Finally, The Completed Diagnosis

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by Asia-Off-Grid, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    So, originally, I thought I just had diabetes, which was later confirmed. Then, it was possibly one version of Hepatitis. After after having been misdiagnosis so many times previously. throughout my years here, I almost gave up on visiting doctor in Cambodia.

    Then, after a recent visit with a doctor from the Philippines, she gave me hope, in diagnosing me with possible gallstones. Not that I had gallstones, mind you. But, the fact that my symptoms actually led to that as being a genuine diagnosis. However, after learning I would be seeing a surgeon from England, light again, was seen at the end of the tunnel. I had received excellent treatment from Filipino doctors during my years in the Philippines.

    Of course, after my consultation with the surgeon, a CT scan, and some additional blood tests, it turns out I have pancreatic cancer. The gentleman was apprehensive to give me any sort of a timeline, until having been pressed into doing so. Upon doing so, he estimated between 6 and 12 months. But, stated he was not God, and that was his best estimate. By the way, he charged me nothing for my consultations. And, he gave me his personal cell number and informed me to ring him at anytime, with any questions or concerns regarding my illness.

    I have noticed that I tire more easily now, and tend to make more errors in composting posts, emails, etc. I will try to check them more thoroughly, though prior to sending them, if / when possible. If I fail to succeed at that, my apologies in advance.
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  2. john316

    john316 Monkey+++

    i am so sorry,Paul, i,myself, have been living on borrowed time since august 2013. 5 good years.I thank the LORD. if you served in vietnam,check with the VA.they have opened up a whole lot relating to agent orange and cancer
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  3. Out in the woods

    Out in the woods off-grid in-the-forest beekeeper

    Is there any holistic approach for pancreatic cancer?
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  4. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Don't know what to say.
  5. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Am sorry to hear your news Paul. If there is any up side to this, it is that you will have the opportunity to put your affairs in order and suck the marrow out of what is remaining.

    Usually Dr's give a ball park estimate...the C will follow its own course however.

    You have a number of decisions and choices to make, i hope you have the the necessary supports availble to help you along the way.

    I'll still be here for you to spar with if you should need the distraction.

    Last edited: Nov 2, 2018
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  6. john316

    john316 Monkey+++

    The cancers that VA presumes to be caused by Agent Orange exposure are:
    • Chronic B-cell Leukemias.
    • Hodgkin's disease.
    • Multiple myeloma.
    • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
    • Prostate cancer.
    • Respiratory cancers (including lung cancer)
    • Soft tissue sarcomas.
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  7. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I'm with Altoid also , just know I'm here for you if there's anything I can do for you , and my prayers are with you .
  8. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Well dang it to Hell and back Paul, Mind blowing to say the least.
    I pray for the best and as always get that second or third opinion.
    I'm at a lost for words but please keep us updated.
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  9. apache235

    apache235 Monkey+++

    Prayers indeed Paul. I'm with Chello on the time thing, my sister and sister-in-law were given 6 months and one lasted 2 years the other 5. As for making mistakes on posts, don't sweat the small stuff, we're just glad to have the posts in whatever form.
  10. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    This is very bad news, and I will be praying for you every day, Paul.

    Check for treatments in the US. In the last few years I have had a couple of operations that were straight out of Star Trek. One took place while I was inside a CAT scan. While they were imaging me they used a probe to take a biopsy of a cancerous tumor on one of my kidneys and then used the same probe to freeze the remaining tissue. The result was a complete cure, though kidney cancer has a 98% cure rate it was still pretty impressive. I had one small incision in my back. My point is that there have been some pretty amazing advancements in cancer treatments and surgeries. I immediately did some research (plemty) when they made the diagnosis but didn't find out anything about this level of treatment.

    Were it me I would beat my feet to OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University) here in Portland. It is a center of excellence for research and new treatments. It's also connected via a sky bridge to the Portland VA Medical Center which is also a center of excellence for health care if you are a vet. Both of them work closely with each other and OHSU even leases the top floor of the VA.
  11. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I am praying for you as well .
  12. RightHand

    RightHand Been There, Done That RIP 4/15/21 Moderator Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Sorry to hear your news. I'm with Chello - suck the marrow from each and every day
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  13. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I do not know what to say. This news sucks. The responses above cover many of my thoughts. The Dr just gave you an estimate, that is not set in stone. I wish you had better Doctors over there.
  14. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    May the grace of the Lord Jesus the Messiah, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you and your family.
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  15. oldman11

    oldman11 Monkey+++

    I had a friend who had pancreatic cancer and he lived over six years after he was diagnosed. Ended up he died in a car wreck. Get all the treatment you can,you can beat it.
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  16. DarkLight

    DarkLight Live Long and Prosper - On Hiatus

    Damn...just...damn. Like the others I'm here for you if there is anything I can do.
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  17. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I can't say that it works, I won't offer false hope. Inyectable Amygdalin B17 / Laetrile - Laetrile Supply

    Also, I don't know how much stem cell therapy would work, but checking out Dr. Neil Riordan couldn't hurt. Stem Cell Institute Panama - Stem Cell Therapy - Stem Cell Institute

    Even if you just end up eating healthy and staying positive while enjoying the time you have left, you're better off than giving up (many people do lose hope, I'm not saying you will) so rise above this and beat it by refusing to submit, even if the chances are 3%, that's still a chance.
  18. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    I'll be praying for you and your family!
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  19. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Paul, this is unbelievably sorrowful news. But, you have many friends here and I am sure support at home. With spirits high and a determined will, there is hope. My deepest thoughts and prayers for you and your loved ones as you face this ordeal.
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  20. GrayGhost

    GrayGhost Monkey+++

    As others have said, we're here for you, Paul.
    Stay positive and keep the faith. Our prayers continue.
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