son, Paul (age 33, non-smoker) SCC Stage 2, Surgery 9/21/06, 1/6 tongue Rt.side removed, +48 lymph nodes neck. IMRTx28 completed 12/19/06. CT scan 7/8/10 Cancer-free! ("spot" on lung from scar tissue related to Pneumonia.)



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Way to go David! Enjoyed reading your post, and the picture is great. My son just got a new Harley last month and took me for a ride. It brought tears to my eyes to be able to enjoy that ride. I've been on a bike many times over the years, and now it seems I took all those awesome rides for granted. Nothing is to be taken for granted in this life. Enjoy it!! It sure looks like you are. 175 miles an hour???? The Mom in me wants to say please be carefull smile


Dx3/20/06 SCC,BOT,1N Tx:5cycles Carbo/Taxol, Rad:35x, brachytherapy:6x, completed 7/24/06
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DAVE


That is soooooooooooooooo COOL !! I am so glad to hear an inspring story and IN NO WAY is it corny about the Lance Armstrong room !!! I believe in signs and to me that was a BIG one for you , how great it must have felt !! Where do you race? I am 3 hours from Boston and I love stuff like that ..well usually I watch Motocross , but Big Motorcycles would be FUN TOO !!


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35 year old Female Non smoker, very occasional alcohol ..Scc T1N0M0,partial glossectomy and left neck disection ,2/9/07 No rad deemed ness. 4/16 tonsillectomy ..Trimengenial Neuralga due to surgery
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David, you have made my day! I am back to singing and dancing myself. I hope that everybody here will be determined not to let this beast take more from them than it already has taken! There IS life after cancer. Often it can be the same as before, and often, it will be even better. Never give up, and never give up on the things you love to do.


Colleen--T-2N0M0 SCC dx'd 12/28/05...Hemi-maxillectomy, partial palatectomy, neck dissection 1/4/06....clear margins, neg. nodes....no radiation, no chemo....Cancer-free at 4 years!
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David,

My husband is at the halfway point of treatment, and what offers us both hope is postings like yours. I love seeing or reading proof of what is in my heart...that someday, this experience will be a memory and our lives will be back to or better than what they were before.

Thanks for sharing!


Margaret
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C/G: Husband, 48 (at time of dx)
Dx 5/18/07 SCC, BOT, lymph node involvement. T1N2BM0. (Stage 4a, G2/3)
Tx 6/18 - 8/3/07, IMRT x 33 Cisplatin x3 (stopped after 1st dose due to hearing issues). Weekly Erbitux started 6/27/07 completed 8/6/07.

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