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12/24/2016 Latest post:
Well, Linda says I need to tell you my story..... so, here goes.
Over the past year, I have been losing weight - slowly, but it turns out quite a bit. As time went by, I ate less and less because I was full after just a small amount.
In September, I went to my annual doctor visits and we discussed the weight loss and decided I should see a Gastroenterologist. Ok, no problem - like many of us now I'm over the magic number 50 - so I made an appointment. He thought it was nothing, but let's do an Endoscope and stretch the opening to ensure I don't have big problems in he future - and of course while were at it do a Colonoscopy. Now it's the middle of October, he does the procedures, comes out and says, 'I saw something during the Endoscopic procedure and took a biopsy. ' Ok, concerned, but hey he said my symptoms weren't acting like cancer (uh, huh). Then the call came - October 26th, around noon. You have cancer and it's malignant. By the way, for a few hours there, the world was flat - because it tipped over and dropped me off.
Mom was at my door early the next morning - Linda's birthday by the way (sorry about that Lin). Let the testing begin. For the next 2 weeks it was test after test. Then we said, ok that's enough - we need to get to a good Oncologist and figure out where to get treated. Enter stage right, Linda Burmania - within a day, I had records being sent to her Oncologist (FDL) and a GP (Waupun) that would take me as new patient. I start packing.... Dr. Lundberg took one look at my CT and said - you need to see Dr. Gamblin at Froedtert. It may turn out, that that decision saves my life, since I've been accepted into a drug trial that is a biologic. The drug basically tells my immune system to attack anything giving off PDL-1, which my cancer is giving off.