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Without going into detailed specifics the doctor has given me the “all clear!” sign. No more chemotherapy required. No more surgery required. The pathologist sent 36 slides of the tumor to the Mayo Clinic because of its rarity to confirm the findings. Bottom line: your prayers and positive thoughts worked! Thank you, my Brothers. I am forever in your debt for the Love and Respect that you have shown my family and me since this was first diagnosed last November. I look forward to seeing all of you soon and sharing our Brotherhood! God bless all of you!
Dr. Pool is ready to do my surgery Thursday morning (April 12). He was the “decider” about whether there would be more chemotherapy or not, and whether the CT Scan showed that the tumor could be removed. He is confident on both points.
My dearest Brothers:
First, I want to thank everyone who was in attendance at the 2012 ATO Zeta Mu Reunion & Hog Hunt at the Trails End Ranch in Medina last weekend. I have received word through several Brothers that the business meeting was temporarily ‘suspended’ for a prayer for me and the current health issues that I am facing. I can’t thank you enough for that and how much it has meant to my family and me over the past few days. Many tears of gratitude have been shed by my family and me. God bless all of you.
Second, I also understand that an auction was held on Saturday night during which a bag of what was reportedly my ‘short hairs’ that have fallen out during my chemo treatments sold for $175.00 and is now in the Zeta Mu chapter’s bank account. Let’s just say that I’m glad I could be of help to the chapter despite my absence at the reunion!
For those of you who don’t know what the thymus is (I didn’t!), it’s where T-cells “go to school” to learn how to fend off diseases in your pre-adolescent years. As you mature and reach puberty, the thymus breaks down and absorbs itself into your body. It disappears. Except in a very small handful of people. Some bodies don’t break down the thymus while others - for reasons not yet known - develop a thymus again! Yours truly is in the “grew one again” category. (“Damn Vulcan physiology!” - Dr. McCoy, “Star Trek”) Interestingly, there are only about 400 known cases of thymoma in the U.S.
Brothers: first, I want to again thank all of you who have been keeping me and my family in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the positive energy you keep sending our way. It’s helping us during these days of uncertainty. I said I would update everyone following the visit with the oncologist on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. Here is what we now know: I have thymoma, a tumor in the thymus. Mine is about 8 cm x 5 cm and located near my aorta.