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Charlie2009
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30 Nov 2019
10:48:30am
Unfortunately I am starting week 3 here in Cork Hospital.According to the Doctors I will spend at least another 10 days here,I have had 2 Operations already and am going to have another one around the 10th.This is the 1st time I managed to get someone from Tralee to bring my old Laptop.You will have to wait for a while longer.This came totally out of the blue.One tiny little Bloodclot is all it took.If you want your money back then could you please contact Pay Pal and say you did not get your item.The Doctors here frown upon me using a computer so it will probably be a while before I can make contact again.
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30 Nov 2019
10:56:47am
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Sorry to hear this. I'm sending positive thoughts your way for a speedy recovery.

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30 Nov 2019
11:58:59am
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Just get yourself better, no worries on stamps, they will be all the more appreciated for waiting a while.

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30 Nov 2019
12:05:25pm
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Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery!

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30 Nov 2019
12:11:31pm
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Get well soon! Sending healing wishes your way.

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30 Nov 2019
02:09:03pm
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Sorry to hear of this, Charlie2009! Hope you recuperate & recover OK!

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01 Dec 2019
02:51:09am
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Hey Charlie2009.

By a fluke, when I went to send you a message of best wishes I hit your name button and discovered your surname was “Uhl” and you were from Kerry, Ireland.

Same location as Karl Uhl, SOR member name “nikki” who has been absent from SOR for a year or so.

Any relation?

Please PM me, rather than replying to this on the discussion board. I want to avoid any potential embarrassment for either of us with my potential followup questions.

Thanks, Dave.


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01 Dec 2019
12:45:03pm
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Get well soon.

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Charlie2009
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15 Dec 2019
12:37:07pm
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Well the Operations are all behind me,at least so it seems.I am still in Cork Hospital, and receiving Physio.The leg has been saved,but I still don't know if I will be out by Christmas.At least I will try and get them to transfer me to Tralee.I can't asked people to make a round trip of about 150 miles because I want someone to talk to.The worst for me was the total inability to do anything for myself.To lie there and have strangers clean you up ...not my idea of fun.I have always been fiercely independent.

Your stuff is safe since I have people look after the place,putting on different lights etc.Unfortunately they know absolutely zero about stamps and when I tried to tell them were to find and how to deal with sending your orders out .....I looked up and into these glazed over eyes and gave up,wisely I think. I am going to try and push my transfer to Tralee as soon as possible.
Lee Maven:Your dealings with Nikolaus are of no concern to me that's entirely between you and him.I do not have his Password so I cannot see your dealings with him anyway.He of course is well on his travels again.I tend to see him only if he is down on his luck.
I am going to keep you advised on my progress and hopeful release sooooon !What really gets me about this is the way it came totally out of the blue! Not a twinge or an inkling of something about to go wrong.

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15 Dec 2019
02:08:59pm
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Hang in there, Charlie/Anton!

You will be back up and running in no time!



Best Wishes

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19 Dec 2019
10:43:37am
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Just found out this morning that there will be another Graft tomorrow (20.12).And the Doc tells me he likes to make sure it takes well,with other words I am going to be in here for Christmas ! With some luck I will make it home before the new Year. I suppose I will be hobbling about in crutches for a while.

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19 Dec 2019
06:02:31pm
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Hang in there and take care of yourself.

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19 Dec 2019
11:23:39pm
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Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery.
From Florida with my best regards.
Get well soon.
Robert G. Brito

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29 Dec 2019
06:17:23am
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Just talked to the Surgeon and he said to give them a couple of days to fix it with Tralee(Hometown) to arrange treatment.If that time frame is right then I'll send your stamps off the day after.Thanks for being so patient.

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02 Jan 2020
02:38:56pm
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Have returned today from Cork.Had the District nurse in to fix my dressings.Give me a couple of days to sort myself out and then I will start sending letters out.At the moment I have to go everywhere by taxi outside the home.The Painkillers they are giving me don't seem to make all that much of a difference,in spite of their strength.I feel like absolute crap,but am being told that I am a very good healer ! Well I wish the healing process would speed up so I can get on with my life.Right now it feels like it's going to last a lot longer then they are telling me Anyway,mus'nt grumble I guess,after all they did save my leg.

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Charlie2009
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23 Jan 2020
09:25:22am
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I am back in Hospital after another Operation and there will be another after that one. I have been told today in a suit able serious tone that I am a goner, but that they will do the best they can etc.etc....giving me radiation treatment and so on.I am asking myself is this radiation treatment really worth it ? Seems to me people's hair falls out they feel like crap and after that they still drop dead ! Ah well I'll just have to see what's up.Looks like I am not dropping immediately yet.So how the hell do I sell god knows how many stamps in what is basically a limited time of which I don't know the bloody limit of !
What fun I am having.

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23 Jan 2020
10:55:06am
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So many of our day-to-day decisions are made with relative certainty - we know how far we will have to drive out of our way to fit in one more errand - that it becomes very, very difficult to deal with these it-might-work, it-might-not, you-might-get-a-net-benefit, you-might-not medical decisions.

I know a bit about how this feels, but at one step removed: I am making these decisions for someone else so, when things go poorly, I get to feel less of the consequences but more of the guilt.

Best advice I can offer (knowing full well that you have not asked for advice):

Ask the doctor what he would do if it was his father's leg.

ádh mór,

/s/ ikeyPikey


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23 Jan 2020
11:16:15am
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Sorry to hear about your prognosis.

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23 Jan 2020
02:23:21pm
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Assuming that this sort of treatment works for me, can anyone tell me what can I expect.So far I was told I will probably go bald and that it would be very unpleasant treatment but could give me as much as an extra five years.

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23 Jan 2020
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Sorry to hear this and hoping for the best for you. Take care!

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Charlie2009
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13 Feb 2020
05:57:41pm
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I was going to post this on the first of January, but something stopped me.It was to be a kind of good bye because I felt bloody miserable.But then on the 23rd one of you send me an E-Mail that made me think again !

Maybe I am just being morose or depressed,but what's the point of making any resolutions ?After what happened to me in the last few weeks I feel nothing but a futility in making plans when in a single brief moment everything can go down the drain and you have ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER YOUR LIVE ! I am wondering if this is what it feels like to be hit by a Baseball bat in the head wielded by a very strong man.You're lying there and it's as if everything is happening to someone else.Someone talks to you but you don't respond,you are merely wondering who they are and how do they know you.They seem to be moving rapidly yet you seem to experience everything in slow motion.It's like someone came along and stole your future.NOW WHAT.
I think I now know what a suicidal person feels like.There just seems to be no point in anything anymore.Just think of all the SOR members now deceased,who helped God knows how many others with problems.To what avail ? It makes no difference.Like the songs says:...candle in the wind...That's all you are, one tiny little breeze and you're a statistic;that's supposing anyone actually notices.How many times do you read in the papers about some old man or woman having been found after weeks or month still with the TV running sitting in some chair...Is that my future,to be found one day with a stamp album in my lap and both of us rotting away?
How many of you are like me living on your own.You think you've got a lifeline because there is a phone beside you;think again,you might not get that far.
I NEVER used to think like this. I do now ! Anyway,I give this a rest,because I do not like the way my brain is working right now.Happy new year anyway.With some luck yours will be better then what I have to look forward to for the forseeable future.
I definitely need my old attitude back !!

Hi Anton,

I've been following your tribulations over the last couple of months. Your posts today seemed so final, but I would hope my own experiences may offer you some hope.

I am 65 years old. At age 57 I was told I had prostate cancer, but they caught it early, and I was told with surgery I would have a good chance of a long life. I had no option but to go under the knife. My elder brother had gone down the same route and he would soon reach his 75th birthday too.

I had the operation, and soon after was told it was 100% successful, but would require to undergo 3 monthly monitoring. 6 months later the cancer returned!!! To say the bottom dropped out of my world would be an understatement. I was then offered radiotherapy, which I had refused after the first op.

When it was offered, like you, I thought I would become very sick, lose my hair, and quality of life would be non existent. But when you are down, there is only one way you can go, and that's up. So I took the 33 sessions, walking into hospital 5 days a week for more than 6 weeks. As the sessions went on, I kept wondering, "When am I gonna feel unwell? When will I hit this wall they told me about"?

I finished the sessions, I was still vertical, and I felt okay. Most people were amazed, but I was told lots of people went through it okay. To this day I have been okay. Incidentally, chemotherapy is the treatment that makes you sick and lose your hair, and not radiotherapy.

As stated above, my oldest brother had gone through radiotherapy before me, and he celebrated his 80th birthday in November. Another brother who never smoked 1 cigarette in his life was diagnosed last year with lung cancer. Shortly after the diagnosis I remember watching the Scottish news on tv. There was an article which said that in Europe survival rates for the condition he had were 8%, but in Scotland our rate was lagging at 5%. That tends to make you feel bad.

I am also pleased to report my second brother is now one of the 5%. Also, he did it by surgery and radiotherapy like me. Radiotherapy has changed since I had it, and he had 6 concentrated doses, the last of which was on 26th December 2019. On 1 January, he walked 3 miles, and last week he told me he now walks 5 miles every day. He didn't suffer serious problems either, and he will be 68 in March.

I don't know what your underlying condition is. Don't waste your time on small things. If they did not think you can be cured, then they won't offer you treatment. Decide right now you are gonna beat this, and put all your efforts into feeling good and looking well. What do you have to lose? Forget stamps and forget work. I am not sure if you have Macmillans cancer Care in Eire, but speak to people who can tell you what is happening.

I don't want this to sound as though I know everything about your condition, or that you will get through it. Not everyone survives. My aim is simply to let you know sometimes there are good stories too, and I hope your story is a good one.

With kind regards and best wishes for the tough road ahead,

Anyway I am waiting for OP number seven and Radio Therapy after that.I decided to go through with it, I have always been a fighter why stop now.Like a Nurse told me: ...if it was me, I would fight as long as there is any fight left in me.The ridiculous thing is that I would never have know about the Prostate Cancer only for a mistake made by a Nurse when she took a scan and set it a little too high and part of my groin was visible in the scan and a Doctor noticed a dark area,so I was told.A second scan was made and a sample taken.The result was malign.
Anyway enough of this, while I am still hobbling about (With both legs !) I will try and send some of your stamps in the next couple of days. After all, I HAVE GOT STAMPS TO SELL and have no time to die as yet!!!

Until whenever...Big Grin,Wave

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13 Feb 2020
06:49:49pm
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Charlie2009,

Wishing you all the very best as you move forward with treatment options.

Ernie

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13 Feb 2020
07:55:12pm
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Charlie,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

I have had over 1200 medical procedures in the last 6 years including 11 operations with 3 major organs removed ('when in doubt, cut it out’), 2 years of chemo and radiation, and dialysis on top of it all. Throughout the period I had multiple doctors tell me that with the Stage 4 cancer I had there was only a 5% chance of living more than 6 months.

I understand exactly what you mean about not being in control of your life. Truth be told, I am now in dialysis prison; it controls my time, it controls what I can eat, it control what I can drink. I wake and go to dialysis at 4AM in the morning, but when the nurses give me an assessment each morning and ask me ‘how are you today?’ I say ‘I am amazing’.

Here is why I say 'amazing'. There is nothing in my world that I can really control but I have 100% control of what goes on between my ears.

For me, I found there to be nothing productive or worthwhile in playing ‘the victim’. Having more gray sky days then blue sky days can bring you down but I have learned that any day you are vertical and dressed is a great day. Wake up and attack each day, be determined to live each day to its fullest. And if you are not laughing every day than you are doing something wrong.

Screw the world and the bad hands that it deal you, the cards are what they are. You still have control over how you play the game.
Don

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13 Feb 2020
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Don, Wise words to live by!

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13 Feb 2020
08:31:14pm
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"... 33 sessions, walking into hospital 5 days a week for more than 6 weeks ..."



Susie was undergoing radiotherapy, and wanted to take two days for a personal errand ... if memory serves, to travel to an awards dinner at which she was to be the honoree.

The medical staff told her that it was absolutely imperative that she not skip a treatment, or create a pause in the sequence of treatments.

Her husband, Warren, wanted to know how the doctors could skip Saturdays & Sundays, every week, week after week, but Mrs Buffett could not miss a single weekday.

She skipped the dinner.

A wise person once said that you do not battle cancer, the doctors battle cancer. You provide the battleground. There is a lot of actual helplessness but, from what I hear, there does not need to be a lot of hopelessness.

Good luck, fellas.

/s/ ikeyPikey

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The mantra I use is...

"I have cancer, but cancer does not have me"

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13 Feb 2020
10:44:11pm
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Wow. I'm starting to count my blessings, despite several "co-morbid" health conditions, some stemming from my service in Vietnam, others from my aging body (I just turned 77).

These posts remind me that I could be in a lot worse condition. I honestly don't know how I'll handle a life-threatening health condition, much less a diagnosis of certain death. I have high hopes that Canada's euthanasia legislation might help both my wife and me over some of the less-welcome end-of-life hurdles. In the meantime, my friend Mike is an inspiration.

Mike, in his mid-80s, was diagnosed almost a month ago with squamous cell prostate cancer, a very rare cancer that only four men in British Columbia have ever been diagnosed with. The mean survival is only 14 months following surgery. Ten days or after his diagnosis, Mike's prostate was removed along with a large part of his bladder and lower colon.

Mike's at home now, suffering from extremely low blood pressure and learning to deal with both a colostomy and a urostomy, both of which are not reversible. He complains that his wife and daughter say he doing wonderfully well, but he disagrees. He can't stand or even sit for more than a few minutes, and seems to be suffering from POCD — Post-Operative Cognitive Disfunction — which prevents him from being able to concentrate enough to read; before his surgery he was an avid reader of newspapers, magazines, and books. Nevertheless, I couldn't believe how "up" he was when I spoke with him a couple of days ago. After briefly discussing his health, we mainly talked about model building, a passion which we both share. He, in fact, is the person who inspired me to start building models again after a hiatus of some 60 years! I can only hope that I can be as pragmatic and unflappable as he is.

Hang in there, Charlie. I think we understand what you're going through.

Bob


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Charlie2009
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14 Feb 2020
04:23:28am
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Bobstamp: I have the same Problem (POCD) I would have send these stamps a long time ago but I sit there and look at a long list of stamps someone bought and I do nothing.After a while I get up open the Backdoor and look out for ages at basically nothing at all.

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18 Feb 2020
10:25:37am
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Well,home again with the usual tubes hanging from me.Feeling a bit better and able to post some stamps for sale,starting with German locals such as Lúbennau, Glauchau, Cottbus, Meissen,Storkaw and others.The kind of stuff not all that often seen.At the moment I will not be able to post as many as I did,that takes some time.But anyway,hope you'll like them.

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18 Feb 2020
05:49:08pm
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You put some great material on there today! It's not my area but there was material there I had never seen before and it was a joy to look at. Hang in there and enjoy every day - that's what we all should be doing anyway!

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