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“Sum it up in One Word”

Today’s word, oh sorry tonight’s word is “survivor”. I am a survivor not just in the since that I am able to persevere, I am a cancer survivor. This particular word can mean so many things to so many different people. I have survived what many to believe to be and probably is the most indiscriminate diseases out there. With so many variations, it can hit any where at any time. It does not seem to have a type or special gender. In all honesty I was very lucky, I had what is known as Castleman’s disease. It is a very rare form (the oncologist I saw said it was only the fifth case he has ever seen. He was no Doogie Howser). They all told me it could have turned into lymphoma any time. I had been dealing with problems with the circulation for quite some time before it was actually discovered. I was even told years before the discovery of the cancer, by a very good doctor, that I had veinal problems. I was fully prepared to follow up with this particular doctor, one that was recommended by my insurance company, when the very same insurance company, told me they would not pay for his services. So I lived with the pain and the swelling of the legs and all the other complications. I will not go into graphic detail it was not pretty.
Any way it all boiled down to the fact that I had a discussion with my doctor at that time. It was in 2003 (November). I weighed about 260+ pounds. As he was chastising me about losing weight, I mentioned that I see quite a few people that are a lot bigger than me and they don’t seem to have the same extreme problems I have. There had to be more to it. So being the great guy that he is, he ordered an MRI and they discovered my lymph nodes were enlarged. From there we went to a biopsy and viola! The big C was uncovered.
When the doctor that did the surgery told me what they found, I asked what it was and they didn’t know. My doctor didn’t know, the oncologist had to look up ways to treat it. It took them a month to figure out they wanted to go the radiation route. This was back in 2004 (February). Completely painless on my part, however, I do still have black ink marks on my skin where they wanted to concentrate the rays.
End result, I can’t run, jump or skip rope. If I could do any of these things I do feel I wouldn’t be 230 pounds now. I used to love running. I used to go for miles, most times any where from 7-8 miles to 13-15 miles at a time.
Which now leads me to another form of survival, perseverance. I do fear this subject may have to wait until next time. Despite the coffee I am partaking in, I am starting to get tired. Funny how the very caffeine I drink to keep me awake only does so when I am trying to go to sleep.
I need to get back to my radio show boomersperch@blogtalkradio.com. I believe that I will be discussing the possibility of Quantum Leaping and Quantum Physics. I will know more about timing of the show, when I get a schedule from my day job. I do want to plan it for next Wednesday at 9:30. That is 5/7/2014 at 9:30 am pst. I will verify this in my next post and hope to hear form you here and there. Goodnight and best wishes.

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About Bigboomer

Hello, first of all I would like to thank you for visiting my blogsite. I am going to tell you a little about me. My name is Ray, I started writing back in high school. Every once in a while I would come up with a few ideas and would write them down. Most of which became poems others became short stories. Some of my inspirations are of the heart, some of them come from the thoughts of the day. You will see, as you browse threw my site my poetry is about as diverse as you can get. I hope that as you read them some will have you thinking of love, while others will make you feel sorrow. I would like some of them to set you off to an adventure. Finally, I have some poems that may make you hungry. I do have some inspirations that just plane turn into ramblings or rants as, if you read in here, you will see. I have managed to get two books published so far, the first one is titled Pathways, it may be found at xlibris.com/RayBohdan.html. there you can view a couple of excerpts form the book. The second book is Mingling Hues of My Mind it is at publish America A little bit more about me. I am fifty-one years old I have three children, Rainney, Elisa, and Anthony and two well, actually, three grandchildren Raeanne Marie, Graycee, and Amaya. I guess I could go on, but then I am afraid this will come out sounding like a dating profile. Part of my site will be dedicated to my poetry, I plan to break it down into different sections and organize it by type/style. Another section of this site will be dedicated to my blog it will be about my rants/thoughts of the day. These will vary from political, to personal, to comical. I will talk about most anything and everything that I feel may be of interest to someone. I also will devote a section to some of my favorite recipes with hints on how to capture his/her heart by winning their stomach. My favorite foods are Italian and Mexican, but this section will not be limited to those two types. I do believe however, that the most important part of my site will be the dedication pages. These will be to memorialize special loved ones and friends, as well as thank those that have made purchases of my afore-mentioned book. This is exactly what you think it is. A way for me to sell my self as a writer. Publicly get my words and thoughts out into the world. Please believe me when I say that this in no way demeans or diminishes my passions for the people and the love of which I have written, and will continue to write. I trust that once you read my poems you will feel the love i have felt, the pains I have been through, and the joys of life itself. Once again I thank you for stopping by please enjoy.

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2 thoughts on ““Sum it up in One Word”

  1. What type of castleman’s disease do you have? I have multicentric, I found out I had castlman’s disease when I was 14 years old. I had a tumor the size of a lemon.

    Posted by Gabrielle | 08/12/2014, 8:48 pm
    • Sorry it has taken so long to reply. I come in here to start typing , and I just can’t seem to get started.
      Anyway when I was diagnosed the doctors, technicians, and anyone else involved had no idea what they were dealing with. The specialist I worked with told me it was only his fifth case.

      Posted by Bigboomer | 08/30/2014, 8:09 pm

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