Article Talk: Remission Is Just A Word That Makes Other People Feel BetterArticle Talk: Remission Is Just A Word That Makes Other People Feel Better

Started by rtkegger, September 21, 2017
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rtkegger

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\r\nYou rock!! Thanks for your thoughts. I am 12 months \"NED\" and almost 10 months since my last treatment. After 5 years, first a year on Inferon and then a 9 month break my melanoma came back with a furry. It metastasized in a number of organs throughout my body. At this pont it was stage 4 metastatic melanoma. So after 4 treatments on Yarvoy and 36 biweekly treatments on Optivo, I am a \"NED\"! I never let this beast define me or my attitude. Other than only being able to work 3 days a week when on Inferon, I think I missed less work than most of my co-workers. \r\n\r\nA few things I have found about attitude. First, when I say good morning to someone and they respond \"what\'s good about it\", I always say \"I\'m upright and breathing\". If they know me, this shuts them down real quick. Second, I never let fatigue win. It is VERY hard to blow through it some days - but,if you get moving you forget about it. Finally, the support of family and friends is critical. You just have to make it easy on them to be comfortable with your battle. If you are positive and pleasant to be around it makes it a lot easier for others to be close.\r\n\r\nI am 62 years old, retired from a desk job and working a a job that keeps me physically active all day. I have also started mountain biking again. Live Your Life!View Original Post

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