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The MD Anderson Cancerwise blog is an online resource for cancer patients, caregivers, students and professionals created to offer current expert commentary from bloggers within the institution on treatment, prevention, research and other pertinent topics. The blog allows readers to react through comments and allows MD Anderson the opportunity to listen to and connect directly with the public.

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Participation is encouraged, and comments and questions are welcome. For the safety of our patients, caregivers, students and staff and the integrity of the institution, there are a few rules to be aware of when posting a comment.

Although the blog is intended to give a broad view of treatment, research and life in general at MD Anderson the institution will not publish comments to posts that include personal information or diagnosis requests. Any questions regarding treatment or diagnosis should be posed to askMDAnderson.  Comments that are not compliant will not be approved and will be forwarded to askMDAnderson. The goal of askMDAnderson is to provide accurate answers in a secure environment, using credible resources and the expertise of the experts at MD Anderson. To submit your treatment-specific question directly to askMDAnderson visit and complete the secure form.

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Thanks for your story Robert. Our journeys with melanoma are very similar including our views of our "bravado" surgeon Dr. Ross! The whole team at MD Anderson gives me comfort and assurance that I am working with the best in the world and there is no better place for me to be. I hope that what research is gleaned from treating us not only prolongs our lives but also benefits generations to come. Hang in there and fight the good fight. Each day is a gift to be unwrapped and enjoyed to the fullest!

I am not sure where to Blog this Comment I just joined this evening.

Trying to walk out of The Valley of the Shadow

On August 12, 2013, my 36th Wedding Anniversary, I was told that my Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma (cancer of the renal calyces) was Stage IV based in part on enlarged lymph nodes on CT Scan. I was given 4 months to live if I did nothing. Even on that day my wife and I were thankful for God's blessings in our lives and had joy in the Lord, like the last three verses of Habakkuk. After aggressive chemotherapy between August and November, I rested for four weeks and had my cancer afflicted kidney removed along with 16 lymph nodes. The pathology report was "no tumor seen" for all lymph nodes taken at surgery. I thank God for the awesome care at the hands of my Oncology Team; Surgery Team; and Twelfth Floor Nurses, Nurses Aides and Staff who administered my in-hospital week-long (Monday-Friday) aggressive chemotherapy for four weeks in the fall of 2013.
I also am thankful to God for my Trainer that my wife hired to whip us into outstanding physical condition from January-June 2013. Our trainer left town and moved to Virginia one month prior to my cancer diagnosis.
Being in good physical condition was a huge advantage as I tried to walk out of The Valley of the Shadow. I walked everyday (pushing my IV stand) of the four weeks I was in hospital for aggressive chemotherapy. This included multiple trips down to The Park on the 2nd Floor. I even walked the oval "track" at The Park in the middle of the night. I felt like the more I walked during chemotherapy, the better my chances for walking out of The Valley of the Shadow. During my weeks between in-hospital aggressive chemotherapy I didn't want to go to my local fitness center where I had a locker. I was worried about contracting some sort of illness/malady because of my depressed white blood cell count. My wife bought a treadmill and had it set up in our living room so I could walk/run every day.
My surgeons testified to my physical conditioning saying that there was no fat around my kidney which allowed them to better visualize and dissect out my kidney, ureter, and ureter-bladder junction. Surgery time was less and they were able to remove my kidney through a smaller incision.
If you have cancer and are fighting for your life, do what the Twelfth Floor nurses, aides and staff told me, "don't ever give up" and maintain a positive attitude always. I would add to that thank God every day for the blessings you do have in your life (including the blessing of those caring for you) despite your cancer. And, exercise every day whether you are in outstanding physical condition or a total couch potato slob. It's tough to walk anywhere laying on a couch, especially when you are trying to walk out of The Valley of the Shadow. Lastly, I heard this a number of times at MD Anderson, "By His stripes we are healed". Claim it and may God Bless You and Your Family.

I recently learned from my oncologist that I am a 4.5 year survivor of Stage 4 Colon Cancer, something he tells me is very rare. I was told, 8 years ago, to put my affairs in order, since the prognosis for a patient with lung & liver metastasis as I had was very grim. I went to my son's room & stared at him, wondering how he would take the news. But then I got busy in my fight to live. I transferred to MD Anderson from Texas Oncology here in Austin. Since then, my oncologist & team have treated me. I would be glad to tell my story to other patients if there is any interest. I would also like to volunteer remotely from Austin if needed. Thank you for my life, MDAnderson!!

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