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Old 09-29-08, 07:50 PM
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Any other cancer survivors on here?

I was wondering how many of you were cancer survivors. I myself had testicular cancer, diagnosed when I was 18, went through chemo, then up to Indianapolis for a 9 hour surgery to remove 13 tumors. I got to see the same doctor that Lance got to see, so that was kinda cool. Now I'm almost 4 years out from my last treatment. Ever since LIVESTRONG became "mainstream" I was wondering how many other riding survivors were out there.
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Old 09-29-08, 09:49 PM
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How long ago? Everything o.k. now? There are several survivors on the 50+ forum, including a guy who had lung surgery last December and completed a 500 mile team ride last week. There's another guy there who is doing chemo now, but still gets out for a ride when he can.
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Old 09-29-08, 10:47 PM
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my mom used to be a triathlete before cancer, but she still tries to ride with me every once and a while.
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I registered just to post in this thread mostly because I am always looking to meet other survivors. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer 2 years ago at age 20. Went through 3 months of chemo and and elected to stay in Birmingham instead of go to Indiana for my RPLND (would not have done that if not for the new surgeon in Birmingham who has TONS of experience with that surgery). I am still cancer free and hope to stay that way for a very long time. I hope the same for you bigmand.
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Thanks Law, so far so good!!! Same to you also. I just always thought it cool how survivors kind of have this instant "click" with each other. I guess we enjoy talking about throwing up every meal and feeling miserable lol. I try to get out to do cancer-support rides and walks/runs when i can, but with a full time plus job (avg. 45-50 hours a week) and school it's not very easy, especially in the restaurant industry.
Plus there aren't a whole lot here in middle Georgia. Good to hear from the survivors and family and friends of!!! Keep at it ya'll!!!
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Lymphoma in 1992. Two surgeries, 8 weeks of radiation, and 6 months of chemo. Disease free since. The chemo did a number on the lungs but I won't complain. I rode "The Climb" in the Moab Century Tour two weeks a go. I am 49 now.
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Prostate Cancer (Gleason 5+3) in 2003 at the age of 52. Had a radical prostatectomy in May 2003 and still clean.

The only lasting side effect was that I acquired four recumbents from it.
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Chrondosarcoma in 1987.
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Interesting thread. I go for a biopsy tomorrow.
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Good luck rocco, hope everything comes out okay!!!
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Good luck rocco, hope everything comes out okay!!!
Thanks, much appreciated.
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2 cancer survivors.
Kay is a 5 year survivor, breast cancer. Decided no radiation, no chemo. Doing great.
Rudy 3 year survivor prostate. Had bacyteraphy (radio active seed implants). No chemo; doing fine.
Still pedaling 100+ miles a week on our tandem.
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Old 10-01-08, 08:44 AM
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Stage 4 colon cancer, two years post-chemo with no sign of disease. I credit my doctors and my bike for saving my life. I'm not out of the woods yet (I'm in the 30% five-year survival category), but it looks good. Cycling is the perfect exercise for recovery.
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Just hit 5 years cancer free. Was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2003 and spent my post chemo days watching the tour. I ordered the livestrong bracelet when they first came out before anyone outside of cycling knew what they were. Then before I knew it, EVERYONE had one. I remember Jan going down in the TT while I was sitting on the couch concentrating on not throwing up. Ah, memories. . .
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Awesome thread! I'm 48 and was diagnosed this past May with stage 3/4 oral cancer (tumor at the base of my tongue)which had also invaded the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck. Underwent 8 weeks of Chemo followed by 7 weeks of Radiation which ended in October. So far everything looks great. I decided to start riding again after a long break. Picked up a new Kestrel RT-700 frame and Campy 11-speed Record Group very cheaply and I'm building it right now. Still waiting for my Ambrosio Excellight SSC's to show up (on the slow boat from Ireland I guess) so I can lace them up and start training. Can't wait to hit the road again!

Cheers!
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Mrs. Pcad survived breast cancer in 1995. It was a harrowing experience for both of us. As far as I'm concerned, Lance's value to the world profoundly transcends bicycle racing. He didn't have to take his fame and use it as a vehicle to raise money to fight cancer and inspire millions in their fight with cancer. Oh, no indeed. But that's precisely what he has done, and what he continues to do.

Go Lance. Texas is Bigger n' France, and maybe, one of these days, Bigger n' Cancer too.
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I'm almost embarrassed to mention my ongoing basel cell in the same thread. Seems like having a pimple compared to the others mentioned.
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Old 12-26-08, 07:09 PM
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Congratulations to all of you and your loved ones!

Kay (zonatandem),

Question if you don't mind? What was your treatment, if you opted out for the others?

Thanks
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My daughter had Hodgkin's disease 5 years ago and is still in the clear now. She, her new husband, her mom, and I, are doing the Solvang century in March with Team In Training. Her best quote so far during the training was today, as we rode 40 miles in a 40-mph wind: "Chemo is easier than this!"
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Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2000; treated with radiation and Rituxan. Squamous Cell Carcinoma in 2006; nice scar on nose to remember it by.

Rocco, good luck!
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Any of you guys seen this, https://cancerfungus.com/simoncini-cancer-fungus.php

I know its a bit off the wall but I have my reasons for believing its true.

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My wife has survived Cervical cancer. Been clear for 10 years, luckily it was caught early enough that surgery was all that was needed. Sadly, it was discovered right after we discovered she was pregnant. Those were rough times.

I have sister who has survived lung cancer and we lost my father in law to prostate cancer about 4 years ago. He had year long valiant fight, but came up short in the end.

Anyone who has survived it, or felt that cold fist grip your heart when someone you love passes through those swinging doors on the way to treatment or surgery has my respect and admiration. For those who have lost someone I have the deepest of sympathy.

I'm a Lance homer, and always will be.
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Snake oil and false hope, in my opinion.
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Prostate cancer survivor here. Was diagnosed in April 2007 when I was 57 and had a robotic prostatectomy in June of '07. So far, no reoccurrence and a relatively full recovery. I read Lance's book during my ordeal and his story was inspirational. I took up road cycling after my recovery. Logged over 4000 miles this year and plan on 5000 in 09. Cycling keeps me sane. And, I'll second pcad's sentiment; Lance's contribution as an inspiration to those afflicted and the funds raised by his foundation is extraordinary.
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