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Hello Eric,

Thanks for sharing such good news!! I'm happy for both you and your wife.
As for the baby I hope the courts do the right thing and let you proceed with the adoption. What 17 year old kid knows anything about raising a child the proper way? Not many I know.

Best Wishes, Danny Boy


Daniel Bogan DX 7/16/03 Right tonsil,SCC T4NOMO. right side neck disection, IMRT Radiation x 33.

Recurrance in June 05 in right tonsil area. Now receiving palliative chemo (Erbitux) starting 3/9/06

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Hey friends, just a quick update -- I got on the scales the other day and to my surprise, I weighed in at 158 pounds... Considering I had dipped below 130 last fall, I think I'm doing pretty well... Actually now I have to worry about gaining too much back (I'm only 5-9 so my weight is about right at 160 - I was over 190 before cancer)... No more nightly ice cream, however... I had gotten quite addicted to coffee flavored...


Tongue cancer (SCC), diagnosed Oct. 2003 (T2 N0 M0). Surgery to remove tumor. IMRT Radiation 30x in Dec 2003 - Jan. 2004. Recurrence lymph node - radical neck dissection June 2004. Second round of rad/chemo treatments ended Sept. 2004.
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This is good news...sort of. I'm at somewhat the same stage as I'm now at 168 (+/-) and watching my intake. No more 2x McDon double cheeseburgers at a time. Can only eat one, now. Glad to read there are others in the denial stage.


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Stage IV, T1N2aM0, right tonsil primary, Tonsilectomy 11/03, 35 rad/3cisplatin chemo, right neck dissection 1/04 - 5/04.
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Hey, Eric! So good to hear from you again! I'm getting back into visiting the board more often as I found I missed it....and when Tom starts feeling blue, I need to read what is going on in everyone's life to cheer me up smile
The Weight Gain sounds AWESOME! I can happily say that Tom is up to 142 from his low of 127, but heis relying on the tube for 99% of his nutrition. He chokes on most things he eats, and if he can get things down, it takes him so long to eat that he gets bored and CRANKY! the doc told him to be patient (but he forgot to whom he was addressing that order)!

GET YOUR REST!!! The cancer will LOVE it if you let yourself get run down! Keep that immune system strong --especially until you have the external stress factors raging!
Loved seeing your posts again!
Nicki


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dx July 2004, SCC, Stage 4 Tonsil. Tx begun 8/4/04. Cisplatin/Xeloda x 4; IMRT 7 wks, 8/7 - 10/25/04 Modified Radical Dissection (right), Selective Dissection (Left) 12/10/04.
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Hi Nicki,
One way to eliminate boredom is to take a magazine or newspaper to the table. It takes us cancer survivors a long time to ingest a small amount of food, especially early on. Reading or doing some other activity at the same time allows us to not concentrate on the fact we can't eat at the same rate we used to.

Do not expect us to be conversationalists over dinner. Lots of liquids like water and milk help to get food down. Also, try not to eat serve large portions of anything. It only frustrates us. Very small meals many times a day are easier to handle until the damage from the radiation heals. Make certain is checked for thrush. No white stuff allowed if he has thrush.

Hope that helps.
Take care,
Eileen


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mets to 1 lymph node in neck; rt ND, 36 XRT rad
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Eileen,

Your comment about not expecting us to be conversationalists during a meal meade me smile. It never fails that as soon as I have something in my mouth, somebody asks me a question! Most people don't understand that, at least for me, eating takes a LOT of concentration in swallowing the food and the liquid (water) chaser just the right way so that I don't choke. Thanks!

Nancy


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Eileen and Nancy,

You're right on about the slow eating issue and ways to deal with it. While my pace of eating has picked up a bit, I'm still finding after 16 years that I'm always the slowest eater in a group, and the people who know me well understand that conversation (on my part) doesn't go well with food.

Cathy


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Hi all, I have the same eating problem. I find if I am alone in the room that it picks up a bit. But,than I'm on baby food and that helps me a lot. I can't chew meat at all but, the baby beef
is lovely. As far as eating out I don't. I'm the same year as Cathy G almost. Have a good day.
Cathy laugh


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I have the same problem with slow eating. At home my wife and son are done eating and I'm lucky if i'm half done. I re-warm my food in the microwave at least twice.
When we went out for a steak last night I asked the waitress to hold the main entra order for ten to fifeen minutes so I could have time to enjoy the salad bar. Just part of my new life I guess.

Danny Boy


Daniel Bogan DX 7/16/03 Right tonsil,SCC T4NOMO. right side neck disection, IMRT Radiation x 33.

Recurrance in June 05 in right tonsil area. Now receiving palliative chemo (Erbitux) starting 3/9/06

Our good friend and loved member of the forum has passed away RIP Dannyboy 7-16-2006
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