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    Good vibes and prayers headed your way, tom.

    a large part of getting through cancer treatments is attitude. if you have the same level of stubborness you must have had to restore GS's like you do, you'll be fine!

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    good luck tom. for the little time i have know u i do have to say i hope all is well i would like to ride with u one day... so good luck and get better

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    Yep, we're still here...praying for you. The comment on attitude is "right-on"... Keep on keeping on...
    pmint

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    Funny (that I would start out such a dire post with an amusing thought). I'm 53 years old, and have never been seriously sick in all my life. I have little experience with hospitals. Never a broken bone. Heck, I still have my appendix AND tonsils. So how ironic, the first time I have a medical challenge, it's gotta be the fight of my life.

    The good news (and there's plenty of it), is I think we're still early. I know we're still on a learning curve, and more tests are needed. But it looks like it hasn't spread yet. All the imaging, blood tests, urine tests, stool tests show nothing of concern on other organs. I think they haven't covered all the bases yet. I will find out more on my next appointment.

    More good news is I have a great deal of confidence in my medical team. The VA Hospital in Palo Alto, in close association with Stanford Medical. Best in the world, I'm told. All my doctors are Stanford staff. And all my imaging and test results are being reviewed at Stanford. There is comfort in that.

    That's not to say I will not seek a second opinion. In fact, I have a call pending with Cancer Treatment Center of America, in Phoenix. I'm sure they will need to see the reports from the VA, and maybe I will need to fly down to spend a few days with them. So Patti, I may be in your territory soon!

    Still more good news is the overwhelming love and support I'm getting from all my friends. Including everyone here. Most of whom I've never even met. I do believe in the power of prayer, and I feel them all. No doubt it fuels my confidence gives me strength. Although I'm facing the toughest challenge I could ever have, I know there's an army behind me. That should be enough to scare off any foe!

    I'm gonna beat this thing!

    Is there bad news? Well sure, it's CANCER. But I refuse to dwell on the negative. Every day there are more success stories of cancer survivors. I plan to add my testimonial.

    Bruce & Beth, what can I say? You are the most compassionate and unselfish people I have ever met. Anyone here who has met them will back me up on that. Bruce, you are truely my best friend. I'm glad you have my back. And you know there's nothing I wouldn't do for you. Save me a spot in the garage, b'cuz I will be back in the saddle and ready to share the road with you.

    Dan...uhh...thanks.

    Bill, are you kidding? I'm gonna take full advantage of this. You know Beth will insist I have the guest bedroom from here on out.

    To everyone else. Friends I have and have not met. Thanks for your prayers and thoughts. I will win this fight. There are still many rally's in my future. I'm looking forward to sharing the road with all of you.

    Cheers,

    Tom

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    Tom,
    Funny you should say that........about coming this way. For sure let me know, OK?
    We have another GSer who is taking his wife to Phoenix, so she can go to Mayo Clinic, in the end of October...
    I'm trying to make arrangements to meet them now.
    They may want privacy....but, please pray for them also... They've been on this forum for an awful long time, and I met him on Dave's (RIP) First GS Reunion/Rally, in Missouri.
    I've also had dinner with his wife and kids... A wonderful God-fearing and God-loving family.
    I will let him write his own thing if he wants...Or at least I would respect them...
    Keep praying everyone...We've got our work cut out for us!.....
    Blessed Be,
    pmint

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom MLC View Post

    More good news is I have a great deal of confidence in my medical team. The VA Hospital in Palo Alto, in close association with Stanford Medical. Best in the world, I'm told. All my doctors are Stanford staff. And all my imaging and test results are being reviewed at Stanford. There is comfort in that.



    Still more good news is the overwhelming love and support I'm getting from all my friends. Including everyone here. Most of whom I've never even met. I do believe in the power of prayer, and I feel them all. No doubt it fuels my confidence gives me strength. Although I'm facing the toughest challenge I could ever have, I know there's an army behind me. That should be enough to scare off any foe!

    I'm gonna beat this thing!

    Is there bad news? Well sure, it's CANCER. But I refuse to dwell on the negative. Every day there are more success stories of cancer survivors. I plan to add my testimonial.



    To everyone else. Friends I have and have not met. Thanks for your prayers and thoughts. I will win this fight. There are still many rally's in my future. I'm looking forward to sharing the road with all of you.

    Cheers,

    Tom
    Tom, I will step out and say there are those who might argue with prayer, and there are a few who KNOW the power of prayer and who know absolutely that there is no question or doubt. None at all.


    There are those who disbelieve.
    There are those who believe, but still wait for it to be shown to them. There are others of us for whom God has shown there is no room at all for doubt.

    Remember just one thing: the power of prayer is in the depth of sincerity.
    "The only thing worse than ignorance is arrogance." AE

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    Hey, Tom!

    Just got back from the 1st Annual Dave Davis Fennimore Rally to this news ... Sorry to hear you've been dealt such a challenge, but know this:

    There is a lot of positive energy coming your way, whether in prayer, healing thoughts, etc, and as has already been mentioned the most powerful tool you have at your disposal is PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). My father in law was diagnosed with very late stage 4 colon cancer twelve years ago (my wife and I were told to move our wedding up six months because there was some doubt he'd make it. Not only did he make it, but with PMA he breezed through chemo with almost no side effects whatsoever, and for eleven of the last twelve years he's been perfectly healthy.

    Last year he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and nine months ago (after a round of chemo) he had radioactive "beads" placed on the tumor. Again, he's carried on with almost no trouble, and though he won't know the status for several months it certainly seems as though he's doing fine. In short, he's been an inspiration and role model for anyone battling this disease in all its forms.

    I hope this and other success stories will help you maintain the PMA you already seem to be displaying. Keep it up and beat the $hit out of it, Pal!

    Regards,
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    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the update. You are absolutely right; It's early, it's small, it's localized, you're healthy, you've got great people treating you, and a load of friends praying for you and wishing you well. This is no hill for a "stepper".

    All the best to you and yours,

    Cliff

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    Here's thinkin of you Tom!!


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    Tom,
    Really glad to hear the good news. I was hoping you had caught it early and so it seems you have. Given the the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, and Stanford Medical you are in excellent hands and that is even more good news.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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