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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Dec 21, 2015 5:58 pm

I had a colonoscopy today based on some symptoms I've been having for a few months...

I'm now diagnosed with rectal cancer.

Next step is to figure out if it's spread. If it hasn't, I'll need surgery to remove the mass. If it has spread, I'll need to start chemotherapy.
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Post by KaramKaram on Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:38 pm

I will keep you in my prayers brother

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Post by d@v!d on Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:29 pm

Oh man. I will certainly pray for you.
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Post by sentient 6 on Mon Dec 21, 2015 11:01 pm

Thomas you will certainly be in my prayers. I pray for Gods grace and mercy upon you. And I pray that God will give you wisdom and endurance for whatever the future holds for you.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:17 am

Thank you very much everyone. I'll post my updates here...
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Post by MikeInFla on Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:51 am

Prayers coming brother.
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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:12 pm

In my prayers Thomas!!! Jesus is a HEALER!!! He will heal you I know it!!!

I know you know this ... but I must say it... HAVE FAITH!!!

I'll be praying for you each day my friend! You can overcome this!!!

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Post by ThomasEversole on Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:36 pm

Got CT scan results. The short answer as to if the cancer has spread is "unsure" leaning toward "yes". There are enlarged lymph nodes in my lower abdomen area that are suspicious. The good news is, they're in the same area as the mass in my bowels so they would be able to biopsy and remove in the same surgery. Surgery consultation is monday. Oncology appointment Wednesday. 

Please keep me in your prayers.
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Post by alldatndensum on Thu Dec 24, 2015 5:24 pm

Praying for your healing, Thomas.
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Post by Pastèque on Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:27 pm

Same :/
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Post by Guest on Sat Dec 26, 2015 2:26 am

Still praying and will continue to do so!

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Post by ThomasEversole on Sat Dec 26, 2015 6:36 pm



I got this as a Christmas present from my wife's aunt. She picked it up at some random shop and thought it looked like something I'd wear. She couldn't find online what the word on it meant, even after looking... so she just hoped it didn't say anything bad.

I'd never heard of " akoretarevalic" before so while everyone was opening their next gift, I searched to see if I could find it. After 10 minutes, I found it. It's Latin for "in faith, protected". Everyone got chills and a little emotional. I don't think me getting this gift is just a coincidence... Wink
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Post by sentient 6 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:28 pm

Thanks for the update Thomas. Still praying for Gods mercy and grace.
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Post by Guest on Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:07 pm

Praying for you brother.

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Post by Kerrick on Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:35 pm

Been praying for you Thomas.  Thanks for keeping us posted.

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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:49 pm

Had my surgery consultation today. The plan is 5 weeks of radiation and chemo... 6 weeks of recovery from that, and then surgery end March / early April. I'll need time off work to recover from that, then more chemo....

The doctor said I'll be fighting this for a year.

The idea is that radiation first will shrink the mass to save some of my insides and kill any other dangerous nodes. If they did the surgery now, I'd have to have a poop sack for the rest of my life.

Goal #1 - save my life
Goal #2 - save my insides
Goal #3 - have the least invasive surgery possible.

Please keep me in your prayers.
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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 29, 2015 1:53 am

Still praying!!

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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:00 pm

Busy week. Got setup (and tattooed) for daily radiation today. (Literal skin ink injections so I can be where I need to be in the machine each time)
Tuesday morning is the PET scan. (A more intense CT scan)
Wednesday is the fertility appointment to bank some swimmers (since there's a chance radiation/chemo will make me sterile)
Thursday is (tentatively) when I'd start my chemo/radiation, but that depends on the doctor's from Wednesday's appointment if they need additional... uh... specimens.
Please pray that radiation/chemo won't make me too sick and that the PET Scan results aren't frightening...
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Post by sentient 6 on Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:30 pm

ThomasEversole wrote:Please pray that radiation/chemo won't make me too sick and that the PET Scan results aren't frightening...

I will be praying. I pray God will give you the strength to endure whatever comes your way.
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Post by Blake on Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:46 am

I'm sorry to hear this Thomas. I will most certainly be praying for you. It always seems to be around Christmas when I get a new diagnosis too.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:26 pm

The dye from the Pet scan didn't highlight the lymph nodes that were suspicious before. That means, it looks like the only cancer is the mass and the intestinal wall growths. Even though I never received official staging of the cancer, it would put it from a suspected stage 3 to a suspected stage 2.
That's good news! I start my chemo and radiation tomorrow.
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Post by Kerrick on Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:31 pm

This is very encouraging news indeed!  I'll continue praying regularly for you!

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Post by Guest on Wed Jan 06, 2016 10:11 pm

Kerrick wrote:This is very encouraging news indeed!  I'll continue praying regularly for you!




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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:47 pm

I don't know if it's been the chemo/radiation or I had another one of my "can't stay awake" spells, but I slept until 130pm to 5am yesterday. (Got up that early for work)

I got home from my radiation today at 130pm and slept until 550pm. My wife woke me up as she was leaving for work.

I hope I'm this tired because my treatment is working.... I can't remember ever being this fatigued.
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Post by NordicMoon91 on Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:31 pm

Praying for you!
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Post by ThomasEversole on Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:40 am

There seems to be an ebb and flow with treatment. Yesterday I had some pain and fatigue. I slept through my lunch at work again, but still forced myself to go to the gym after.
Today, I feel great. Pain is minimal, and I have lots of energy. Had some pretty awesome numbers in the gym too.
Overall, I feel less and less pain and the waves of fatigue hit less and less often.
I appreciate the prayers and I think everything is going to be ok. Smile
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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:15 am

Prayin for ya dude

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Post by sentient 6 on Sat Jan 23, 2016 6:57 pm

....still praying and thanking God for the good days.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:44 pm

Not doing to good today. Called off work. Too tired. Have a sore throat. I'm cold. Got another side effect of the chemo...
The doctor kept asking me if my hands are numb/tingling every visit. Now I know why. They're numb and have ached pretty bad all day.
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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:12 pm

Sorry you're not feeling good Thomas! Been praying for you!

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Post by ThomasEversole on Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:45 pm

Thanks bro.
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Post by sentient 6 on Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:46 pm

ThomasEversole wrote:Not doing to good today. Called off work. Too tired. Have a sore throat. I'm cold. Got another side effect of the chemo...
The doctor kept asking me if my hands are numb/tingling every visit. Now I know why. They're numb and have ached pretty bad all day.

I truly am sorry for all that you have to suffer. I will be keeping you in my prayers.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:56 pm

Thank you very much.
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Post by ThomasEversole on Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:00 pm

I got a site setup for donations to help with cancer expenses. Kaytlyn (my wife) is going to setup a Facebook page for this as well. We haven't gotten a lot of bills yet, but the ones we have gotten were pretty ridiculous. I wanted to be proactive rather than reactive since surgery will be in a few months...

Any support whether prayers, donations or encouraging words will be vastly appreciated. Thank you,

http://gofund.me/gvtnwt78
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Post by Guest on Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:09 pm

Thanks for letting us know! Very Happy

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Post by Kerrick on Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:14 pm

I'll be supporting once I get my tax refund check!

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Post by ThomasEversole on Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:39 pm

I truly appreciate it!
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Post by ThomasEversole on Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:20 pm

As a small token of my gratitude for the friends and family that have already donated, I've decided to make some instrumental classical piano music I wrote and recorded about 9 months ago as free to download. Its 8 tracks, around 30 minutes of piano and should be obvious I really like Chopin. HAHA!
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You can listen to and download that music here:
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Thank you all again, and God Bless,
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Post by ThomasEversole on Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:23 pm

I feel like I've been walking on a bad sunburn, the nausea has gotten so extreme the only thing I've been able to keep down the past 2 days is toast and water and I knew that chemo would give pain to my extremities, but I didn't think it would be for the one in my trousers.

This week, my doctor took me off my chemo until I see him next week. ...a breather because its harder to fight cancer when I can't keep food down. Radiation will resume as normal.
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Post by MikeInFla on Fri Feb 05, 2016 7:25 am

Still praying, keep updated coming brother.
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Post by Kerrick on Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:20 pm

Been continuing to pray for you my friend!

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Post by Guest on Fri Feb 05, 2016 5:27 pm

Hang in there dude! Keep your fire of faith burning! This too shall pass.

It's not easy ... I know. I was hospitalized for something very similar, as you know.

Really nothing anyone says makes it feel better or go away. Just know we are praying and we've got your back in the Spirit.

Do you have an email address you could PM me? I have a very powerful healing meditation I'd love to send you! I gave it to another friend and she was healed miraculously through it and she was almost dead.

If you want it ... let me know. No pressure either way.

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Post by exo on Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:26 am

I promise I will check this more frequently, brother!  Praying!

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Post by ThomasEversole on Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:08 am

I've been starting to feel better the last week or so. Thank GOD my last day of chemo and radiation was yesterday. My doctors have told me that I'll start to feel better in the next week or so, and MUCH better a few weeks after that. In that time (before my surgery) I WILL finish a 3rd Orationem album.

My radiation burn that I ranted about in the other post has pretty much healed, so its nice to be able to destroy my wife again. (Definitely TMI, but hey - its something I'm happy about)

I did have some anxiety regarding the concert and the trip there - not the venue itself, but because of my cancer and spontaneous bowel movements. Luckily, the restroom for the concert was HUGE and there were plenty of rest stops on the way there and back. Only had to dive-and-dump out of the car once, which is good. (at this point, I'll consider not crapping my clothes, vehicle or a room with no plumbing to be "good")

I've got a doctor's appointment today, (which isn't anything new, I've been having them 1-2 times a week all year) and a few follow up appointments. They'll probably scan a colonoscopy soon to see if the radiation/chemo made any progress... Thank you all again for the prayers and I'll keep you informed.
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Post by exo on Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:12 pm

Praying for more good news, brother!

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Post by Guest on Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:51 am

You have been in my prayers lately!

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Post by ThomasEversole on Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:58 pm

I'm steadily making progress and feeling better I think. I still have potty issues, but my hands and feet don't hurt anymore, and overall, I have more energy. (my wife, bless her heart, a couple days ago spent 2 hours working on my feet giving me a pedicure. The bottoms of my feet no longer look like a zombie extra for The Walking Dead thanks to her, plus its a lot less painful to walk on!)

My job (where I work) held a fundraiser and bake sale last Friday to help with my medical bills. Everyone I work with has a heart of gold. The contributions made by everyone have been great - overwhelming actually. I think everything is going to be just fine. Thanks to good insurance and people helping out, I'm not worried about filing for bankruptcy. (the GoFundMe page has done really well - better than I could imagine!!!)

I did get a billing statement for my radiation treatments for the month of January. ...which was like 3 weeks and 3 days worth of radiation. Anyone want to take a jab at how much that costs? Some people either get pretty close or they guess way under. Still alarming considering its only the cost of HALF my radiation treatment. The total for January's bill is in the spoiler.

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$60,000

Since they're planning on having a multi-million dollar robot do my surgery in April, I can imagine that procedure won't be cheap either.

I'm still only working 25 hours a week - but I've made it two full weeks without missing any days off work. ....which is a record since I've been diagnosed! Since I'm off work until Saturday, I'm going to spend some time DEEP in prayer/meditation, and get the guitarwork done for the 3rd Orationem album.

My wife has been asking me "what I'm thinking about" a lot lately. I've been spacing out because all this music and "guitar riff patterns" have been streaming through my head. A good sign that its time to write...
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Post by bassdude on Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:47 pm

Praying...
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Glad things are getting better bro! Will keep praying though!

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