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hdavis 11-24-2017 06:55 PM

Looking forward to more posts.:thumbsup:

SmallTownGuy 11-24-2017 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by sunkist (Post 6525410)
Hello, its been a while second week of being out of bed.
It has been a long hard battle with a couple of real dark days along the way.
I am 55lbs lighter with no taste buds or saliva glands and have to sip water often (doc says both will get better with time) also the radiation burnt all my hair folicals on my face and ears no more shaving.
As i get sronger i will post more :thumbsup:

So..............when you going back to work?;)

Leo G 11-24-2017 07:38 PM

Sounds like you made it though the tough part. Stay strong.

TimNJ 11-24-2017 10:56 PM

I was wondering how things were going too.

I was going to revive this thread on Dec.1 if there weren't any updates by then.

Glad to here you are back on the upswing.:thumbsup: Been praying for you every day since you first posted.

brickhook 11-25-2017 07:52 AM

Sunkist, I'm sorry to hear about what you're going through. I didn't see this thread til this a.m.

My Dad was first diagnosed with this same thing in 2000. He had been a smoker in his younger years aswell, but the Doc said it didn't come from that.

He had surgery and 35 radiation treatments (I think that was all he could per occurance)

He recovered just fine in time from the throat cancer, They even saved part of his vocal cords, so he even talked fine.

We are all pulling and praying for you :thumbsup:

sunkist 11-25-2017 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by SmallTownGuy (Post 6525674)
So..............when you going back to work?;)

Went today, install a shower door thats been sitting in storage for 6 months had my guy with me for the heavy stuff.
So part #s 6,9, 10,11, and 17 missing from box so all we got done was to cut the upper and lower guide rails.
Aired the tyres up on the van the rear were dead flat also charged the battery, got the van fired up last night first time in 6 months.
Charged batterys for cordles tools this weak, and replaced batterys in stud finder etc.
Rode with my guy in his pickup, it was so good to get out and start to get back to work even if we did not get much done, just to be out of the house with my tool belt and a bag full of other tools felt really good.

sunkist 11-25-2017 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by TimNJ (Post 6114473)
I believe that's what Michael Douglas' throat cancer was caused by.
He seems to have come through in great shape.

Hey Tim i think you sir are correct, One problem for Mr Douglas he still is not as good looking as me :laughing: you can see looking at him the toll cancer took on his body.

Builders Inc. 11-25-2017 05:01 PM

So glad to hear your out and about. Did the doc say your in full remission? Did they get it all?


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Joasis 11-25-2017 05:25 PM

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Originally Posted by sunkist (Post 6527682)
it was so good to get out and start to get back to work even if we did not get much done, just to be out of the house with my tool belt and a bag full of other tools felt really good.


I tried to go back to work the Monday following brain surgery on the preceding Wednesday. Not good. The doctor told me to take 12 weeks off...and you know, it was 12 weeks until I felt like working. All I could do was drive out and watch the job....cancer knocked me off my pins, I tell you. Don't rush it, listen to the doc.

MattK 11-26-2017 01:22 PM

Hey Sun, glad you're doing better. Just saw this right now, read the whole thread. Sounds like quite the ordeal. Just remember it's always darkest before dawn...Pulling for you, bud.

Mr Latone 11-26-2017 02:14 PM

Best wishes for a full recovery.

Your attitude,outlook and optimism shows to be strong as you are making the corner and returning to some normal activities. Maintaining a spirited existence cannot be discounted as valuable part of your recovery therapies.

Easy Gibson 11-26-2017 09:16 PM

This was a great update to see.

Cool to see you already doing this well. "Already". Hah. Easy for me to say, huh?

Kumpel 11-26-2017 11:21 PM

To your continued recovery!

sunkist 03-30-2018 05:57 PM

Hello folks well its time to give a update, last Monday I had a MRI scan and a doctors appointment on Thursday and got the results from the scan, I AM CANCER FREE IN MY THROAT so it looks like you get to receive more of my advise and smart ass comments !.
I am still not back to work the toll it took on me was enormous, weight loss, muscle loss, and the mental anguish get up at 8 am every day and have the dry heaves before going for radiation, receive the radiation and have to sit in the parking lot with the door open having the dry heaves come back home and crawl into bed.
My wife roasted chickens cut the meat off the bones and then made a stock for me that's all I could eat, my wife and the boys (drywall and dewalt) ate the meat.
My wife looked after me and took me for my treatments and I have no friggin idea how folks with out help get through cancer and all the work it takes the toll on the care giver is just as bad, just emptying the mail box from the barrage of medical bills is a full time job.
My wife took me every day except one the Dewalter got sick his kidneys gave out and he hung on for a month, while I went for radiation treatment the cuddle bug died, that was a DARK DAY he died right at my pillow where 30 minutes before I was resting my head, he followed my wife every where he was a pain in the ass but he was our pain and boy do I miss him.
I finished my radiation on a Wednesday at the end of my treatments I was fried, that Friday if there was a end it pill next to the bed I would have taken it that was a DARK DAY.
So while I was sick the flat screen craped out in the bedroom we just moved the smaller one from the guest room, so now I have a new smart tv in the master bedroom bigger than the one that craped out, and bigger is better in the bedroom right ?.
My computer went on the fritz so now I have a new puter and tv as it seems I may be here a while longer, and the good news I am getting screwed, the problem its by Microsoft and windows 10 before it was just vista.
I want to thank every one here on Contractor Talk for your prayers and wishes you folks got me through a tough time I logged on once in a while just to keep up with Leo, Robbie, Deckhead (I think I got the spelling right) and every one else including the once in a while home owner.
I want you all to realize I know you, I look forward to seeing what you post, sometimes when I can't sleep at 3 am I log on just to see what my friends are talking about and saying.

:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Bull Trout 03-30-2018 06:23 PM

Great news!
I hope you are able to regain strength rapidly

Tinstaafl 03-30-2018 06:24 PM

Well, that brought a lump to the throat [pun not intended]. Great news!

Yes, we're a family. Dysfunctional, but still family. :laughing:

Leo G 03-30-2018 06:46 PM

:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::clap::clap::clap:

That is FANTASTIC news.

Robie 03-30-2018 06:50 PM

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I logged on once in a while just to keep up with Leo, Robbie, Deckhead
I can fully understand reading what I type but...Leo and Deckhead? LOL

Glad to hear you are on the mend...so sorry to hear about your friend and companion.

Keep your chin up! Great days ahead!

hdavis 03-30-2018 06:55 PM

:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Nobody makes sense at 3AM.:whistling

Easy Gibson 03-30-2018 07:37 PM

First... Hell yeah!


Second - I don't want your pup to get lost in the shuffle here, so I will take a moment to assure you that at this very minute, in New Jersey, a guy you've never met is having a drink in DeWalt's honor.
Loss of a good boy is impossible under the best of circumstances. Under yours, man I don't know how you pulled it off.

Lastly, in the middle of such a **** sandwich of a situation, it's truly remarkable to see you being so candid and I don't know, I guess just accepting of your situation and what you have to do to see your way through it. You're a tough dude.
I enjoy reading your posts and I'm glad to hear that we'll be seeing more of them.

Congrats to you.

Cheers to DeWalt. Good boy!

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sunkist 03-30-2018 07:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Easy Gibson (Post 6940953)
First... Hell yeah!


Second - I don't want your pup to get lost in the shuffle here, so I will take a moment to assure you that at this very minute, in New Jersey, a guy you've never met is having a drink in DeWalt's honor.
Loss of a good boy is impossible under the best of circumstances. Under yours, man I don't know how you pulled it off.

Lastly, in the middle of such a **** sandwich of a situation, it's truly remarkable to see you being so candid and I don't know, I guess just accepting of your situation and what you have to do to see your way through it. You're a tough dude.
I enjoy reading your posts and I'm glad to hear that we'll be seeing more of them.

Congrats to you.

Cheers to DeWalt. Good boy!

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Easy thanks man I have a photo of him on the bed in the place before he left us, and if I can ever get windows 10 to stop screwing me I will post a couple of pics.

MattK 03-30-2018 07:47 PM

Glad to hear you're moving in a much better direction. Can't imagine losing a dog while going through all that.

Here's hoping it's gone for good, Sun!

Morning Wood 03-30-2018 07:49 PM

Fing terrible thing to go through. Glad
To hear you’re down my better. Nick.

sunkist 03-30-2018 08:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Tinstaafl (Post 6940857)
Well, that brought a lump to the throat [pun not intended]. Great news!

Yes, we're a family. Dysfunctional, but still family. :laughing:

Well I tried to lighten the load by telling you I was getting screwed and things got bigger in the bedroom :laughing:.
Tin I have been on CT for 6 years and learnt some stuff and laughed at some stuff, its has been a pleasure to be here (and I will hang around as long as you will let me) shout out there for David Allen Coe.

KAP 03-30-2018 08:27 PM

So glad to hear the darkness indeed had a dawn, that it didn't take the full year you prepared yourself for, and with it came answered prayers for a cancer free result... what a great day to lift praise to Him... :clap: :thumbsup:

Sounds like you had a lot of love and support in your corner on the home front as well... Looking back on life, it's really amazing how much those who love us have done for us... Hats off to your wife and guardian angle...
Sorry to hear about Dewalt, but on the positive side, it must give you comfort to know that you each had each others back during the fight and that his last thoughts and place of comfort in passing were of you and the family...

Here's to a coming year of continued renewed strength and many more years of blessings... :thumbup:

deckman22 03-30-2018 09:25 PM

That's great news Sunkist. Always like to hear the survivor stories.

Deckhead 03-31-2018 07:11 AM

That is awesome. Just awesome.

As for the pup...:censored:

Kinda speechless and that don't happen often. Robie, he keeps up with us because we bicker like a couple old bitties and Leo has to referee js:laughing:

Kumpel 03-31-2018 09:17 AM

Damn sorry about your dog. My condolences. I am glad that you beat cancer though!

Terrance9091 03-31-2018 05:42 PM

Lol to had to stop reading the post for a bit I damn near starting crying on the bus going back to camp with 50 other guys next to me, it's great to hear your back in action buddy my best regards from the coldest sh!t hole in earth right now lol fort Macmurray!

brickhook 03-31-2018 09:59 PM

Im sorry to hear of the passing of your baby, I certainly understand.

Im so happy to hear of your great news. Being so much cancer in my family in the past I know times like this is the greatest of times.

You're a fighter, you're a survivor...you will continue to be in my prayers.

Calidecks 03-31-2018 10:33 PM

Wow!!! That's awesome! Glad to hear this. Sorry about your dog.


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Deckhead 04-01-2018 03:48 AM

All I know is when something real bad happens to me, I'm coming to you bunch of grumpy old ****s because apparently Jesus really likes grouchy old guys who swing hammers.

Most internet prayers get put in the back of the line... CT prayers go straight to the top. Doesn't seem to matter what it is, positive outcomes. I love you guys in a hand shake kinda way.

Leo G 04-01-2018 08:41 AM

Well, Jesus was a carpenter. So it stands to say he'd listen to us guys.

hdavis 04-01-2018 08:53 AM

Sure, but if he posted up his latest house build, someone wiuld call him a hack.:whistling

Mordekyle 04-01-2018 09:21 AM

Built in three days.

He is risen!


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Robie 04-02-2018 07:12 AM

Post #64 must be getting close to the record number of "thanks".

Who holds the record...TNT I thought....

superseal 04-08-2018 10:04 PM

Can't believe I missed this entire thread...very emotional indeed and I'm trilled you've made the advancements you have.

In addition, this CT community is genuinely second to none when it comes to support for their members and once again, did not disappoint...great job guys

That's why I don't bicker much anymore...time is just too precious fighting over small potatoes.

Kudos to you Sunkist for gathering the strength needed to fight that dirty word...very impressive the way you held your head high and marched on.

I often wonder whether or not I'd have the intestinal fortitude to take on this type of battle...I guess only time will tell how true that is.

May a higher power be with us all in our time of need and lead us to the light. And, as well, this wonderful CT community.

Cheers everyone! and great job Sunkist...the latest news is indeed,very good news!

TimNJ 05-02-2018 04:10 PM

Just thought I would move this up.
I found out Monday night my neighbor died from throat cancer.

Our families were neighbors when we were kids growing up and we ended up building our houses right by each other.
He and his brother took over the father's business and it just took off with them running it.
He was only 63, just at the point when you start to really think about taking it easy.

Sunkist, count your blessings and good to know you dodged the bullet.

sunkist 05-02-2018 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by TimNJ (Post 7031170)
Just thought I would move this up.
I found out Monday night my neighbor died from throat cancer.

Our families were neighbors when we were kids growing up and we ended up building our houses right by each other.
He and his brother took over the father's business and it just took off with them running it.
He was only 63, just at the point when you start to really think about taking it easy.

Sunkist, count your blessings and good to know you dodged the bullet.

Thanks Tim I am truly sorry for the loss of your friend cancer does not discriminate good, bad, young, old, rich, poor and what ever race you claim :sad:

I just went to see my radiologist today, 1 year ago when I went to see my doc I was there for a soar throat and this deal on my cheek.

Three weeks later I was told I had throat cancer so the deal on my cheek took a back seat so fast forward a year, two weeks ago I had a biopsy on this thing on my check well its cancer, starting next week I will undergo six weeks of radiation this cancer has a name [squamous cell carcinoma], it is not the kind that spreads through out your body its sun related and on my left cheek, so you folks wear a hat and use sun screen in the out doors ( I have worn a straw hat for the last few years).

The doc tells me this will be a walk in the park compared with the last deal, I am just now putting muscle back on my body after a year of lying in bed I turned to jello we will see.

So here are some pics of "DeWalt" aka cuddle bug who left us last year.

Calidecks 05-03-2018 11:07 AM

Statistics say if you're a male there's a 50% chance you'll get cancer in your lifetime. 40% for women.


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Easy Gibson 05-03-2018 10:31 PM

Damn dude.

That's a tough run you got going.

Wishing you the best through this next stretch. Let us know if you need anything.

TimNJ 05-04-2018 05:52 AM

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Originally Posted by Californiadecks (Post 7034106)
Statistics say if you're a male there's a 50% chance you'll get cancer in your lifetime. 40% for women.


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That's some bad odds.:eek:

TimNJ 05-04-2018 06:00 AM

I made an apt with the dermatologist a couple weeks ago after reading another thread about skin cancer.
I have two moles that are kind of "weird". Dr. said not to worry, but come back for another look in four months.

He also did a "mapping" of my whole body where he marks all the moles, pigment areas, etc. He said it should be done every year being I work outside all day so they can compare any changes from year to year.

sunkist 05-24-2018 08:59 AM

6.45 am May 24th one year anniversary of getting the cancer news its funny how some things stick in your mind there nothing like being told you got a 50/50 chance, today I go for my 11th radiation treatment out of 30 on my check at 800.am so far just a sharp pain once in a while.

So why this post well 1 week before Christmas both my wife and I got that flu that was going around it sent me to the hospital, and I ended up with bronchitis and after meds I got well, but my wife never did.

Long story cut short after doctor visits she ends up in Manatee Memorial Hospital in the cardiac ward for a week, turns out she has AFIB they go in through the groin and take a look in her heart see nothing to worry about, so they stitch her up and stop her heart 11 times over 2 days and zap her with the paddles trying to bring heart back to a normal rhythm does not work, so release her
with 9 different scrips for meds.

So now after 3 months she in down to five meds a day, this brings me to yesterday at 5.30 am Kelley wakes me up she is standing/leaning next to the bed shaking like a leaf have to help her to the bathroom so she can throw up, we get her back too bed and she goes to sleep.

I get up walk the dog make some java and leave for my radiation at 8.00 o'clock finish with that go to work out 5 minutes into the treadmill phone rings its Kelley got to go to the hospital.

By the time we get to the ER my wife is sweating shaking and babeling on making no sense at all, so after a lot of tests blood work scans etc they think she has had some kind of reaction to the meds.

So why we are waiting for a bed in the cardiac ward the doctor tells me they are concerned about blood clots, and they will have her on a drip of blood thinning medicine and fluids great.

The next thing blew me away the doctor asked my wife if she had a living will ?, this is the same woman who did not know what city this hospital is in and who the President is, and then asks her want she wants to do if something happens and after pumping on her chest doe's she want to be kept alive on a machine ?.

Holy crap he then looks at me and asks the same question, I look into my wife's pretty blue eyes and see fear and no under standing, now you want me to tell you what to do, this is the same woman who for the last year worked her butt off to keep me alive and get me through cancer when there were days I did not want to go on, doc beat on her chest pedal a bike to China if you must I am not ready for Kelley to leave.

I speak with my pop every Sunday he is 88 years old and lives in England he was a snow bird for a long time but is to old to travel now and has lost his girlfriend of 30 years to cancer, the last thing I say "I love you and do not go any where" then I hang up and hope till next week I do not get a call, well last night leaving the hospital I held my wife kissed her and told her "do not go any where" we will see what today and the next few days brings.

SmallTownGuy 05-24-2018 09:04 AM

Damn

Robie 05-24-2018 09:10 AM

It's not often I'm at a loss for words but this is one.
I'm not real religious but have seen, just on CT, what the power of prayer can do.
You and your family have mine.
Stay strong.

hdavis 05-24-2018 10:45 AM

Prayers for you both.

Stay strong.:thumbsup:

sunkist 05-24-2018 10:45 AM

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My honey Kelley taken in Santa Barbera by her mother.

hdavis 05-24-2018 11:03 AM

Sunkist, this post isn't so much for you as it is for people reading the thread.

I've known people who developed toxicity to cardiac meds. It happens over time, and it can kill you. None of them thought it was really explained to them when they started the medication.

100% of the ones I've known with heart attacks have had memory loss, confusion, and depression, sometimes lasting more than a year. It's a long road for the patient and their support group.

hdavis 05-24-2018 11:05 AM

Wow!:whistling


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