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If it aint one thing, it's another


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  • If it aint one thing, it's another

    After being diagnosed with HOCM and having a Myectomy 2 years ago, and dealing with muscle pain from a stray sturnum wire, what else could you ask for?

    I have been diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. I am back in Northwestern Memorial undergoing chemo. It was interesting to see that one of the first teams to help out was the cardio-team that took care of me during my surgery two years ago. They wanted to make sure that my heart was strong enough to withstand the chemo, and everything with that checked our A-OK! But at any rate, It was caught in time and should be very treatable and CURABLE!

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    Ken, I am sorry to hear of your news but very glad that it is a treatable form. You are in a good place. Take care and you have my thoughts and prayers coming your way.

    Diagnosed in 1977, Myectomy in 1981 @ Mayo Rochester
    ICD&Pacemaker 1996
    Heart transplant March 19, 2004 @ Mayo Rochester
    Mom of Kaye.


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      Wow Ken. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you have a full recovery very soon.
      Daughter of Father with HCM
      Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
      Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
      ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
      Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.


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        Geez, Ken. You have to do everything in style, eh? I'm sorry to hear about the diagnosis but am happy you caught this early and that your heart will be strong throughout the chemo. Let us know if there's anything we can do.

        Husband has HCM.
        3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


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          Ken - I'm so sorry for this new ordeal, but you've gotten a quick start on the treatment. My thoughts and prayers are with you - Linda


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            Sorry to read about your diagnosis, but glad it was found and treatable.
            You'll be in my prayers.
            Keep us updated.


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              Sorry to hear it. Keep us posted!

              Myectomy on Feb. 5, 2007.


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                We haven't corresponded before, but I am pulling for you. It's guys like you who make me quit griping about my situation. Cut it out, it cuts into my "feeling sorry for myself" time.

                All the best....you sound like your a fighter so I am sure all will be fine.

                Diagnosed in June 2007, Pacemaker Oct 2007, Myectomy in Feb 2009 at Cleveland Clinic, Two daughters, both checked with Ultrasounds in 2008, all OK so far. Two grandchildren both check with Ultrasounds and all is OK to date. OH YES....Harry, the Doggie, says Hi also. sigpic


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                  I am so very sorry to hear you have to go through leukemia treatments. Our daughter had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, twice. The road to cure was long; but she is there (nine years since remission)! I wish there were some words of advice/wisdom I could give you; but there is really nothing I can say that will make this better.

                  Stay well (as you can),
                  Annette w/Zapper, Zipper & Ticker
                  Symptomatic 1987, Diagnosed 1999, AICD 2001, 2005
                  Myectomy w/valve replacement 8/2007 (36 y/o)


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                    You sound like you have a positve outlook and that will help. We're all thinking of you!
                    Diagnosed @ 48
                    Saw Dr. Michael Debakey @ age 5 - "He's fine, just a little noisy"
                    Father to 3 boys 22, 25, 29 (all currently clear - pending genetics)
                    AICD - Valentines Day '08, Spark Plug replaced 11/14
                    After much research, I had a Myectomy @ Mayo for my 50th Birthday '08
                    Quietly going insane . . .


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                      Sorry to hear this, Ken.

                      I'm new here and live sorta near you...Hanover Park. I'm probably having the surgery soon...and getting a defibrulator (maybe)... Supposed to go to Mayo clinic...but...not sure insurance will approve it since it's 'out of network.'

                      Wishing you well!

                      36 Years Old
                      Diagnosed with HOCM 05/17/2008
                      Boston Scientific Confient ICD Placed 07/25/2008
                      First 'Zap' 01/03/2009 - While sleeping
                      Diagnosed with ITP 02/26/2002


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                        I am wishing you well and praying for a full and speedy recovery!


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                          Ken, Tom and I are so sorry to hear this! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.



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                            I am really, truly sorry to hear of these latest issues of great concern and challenge for you. You have my positive thoughts and many prayers that you will get on top of this and beat it down . We are all pulling for you.

                            Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
                            Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
                            Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
                            SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
                            [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
                            Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
                            Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
                            Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin


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                              Hi Ken,

                              I'm sorry to hear you are going through this. I too have had cancer on top of HCM. Who knew you could get multiple nasty things like this on top of one another? Crikey! Like one or the other wasn't bad enough... we get to have BOTH? Good grief, gimme a break already.

                              Hang in there. You're obviously destined to be here for a reason. You shall do great things my friend.

                              "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."