MRI #3 BEATS THE CRAP OUT OF CANCER

HAD MY 3RD MRI ON MONDAY MAY 6----8 MONTHS SINCE MY LAST CHEMO/RAD TREATMENTS AND I AM PLEASED AS PUNCH TO SAY I AM STILL CANCER FREE......!

still have the tingling feeling on the soles of my feet and i can not eat beans and raw greens as they go thru me faster than a turtle going up a steep hill dragging a 50lb rock.  also, still gotta be extra alert for strong coughing as it might "backfire"...........!

otherwise, i am pretty healthy, now able to walk up to 8 miles nonstop.....about half what i used to do but i magine that it will continue to get better.

the only meds i take are for the prostate.

i have not posted for about a couple of months or so but i. have been commenting on several of you alls blogs. 

ongoing issues are basically watching what i eat to keep the gut normal and the output consistantly solid....it seems that its more difficult post treatment to keep the poop solid.  i dont eat much ice cream anymore cause it goes right thru me if i eat too much of it and why eat ice cream if i can't finish a quart of it in one sitting....along with about a dozen brownies topped with sea salt.

i have been very busy at work and that gives me a lot of satisfaction but also tires me out.   still working on my cabin and hope to have it completed by july and then me and my doggies can take a week off and just chill out there...away from the big city.

i miss you all and hope your in good spirits and constantly moving forward.

thinking of you, richard

Terri, Maggie sent you a hug.
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I'm so happy for you!!! That's so great! You become stronger and stronger! Good job, Richard! Hugs!!!
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thanks and enjoy your weekend Olga
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It sounds like a lovely life! I am glad you are well and enjoying!
I asked for MRI's and was told they weren't appropriate. hmmm
Is your doc using the NCCN.org guidelines?
I home things continue to go well, and your energy comes back.
Big Hug
Hi. I'm 2 weeks post treatment and my tumour was similar in size to Richards. My next scan will be an MRI.
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Hi Dawn
much rather have done MRI.
Good to know.
Thanks
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sooooooo..... I don't really know all the ins and outs of the treatments but I do know it was an MRI...but then again, I thought MRI and Scans and PetScans were all and the same.....experts on here----chime in. its the big donut and they slide you in!!
Easterly, I hope you and yours have a relaxing weekend
hang in there Dawn.... time flys when you've finished treatment..... its been 8 months and it seemed to go pretty quickly....hoping ur healing goes smoothly and less painful as each day goes by
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I only had an MRI and a PET/CT as part of my workup. I had a few CTs at 6 mo intervals for the first 2-3 years; my oncologist left the system and his replacement doesn't think more are necessary. Actually, the NCCN Guidelines do not recommend
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I wouldn't know the diff if one of them came up behind me and kicked the living cancer out of me!!!!!
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Hi Richard! How nice to hear from you, especially since you are doing so well! Congratulations on the good MRI results! I'm glad you have been able to sort out the dietary issues. Sorry about the ice cream--I'm kind of like that too--why bother for just a half-cup! Enjoy the walks and that cabin! Take good care!
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I always allowed myself to "pig out" with no regrets/shame every now and then but now its more like "piglet out"...... not as much and not often.....which is prob good in the long run
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Love that turtle image! Got some turtle loving friends with whom i’m sharing... Huga.
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its a beautiful day in Los Angeles, hope your out and about and enjoying your weekend
Am able to travel after treatment and on my way home from visiting friends in my Madrid assignment!
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WEE HAW! ENJOY!
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eat plenty of great local food for me
My GI doctor recommended 1 tablespoon of Benefiber every day. That does the trick for me.
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hmmmm. me thinks I'm gonna give it a try...... I've been chewing on an old board I found out back of the cabin....just gotta watch out for the termites----kinda bland but do provide plenty of protein!!!

Jeanie enjoy your weekend
You can put Benefiber in anything. it doesn't have a taste. I put it in coffee or cream of wheat.
Such great news Richard. My problem is the opposite trying to prevent constipation. I need to have 1 to 2 BMs per day or will feel miserable. But most importantly is being cancer free.
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I am training myself to have 2-3 movements from 7am-9:30am and then I can go about my day. I am having to eat dinner earlier. most times it works unless I have the funnies and then its touch and go and I have to be careful.
AT THE END OF THE DAY.....AS YOU SAID INSHOCK----BEING CANCER FREE trumps EVERYTHING!!!!!!:)
so awesome for you! congrats!!
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enjoy your weekend Maggie
A couple of us here have had issues with dairy post treatment. I can no longer eat real ice cream or anything with cream/milk in it. Something about the milk protein - goes right through me. Luckily there are so many dairy alternatives these days that I don't miss it.
Glad everything else is good!
D
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i still drink whole goats milk and cheese....ice cream in small doses
Richard - you continue to make me smile & I'm so happy you are thriving and doing well. Keep on truckin' and enjoying life. Lisa
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that my friend is the only choice i have other than being pouty and "poor me"..... i survived the "c" word and i only have time to look forward with optimisim and posititivism..... that is one of the best things on these blogs.....!:)
Richard, it's always great to read your posts! It's quite amazing how we are able to share all this talk of bowel movements, consistency, frequency maybe we need to add colour too....
I try to do the same with the bm training and hope it's all done and over in the morning. Not always the successful, and I really try not to mess about too much with my diet. Also, I have great faith in Psyllium fibre, which I think tastes like cardboard, but I wouldn't live without it now. A lovely stool bulking agent and I've got used to it.
Keep up the good work! You'll get stronger and stronger for sure.
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yup.... i think my biggest issue post "c" IS HAVING CONSISTENT STOOLS......
AND YES, I NEVER IN MY LIFE THOUGHT I WOULD BE CONVERSING WITH OTHERS ABOUT MY STOOLS, ANUS, PE-NILE AREAS, ETC....BUT HERE WE ARE.
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Great news Richard! I'm almost 2 years out from treatment and still have colon issues with beans, salad, and fast foods ugh. Just had a PET scan last week and all clear, so next one in 9 months! Keep us posted on your progress this year, we are all here for you, hugs
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CONGRATS JANICE....i have always loved beans but now beans do not love me back, same goes for salads---raw greens to be more precise. don't do a lot of fast foods so i don't really know bout them.
i am sooooooo gay for your fantastic fortunes!
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July 10, 2018

Los Angeles, California 90005

February 6, 1951

Cancer Info

Anal Cancer

squamous cell carcionoma

June 4, 2018

Stage 2

4.1 - 5.0 cm

Negative

No

Fluorouracil (5-FU)

the fears associated with it, the unknown, the WAIT FOR THIS TO START

always learning, that its all around us....its not till it hits you that you realize how common it is

stay positive with me. stay in the now.

not as of 6/04/2018

WEST LOS ANGELES V.A. MEDICAL CENTER-WESTWOOD

during treatment.....try your hardest not to give up on your treatment.....yea- it almost felt like it was killing me but here I am

believe in yourself and/or in your beliefs/god/etc

September 5

1st MRI NOV. 5 2018--NO SIGN OF TUMER/GROWTH....2ND MRI--NO SIGN OF TUMER/GROWTH

a week after having completed my PSA and urine tests(5/22/18), i noticed blood in the toilet and completed the F.I.T--fecal immunochemical test.... I forgot to mail it in and drove to the VA and had them give me another one, did it and that afternoon i returned it...two days later i received a call to schedule a colonoscopy for June 04, 2018. results came back positive for a ployp that was excised and also a 4-5cm malignant growth on the dentate line of the anus--right smack in/around my spinchter muscle. T3N0M0...prognosis seems to be really good as it has not traveled nor gone into nodes. scheduled to start chemo/radiation with 5-FU and mitomyacin first 4 days and last 4 days using a PICC line.

AM NOT USING THE 5-FU....INSTEAD ITS CAPECITABINE 500MG

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