Gary Kalbfleisch | CaringBridge

Gary Kalbfleisch

First post: Feb 2, 2018 Latest post: Sep 10, 2018
After months of an odd numbness in my right thigh, and increasing pain in my right knee, I was informed  back on November 16, 2017 that I have cancer in my knee.  Metastatic lesions I was told, meaning that it spread to my knee from somewhere else.  Stage four by definition.  Another two weeks and some change later, it was found in my lungs, the primary source.  Two weeks after that, it was found in my brain.  It didn't spread that fast, it just took that much time to get all of the tests scheduled.  I have likely been incubating this for several years without experiencing any noticeable symptoms.   I am told I have six months to live without treatment, and people in my condition live on average two years with treatment.  Only 5% live to five years.  I opted for the treatment route, as long as it does not disproportionately degrade the quality of my remaining life.

Any who, I created this site to keep people informed of my condition.  It is tough enough having to come to terms with the reality of my condition without having to rehash every aspect of my progress, good or bad, over and over again.  I appreciate everyone's concern and I thank you for your support.  I know you are sorry, but it is not your doing.  Don't feel bad if I don't jump at the chance for your generous offer of assistance.  I have a really difficult time accepting help from anyone, I am just programmed that way.  This is another aspect of my condition that I need to come to terms with.  I am very much aware that as time passes I will become more and more dependent on others.  

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