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fessin' up

Some members may have noticed I rescinded my Custom Carb authorized Vendor status about a year ago, meanwhile keeping a low profile regarding carb work on the forum....totally absent in the Northeast group and solo riding reports from the Hamptons and Long Island East End....I missed the entire '18 riding season.
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December '17 I was diagnosed with Stage 2 colon cancer. The good was we believe we caught it early... I knew something was going on with digestive changes and reported immediately to my Doc's for evaluation, where they quickly picked up on it.

As a result, I thought it in member/customers best interests to consciously slow my intake of work down as the future was unknown and I didn't want any inability to maintain quick, effective service. Or worse....taking in carbs and something really dreadful happening here....resulting in disaster.

Therefore, not knowing what the outcome...I thought it best to rescind my Vendor Status, dialing my business back.

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Fast forward to NOW, endless Doc visits, endless needles in the arm (I currently have a port in my chest), numerous PET and CAT scans, two surgeries, radiation, blah blah blah....chemotherapy nearly done, I'm feeling much better, and gaining weight! Anxious to get active, working again, get back to the gym and RIDE IN THE SPRING!

I'll be in touch with my business office contact at VerticalScope to reactivate my Vendor status (playing by the rules) which will be completed very soon.

Anyways, I'm relieved its (hopefully) over. Seemingly a long battle, but I've met many fellow patients who have complicated cancers, lymphomas, etc etc ....bravely enduring ongoing treatments for many YEARS. A lady getting chemo yesterday, sitting next to me was in tears...her treatment ongoing every 3 weeks for 7 years with no end in sight (exotic form of cancer, lung removed, 40 years a smoker). Both the RN and I, later, attempting to calm her.

Colon cancer is common, a major killer...very high up in death rates.... I'm a very fortunate one, indeed. And don't think I don't know it.

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Glad to hear you able to get all that off your chest and out into the open. Also glad to hear your chemo regimen is nearly done and you are gaining weight. That's a good sign and I hope your strength is returning along with the weight. Looking forward to seeing more ride related posts...you know, once the weather will support that. .........sean


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Glad to hear you caught it early.
I wish you well.

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Great to hear things are going good for you so far! I think it sounds like you have an excellent attitude to not let this beat you. To me, that plays a HUGE part in a successful outcome!

Stay vigilant and positive. Prayers your way!
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As they say, localized cancer is a nuisance. Widespread cancer is deadly. Think about surfing on over to www.cancerforums.net if you need any support or advice at all. Lotsa good tips and other support to be found. Don't ask how I know...


And congrats on the successful treatment!

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Great to hear things are going good for you so far! I think it sounds like you have an excellent attitude to not let this beat you. To me, that plays a HUGE part in a successful outcome!

Stay vigilant and positive. Prayers your way!
When you are first told you have the big C...like getting hit in the face with a brick, of course, understandably you immediately think the worst.

As it sinks in and you reach a course of treatment (even surgery) with your docs.....positive goals, both short and long term become essential. Waking up daily with a focus on your treatments, hobby, job, family, sport, gym... whatever...important.

A negative, defeatist, "woe is me" attitude won't allow you a leg up. You can't allow yourself to fall into that abyss.

Early on...discussing the use of narcotic pain killers (I was forced to be on them for a time) I explained to my Oncologist:

I want to ride my bikes
I can't ride while I'm taking these pills
I want to ride MORE than I want to take pills.

Mildly "hooked", I kicked them voluntarily as soon as pain decreased. She (the Oncologist) wasn't even aware I was stopping! Another medical goal reached.
She was impressed, said she had faith in me because of my intense urge to attain my riding goal. And with 2 Ducati's....who WOULDN'T possess that goal ?

All my various Docs were very supportive of my "riding by spring" outlook, medical failure was never ever entertained.

Yup, gotta remain positive, beginning to end.

Thanks, boys, for most kind words.
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As they say, localized cancer is a nuisance. Widespread cancer is deadly. Think about surfing on over to www.cancerforums.net if you need any support or advice at all. Lotsa good tips and other support to be found. Don't ask how I know...


And congrats on the successful treatment!
I know you know. A quick browse to that website reveals a great resource. Yup, thankfully my cancer is standard, common with a fairly accepted path...radiation, surgery, followed by chemo. With added benefit that we caught this early.

thanks, po.

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A Brit over there has something like 30cm of his colon left, as well as prostate cancer. And he is dealing with his caregiver wife who now has the beginnings of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Makes me feel like a piker.

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At chemo visits I'm there with afflicted folk who can barely walk, get in/out of the chair without assistance. Younger, older, some around my age, most recent the extremely depressed lady I posted about.......and here I'm focusing on riding in the spring.

I know I'm fortunate indeed.

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Congratulations on making it through the battle. Here's to a long, healthy future! (Raises his Winter Lager in toast)
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Thanks....and I've been advised i will be able to drink my most favored Guinness Extra Stout yet again in moderation (sometime after chemo).

I quit immediately after diagnosis....but made it a point coming down the pike recently to ask my lady friend Oncologist about slipping backwards.

Mmmmm a Guinness and some Lays cheddar and sour cream chips, my mouth watering. Repeating...I am not a drunk....over and over.
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Damn Gordon, that's a dose!


Congrats on having the foresight to recognize something was wrong before it went too far and have it checked.


Hope your recovery continues quickly.


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Sorry to hear that Gordon, I had no idea what you were dealing with.

Glad to hear you are doing well and things are looking good.

Take care.


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Prognosis excellent. My pathology report after 2nd surgery was clear of any residuals, the chemo was preventative, to kill any rogue cells in my body.
Now ending chemotherapy phase into long, ongoing detection/evaluation phase....

Looking forward to get the chemo drugs fully out of me....it takes a couple of months to fully clear them, I've been told. But moving forward nonetheless.

I'm resigned to beat this s&^T, be able to drink beer and ride again.

Huh? What? Allow me to clarify....not drinking while riding, but after, relaxing at home. Need to regain some weight and begin workout regimen at the gym, too.

Thanks again for well wishes, boys.

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Glad you are doing well and it sounds like you are well on your way to recovery.

Looking forward to reading more good news.

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Oh man, glad to hear you’re on the tail end of it, and treatment has gone so well. From one stout beer lover to another, cheers!

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Hey man, Cheer up,
I'm a cancer surviver too, prostrate in 05,gone.
My middle son just surviver non Hodgskins lymphoma through his body,1 year ago he was given months to live @ 50. last month he rode a 60 mile bike ride for cancer awareness. So they can work miracles.

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Hey Duc! Glad to know You are doing well. Hope You get out of this to spring, so You can ride long time.

Best wishes!!

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If you will pardon the pun, I am glad to hear that you are on the backside of this one! Keep us posted...

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Glad to hear you are heading down the right road, stay safe.

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Good to hear your health is bouncing back, a positive attitude and taking care of yourself goes a long way.
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^ So true. I thank y'all.

Hey, I even rotated the tires on my car today, 3 days after my last chemo. A bit weak and slow, but gotta stay focused and do stuff.
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Thanks for the PM and eat a sammich! Haha 😆

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Hey man, Cheer up,
I'm a cancer surviver too, prostrate in 05,gone.
My middle son just surviver non Hodgskins lymphoma through his body,1 year ago he was given months to live @ 50. last month he rode a 60 mile bike ride for cancer awareness. So they can work miracles.

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That is great news! Hey FOG, do you know which sub-type your son had? I don't currently have non-Hodgkin's, but I'm kinda interested in it.

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I really do wish Gordon well... but I wonder, my wife has non-hodgkins, breast cancer, and stage 3 kidney failure... and she's lived a clean life but here I am sucking brake dust, asbestos, lead from years of guns and gasoline, constructrion, copper, solder, aluminum, rubber, paint fumes and body filler dust, nine hundred and nighty nine other chemicals out the a** , you name it and I've somewhere along the way managed to inhale it in the line of duty or work and a family history but I'm okay and yet everyone I know has this cancer s***.
I'm all but the poster child for the prime example of how not to do things.

Gordon. If you don't have a pint of Guiness for me then do it just because you can.

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