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    An Update On My Health- Good News!

    Admins; If I am posting this in the wrong place, please move it to the appropriate place, I won't be offended in any way.

    A little over a year ago, I posted a thank you note to TFS, and mentioned that I had just had brain surgery. This was to remove most of a glioblastoma from my right frontal lobe. The operation went very well, and 95-98% was removed. A few weeks later a fresh tumor grew up next to the location of the old one and had already matched it's size, about that of a golf ball. Radiation and chemo for some months followed, which stopped or slowed the growth for a while until it stopped working last summer. At that point my best chance of survival was to get included in a clinical trial using some new/experimental treatment. I was able to do so and started receiving infusions of an immunotherapy drug called Avastin last September.
    I was due for a second surgery in October, but it was cancelled at the last minute when it was noticed that the tumor mass showed "significant shrinkage" since starting Avastin, and that it made more sense to continue those treatments (every two weeks) with an MRI scan about every 2-3 months to monitor things. Those have continued to show further shrinkage, to the point where my latest MRI, done this Monday shows no detectable signs of active tumor growth, in other words no cancer!!
    The Docs tell me I might be what's called an "exceptional" or "super" responder, IOW one of a very small population of patients whose response to a treatment goes far beyond all expectations. My wife and family and I, as well as all my friends are so happy. The last year and a half have been a real emotional roller coaster, but this is about the best we could have hoped for.
    Again I want to thank everyone here for their kind words and encouragement. I just wanted everyone to know that I'm still here!

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    Re: An Update On My Health- Good News!

    So glad you are good, mate!!! Keep strong!!!


    Cheers!!!

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    Murph, we are honoured that you posted this fantastic update here. You are truly an inspiration to us all.

    Sincerest regards,

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    Glad to hear you are fighting back and things are going your way!

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    Re: An Update On My Health- Good News!

    Murph, thanks for sharing this fantastic news!

    Great to hear. I can't imagine what you have been through.

    Now you can let the good news sink in, take a deep breath, regroup and remember how sweet life can be.......

    Good for you man.

    All the best to you and your family.

    Hope to see you here a lot more in the future.

    Wow, great stuff!

    "If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down"......

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    Yep. I remember you saying at the time.

    Difficult to find words really.

    I had a bit of a massive scare myself about 6 years back... two small children 8 and 4 years into that.. (they are slightly bigger children now!).. I had a lump on the side of my head. By my right temple. A visit to the doctors lead to an Utrasound appointment which was inconclusive and so lead to a full on MRI which was not "fully conclusive" which then lead to biopsy.... over maybe 18 months.

    Nothing really in comparison but i get the basic gist of it.

    My results eventually came back benign.

    I got a "Not cool" scar that I never wanted... and the lump remans though in a much smaller form. Don't much care though !!


    We had a take-away meal the evening I got the letter saying it was benign. About 3 hours later I cried into my chow mein. Just burst into tears.

    My wife and daughters were awesome. And still are.



    Welcome to still being on planet earth Murph !




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    Re: An Update On My Health- Good News!

    Great news Murph.

    Thanks for your update.

    The war is still on, so flight surgeons are looking at all manner of ways on getting pilots back into action.

    Saw a guy who has kind of a potato head (check his UHD res avatar for proof) flying recently.

    My advice, get squarred away because you are up sir!

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    Good to hear Murph and happy for you mate.

    All the best to you and your family.

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    People like you are a Hero to us all!

    You judge a man by the quality of his character and courage!
    You are top flight Mr!

    Wishing you a continued speedy recovery!

    Ps. Great dog-fight, glad to see you are still in there!

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    Re: An Update On My Health- Good News!

    That really is great news.

    I know from personal experience what a difficult time this must have been for you.

    Wishing you and your family all the best!

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    Re: An Update On My Health- Good News!

    So...SO glad to read this wonderful news today! Thank you for sharing! I think you've made all our days! We are delighted your great courage has been rewarded!

    Well done, =FI=Murph! Keep up the good work...and looking forward to seeing you in our skies soon! Salute!

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    Great news Murph ….

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    Great to hear that you are well now! Tell them that a virtual pilot it's not so easy to be shot down! Good luck mate I wish you the best for your future! Salute!!!

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    Re: An Update On My Health- Good News!

    Thank you all, everyone. Especially to those of you who seem to have been through similar experiences. One of my first thoughts was on the order of " What else do I want to do with the time, or the extra time, I've been given?" The next was something like "What more can I do for others, now that I have a second chance?"
    Don't wait for something like this to put things in perspective for you. I know HighSeas knows what I'm talking about. All the best, and thanks for everything, guys.

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    Would be good to have you among us again Murph <S>
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    Continue to fight Murph, a positive attitude make like ten doctors.
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    Amen and Amen =FI=Murph!

    So so glad you're on the Mend! Thank you for sharing your encouraging news.

    A true hero!


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    What a nice thing to read as another Spring is almost upon us.

    My very best wishes to you and your family Murph.

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