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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-05-01 14:27
Subject: [personal|cancer] I really go all the way to celebrate a book release
Security: Public
Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Mood:annoyed
Music:The Incredibles on the DVD
Tags:cancer, health, mainspring, personal
The diagnosis is now in. I am officially a cancer survivor. Early stage Tubulovillous adenocarcinoma (a/k/a cancerous polyp in the colon) with suspected lymphatic involvement (a/k/a possible lymphatic cancer).

A 4 cm tumor was excised, but biopsy reveals lymphatic involvement. CT scans indicate that my lymph nodes are clear, which means the best likelihood is that any lymphatic cancer is in the vessels along the affected portion of my colon.

I will be having some inches of my colon sectioned sometime in the next few weeks, which is currently expected to be a full cure, after which I will be cancer-free, a state I never before fully appreciated.

Tomorrow is my first psychotherapy appointment, Tuesday is my initial surgery consult. Beyond that, I'm on the medical merry-go-round for a while.

Why am I sharing this so publicly? Because it isn't shameful, it's annoying. It pisses me off. A little 4 cm piece of flesh shaped like a macaroni could have killed me. (I got copies of the colonoscopy imaging...if you people don't behave, I'll post them.) If it hadn't ulcerated and incited bleeding, it would have killed me. I have surgery and some serious annoyance in my future, but I'll be around to write books, annoy conservatives and make snarky blog posts for a long time to come, even if it kills me.

Meanwhile, you, and I am talking to you, go talk to your doctor about getting scoped. Especially if you're a little older or have any family history. I never would have known the cancer was there until the autopsy report, if the damned thing hadn't started bleeding.

I'll keep blogging about my experiences here, and I suspect I will find most of them funny. I don't feel very funny right this minute. But life is for the living, and I am alive. Nothing is funnier than that, my little monkeys.




Department of Weird Ironies: I went to the ER the day the mass market paperback edition of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon thb | Audible ] came out. Everyone may rest assured that I will not be celebrating future book releases this same way.
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-05-01 21:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Glad you're all right.

Colon cancer is what killed my friend karjack's father.

As someone with Celiac, it's our #1 killer, so I'm signed up for annual exams.

I'm still trying to get a copy of my MRI from when they thought I had a brain tumor. I want photographic material to point to when people ask me "what kind of sick mind thinks of the things you do?!?". Then I can just post the picture and point them to it.
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bodandra
User: bodandra
Date: 2008-05-01 22:01 (UTC)
Subject: Trying to get it?
biomekanic, it's Your head they have pictures of; They have no right to not allow you to have a copy of the MRIs.
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The Green Knight: aches and pains
User: green_knight
Date: 2008-05-01 21:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:aches and pains
Hurray for early diagnosis. I am really, really glad of it.
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Brent Kellmer
User: skaldic
Date: 2008-05-01 21:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay--

Since you're being public about this -- would you mind if I put something up about it in the IROSF news? I think there'd be plenty of people interested, but it's up to you.

--Brent Kellmer
news editor/IROSF
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-05-01 21:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Go for it. I'm all good.
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Ann
User: ann1962
Date: 2008-05-01 21:50 (UTC)
Subject: Thank you for posting
Get well soon, and I am glad they caught it early.

Freaky thing to have two people on my flist, post about having cancer today. Literally one post after the other with recent diagnoses.
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Kate Schaefer
User: kate_schaefer
Date: 2008-05-01 21:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Congratulations on being alive. I would prefer not to go to your funeral.

My sister is a colon cancer survivor, eleven years out and doing just fine. I get colonoscopies every five years, like very slow clockwork.
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calendula_witch: white orchid
User: calendula_witch
Date: 2008-05-01 21:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:white orchid
Oh, I'm so glad they caught it early. My boss (a physician!) has colon cancer, and he never had a scope, so it wasn't caught until stage 3, or perhaps even 4 (opinions vary). So, he's had some nasty surgery and nasty chemo and we're all sitting back and waiting to see what happens next. Yes, everyone, go get your scope!!! Far less unpleasant than cancer.
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lazy_neutrino
User: lazy_neutrino
Date: 2008-05-01 21:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank goodness it seems to be sorted. We may never have met but I rather like reading your posts and would miss them if they weren't there any more.

Look after yourself.
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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2008-05-01 22:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ouch, Jay! I'm glad the news sounds happy, but it's a crummy distance to go to get to the good stuff.

Thanks for sharing.
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Greg van Eekhout
User: gregvaneekhout
Date: 2008-05-01 22:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, I just want to give you a ginormous hug. I'm so thankful the damn thing started bleeding so that it was discovered and now we can have many, many more years of Jay.
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User: jess_ka
Date: 2008-05-01 22:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:me
I'll be around to write books, annoy conservatives and make snarky blog posts for a long time to come

Very glad to hear it.
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User: lindadee
Date: 2008-05-01 22:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My mother died from colon cancer nearly ten years ago. I've already had two colonoscopies, and I need to make an appointment for another in the near future. Yuck, but better than the alternative.

I'm glad they caught yours early, and my best wishes for a complete recovery.
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bodandra
User: bodandra
Date: 2008-05-01 22:05 (UTC)
Subject: I'm so glad for you, Jay
And, I agree with you, there is no reason to keep everyone else in the dark about it.
(my brother had a tumor removed when he was 15 that turned out to be cancerous and from the lymph nodes. They removed his finger.)
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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2008-05-01 22:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know I'm in a different state altogether and probably too far away to do anything constructive other than send you best wishes, but if there IS anything I can do to make life easier right now just holler...
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2008-05-01 22:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Holy Schiznitt! Yeah, that is annoying, but it's better than the alternative. Glad to hear that on the whole you're going to be whole, but wow...

Besides, you're only like a year and a half older than I am.
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Stone of stumbling and rock of offense
User: wordweaverlynn
Date: 2008-05-01 22:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm glad you caught it early. I'm looking forward to your being a curmudgeon well into your nineties.

Some hints on handling insurance companies, hospitals, and medical bills. From a friend who has recently had waaaaay too much experience with this shit.
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