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chappy

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I might be down, but I'm not out!
« on: October 09, 2009, 01:24:33 PM »

Hi Guys,

I'm asking for thoughts and prayers for my family during this time ahead.

Wasn't sure where to send this, but thought you could or would place it in the right thread. 
Thanks
 
Sorry I haven't written before now because I have seen that you guys do care.
So, here's a very brief outline of the latest curve ball tossed my way
 
I't's been a rough past 3 weeks.
And it looks like several weeks/months maybe longer of a rough road ahead as well.
 
I'll start with 09/18/09: I called the WRJ. VT. Veterans hospital.
I told them I am having chest pains and just didn't feel well.
Come right in, they said.
Got there at 2:30pm, by 3pm I was in the ER.
 
They thought I was having a heart attack, nope not me!
I also wouldn't go to Boston Vets Hospital as they suggested, not on a Friday afternoon. (ghostown on weekends)
 
The next Tuesday (9/22), I had a stress test (Hey,does anyone ever win that race?),
as well as a contrast C-T scan of my chest. Seems my heart is strong enough but,
as it turns out there's a tumor growing on/in my thymus gland, (an organ that's part of the Lymph gland system) between my breastbone and heart. It is the size if a fist. (I hope they were nt thinking of Tyson!)  lol   Did I say it hurts?
 
So a biopsy was done the following Tuesday morning (9/29). It was guided by the use of the C-T scan. Waiting the 5 days for the call from my Doc was a challange. But the info came finally.
It's Thymoma, Cancer of the Thymus. Part of the Lymph system. Hodgkins or Non-Hodgkins cancer has not been decided yet.  The Stage is believed to be Stage 2 or 3.
 
I was told yesterday that they have to remove it and all the mess that seems to be confined to my chest cavity at this point. It has spread to at least my right lung (left lung ?)
 
Good news: It's not genitic, so I can rest on the fact that I haven't passed on a dirty gene to my children or my grandchildren. I am thankful for that.
 
Strange news: This type of cancer only sticks it's ugly head up in 500 - 700 people in America a year. I'm surprized they even have a name for it.  lol
 
A Tumor Board met today at the WRJ VT V Hospital along with some Dhartmouth Hitchcock Hospital Doc's. to discuse my case. (Lucky my case was on their agenda so soon)
However, I'm now told my tumor is to big and to wrapped around my heart, vessels and veins and has also attacked my right lung, (left lung ?) and other areas of my chest. The tumor has metastasizes and is now unable to be removed surgically.
   
I still  have many questions to ask latter
 
Now, The plan is a PET scan (10/19) at Dartmouth to locate any and all tumors around my body. The hope is there won't be many.  (none would be nice)   
 
Radiation treatment for several weeks sometime after a (10/30) appointment with Oncology maybe the radiation will be paired with chemo also. If my tumor can be shrunk enough, then removing it might be back on the table in several weeks. The Doc says a this time it's only a hope. (but that something!)
Although I'm not sure what several means???
 
But, for now I can say to my VA primary Doc, "I told I didn't feel good!!"  lol (been telling her for months)
All along, I thought I was simply feeling this bad because of diabetes.
That's what the PCG at the VA has been telling me too.
 
I have a rough road ahead it seems
I'm still trying to get a handle on all the info myself.
I will let you know from time to time how I'm doing
 
till then
 
Take care of yourself
 
your friend and fellow member
chappy

Sam Legasse
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2009, 01:33:09 PM »


We wish you the very best of luck!

Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers.

Take care,
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2009, 01:35:36 PM »

We will certainly be thinking of you, and you are in our prayers. Please keep us posted.
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2009, 01:39:16 PM »

Chin up. we will be thinking of you and wishing you back on your bike and in the wind
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2009, 01:44:21 PM »

 Sam,
You have a big family here for all the support you can handle. Use us when you need us, were here for you.  Dave
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2009, 02:31:48 PM »

Sam,

Sorry to hear of your illness! Sounds like you are working with smart people who care about you. I know it's tough but enjoy each and every day and know that many in this community will be praying for you! Keep us posted on your progress.
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2009, 02:46:46 PM »

Hate to read this man.  Frightening stuff.  Even worse when we really don't have a great clue what the hell they're actually talking about sometimes.  Best of wishes I can muster heading your way.  One step at a time so first get better than get well.
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2009, 03:45:04 PM »

Sam,

Although I don't know you, I am truely sorry about your battle. The only advice I can give is: "Fight Like Hell, and Don't Quit Fighting!"

Also remember that every moment is precious, so don't forget to live to the fullest and enjoy every moment to the best of your ability with family and friends.

best Wishes,
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2009, 05:57:54 PM »

Stay positive
Our thoughts are with you
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2009, 10:07:35 PM »

Sam,
Sorry to hear about the fight you have ahead of you. My prayers go out for you and your family.
Fight this with all your might, don't give up. Your friends here will be with you.
God bless,
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2009, 10:57:00 PM »

Sam, you and your family are in my thought and prayers.

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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2009, 11:11:24 PM »

Hi folks, I am Chappy's wife Sue,
I hope its ok but I am going to sign in under Chappy's user name to post updates from time to time, if Chappy isn't up to it
Thank you so much for all your kind words and thoughts and prayers.
Chappy's wife,
Sue  aka  Miss Daisy
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2009, 11:54:17 PM »

Sam ,my prayers are with u. you sound like a fighter with an attitude to overcome. i will looking for your updates!!  :2vrolijk_21:
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2009, 08:10:06 AM »

Hi Sam and Sue;

Hoping and praying for only the best for you two. Like all of the rest of us here said, get better, get well and get back in the wind next spring.
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Re: I might be down, but I'm not out!
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2009, 08:48:59 AM »

god bless you guys.....
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