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  • Glen Beamish
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    Re: Just got kicked in the teeth... but I'm still smiling

    Rick, I'm betting things have gotten as bad they possibly could and it's only up from here on.
    Your overdue for some good news.
    Good Luck & Stay Well

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  • Chuck B
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    Re: Just got kicked in the teeth... but I'm still smiling

    Best of luck. It's always an inspiration to read about how HCM'ers deal with and overcome obstacles. I know you will continue to do so.

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  • Sandy H
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    Re: Just got kicked in the teeth... but I'm still smiling

    Just catching up on the unread postings & was so struck by your seemingly run of bad luck. But as the others have so nicely stated, some of these may be blessings in disguise. I just returned home on Monday from Lung Cancer surgery & I can attest that all the prayers & support of the HCM family have been a God send. I'm doing amazingly well in the area of attitude & know it is helping. I will certainly keep you in my prayers from now til the 18th. Good Luck

    Sandy

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  • Pat
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    Richard,

    That's real good news. I agree it's no fun having quarterly cystoscopies. There's not much dignity for men or women in visiting a urologist! Thank goodness they usually understand that.

    I'm doing pretty well with a med change for my HCM. I think there's some pretty earthshaking news on the board in the last month. Start with the research section!

    Pat

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  • Richard Nelsen
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    Pat and all my HCM friends, Yes I did have my operation on the 18th. I did have significant superficial cancer on my bladder wall in three locations which they removed. The good part is that it was superficial, the bad part is that it comes back in 85% of those that have it. My urologist said that the two of us will get to know each other very well as I will have to go back in every three months (hate that) all the guys will understand this. Really I'm very happy that it turned out this good for now, things will be better and maybe I can force myself to start thinking about my HCM again. What is your situation now Pat? How are you doing? I'm sorry to say I have not been following the board as of late did I miss anything ground breaking? Please tell me YES! Rick

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  • Pat
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    Richard,

    You were scheduled for surgery on the 18th. How did it go and how are YOU doing? I've been thinking of you and saying some prayers. I'm hoping you are doing okay.

    Pat

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  • Glen Beamish
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    Richard, attitude is the largest part in fighting cancer, my wife is now in here 5th year of being cancer free and I cannot tell how much I admired her attitude before, during and the worst times after her operation and radiation treatments. She never once thought she was going to lose this battle and I believe this is why it has turned out so well so far.
    Richard, have your moments, but never let it beat you.

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  • DLCC2
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    Angels

    I don't know what your Spritual beliefs are but I think that finding out about your batteries and getting that whole thing square away before you went in for the cancer surgery is what "I" would call a definite blessing or good luck on your part. And I too think sometimes things happen in threes and it looks like your third one was a charm. I will be praying for you and the journey ahead of you. It looks like your guardian angel is got ya covered.

    Diana

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  • Richard Nelsen
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    Many Thanks to you all!

    Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts! I feel alot better today as the shoulder area is healing nicely. I also think it was the best thing to get this out of the way BEFORE the endoscopic resection. At least if I'm lucky thats what it will be, it all depends on how deep the cancer is when they get in there. I sure didn't want to be hurting on both ends at the same time if you know what I mean... I also want all of you to know that I also think of you all and althou I have not had the time to say it to each of you. I know that you too or one of your loved ones has your own share of troubles. Thats why it makes it so much more special when I hear a kind word from one of you.

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  • Linda
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    Rick, at least you know you are going into the next surgery with a new battery and the pacer surgery well toward healing. Keep us posted. Best wishes. Linda

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  • Robert Hartwell
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    Rich,

    Good luck on the 18th. I am glad that you were able to get your pacer squared away. I will be pulling for you.

    Best wishes

    Bob

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  • Reenie
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    Boy, Richard. You sure haven't had very good luck lately. It's too bad that they couldn't do both things at once, huh? I'm glad you're taken care of as far as the pacer goes, and I'll be thinking about you on the 18th.

    Reenie

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  • SheliRenee
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    Rick -

    I'm sorry to hear about your pacemaker.... I'm am glad that you got it changed out. I will be thinking of you as the 18th approaches and pray that all goes well.

    I've been told before that things happen in threes.... If this is true (and it sure seems like it sometimes), then you should be on the way up now.

    Please let us know how things go.

    All the best.

    SheliRenee

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  • Richard Nelsen
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    You may find this hard to believe?

    Hi again! This is an update... Who ever said bad things come in threes? Get this I was getting ready for my cancer operation which is March 18th, so anyways... I go to my pacemaker Doc. last week to check on the battery which I knew were getting low( I have a dual chamber pacemaker) and they start the testing and guess what? While I'm there it shuts down to emergency mode (single chamber) as the battery is too low to support the dual chamber. I felt the difference right away and they of course saw what had happened so it was into the hosp. a couple days later for a pacemaker change! It has been a real roller coaster ride and at times I have to laugh. Every thing is still on schedule thou so I go into the hosp. on March 18th for the bladder cancer, if that works out I hope to go to the Mayo for the HCM, maybe next year

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  • Richard Nelsen
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    Linda and Jim, it does warm my heart to read your supportive kind words for that I thank you! I hope your situation is well. Rick

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