Author Archives: Rich

Kicking my “Bucket List”

Way back when, back when I was diagnosed as Stage IV, back in the once-upon-a-time of the summer of 2018, some people suggested that I might want to spend my remaining time checking off items from my bucket list. I … Continue reading

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In the news

I was contacted recently by a science journalist who was doing a story on new research that is being funded to study the incidence of type 1 diabetes as a side effect of checkpoint inhibitors (immunotherapy drugs such as Opdivo). … Continue reading

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My upcoming June vacation

Last Friday, I had my annual eye exam with my ophthalmologist. The results were that my vision hasn’t changed much since my last exam (I don’t need a new prescription), my cataracts are about the same (I should think about … Continue reading

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Good news travels slow

I had my scans on May 6th and learned the results on May 7th. The results were quite good, almost as good as we could have hoped for. The MRI scan on my brain showed nothing new, only some necrosis … Continue reading

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Playing my hand

The adventure of yesterday’s PET scan is behind us. It was a wild ride but I was able to have the scan and the MRI yesterday. I was more nervous worrying that the scan might have to be postponed than … Continue reading

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Bad attitude

OK, let me get this out of the way now. I am currently tired of people who tell me to have a positive attitude. Fuck that. I’m tired, and frustrated, and sick. Don’t tell me to have a positive attitude. … Continue reading

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A fall goeth before my pride

This week started with a fall. I was carrying some things into my shed last weekend. On the third and final trip, I slipped on the ramp coming out of the shed and fell hard on my butt. It’s my … Continue reading

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Discoordinated care

Let me just get it out of the way right now. I’m not happy with my care team today. In addition to having melanoma, and diabetes, and lately colitis, I’ve started having another issue. As you might recall from my … Continue reading

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That sinking feeling

As expected, it looks like I do have colitis and I am getting kicked off of Nivolumab treatment. The image on the left here represents my somewhat mixed thoughts. On the one hand, I feel like I have had my … Continue reading

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Prednisolone, diabetes, and more crap

Well, I got the test results back from last weekend’s fecal adventures. Turns out that it’s not bacterial and its not a parasite, but I am positive for leukocytes. Without a CT scan or colonoscopy, it’s not 100% positive, but … Continue reading

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