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Sometimes Good Things Come 'In Threes'.

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Posted 05/07/2021   2:25 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add 51studebaker to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Sometimes good things come 'in threes'...

1. I have been taking part in a COVID research study over the last year; it involved taking a blood test every few weeks and filling out a daily questionnaire. The study is about to wrap up and they ran a contest and one of the prizes was an Android smart phone. They pulled my name out of the hat and I won the phone.

2. I have driven the Acura I purchased back in 2001 into the ground, a good car but it is time for a new one. Since we don't take any really long road trips much anymore, I am reliving my youth and have ordered a 'hot hatch', a Honda Civic Type R. Fast (0-60 5 seconds or so and top speed of 175-180mph) Lots of fun to drive in the mountains around where I live! Can't wait until it comes in.


3. Yesterday I got a call from Duke and am headed down next week to start the kidney transplant process. I have been on dialysis for over 7 years now but had to wait two years past my last cancer treatment. The only issue is that the doctors and researchers are not sure what might happen since I am in the first generation of 'cured' immunotherapy patients. The immunotherapy 'super-charged' my immune system to fight off the Stage 4 cancer but if I get the organ transplant I have to go on immunosuppressant drugs (the opposite of immunotherapy). There is no data or history on this situation, I will be among the first to blaze this trail. So my choice is; stay on dialysis the rest of my live or roll the dice that the cancer will not come back when I go on the immunosuppressant drugs. Which is more likely to kill me; cancer or DaVita? I am going to go for a transplant and am excited to start this new medical chapter in my life.
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Posted 05/07/2021   3:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add johnsim03 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don,

May all you wish for come true!



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Posted 05/07/2021   3:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don, I wish you all the best and will remember you in my prayers. I hope you come through it successfully - I have now been cancer free for over 18 years, knock on wood


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Posted 05/07/2021   3:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NicholasC to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good Luck, Don!
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Posted 05/07/2021   3:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don,

As a survivor of experimental cancer chemo 36 years ago, I know a situation like that is a tough decision.

Please keep us posted.

Godspeed my friend.

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Posted 05/07/2021   3:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don - all the best to you.
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Posted 05/07/2021   3:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add OzwaldO to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Best wishes!
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Posted 05/07/2021   4:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great stuff Don. My wife had a pancreas transplant 12 years ago now and she stopped having to take insulin almost immediately after the surgery. Still blows my mind. She has been shopping for a brain transplant for yours truly. AND the new wheels are awesome. Can anybody say "speeding ticket fund for Don is accepting donations"?
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Posted 05/07/2021   4:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow that is a tough call. At least Duke is not a fly by night facility. Good luck. No matter what the outcome, you are willingly contributing to future knowledge.

That, Don, is a noble decision with a potential increase in knowledge helping untold numbers down the road.
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Posted 05/07/2021   4:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add m and m to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don I wish you nothing but the best. stick to your guns and you will come out on top or this also.
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Don, all the best from the Netherlands. Johan.
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Posted 05/07/2021   5:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dry Tech to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
All the best. I will also be praying for you.
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Posted 05/07/2021   6:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rustyc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Best wishes and prayers for a perfect outcome and many more years of enjoyable stamping!
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Posted 05/07/2021   6:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Will be thinking of you Don hope all goes well.

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Posted 05/07/2021   7:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That's great. Duke has helped a lot of people.
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Posted 05/07/2021   7:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StatesmanStamper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don,

Wish you all the best. Hoping you're around to help us all keep stamping smarter for many years to come.

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