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Thanks all for your comments. It is nice to be appreciated
Great news, I think, on the Fentanyl front. I've been able to stretch a 72 hr/ 12.5 mcg patch to 100 hrs w/ no ill effects. I hope one day to be off the stuff, as it interferes w/ marital bliss ;-), and this, hopefully, will make the weaning off easier
Had a wonderful Christmas in Columbia, SC w/ my family and Mom's home cookin'. Lotta love in that house
Have a new Christian song that my gut says is very good. I just need to get a home studio to be able to get it recorded. But, that's way down on the wish list due to responsibilities comin' 1st.

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My Dr. made a good point. He feels that, since I'm stable at present, maybe we shouldn't risk all the dangers involved w/ the Leustatin. I tend to agree. His advice is to see if I become symptomatic at some point, then move to a more drastic med. Plus, I want to make sure this Thanksgiving and Christmas are extra special. If I'm on Chemo., I might feel like death frozen, thawed, left in the fridge for two weeks and then micro waved before anyone noticed the green fuzz making an appearance. Don't want that .

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Got notification from Johnson & Johnson that I do qualify for assistance w/ the Leustatin. I think I get up to a year of the med for free. The infusion is covered w/ a $40 co-pay per visit
We see my Oncologist next Fri. and will learn all then.

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Learned of a possible ECD study in Bethesda, MD to, hopefully, be done late '10 - early '11. They'll be focussing on the history and progression of the disease, which may lead to better treatments and a cure. It's being considrered by the National Health Institute (NHI), who will also pick up the tab for travel, lodging and yummies. My chance to, at last, help my fellow "Afflicteds" w/ other than a blog and letters to the editor
Doc upped my Testim (Testosterone gel) from 3-5 tubes a wk. I negotiated him down to 4 tubes due to cost (stuff is over $400 for just over a month's supply). Ya gotta keep in mind I'm on Fentanyl, Clonazepam, Testim, Interferon and numerous supplements and herbs to ease the side effects. W/ eats, heat, doc appt.'s, etc., we actually need the help. Be nice if a song got picked up
Reminder. I have a more detailed blog at:

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Rubbin' elbows w/ our State Rep., Heath Shuler, to try and get the insurance to cover Cladribine. It's shown promise w/ this disease I have in common w/ VERY few. I'm trying to keep up w/ my blog at: .

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Potentially great news! A drug called Cladribine has been shown to make drastic improvements in the ECD patients it has been tried on, to the point that no growths were found after about 9 mo.'s to a yr.
I's excited.

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Doc says since I've been stable for an extended period, I don't need to bear the cost of MRI's for a while unless I become symptomatic. That means we can actually make some headway on the radiology balance. Alot is happening w/ ECD. The curious can read up at or go to

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Ophthalmologist & Time-out
The ophthalmologist was very pleased today. My field of vision has improved along with my vision clarity and eye pressure. I do hate having my pupils dialated, though
Starting Saturday, I'll be giving my wonderful bride a break from me. Family is coming up to give me a ride to Columbia. Wifey will be on vacation for four days and then meet me in Columbia, where we'll spend time w/ both our families and just alone together.

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really like in america very well written and great job but like me i guess your not puttin out the cookie cutter tunes they are looking for i put some of my tunes out on nsai and they hammered me so i'll just keep on pluggin along and maybe someday

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Thanks, Greg
Cancun was wonderful, and we both miss it. There are other places we want to see, though.

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