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captdownshift
captdownshift UberDork
11/13/15 11:37 a.m.

made it home on Wednesday after sucking the hospital WiFi bandwidth dry via my phone once I holding it on my chest wasn't incredibly painful. I awoke to a pretty spectacular surprise Tuesday and a new friend for life. They found that the tumor on my liver had shrunk (holy cap the dietary restrictions really do serve a function) from 3.1cm down to 1.7cm over the 2 and a half weeks prior to surgery. This was a big deal as it enabled my liver to be bicected opposed to receiving the transplant. When I awoke last Tuesday in the room adjacent to me was a kind grateful young man, Mark, who had received the liver that was originally intended for me. He'll likely end up on here in the coming weeks as his opinions on miatas has been completed changed. I find out on the 25th how everything looks and we'll be going from there regarding treatment. Pain is getting manageable now. Being home is nice, I'm missing real food though. I'm thankful that all the dietary restrictions paid off though, for myself and to help save a friend who I hadn't yet met.

DrBoost
DrBoost UltimaDork
11/13/15 11:39 a.m.

Glad to hear it. Keep up the fight.
It's also nice to hear that you are still preaching the Miata gospel while cheating death.

KyAllroad
KyAllroad SuperDork
11/13/15 11:39 a.m.

Whahooo!!!!

Good to hear from you Captain, welcome back. Keep getting better!

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 UberDork
11/13/15 11:41 a.m.

Your post just made my month. Hell, its even got me choked up.

You and your new friend will continue to be in my prayers.

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 PowerDork
11/13/15 11:41 a.m.

Good news!

Matt B
Matt B SuperDork
11/13/15 11:42 a.m.

Oh hell yes! Keep on truckin'

Toyman01
Toyman01 MegaDork
11/13/15 11:44 a.m.

Outstanding!!! Glad to hear things are moving in the right direction.

MrJoshua
MrJoshua UltimaDork
11/13/15 11:45 a.m.

Very good news!

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
11/13/15 11:46 a.m.

Aw yeah, cancer got shanked, kept the same liver, freed up another one!

Did the doctor dispose of the tumor already? If not, you should teabag it to show dominance

Apexcarver
Apexcarver PowerDork
11/13/15 11:48 a.m.

Great to hear! Hope to hear/see you up and about soon!

JamesMcD
JamesMcD Dork
11/13/15 11:48 a.m.

That is so awesome.

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess MegaDork
11/13/15 11:52 a.m.

You'll be much better off keeping half the OEM part than going with the generic parts store replacement. CONGRATS!!

bravenrace
bravenrace MegaDork
11/13/15 11:56 a.m.

Great news.

WOW Really Paul?
WOW Really Paul? MegaDork
11/13/15 11:58 a.m.

szeis4cookie
szeis4cookie HalfDork
11/13/15 12:00 p.m.

Good to hear from you man, glad to hear the fight continues. Mark, when you get here, welcome and keep fighting!

bluej
bluej SuperDork
11/13/15 12:08 p.m.

Man, that is so awesome.

dj06482
dj06482 SuperDork
11/13/15 12:11 p.m.

Awesome news!

Woody
Woody MegaDork
11/13/15 12:11 p.m.

Now I'm rooting for two people! I'm very happy about this. Fight hard!

The Hoff
The Hoff UltraDork
11/13/15 12:17 p.m.

That's incredible. I'm very happy for you and your family (and your new friend!).

fasted58
fasted58 UltimaDork
11/13/15 12:20 p.m.

Congrats and keep up the good fight

TRoglodyte
TRoglodyte SuperDork
11/13/15 12:22 p.m.

Awright , he's back. Woody took a roadtrip Cap'n look it up.

Knurled
Knurled MegaDork
11/13/15 12:25 p.m.

Hi Dr. Nick!

Now that is out of the way, awesome news!

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
11/13/15 12:32 p.m.

So you saved two lives!

captdownshift
captdownshift UltraDork
11/13/15 12:33 p.m.

In reply to TRoglodyte:

I'm on it, thanks for the headsup, great time of the year for one. My wife has to take credit for preparing meals that meet the dietary restrictions and effectively shut down the pancreas and liver as much as possible. Apparently in doing, in about 20% of cases, you can starve the cancer out. Not completely, but enough to hopefully get it confined enough to better the odds of getting it all in surgery. And save OEM parts in the process . Outlook wise this made a huge difference, I was headed to a dark place, but the turn of events has made me realize that I still do have some control, and always did, even if it felt like I didn't. The efforts saving another patient's life has also eliminated any feelings of survivors guilt, which had also started to set in a bit. And I have a new friend to talk to about things other than being sick, which helps me feel human again and not as if I'm just biding time. All of which makes me FEEL HEALTHIER, my energy is up, even with difficulty in sleeping, I feel that my brain is firing on all cylinders, and I'm able to think long term again.

Rusted_Busted_Spit
Rusted_Busted_Spit UberDork
11/13/15 1:05 p.m.

Great news. Keep fighting and getting better.

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