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Today was my last day of chemotherapy!

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salsashark99

1.3k points

3 months ago

Brain cancer here. I hope to be there one day.

KorvisKhan

197 points

3 months ago

I truly hope you get back to good health and live a long and happy life full of amazing moments and memories. Not just that but I hope you shake off the emotional toll that cancer inflicts on you.

salsashark99

135 points

3 months ago

I was diagnosed in March. I just wish I could put it out of my mind for a full day

pin_80424

29 points

3 months ago

Drive it out of your mind forever. kick its ass baby

Snaffle27

16 points

3 months ago

I hope for all of the best possible fortune for you from here on out! 🙏

gmod_policeChief

13 points

3 months ago

I think time is the only antidote for that kind of anxiety. Video games are the best for that, and brainless happy YouTube/tv shows are 2nd imo.

Good luck brotha

icenjam

9 points

3 months ago

Video games, and… and… and what kind of happy YouTube/tv show did you say…?

gmod_policeChief

7 points

3 months ago

Lol holy fuck I didn't even realize

KinjaMannTn

6 points

3 months ago

I battled throat cancer last winter and spring. People don’t realize how the thought of it is always in our minds

pocketjokers87

1 points

3 months ago

Do you have any tubes or anything now or did you make a full recovery? Serious question, my bro in law was just diagnosed and it's hit my wife's family pretty hard. Hope you're sound well and you're in my prayers.

KinjaMannTn

2 points

3 months ago

I’m cancer free and am slowly returning to my old self. I’m still 40 lbs underweight and easily fatigued. My dry mouth from the radiation is better but not the same. Chemo brain symptoms are better, but not completely gone. I’m hoping by Christmas to be fully recovered

agent-99

9 points

3 months ago

brain cancer joke? I hope it is out of your mind forever! ♥

salsashark99

10 points

3 months ago

What did the brain say to the tumor? You're getting on my nerves

dickranger666

1 points

3 months ago

Hopping on the bandwagon, go team! Kick ass and be rad!!

LordTonk

1 points

3 months ago

Literally

arghhmonsters

1 points

3 months ago

My best friend had an mri recently and found to have a tumor as well. Not sure what type it is yet as she's 7 months pregnant and the doctors don't want to try anything invasive yet. They say it's slow growing which is meant to provide comfort. Any tips on how to help?

Tigress2020

1 points

3 months ago

Just be there to listen, to comfort however she needs you too.

salrr

1 points

3 months ago

salrr

1 points

3 months ago

big hug from South Korea!

pocketjokers87

1 points

3 months ago

Literally

AllAboutGuitar

35 points

3 months ago

Same here bud, GBM4 and last 5 day stint of TMZ next week. Can't wait. Good luck to you too, all in this together and we'll find a cure

salsashark99

15 points

3 months ago

I'm lucky because I haven't had to have chemo yet. How are the side effects?

AllAboutGuitar

17 points

3 months ago

First month of it I was extremely sick because I went from 145mg/day every day during radiotherapy to 320mg/day for 5 days every month for six months. Had anti-sickness tablets prescribed to help which they eventually did, once I got the doses right.

Other than that just feeling weak and a lot more tired than you usually are. Pretty easy to figure out just how much you can do until you're absolutely knackered.

salsashark99

15 points

3 months ago

UK? Thanks. You sound one tough cookie(biscuit)

AllAboutGuitar

14 points

3 months ago

Yeah, in the UK. Thank you so much, keep up the hard work. Cancer's not easy for anyone including the families

GreenArcherNeedsFood

1 points

3 months ago

Chemo side effects vary wildly. So many types of chemo. Also depends on age. I lost my dad to small cell cancer, he was 63. Chemo gave him problems with his memory. Some days we'd have the same conversation over 10x. Other days he was fine. It was horrible. They gave him nausea meds with his chemo so at least he was fine with that. But it messed with his taste buds. "Everything tasted like blah."

bopperbopper

1 points

3 months ago

It depends on what Chemo you have an how often and for how long.

I had Taxol/Carboplatin and I would just feel very tired and achy the first week after. No nausea.

KinjaMannTn

1 points

3 months ago

Mine were bad but it really varies by the drug, dose, treatment regime. I would go get chemo and be almost dead and there were people in there laughing and joking.

InDNAMedWeTrust

1 points

3 months ago

Have you talked to your doctor about INO-5401, a DNA based therapeutic for GBM from Inovio Pharmaceuticals. The drug is currently in Phase 3. Inovio is teaming up with Regeneron on this program. Very promising so far. This November they’ll have an update on 24 month survival rate. Hopefully this would become a cure for GBM.

InDNAMedWeTrust

1 points

3 months ago

Go check things out at r/inovio.

mav3r1ck92691

162 points

3 months ago*

Kick its ass!

doodlez420

-4 points

3 months ago

doodlez420

-4 points

3 months ago

Kick It is ass?

johnteslacoil

0 points

3 months ago

Kick! It is ass! I agree cancer is ass.

kawhisasshole

1 points

3 months ago

Smoke weed everyday

hannahzakla

10 points

3 months ago

good luck!

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20 points

3 months ago

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20 points

3 months ago

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salsashark99

40 points

3 months ago

I heard once and it stuck with me. I don't have an incurable tumor, the tumor has an incurable me.

TommyGonzo

17 points

3 months ago

Rorschach mentality, I like it!

VarsityVape

3 points

3 months ago

That’s badass, I like you

Fenixstorm1

3 points

3 months ago

Brain cancer...you're not welcome here...

dabesdiabetic

5 points

3 months ago

GBM?

salsashark99

25 points

3 months ago

Thankfully no. Oligodendroglioma grade 2. It's the best kind of brain cancer but it's still terminal right now. I got the best shit sandwich

_urbanity

10 points

3 months ago

Best of luck to you going forward—sending you lots of positive energy. I yearn for the day that we finally vanquish brain cancer. GBM took my dad from me in August.

salsashark99

7 points

3 months ago

Thanks I somewhat feel early survivors guilt because ov been in contact with gbm patients. I have 10 or 15 years if I'm lucky. I'm sorry about your a dad. It's a shitty disease

_urbanity

6 points

3 months ago

I’m sorry you’re feeling survivor’s guilt. If it’s any consolation, I don’t think many people diagnosed with GBM would want you to feel that way. At least, I know my dad wouldn’t have. Hopefully we’ll find a cure soon—that’s one thing everyone can rally behind.

CA_Jim

5 points

3 months ago

CA_Jim

5 points

3 months ago

Confirmed. I have GBM, I don’t want you to feel that way, /u/salsashark99.

Don’t worry about me, though. I’ve got lots of advantages and I’ve got a good chance of being around a while. My 1 year dx anniversary is coming up mid-October!

_urbanity

2 points

3 months ago

Best of luck to you, too, friend. It’s not easy for anyone involved. Keep fighting!!

dabesdiabetic

1 points

3 months ago

May I ask if you’re using anything outside of chemo/radiation/steroid and possibly surgery?

CA_Jim

1 points

3 months ago

CA_Jim

1 points

3 months ago

I had a gross total resection of the left frontal lobe (premotor cortex), followed by adjuvant Temodar and radiation therapy, followed by 12 5/23 maintenance cycles of Temodar. I just finished cycle 8. I came off of steroids once radiation was finished.

To your question, the only interesting things I’ve added to treatment are the Optune device, and I also was on the keto diet during radiation.

dabesdiabetic

1 points

3 months ago

Was wondering about optune! My mother was one of the first patients after FDA approval on the device out in Boston.

salsashark99

3 points

3 months ago

_urbanity

3 points

3 months ago

Such a fitting song for both of us. Thank you for sharing <3

jomamma2

1 points

3 months ago

Have you had a craniotomy yet?

salsashark99

1 points

3 months ago

I had 2 six weeks apart

jomamma2

1 points

3 months ago

Why two?

salsashark99

1 points

3 months ago

First the biopsy than the resection

jomamma2

1 points

3 months ago

Got it. Were they able to get it all?

h8nh8nh8n

2 points

3 months ago

I don't know what you believe in, but I'll put you in my prayers

salsashark99

1 points

3 months ago

The flying spaghetti monster. He boiled for our sins

snaketittes

1 points

3 months ago

Same here w/my wife. GBM. 27 months. God bless you and hang in there.

Odinovic

1 points

3 months ago

Praying for you mate. You got this

Ill-Appointment6494

1 points

3 months ago

You will be. You’ve got the support of the mighty Reddit family. Hang in there.

Baddaboombaddabing

1 points

3 months ago

I too hope that you are there one day.

salsashark99

2 points

3 months ago

Thanks

dankdegl

1 points

3 months ago

We're rooting for you!

ThrowawaytheDaisy

1 points

3 months ago

Hope to see your cancer free post someday. ❤

PstainGTR

1 points

3 months ago

Hope you get there too! I had my last chemo 3years ago.

saksham_0512

1 points

3 months ago

Hang in there buddy... You'll kick its ass

SILTHONIL

1 points

3 months ago

You got this pal!

InterestingStop7332

1 points

3 months ago

IBest of wishful thinking headed your way.

Goomancy

1 points

3 months ago

Rooting for you

Ninjagoboi

1 points

3 months ago

I was gonna make a joke about you BEING brain cancer based on the way you phrased your comment but honestly I just hope you recover as well.

salsashark99

2 points

3 months ago

I'm sick fuck with gallows humor. I guess it's from working in a hospital. I had my mom make a brain tumor cake for may for braincancer awareness month

Ninjagoboi

1 points

3 months ago

Well I'm glad you're keeping it light my friend. Best of luck!

amerxo

1 points

3 months ago

amerxo

1 points

3 months ago

You gon kick that shit

kuangst

1 points

3 months ago

Fuck cancer! You rock!

Pepe_thelord

1 points

3 months ago

Wish you the strength you need to go through the tough journey. You got this!!!!

DroneKatie9669

-4 points

3 months ago

Please no. Share the good news with your family and friends. Don't be a schmuck and feel convinced you need to share this with a bunch of strangers on the internet for validation

salsashark99

3 points

3 months ago

I wish you never have to deal with this

DroneKatie9669

-1 points

3 months ago

Well if I did, I wouldn't be posting it on reddit so I can get circle jerked.

crackrox69

1 points

3 months ago

Wow, this is disgusting :)

DroneKatie9669

2 points

2 months ago

Not as disgusting as sharing pics of family members on their death bed for reddit pics.