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Old 08-13-2010, 12:32 PM   #141
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I just heard back from one of my surgical team (not the lead surgeon, but his understudy). He seems to agree with the radiology oncologist's assessment of a 15 - 20% chance of recurrence if I don't do radiation. I told him I was leaning toward not doing it. He seemed more than fine with that. So I won't. He also mentioned that typically, once you use radiation, it's forever gone as an option for treating a recurrence. So at least I have something in my hip pocket for down the road.

In the meantime, I've been researching alternative therapies including an alkaline diet. It seems that cancer cells can't survive at all in an alkaline environment. The problem is that I really don't like kale. And it looks like meat makes your body acidic.

Now get this too. Maybe squats DON'T cure cancer. Maybe they actually cause it instead. I need to research more, but there's something about ATP production/breakdown and that reaction actually fueling cancer cells. If so, we're doomed, Charlie Brown.
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:37 PM   #142
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Maybe squats DON'T cure cancer. Maybe they actually cause it instead. I need to research more, but there's something about ATP production/breakdown and that reaction actually fueling cancer cells. If so, we're doomed, Charlie Brown.
Thanks Val!

Any research on the impact of ATP boosting supplements in fighting this off?
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:41 PM   #143
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Sorry folks. I'm still here. Been AWOL for a couple of days. Part of me has been down in the dumps. Part of me has been completely wiped out tired. I've been back to work since last week. Light duty. Part days. I come home midafternoon, eat a bit of lunch, and just crash.

I've realized too that at least for the moment, my priority is to get the trumpet working again. I'm not jetisonning lifting, but just putting it on the back burner...for now. I've got a self-imposed deadline of September 24 to get back on stage. I think that is very doable, if I work at it. And I have been workoing at it every day for the last week and a half. But as you can see, it eats up time. Time I could spend lifting. But my soul needs music now. My body needs to rest and recover.

I never realized how much surgery could take out of you. It's been four weeks today since my operation and I'm still not even at 50% physically. I'm very surprised. I think maybe I put myself back to work too soon, but I had a not from my doctor saying I could go back, so what the hay...

Anyway, common sense needs to prvail, and as much as I miss the iron, I need to be smart, and give it a few more weeks yet. I'll hang around though, and check in almost daily. There are too many good logs here, and I have too many honest to God friends here. I miss you all. I miss the lifting. I miss the journaling. But I'll be back...
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:01 AM   #144
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And we'll all be waiting for the workouts to come I definitely agree with putting off lifting. Take your time, rest up, and then go SFW. Crom patiently waits...
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:05 AM   #145
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Enough about all this non-important stuff. The real question here is, how is your poop these days?
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Old 08-19-2010, 04:16 PM   #146
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Hope all is well Val. Keep blasting that trumpet, and keep taking things one day at a time.
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^5 Val. small goals at a time. Then make new ones. When you get back to lifting things will be low but trust me things will sky rocket. I was away for 5 years when I did a come back. You will be back. Take this time to heal and come back with a vengance.
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Old 08-20-2010, 02:06 PM   #148
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And we'll all be waiting for the workouts to come I definitely agree with putting off lifting. Take your time, rest up, and then go SFW. Crom patiently waits...
Thank you, strkout. My goal is to get strong enough to overthrow this "crom" entity and banish it from this forum.

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Enough about all this non-important stuff. The real question here is, how is your poop these days?
I've been pooping daily. Sometimes they are thin and wormy. Sometimes they are chunky. Sometimes they float. Sometimes they don't. Not much loglike activity yet though. Of course I've not been eating much real solid food yet. Honestly though I just got out of the loo after an urgent unctioning. It was probably my biggest BM post-op. It was a scatological mess, but it was massive.

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Hope all is well Val. Keep blasting that trumpet, and keep taking things one day at a time.
Will do, chief. I'm not actually "blasting" the trumpet yet, but I'm getting some time in on a daily basis. My band has a show on September 24 I believe. It is a rare two hour mini-show. My goal is to at least be able to survive that one. Then we'll do a self evaluation after that, and see if I think a full restoration is likely.

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^5 Val. small goals at a time. Then make new ones. When you get back to lifting things will be low but trust me things will sky rocket. I was away for 5 years when I did a come back. You will be back. Take this time to heal and come back with a vengance.
I like the "small goals" philosophy. It doesn't always fit wth my timeline, but it seems the sensible approach. Bottom line is: I WILL be back. I WILL resume serious training. I WILL enter a powerlifting meet. I WILL bring home the trophy.
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Enough about all this non-important stuff. The real question here is, how is your poop these days?
As Jon Pall once said "as long as your can Squat Heavy and **** Solid, what more does one need out of life!"


BIG VAL! Keep on fighting tooth and nail friend for recovery! While the body rests keep the mind active. I love your take on the small goals lifestyle!

I like the "small goals" philosophy. It doesn't always fit with my timeline, but it seems the sensible approach. Bottom line is: I WILL be back. I WILL resume serious training. I WILL enter a powerlifting meet. I WILL bring home the trophy.

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As Jon Pall once said "as long as your can Squat Heavy and **** Solid, what more does one need out of life!"


SFC! SFW!
Well then, I guess the words of Jon Pall Sigmarsson will add fuel to the motivational fire. Thank for the encouragement, Tony!

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