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  • Originally posted by LynahFan View Post
    Well, ****.

    My mom (late 70s) has had a nagging cough and lethargy for a few weeks now. They identified anemia right away and have been chasing the cause for the last week or so. As a result, she is about to get the 5th (and maybe even more) cancer diagnosis of her lifetime: thyroid cancer in the '70s, two unrelated breast cancers in the '90s, basal cell in the '10s, squamous cell earlier this summer, and just today a terrifying abdominal CT scan with swollen lymph nodes and at least 5 other sites of concern including colon and pancreas.

    If there's a way, though, she's not a bad bet. She completed her 11th marathon 4 weeks after her second mastectomy and went on to do 10 more - one tough mother.

    Give that cancer the business, mom.
    Hope your mom kicks cancer's as-s, Lynah.
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    • Best to you and your mom, Lynah.

      **** cancer.
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      Originally Posted by dropthatpuck-Scooby's a lost cause.
      Originally Posted by First Time, Long Time-Always knew you were nothing but a troll.

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      • My goodness. All the best to the indestructible ol' lady!
        I gotta little bit of smoke and a whole lotta wine...

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        • Whoa! sending positive vibes!

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          • So, mostly good news to report, if your 6th (I can’t count) cancer diagnosis can ever be considered good.

            It appears to be “just” lymphoma and it does not appear to have spread beyond the lymph system. The spots that showed up all turned out to be lymph nodes near the liver, pancreas, etc, but those organs appear to be minding their own business so far, so that is a tremendous relief. 6 months of chemo has already started; prognosis for this is still only fair - 50% survival at 5 years, lower if you have other risk factors (my mom has a fistful). So, we shall see.

            The thing you need to understand about my mother is that for a good decade after her back-to-back breast cancers in the 90s, she was heavily involved in pretty much every cancer support group in our little city of 35,000 people. 6+ in-person meetings per week and keeping tabs on the progress and prognosis of up to 600 fellow travelers at any given time. And when I say “keeping tabs,” that means she could tell you everything about them, from their kids to their conditions - it was like listening to Erin Brokavich give a rundown of her clients. And the cards - my goodness, the cards. Every one if those people got birthday cards and anniversary cards and cancer milestone cards. She had an entire filing cabinet for her card collection so that she’d always be certain to have just the right one. I swear that when she left the Hallmark store, it looked like she had been grocery shopping, not card shopping. Those cancer survivors were her people, and that’s what she called them, “I lost 3 of my people this week,” she’d say. I only hope she feels 1% of the love and support that she has showered on others.
            If you don't change the world today, how can it be any better tomorrow?

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            • So, um, 32 HDL Cholesterol... way below the tolerance level (59-year old fat sedentary male)

              Am I gonna die in the next 30 minutes?
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              • Originally posted by Kepler View Post
                So, um, 32 HDL Cholesterol... way below the tolerance level (59-year old fat sedentary male)

                Am I gonna die in the next 30 minutes?
                Well, what's your LDL?
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                College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                Originally posted by SanTropez
                May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                Originally posted by Kepler
                When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

                  Well, what's your LDL?
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                  Cholesterol 200 mg/dL 0 - 199 mg/dL
                  Triglycerides 149 mg/dL 34 - 149 mg/dL
                  HDL 32 mg/dL 40 - 9,999 mg/dL
                  LDL Calculated 138 mg/dL 0 - 99 mg/dL
                  VLDL Calculated 30 mg/dL 10 - 40 mg/dL
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                  ECAC Champion 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2010
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                  • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

                    Code:
                     
                    Cholesterol 200 mg/dL 0 - 199 mg/dL
                    Triglycerides 149 mg/dL 34 - 149 mg/dL
                    HDL 32 mg/dL 40 - 9,999 mg/dL
                    LDL Calculated 138 mg/dL 0 - 99 mg/dL
                    VLDL Calculated 30 mg/dL 10 - 40 mg/dL
                    Yeah... that's not so good. You should probably be eating a bowl of statins for breakfast.
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                    As of 9/21/10:         As of 9/13/10:
                    College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                    BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                    Originally posted by SanTropez
                    May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                    Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                    I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                    Originally posted by Kepler
                    When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                    He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                    • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

                      Yeah... that's not so good. You should probably be eating a bowl of statins for breakfast.
                      I'm on statins. That's with them.
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                      • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

                        I'm on statins. That's with them.
                        I mean, seriously, take care of yourself man. We've all got this one chance on this rock. I'm pulling for you.
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                        As of 9/21/10:         As of 9/13/10:
                        College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                        BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                        Originally posted by SanTropez
                        May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                        Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                        I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                        Originally posted by Kepler
                        When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                        He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                        • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

                          I mean, seriously, take care of yourself man. We've all got this one chance on this rock. I'm pulling for you.
                          I am doing my best, exercising and I kicked sodas entirely (down from about 30 a week). I have been measuring my calories for three weeks, averaging now around 1600 and never exceeding 1900. I'm down from 251 to 238 (at 5-8). I told myself the day I hit 199 I announce my retirement. There is no stronger motivation, including living.

                          13 down, 39 to go (25%).
                          Last edited by Kepler; 09-06-2022, 08:43 PM.
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                          ECAC Champion 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2005, 2010
                          Ivy League Champion 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020

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                          • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

                            I am doing my best, exercising and I kicked sodas entirely (down from about 30 a week). I have been measuring my calories for three weeks, averaging now around 1600 and never exceeding 1900. I'm down from 251 to 238 (at 5-8). I told myself the day I hit 199 I announce my retirement. There is no stronger motivation, including living.

                            13 down, 39 to go (25%).
                            Hell yeah!

                            Keep it up!
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                            As of 9/21/10:         As of 9/13/10:
                            College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                            BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                            Originally posted by SanTropez
                            May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                            Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                            I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                            Originally posted by Kepler
                            When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                            He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                            • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

                              Hell yeah!

                              Keep it up!
                              The first 25% is easy. It gets much harder.
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                              • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

                                The first 25% is easy. It gets much harder.
                                I recommend mono.

                                I mean, I don't, but it works! Just make sure you don't take any punches to the spleen area though.
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                                As of 9/21/10:         As of 9/13/10:
                                College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                                BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                                Originally posted by SanTropez
                                May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                                Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                                I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                                Originally posted by Kepler
                                When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                                He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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