Larry Lubben's Journal
8 Year Anniversary
Written Jan 25, 2014 10:01am
January 25, 2014 Update- Today is the 8th anniversary of the day I found out I had eye cancer - four more years to the 12 year cancer-free milestone! Each year this anniversary becomes more special as I get closer to the end of that 12 year period. I continue my annual trips to the Mayo Clinic and a couple a times a year here is the Fargo area running tests to make sure the indicators are still positive. We continue to deal with the pressure and some other tests being on the high end but, in general, it has been another great year. I had a nice visit with Dr. Prasad yesterday when I delivered her flowers to her to thank her for taking that extra step and effort to find the cancer when she did during that routine annual eye check. I told her again that I seriously believe that if she had not caught it that day and no outward symtoms developed for a long period of time, I would not be here today. It is a day to celebrate and I will spend it with some of the people who are so special to me. We plan to go out and celebrate this 8 year milestone this evening. Thanks to all of you - my family and special friends - who have continued to support me and show how much they care. Thank You So Much - Take Care.
2013 Mayo Checkup
Written Jul 31, 2013 6:40pm
July 31, 2013 Update - Today was my checkup at Mayo Clinic. I have seen Dr. Pulido every year since we found the cancer in January of 2006 - not this year. He has so many patients - new patients that require the surgery - and he is doing more reseach on this form of cancer so has given his longer-term patients to one of his associates. My new Dr. is Dr. Wendy Smith. I thought she was very good - thorough and explained the situations very well. Started the day at 7am with a full CT scan and then the blood work. There were five more appointments from 11am to when I met with Dr. Smith at 3pm. Everything went very well. The CT scan continues to monitor the spot in the lung but it has been pretty stable for the past few years so not a major concern at this time - still will continue to watch it closely. The tumor in the eye has continued to shrink and is now down to about 2.7mm which is very good. I have a cataract in my bad left eye and that is limiting some of the checkup and monitoring due to not being able to see around it to check the health of the eye. Dr Smith will confer with Dr Pulido and we may need to remove the cataract this year. Everything is very good at this time - seven years down, five to go. It is always a long hard day and very stressful on the eyes but so worth it when there is such a good report, again. Thanks to everyone who have been so thoughtful and offering support during this past year. Couldn't do this without my special friends and family. Thanks so much for your thoughts - Take Care.
Written Jan 25, 2013 2:00pm
January 25, 2013 Update- Today is the 7th anniversary of my finding out that I had eye cancer - five more years to the 12 year cancer-free milestone! Good news is that all tests and things we are watching as indicators of problems have been negative. The pressure in the bad left eye is still being addressed but is under control so I feel very comfortable that we are on a good path to that 12 year anniversary. I still celebrate this day as a special day when Dr Prasad found the problem at a routine eye exam and caught it early enought that the treatment has worked and saved my life. I stopped into her office today and left her a flower and thank you card as I have on each anniversary. I had lunch with Lia and a good friend of ours and we also plan to celebrate with a night out tonight as well. Again, thanks to my family, special friends, the doctors, and everyone who continues to provide support for me - Take Care.