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   Posted 6/20/2007 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
For those of you who are unsure whether you have hep C or liver disease:  Go to a hepatologist, even if you need to get a referral and pay for it yourself!!  Get tested and scanned!
The reason I am on my soapbox about this is because of what I witnessed in the lobby of the transplant center on Monday:  A young woman was on her cell phone, crying, and broke down...falling to her knees and crying.  Another patient and I heard her say something about her husband and "advanced liver cancer."  We went to her and asked if we could help.  She said that her husband has terminal liver cancer and less than a year to live.  Apparently, she had just gotten this news and was blown away.  I told her I had just been through that and mentioned my surgery and being cancer free now.  However, she said her husband's cancer had metastasized to his adrenals and "all over."  This definitely is not good news.  They will not operate if cancer has metastasized, nor give him a transplant, either.  He truly does sound terminal.  I have to wonder what finally got him to the doctor, and how long he had not been feeling well, or if he had no symptoms at all?  I have to think that he probably had some symptoms that he ignored or put off getting checked out, and now it is too late.   sad
Conversely, there was another patient I spoke with who had pancreatic cancer--a tumor on her pancreas.  There are usually no symptoms with pancreatic cancer until it is too late, but she had turned yellow and immediately went to get checked out.  Now she is able to have the cancerous growth removed and keep on living.
So PLEASE, people!  Don't be afraid to get checked out.  Get blood work and ask that a liver panel be done, and also a hepatitis screening.  You will either get a load off your mind if you are okay, or catch a liver problem early enough to be treated.

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 6/22/2007 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Stand on your soapbox all you want about this Connie, and I will jump up there with you! The earlier problems are found,the more that can be done!
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Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body,but rather to skid in sideways,chocolate in one hand,wine in the other,body used up ,totally worn out and screaming"WOOOOHOO WHAT A RIDE!!!"
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here, we might as well dance:)

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   Posted 8/13/2010 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Bumping a terrific post!
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   Posted 8/13/2010 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Exactly.... knowing his situation lengthened Mike's life with treatment... a shunt... diet etc along the way... though there was no cancer treatment there were other treatments prior that helped... prolong his life by five years... and I am grateful for that... without the diagnosis... he would have died from bleeding out... right inthe beginning
There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still... Corrie Ten Boom

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   Posted 8/13/2010 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
and there were good years .. worth living..... worth having...worth every second he was here... please get tested... plz
There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still... Corrie Ten Boom

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   Posted 8/14/2010 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
That was a good post to bump! I had minor symptoms of something going on and my Dr insisted on admitting me to get tests done asap and they found a small tumor on my kidney, because it was found so early I only lost a third of my Kidney. The Surgeon said most people will not notice signs till the tumor in larger than a grapfruit at this point lose the entire kidney and have a higher risk of it having spred further. The amazing thing was that the issue wasnt my kidney.... it was an ovarian cyst. Fate has a funny way about it.
Adapt yourself to the life you have been given; and truly love the people with whom destiny has surrounded you.
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