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24 Apr 2012
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Currently undergoing chemotherapy in my hospital bed and thought i'd keep myself busy by answering any questions. I don't mind if you make jokes im very open minded, just keep it within the forum rules' limits though.

If anything I hope this thread spreads some awareness,  :) 

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If she protests, tell her you're on beautifulpeople.com


What if she is too? 

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Then demand she show some comradery
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Then demand she show some comradery

 

Yes, and if she's nervous about showing you her comradery tell her to close the curtains so no-one else will see.

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AzedX wrote:

Oh i thought we were having a sing-a-long



dawwrrr!

 

I'm getting married tonight I thought you could be my last affair before I jump the broomstick with legion :(

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I'm just a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania

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AzedX wrote:

Oh i thought we were having a sing-a-long



dawwrrr!

 

I'm getting married tonight I thought you could be my last affair before I jump the broomstick with legion :(



*Hopes there's another legion* 

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Unfortunately couldn't get a picture of the pretty nurse, sorry guys!
Think she was either a student nurse or was working in the women's ward.

Good news though, ive finished the first 3 days of my first course and I am due to go home within the next few hours. Then in a couple weeks time im back in as an outpatient for injections, then it starts again.

3 months treatment in total. Feel free to ask anymore questions. :)

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Good luck with it all Azed. I was in the same boat as you ten years ago and got through it, you will too.

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Thankyou fski, your post in the "ever convinced yourself you had a serious illness" thread actually inspired me to create this thread.


May I ask what cancer / cancer type you had?  

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What's the first thing you plan on doing with your freedom?
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What's the first thing you plan on doing with your freedom?


If you mean when I get back home, maybe a nice hot shower and complete my backlog of ps3 games.
Or if you mean once it's all over, probably driving lessons, then going to america.
 

 


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Sure, I had Terra Toma. The primary site was testicular but it was only detectable via ultrasound so it slipped under the radar.

 

By the time I was diagnosed it had literally run amok and had made it's way into my lymphatic system, into my stomach, a kidney and I had 9 secondary tumours on one of my lungs. It sounds like you were caught much, much earlier and for that I give you a great big *PHEW*

 

At the risk of sounding corny  you seem to be coping with humour and trust me, it is the best way to deal with it, laugh the bugger into submission.

 


 
 I'm sorry to hear what you had to go through, learning it had spread that far must have been hard and also i'm very glad to hear you have recovered. Are you officially "cured" now?

Humour is the best thing to have when you're in a predicament such as this. What has been your favourite joke you've heard?



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AzedX wrote:

Unfortunately couldn't get a picture of the pretty nurse, sorry guys!
Think she was either a student nurse or was working in the women's ward.

Good news though, ive finished the first 3 days of my first course and I am due to go home within the next few hours. Then in a couple weeks time im back in as an outpatient for injections, then it starts again.

3 months treatment in total. Feel free to ask anymore questions. :)



:(

 

but great news for you that you're going home!


 

Sorry EG, next time i'm in ill try harder. :P 



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Is the chemo making food taste weird for you Azed?

 

I was on cisplatin and it made everything I ate taste like aluminium, so even though you're shedding weight like the clappers food is a  horrible ordeal, coupled with the mouth ulcers.

 

Are you finding that or have you dodged that bullet?


 

I can't really tell yet to be honest, I suppose ill find out further on into my treatment.
Hospital food is quite bland so it's hard to say really.

I did have a nasty reaction to the kidney protection drip they gave me. It made my arm ache badly and I also developed a slight rash.

I also swelled up quite a bit due to the saline drips, the other day my eyelids made me look like a panda.
However that has since passed, due to a water tablet and needing the toilet every 20 minutes. Not a fun time at all :P

 

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Is the chemo making food taste weird for you Azed?

 

I was on cisplatin and it made everything I ate taste like aluminium, so even though you're shedding weight like the clappers food is a  horrible ordeal, coupled with the mouth ulcers.

 

Are you finding that or have you dodged that bullet?

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What's the first thing you plan on doing with your freedom?


If you mean now, maybe a nice hot shower and complete my backlog of ps3 games.
Or if you mean once it's all over, probably driving lessons, then going to america.



Can I come? I have many entertaining road trip-esque stories 

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AzedX wrote:

xLegioNx wrote:
What's the first thing you plan on doing with your freedom?


If you mean now, maybe a nice hot shower and complete my backlog of ps3 games.
Or if you mean once it's all over, probably driving lessons, then going to america.



Can I come? I have many entertaining road trip-esque stories 



Sure, why not :D

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Also fski i replied  to your second post in the same post again.
(you're all too quick for me) :)

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AzedX wrote:

 

I can't really tell yet to be honest, I suppose ill find out further on into my treatment.
Hospital food is quite bland so it's hard to say really.

I did have a nasty reaction to the kidney protection drip they gave me. It made my arm ache badly and I also developed a slight rash.

I also swelled up quite a bit due to the saline drips, the other day my eyelids made me look like a panda.
However that has since passed, due to a water tablet and needing the toilet every 20 minutes. Not a fun time at all :P

 


 

Yep, sounds like their possibly giving you a steroid too. I remember that.

 

Edit : Yep, been in remission for some time now. I hope you get the same news soon.

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Sure, I had Terra Toma. The primary site was testicular but it was only detectable via ultrasound so it slipped under the radar.

 

By the time I was diagnosed it had literally run amok and had made it's way into my lymphatic system, into my stomach, a kidney and I had 9 secondary tumours on one of my lungs. It sounds like you were caught much, much earlier and for that I give you a great big *PHEW*

 

At the risk of sounding corny  you seem to be coping with humour and trust me, it is the best way to deal with it, laugh the bugger into submission.

 

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fski wrote:

Good luck with it all Azed. I was in the same boat as you ten years ago and got through it, you will too.



Hmm..

 

One of my best friends had testicular cancer. He's one of the most sympathetic and kind people you'll ever find. Extremely likeable.

 

Azed seems to be a very sympathetic person, and seems very likeable too.

 

And I think everyone here agrees that you're also very sympathetic and likeable.

 

Three above average people in the "kind and likeable" category, all with an important common ailment in their history.

 

A pattern is emerging.

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Sympathetic and likeable people get testicular cancer?
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Sympathetic and likeable people get testicular cancer?

 

Looks that way, so you're safe! :p

 

Just kidding.

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Is testicular cancer (or the chance of) related to testosterone levels...?

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Is testicular cancer (or the chance of) related to testosterone levels...?


 

I'm not sure, though I was told at the time my particular type was likely triggered by a twin I had kinda absorbed at the cell splitting stage. Weird...

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InfiniteStates wrote:

Is testicular cancer (or the chance of) related to testosterone levels...?


 

I can't be bothered to do an exhaustive search but this says that people with testicular cancer sometimes produce less testosterone, this say that the chance of one form of testicular cancer can be increased by low levels of testosterone during development and this says that high levels of testosterone reduce testicular proliferation. Cancer is uncontrolled proliferation, which would suggest that higher levels of testosterone may reduce the chance of testicular cancer.

 

Cancer is essentially caused when certain cellular pathways that control cell division go wrong, these pathways are very complex and involve thousands of different interactions. I doubt it would be possible to come to a simple conclusion showing a correlating between testosterone levels and the incidence of testicular cancer.

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