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Jeremy C and the big "C"


jeremy c

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Dear friends,

 

I havent wanted to talk about this but now am able to tell you that I am cancer-free.

(slightly gruesome details follow, if you are squeamish, skip to the end)

 

Last September I noticed blood in my urine. That led to a doctors visit, which led to a visit to the urologist, which led to numerous tests (including one extremely painful one), which finally led to an operation to remove a tumor.

 

Then I was told that I had cancer of the bladder and sent to leading specialist in the subject. That led to many more tests, a biopsy operation, 6 weeks of BCG immunotherapy (guys, you do not want to know how this is administered). Then I had another biopsy operation which showed that the cancer had greatly reduced in size.

 

Two and a half weeks ago I had my final operation which removed a small part of my bladder. Everything went fine (it was a 3 hour operation and I now have a 3 inch scar on my abdomen). However a few days later, I developed some very painful complications. That led to a trip to the emergency room, an allergic reaction to morphine, a tube which went through my nose into my stomach (to pump it out) and numerous other unpleasant things. Then I went in an ambulance back to the cancer hospital where I stayed a week going through things that you might not want to hear about. The best part (if there is such a thing) were the hallucinations caused by taking too much Dilaudid.

 

Finally I was released from the hospital and I am happy to say that I am now on the mend.

 

Through all this, I have tried to continue leading my life the same as I always have, playing music, teaching lessons, swimming and coaching swimming, hanging with family and friends, posting on the forum, etc. Until the last two weeks, I only had to miss a few days here and there and you may have noticed a few posts from me in the last two weeks which I made on the hospitals computer.

 

Just knowing that I belonged to this community has been one of the things that has helped me.

 

Im now going to heal and be back in full action within a month, Inshallah.

 

Thanks,

Jeremy

 

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Congratulations Jeremy! Sending love and prayers your way.

Tenstrum

 

"Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face."

Harry Dresden, Storm Front

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Geez Jeremy, that sucks! Glad to hear you're doing better. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

 

A few of us on here have been through some health scares and frighteningly close scrapes. If you ever need any moral support, myself (and others I'm sure) are just a PM away.

 

Hang in there!

 

Ken

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I really don't know what to say except that it's really good to have you back with us full time.

 

May your health continue to improve.

 

Geoff

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the World will know Peace": Jimi Hendrix

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Sorry to hear that you had to go through all of that, but glad to hear your mending and cancer-free. Praying that you stay that way.

 

And I've heard that chicks dig guys with scars, so warn Mrs. C. that she needs to be ready to fend off the groupies at the pool.

"Am I enough of a freak to be worth paying to see?"- Separated Out (Marillion)

NEW band Old band

 

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Welcome to the Cancer Survivors Club, hang in there Jeremy and glad to hear that you are on the mend!

 

Stay strong and keep the faith brother.

Nothing is as it seems but everything is exactly what it is - B. Banzai

 

Life is what happens while you are busy playing in bands.

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Holy crap. I'm glad you're on the mend. You're not allowed to get sick like that. Ever.

 

By the way, I know a dude who can get you dilaudid, ya hippy.

\m/

Erik

"To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."

--Sun Tzu

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I brought back my "blue" bass from Cuba on my last trip, it was

my permanent axe down there. Everything went very well here for

me since. Therefore, I strongly recommend to you to stick to

your "blue" bass as often as you can, it works!

 

Take care,

 

Bob

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I glad to hear that you're getting better and wish you a full recovery.

nuff said

 

Brocko

Don't have a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. ~ Johnny Carson
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Ahh those doctor fellows. If you have a hole they'll poke something into it. If you don't have a hole they find something sharp and make one.

 

Good to hear your still here. Stay positive.

Feel the groove internally within your own creativity. - fingertalkin

 

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Jeremy, sorry to hear about what you have had to deal with but am happy that you're on the mend. I've been thinking about giving you a call for the last two weeks but have been really busy with my day gig. I want to talk to you about your Genz Benz amp. Looks like I won't be able to call until after I get back next week. I need to be at the airport at 4:30 am Friday morning for a conference in Milwaukee. I'll call you sometime next week.

 

Wishing you only the best for good health in the future!

 

Wally

I have basses to play, places to be and good music to make!
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Really great news, and it reminds me of a story from my family. I went to visit my mother one day, and as we were chatting over lunch she says: "well, I just completed all my radiation therapy and the doctor says I'll be fine."

 

Me: "what are you talking about?"

Mom: "Oh, I had a lump in my breast."

Me: "What?! You have breast cancer and the first time you're mentioning this is when you've completed your radiation therapy?!"

Mom: "Well, I didn't want to worry you."

 

My family is not known for its communications skills...

"Everyone wants to change the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves." Leo Tolstoy
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Wow, prayers for a speedy and strong recovery.

 

And even more prayers that the nasty stuff doesn't come back.

 

Glad you are still able to keep up a somewhat normal life- just don't overdo it.

 

Just knowing that I belonged to this community has been one of the things that has helped me.

 

That's very humbling thing to read. You've blessed a lot of Lowdowners in some way or another. We are all glad you are a part of this place. We wouldn't know what to do without you :)

 

Hang tough, brother. We're all pulling for you :thu:

"Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind"- George Orwell
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Just knowing that I belonged to this community has been one of the things that has helped me.

That's very humbling thing to read. You've blessed a lot of Lowdowners in some way or another. We are all glad you are a part of this place. We wouldn't know what to do without you :)

Amen. No truer words have been spoken. So sorry you had to endure this, but so thrilled with the outcome!

Queen of the Quarter Note

"Think like a drummer, not like a singer, and play much less." -- Michele C.

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Being an 11 year survivor of stage 4 Colon Cancer I can relate to all of the pain and mental stress from battling this horrible disease. Praying for a complete recovery.

Now, the important question, will your Speedo cover the scar?

Rocky

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb, voting on what to eat for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb, contesting the vote."

Benjamin Franklin

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