Support RJ Member who just got diagnosed with Lymphoma with some well wishes....

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    Sep 12, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    So I just saw him at the grocery store and he got the diagnosis a few days ago. He's upbeat and doing fine but I thought it'd be nice if when he next signed onto RJ this mailbox was full of well wishes. I think it'd be nicer to send him an email rather than post to this forum topic but whatever you want to do, I would appreciate, and I bet he would too.

    Here's his profile: http://www.realjock.com/endo

    And in case anyone is concerned, he was joking about telling strangers at a party yesterday so I don't think he'd be upset with me sharing this news.
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    Sep 12, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    Will do..
    Very nice of you! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 12, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    Thanks for this note. I just sent Endo a message of hope, prayer and good wishes for power and strength as he goes through this.

    I hope others take a moment and do the same.
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    Sep 12, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    I'm on it!
  • tuffguyndc

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    Sep 12, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    wow, i am sorry to hear that buddy. i wish him well and hope he pulls through
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    Sep 13, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    Yeah ..i noticed i have not seen Endo around the threads.. he is usually pretty active..so hopefull he has things under control..
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    Sep 13, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    Wow. That really sucks. Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma is nothing to mess around with. Lucky, it's very curable if it's caught early enough. I wish all the best to endo in his recovery! Keep you head up man, and stay positive. That's best thing you can do throughout treatment.
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    Sep 13, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    Oh, wow. I'm not really sure what to say... I'm shocked (not for the first time this week). I never expected to check my email and see a bunch of messages from RJ since I haven't been very active on here lately.

    I thought about posting when I first started getting tested for the lump in my throat, but I didn't want anyone to think I was fishing for sympathy. Yes, I know that's ridiculous.

    Now that I've been officially diagnosed with lymphoma, I'll gladly take sympathy, thoughts, free cocktails. icon_biggrin.gif

    It's been a rough couple of weeks. I actually went to the little room in the back of a CVS drugstore to see if they knew why my glands were swollen. I thought they'd give me an antibiotic and send me on my way. When they couldn't figure out what was wrong with me, I went to an Ear Nose Throat specialist who got me a CT scan and a fine needle aspiration. A week later he told me I had follicular lymphoma, which is a common type of non-hodgkin's lymphoma. It is incurable, but very treatable.

    I had surgery to remove the swollen lymph node and I got another set of scans. They told me I'm Stage 3 because they've found lymphoma in my spleen. I also had a bone marrow test, which was loads of fun! I thought I was going to rip the end of the medical table off. I'm supposed to start chemo next week, but they're concerned about my blood platelet count so we're still waiting for more tests. The not-knowing-what's-next is the worst part. I just want to get it done with.

    My emotions are like a pendulum. I go from slightly sobbish "I don't know why this is happening to me" to "Hehe, I wonder if I can get medical marijuana."

    Thanks for the emails and the messages of support. It's really cool to know there are people out there thinking of me. I guess I should get more active in the forums again!
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    Sep 13, 2012 5:31 AM GMT
    I sent him a little message, and this is a bump for the thread.
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    Sep 13, 2012 5:34 AM GMT
    I am glad the thread got bumped.

    I am terribly sorry to hear about the diagnosis.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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    Sep 13, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    Sending you my best wishes man!
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    Sep 13, 2012 5:50 AM GMT
    Yes, best wishes and hoping for the very best outcome for you.
  • metta

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    Sep 13, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    Wow! I'm really sorry to hear that you are going through this.

    I hope that you have a quick, full, and painless recovery.

    with metta!
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    Sep 13, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    Oh shit.

    Endo, sending vibes your way, and wishing you a strong and complete recovery.

    *virtual hugs and more hugs*
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    Sep 13, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    Best wishes from a late Stage 3-early Stage 4 cancer survivor.

    I had to quit my therapy early cuz I couldnt take it. But I made it. And I'm sitting here nomming my anti-cancer diet that will be with for the rest of my life, cuz I don't want to go thru that shit again.

    I hear ya about your emotions right now. It's amazing how the brain processes the information when it's a reality...ya got cancer...and not just a hypothetical.

    It's good you have a partner to be with you thru you.

    I'm located just across the river from you in Alexandria.

    It'll all be good!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 13, 2012 4:23 PM GMT
    Wow -- this just makes me so sad. But I see from Endo's post that he has a positive attitude about it all, and that's a major ingredient for a full recovery. I sent him a private well-wish also and I hope they all help him stay strong.
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    Sep 13, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    endo saidNow that I've been officially diagnosed with lymphoma, I'll gladly take sympathy, thoughts, free cocktails. icon_biggrin.gif

    I'm pretty weak on thoughts and sympathy, but strong on cocktails. If you take some time off and come down here the drinks are on me.

    And we'll have you fill-out an application for our cancer survivors club. Which includes me, my partner, and I swear half our friends. I had no idea how many of our friends have successfully dealt with cancer, most never having mentioned it until they learned I had it, too. You'll learn there's also a chapter here on RJ, if you weren't already aware, although you'll have to settle for virtual cocktails online.

    Nice thing about virtual cocktails is you can imagine them as large as you want. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Sep 13, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    Endo is a funny, smart guy and I am saddened by his diagnosis but glad that so many other people also think well of him. I just sent him a message and am posting this to bump th thread so others see it.
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    Sep 13, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidIt's really cool to see so many people in the community rallying to support.


    Yeah, but it should be a hell of a lot better. It seems like people only really care about inflammatory political rants and "Would you rather fuck, suck, or pumch the person above you" threads.
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    Sep 13, 2012 9:23 PM GMT
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    Sep 13, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidOh my gosh. This really hits home for me as I was diagnosed with stage four Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma back in 2007.

    He must be in the earlier stages of this disease if he can joke and be at a party. Cuz by the time I was diagnosed I had spent two months in bed with a fever of 103, lost seventy pounds in sixty days, lost the majority of my cognitive functioning and nearly needed a wheelchair I was so weak.

    If I can snap out of that terribleness then I am confident that endo will snap out of this and get his life back.

    Endo, hang in there! If you have any questions feel free to e-mail or ask here in the thread. I have been through this and am probably the best person to provide you with some guidance and feedback.

    I see you're in DC. I am sure you can find an excellent medical facility in your area that can provide you with the best care possible.

    Be strong, buddy!

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    I really couldn't have said it any better myself. I hope the disease goes away; get better soon, endo.
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    Sep 13, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
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    redsoxfan791 said
    imasrxd saidIt's really cool to see so many people in the community rallying to support.


    Yeah, but it should be a hell of a lot better. It seems like people only really care about inflammatory political rants and "Would you rather fuck, suck, or pumch the person above you" threads.

    You don't know who responded or didn't, I sent him a note last night but I didn't post in this thread.


    Same, I sent him a message last night and didn't post here (until now)
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    Sep 13, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    BlackCat90 said
    jprichva said
    redsoxfan791 said
    imasrxd saidIt's really cool to see so many people in the community rallying to support.


    Yeah, but it should be a hell of a lot better. It seems like people only really care about inflammatory political rants and "Would you rather fuck, suck, or pumch the person above you" threads.

    You don't know who responded or didn't, I sent him a note last night but I didn't post in this thread.


    Same, I sent him a message last night and didn't post here (until now)


    Ditto. I chose to send a private message. I only posted here to bump the thread for other people to see.
  • Midas426

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    Sep 14, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    Sending well wishes to Endo.
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    Sep 14, 2012 8:19 PM GMT
    Best best best to you! Good vibes and lots of love icon_smile.gif