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Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update

Keith A of Hertford 18 Dec 15 - 01:12 AM
Joe Offer 18 Dec 15 - 02:25 AM
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Subject: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 01:12 AM

I start on Monday having been turned down for surgery.
Not looking good.
Anyone out there had any personal experience of chemo? I have been told it is less debilitating than it used to be. Hope so.

I am getting a briefing about it at the hospital today.
Will report back later.


Oct. 17, 2018 announcement from Keith


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 02:25 AM

Good luck, Keith.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Musket
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 02:41 AM

The real me to the real you.

Good luck. Listen carefully and remember to take in the positive as well as the negative aspects of what they say. Chemotherapy is a group term and no two situations are the same, being a combination of your body and the help these drugs give it in suppressing or deleting the problem. Oncology has come on in leaps and bounds over the years and as someone involved at periphery of care, I see the increasing quality of life these interventions can give.

It's the result not the process you need to focus on. But vastly more importantly, listen to the experts, not the irratic world of blokes on the Internet. That said, you'd be surprised how many on here have been there.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 02:47 AM

Good luck, Keith and sincere wishes for success of the treatment.

Cheers

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Kampervan
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 02:50 AM

Absolutely agree with everything that Musket has said.

But also,Be Positive.

The way that you approach this can make so much difference both to the process and the outcome. Go into it confidently, knowing that it's just something that you've got to do and then you can move on. And as Musket says, listen to the professionals.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 02:59 AM

The very best of good luck to you, Keith.
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,hiLo
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 05:09 AM

Best of luck to You Keith .


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 05:12 AM

All the best from me, Keith. Keep yer pecker up!


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 05:35 AM

And from me too, Keith. As Musket and others have said, focus on the positive, end results more than anything else. Good luck.

Will


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Mr Red
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 06:26 AM

a local friend is going through it. He reported tiredness for a day or two after each episode. But he was in the Farmers' Market with his dogs & wife supping tea 4 days later so I would suggest - get in the DVDs and a good book.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: gillymor
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 08:58 AM

Chin up, Keith, it looks like you've got a lot of folks rooting for you, myself included.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 09:18 AM

Laughter is the best companion to chemo, if not precisely the best medicine, and friends who have found watching old episodes of the funniest programs they can find to be helpful. I'm not sure what those might be on your side of the pond, but I'm sure a list will form if you ask. The flip side of that is to spend less time fighting on mudcat. Stick with the music threads, they'll always do you right!

Wishing you a great outcome, Keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 10:02 AM

Thanks for the good will everyone.
It means a lot to me.

My talk was encouraging too, but I was warned it can effect some folk worse than others.

There were a few people in the suite receiving treatment, and they seemed comfortable and relaxed. Some quite jolly!

My wife Mary has just been diagnosed with breast cancer, but we do not know what her treatment will be yet.

Thanks again. So grateful for the good wishes.
I will tell you how I get on.
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,wysiwyg minus cookie
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 11:29 AM

Keith, it's different for everyone and yet in many ways the same. You will both find your best support from people who've been through it, and this often starts with one's fellow chemo-appointment folks.

Don't forget to take some music on earbuds with you, and to be kind to yourself. And laughter-- it may come in odd places and will always do you a world of good.

Thanks for telling us about it. And telling and telling, in the days ahead.

It's a marathon, not a sprint... take time to look about, on this journey.


All the best,

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: olddude
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 11:51 AM

All the best, please keep us posted. My wife's path was not too bad at all. She was tired and slept a lot but it was ok. In my prayers and thoughts. Just listen to the docs and make sure you eat good healthy stuff to keep up your strength


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: EBarnacle
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 11:56 AM

Have faith in yourself and in your future. If Jimmy Carter can beat the Dark Side, the odds are always improving.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: akenaton
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 12:04 PM

Keith is one of the strongest and straightest people I know, if anyone can beat this , it will be Keith....very best wishes my friend.

PM you later.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Peter from seven stars link
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 02:33 PM

Wishing you well keith, and posted with a prayer. Blessings. Pete.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 02:43 PM

My wife is on permanent low dose chemotherapy medication for her bone marrow disease. Sorry to hear of your bad luck and wish you all the best.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 02:46 PM

Keith,

   I went through chemotherapy and would be happy to answer any questions you have as best I can. :) There are some tips and tricks to making some of it easier. Send me a PM and I'd be happy to share.

OXOXOXO

Michelle


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 02:54 PM

Eat well to keep your weight up and do some pot if you suffer from nausea and need to stimulate your appetite.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 03:08 PM

I am deeply touched by everyone's kindness, and shared experiences.
Thanks everyone.

As yet I have no pain, or any symptoms except I can't eat so much.
I think pancreatic cancer is often like that.
I still would not know I had it but it blocked my bile duct turning me yellow!

A clever man with an endoscope and a stent fixed that for me, but the cancer was already too far gone for surgery, unless the chemo shrinks it.

My onc. reckons a one in four chance.
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: gnu
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 03:35 PM

My thoughts and prayers, Keith. Visit the Jane's Rainbow thread if you care to... we sail in this ship together.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Musket
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 06:31 PM

Reality puts dancing on the head of an angel (or whatever the analogy is) into perspective.

In the real world, we have many things to consider and take stock about.

I genuinely look forward to completely disagreeing with you in the strongest terms you or I can articulate on a keyboard on the many issues of life that frankly don't affect either of us at all.

Your journey back to where you started is about the real world and in that, I am thinking about you. Not praying because I don't don't that. Not muttering platitudes because I don't do that. But can't wait till your energy is back to a level where we can both enjoy the cathartic joy of winding each other up. You enjoy it as much as I do. A close relative is perhaps a couple of months further into their treatment than you for the same problem. DVD box sets seem to keep her from being bored. Bubble gum entertainment is not so bad when you feel knackered till you get used to the treatment.

I am sat in a hotel lobby right now because I don't enjoy the disco. I am at a Chrimbo dinner for a cancer charity Mrs Musket and do voluntary work for. The people around me right now have been where you are and are enjoying themselves. Yeah, listen to the experts as I said earlier but you and your good wife should also listen to yourselves and don't let the bastard grind you down. Mrs Musket cures and contains your wife's issue for a living and the success stories give her the impetus to enjoy her work.

Ian.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 18 Dec 15 - 09:22 PM

Keith, I have no personal experience with this-yet. I know many who have been down that road as you probably do, too. I'm sending love and positive thoughts and hope you will update us as often as you can.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 06:18 AM

Thanks again everyone.
Musket, I agree with everything in your post and you are also right about me.
Not often I can say that!
Thanks Musket and all for taking the time to write.
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: maeve
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 10:09 AM

Here you go, Keith. Enjoy in good health!
Click here to laugh!


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Lanfranc sans cookie
Date: 19 Dec 15 - 05:41 PM

Keith

We're going through some of the same at present. Elizabeth goes into hospital in Ipswich on Christmas Eve for a hysterectomy necessitated by a tumour. We're still coming to terms with it as it has only been a few weeks since the symptoms first arose.

At our age I suppose that we should expect such problems, but the eternal teenager within still expects immortality.

We wish both you and Mary all the very best.

Alan


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 04:58 AM

So sorry to hear that you will have a worrying and difficult Christmas Alan.
Please send our love to Elizabeth, and many thanks for the e-card.
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 05:36 AM

Hi Keith

I have had Chemo - about 20 years ago.

There is some good advice here especially by Musket.

listen to the medical advice and think of the goal ahead.

In my experience the oncologists were fantastic as were all the other medics that were involved.

I found the treatment debilitating at first but my body ( or was it my brain?)soon began to adapt and I lived with it with the help of my wife and family.
As you said Chemo treatment has improved since I had it and so has the total approach to the disease.

I also had to have Radio Therapy and again this has improved over the years.

I was treated at The Christie in Manchester ( Then called Christies).
Hospital). I was given all the help,assistance and advice from the staff that helped me enormously. I was given a telephone number and told if I had any problems to call it. I did have one panic attack in the middle of the night and the then Head of Oncology came out to see me and assured me that the problem I was having was part of the treatment and quite normal.

Best Wishes

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 08:26 AM

Thanks.
The staff at Lister, Stevenage have been very good too.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: olddude
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 11:35 AM

Hi Mike, I am so happy you are doing well after 20 years. All the best, happy holidays


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 09:06 PM

Alan, I hope things go well for Elizabeth.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Janie
Date: 20 Dec 15 - 09:40 PM

No first-hand experience or knowledge to offer, Keith. But all my good wishes for you and also for your spouse. Will hold you both in my thoughts and meditations.

Janie


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,MikeL2
Date: 21 Dec 15 - 05:24 AM

Hi Dan

Thanks for the nice comment.

Great to hear from you. hope your are keeping well . Take care.

Best Seasonal wishes to you and yours.

Regards

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 02:50 AM

Keith, I just found this thread via another one - sorry I'm late arriving!
I've no experience or advice - never been in your situation - so all I can offer is my genuine best wishes to you and your wife, and hope for a good outcome for both of you.
I will be thinking of you as, I'm sure, all on Mudcat wil be.
Best,
BWM


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Stu
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 03:10 AM

All the best to you and your wife Keith, and keep your eye on your goal. I hope it goes well for you both.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Will Fly
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 04:30 AM

I have a set of my village photos as postcards for sale in a local shop - all profits from the sale of which go to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

You would find it difficult to buy the postcards without walking up my village street, but the link to the PCRF is here if anyone feels moved to contribute.

And, if you're curious, the postcards.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,#
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 09:14 AM

Keith, there are so many well-wishes to you and I'd like to add mine in a meandering way.

1) Cancer sucks, and there ain't no doubt about it.

2) Attitude and determination: Know you have a fight ahead of you and decide now that the winner's gonna be you.

3) "Like, stay positive, Dude." I knew someone who talked like that. I think he was from California and really liked the 1960s.

4) Keep your sense of humour. It will be one of your best friends in the times ahead for both your missus and you.

Draw on your reserves of strength, your reserves of philosophy. You have much of each, Keith, and lots of folks behind you.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 09:20 AM

Your messages mean so much to me.
Thank you all.
My chemo day was not too bad, but we lost our much loved old dog today which has set us back a bit.
Bless you all,
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Peter from seven stars link
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 12:03 PM

Glad the session was reasonable. Always sad to lose a long loved dog. How long had he been part of the family ?


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Teribus
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 12:10 PM

Very sorry to hear your news, lots of very good advice above, above all stay positive. My thoughts and best wishes are with both yourself and your wife in seeing you both through this.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 08:40 PM

A friend who helped his wife beat a "death sentence" of a cancer some years ago, recently sent me the following for a friend whose husband was refusing her the use of cannibis:


http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/hp/cannabis-pdq
This info/source is as conventional as it gets, with reticence in terms of hemp/cannabis as having cancer curing qualities/potential, but still opening the door politely....
Second: introduce hubby to the fact that conventional cancer treatment in North America is dollar driven, and cheap cures are anathema; or, in more simple language, cures = loss of medical/pharmaceutical income. Just a fact.
Third: Encourage hubby to educate himself: Go on internet and type in "cannabis and cancer" etc.
For example:   http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279571.php (headline:
Cannabis reduces tumor growth in study)

My friend's wife is alive and healthy and working as a nurse.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 09:28 PM

Keith - I'm not going to be my usual flippant piss taking persona...

petty forum personality clashes and political wind ups fall into a greater perspective
when confronted by reality of illness and hospital treatment..

take care, be strong, get well...

come back her fighting fit....


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 23 Dec 15 - 10:45 PM

or even come back here...

.. Keith I realise I don't actually know much about you..

how old you are ? what you do in real life ? if you are a musician ?...

But remember music therapy is a wonderful aid to well being
and mudcat is a place to find comfort and inspiration in times of stress and upset
from us assorted bunch positively odd and bonkers music obsessives... 😎


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,wysiwyg no-cookie
Date: 24 Dec 15 - 10:59 AM

(((Keith)))

~S~


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 25 Dec 15 - 10:14 PM

Keith, I'm sorry about your dog.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 26 Dec 15 - 07:06 AM

Feeling the effects of the chemo today and yesterday. A good thing I suppose.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd
Date: 26 Dec 15 - 07:47 AM

Wish I had something more useful to say but, nevertheless sending more good thoughts your way, Keith.
Charlie.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,#
Date: 26 Dec 15 - 07:59 AM

Hang tough, Keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Megan L
Date: 26 Dec 15 - 08:47 AM

Hope all goes well with the chemo for you


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 26 Dec 15 - 08:54 AM

I'll second that.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: olddude
Date: 26 Dec 15 - 01:55 PM

Stay strong my friend, we are right beside you for anything you need. Got your back my brother


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 26 Dec 15 - 02:12 PM

Thanks so much everyone.
I feel your warmth.
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 26 Dec 15 - 10:41 PM

More warmth on the way from Rhode Island!


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,wysiwyg minus cookie
Date: 27 Dec 15 - 12:34 PM

What do you need, to ease those effects? For next time?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 27 Dec 15 - 01:05 PM

Susan, Mary is keeping a record of all my symptoms. We will talk to the onc and the pharmacist between treatments in case they can suggest things to help.
Thanks for asking,
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,#
Date: 28 Dec 15 - 10:35 AM

How you feeling, Keith?


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 29 Dec 15 - 04:57 AM

A bit better thanks.
Second dose next week. That will set me back a bit.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,#
Date: 29 Dec 15 - 10:17 AM

Just ensure you stick to whatever diet you've been put on, Keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,wysiwyg minus cookie
Date: 29 Dec 15 - 10:47 AM

Keith, good to hear you are tracking symptoms. It's so important to be your best possible advocate with your team, and to remember-- you're the captain.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 30 Sep 16 - 06:52 AM

I have just come out of hospital where I was isolated and on IV antibiotics after my last dose of chemo.

After some initial shrinking the chemo was no longer making much difference and not worth continuing. The last dose knocked out my platelets, white cells, neutrophils, haemoglobin and much else leaving me with no immunity or resistance to bleeding.
A brain bleed or an infection would have done for me, so the decision to stop was inevitable anyway.

We have opted for a course of radiotherapy, but there is only a 10% chance of any success.

As of now, I feel my old self and have no symptoms so we can get on with enjoying our time together.
I should have a good year of quality life, and maybe two or three. The docs. can't say how long because it is so variable, but some people do go on for years.

I will have the tube in my arm taken out as soon as the bleeding risk allows, and have a stent changed. The R therapy lasts five and a half weeks, then I am free to enjoy everything life has to offer.

Thanks for all the good will and kind thoughts.
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: maeve
Date: 30 Sep 16 - 08:01 AM

Welcome home then, Keith. I'm sure other Mudcatters will be here soon. In the meantime, my best thoughts for your comfort and joy, and the same to Mary.

Maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 30 Sep 16 - 10:05 AM

Thank you maeve.
I should have added that following surgery and radiotherapy Mary is now free of cancer.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd
Date: 30 Sep 16 - 10:25 AM

Best thoughts and regards to you both, Keith
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: maeve
Date: 30 Sep 16 - 01:50 PM

Keith,
That's welcome news that Mary is now cancer free. I'd ask that you keep in mind there is hope, and living, for you- None of us has a guarantee beyond this moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: The Sandman
Date: 30 Sep 16 - 03:14 PM

KEITH Did not realise you were ill only just found this thread, all the best get well


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: mayomick
Date: 30 Sep 16 - 04:19 PM

get well soon , Keith


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Sep 16 - 05:30 PM

Be thankful they found the bugger. There are lots of nice folk that have your back.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Pete from seven stars link
Date: 30 Sep 16 - 07:02 PM

Prayer and best wishes from me too keith .


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu
Date: 26 Oct 16 - 07:11 PM

Your course of treatment must be near its end. Keeping you in thoughts and prayers.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Janie
Date: 26 Oct 16 - 08:14 PM

Thinking of you, Keith. While I hope the doctors predictions are wrong, hat off to you for focusing on enjoying each day. In the fwiw department, when my dad got a similar prognosis he determined to have a wonderful, rich life, one day at a time, and those of us who loved him followed his lead. I will be forever grateful that he weighed the odds based on good medical advice, and opted for quality of life.

Hope you can access this video in the UK. (and maybe without the USA politcal ads:>) For the Birds - Bruce Cockburn


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 27 Oct 16 - 06:38 AM

Thanks you two.
I started my new treatment on Monday, and it goes on every weekday for 28 sessions. I get radio therapy and chemo tablets to take every day I have the treatment.
Apart from tiredness, no ill effects so far.
Gambling that I will be well enough, I have booked a holiday for Mary and me in January.

The video is not available here, but thanks for the thought.
Thanks again,
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Oct 16 - 04:54 PM

My mistake, Keith. I mistakenly believed back at your earlier post that your new treatment would commence right away, however you say your five-and-a-half weeks are just beginning. respect! Keeping you in the light.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 27 Oct 16 - 08:16 PM

I'm still wishing you the best and sending love.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 28 Oct 16 - 10:11 AM

Your kind words mean much to me.
Thank you.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Nov 16 - 05:43 PM

You and your family are not forgotten. Can't guess how you are, but I know if it was me, I would be reluctant to bleat and moan repeatedly, even if that was all I really felt up to doing at the time...

Remembering that you are going through a course of treatment that may be an ordeal at times; just to let you know that you are thought of, here on this thread ... also on the Jane's Rainbow thread if you ever peek over there.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Thompson
Date: 28 Nov 16 - 03:01 AM

Whatever about the effect of cannabis on tumours, I heard a BBC World radio programme the other day in which an American woman was interviewed. Her friend had rung her up some years ago and asked her could he borrow one of her husband's guns. "Why do you want that?" she asked, and he said it was to take his own life. The sickness from chemotherapy was too dreadful, and he reckoned he was just waiting to die.
She went over to visit him, bringing not a gun but a joint, and 20 minutes after smoking it, she said, his nausea was gone and he was rarin' to go.
She then went and applied for a licence to run a legal clinic supplying medical cannabis, and has been running it for 10 years or so.
Now, of course she was advertising, and so was going to be bigging up the product she's selling - but it might be worth talking to your doctor, Keith. It may help with radiotherapy's effects too.
Holding you in the light.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Thompson
Date: 28 Nov 16 - 03:03 AM

Incidentally, if you're worried about lessened alertness and so on, apparently medical cannabis has the THC (the stuff that gets people stoned) removed, so that's not a problem. What works in medical cannabis is other ingredients than the one that causes the stoner-ness.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 28 Nov 16 - 11:10 AM

keberoxu, good to hear from you and to be remembered. Thank you.
And thanks for the info. Thompson.
I finish my course of radio/chemo on Wednesday, and it has been much less gruelling than the chemo I had before.

I will not know if it has helped until a scan, but it would be unrealistic to get my hopes up.
It is over a year since my diagnosis so I am already well ahead of the odds for pancreatic cancer.
I will try to get on a trial for one of the new biological treatments if I can.
Thanks again,
keith


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu
Date: 28 Nov 16 - 06:06 PM

Glad to hear that this treatment is less of an ordeal than what started the thread....and that you are still with us.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Nov 16 - 06:20 PM

I'll second that!


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 Nov 16 - 07:49 PM

You're one of the biggest cocks it's ever been my misfortune to encounter online or anyone else, Keith, but I dearly wish you all the best for a speedy recovery and a long and healthy life.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 Nov 16 - 09:09 PM

Anywhere else


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu
Date: 14 Dec 16 - 12:36 PM

You revived this thread, Keith, over eight weeks ago after being released from hospital. Your more recent course of treatment can't have been pleasant, but perhaps it is completed by now. Best wishes for the holidays for you and yours.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 05:43 AM

Thanks for your kind wishes.
The radio/chemo was not too bad thanks. I think the radio ha messed up my stomach a bit, but they warned the effects are at their worst two weeks after, which is now.

A scan will show if it has shrunk enough to operate, but that is a very small chance so nature will take its course.

I hope you have a healthy, peaceful and joyous Christmas.
Very best wishes,
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 08:12 AM

best wishes to you & your family, Keith


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Pete from seven stars link
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 01:10 PM

And from me too keith


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: olddude
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 07:05 PM

And in my prayers, take it easy bro we need you around here


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 07:59 PM

Keith, I'll join in with prayers, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 16 Dec 16 - 03:55 AM

I am deeply moved.
Mary and I are great believers in the power of prayer.
You all have our thanks and best wishes
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Dec 16 - 07:06 PM

Nutrition is important too.

Avocados are rich in protein, healthy fat and vitamins.
It has a long history in the realm of chemotherapy and diet.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Hollowfox
Date: 17 Dec 16 - 05:19 PM

You have my prayers and good thoughts, as well as a Genuine Purebred Midwestern $#@!-Reduction candle that will get fired up for you as soon as I'm off the computer. These candles let you know that somebody in the world gives a $#@! about you, and express the hope that however things turn out, it will go as smoothly as possible.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 18 Dec 16 - 10:57 AM

Thanks for the candle.
We use them here in our prayers too.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: akenaton
Date: 18 Dec 16 - 05:17 PM

You know how we feel about Mary and yourself Keith, but it does no harm to record that we are following your progress with all possible good wishes. A.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Dec 16 - 04:29 PM

Keith and Mary, congratulations on arriving at one more Christmas together. Hope Keith feels better enough to savor a bit of a Christmas feast. You all are remembered on the Jane's Rainbow thread as well. Thanking you, also, for your prayers on everyone's behalf.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 24 Dec 16 - 05:02 AM

I am well just now thanks and looking forward to a Christmas I did not expect to see.
Thanks again for you concern, love, prayers and wishes.
Bless us every one.
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 08 Apr 17 - 04:09 AM

Dear Well-wishers.
An amazing thing has happened to me.
Although little hope was given for the last treatment (radio-chemo) a subsequent CT scan revealed "no measurable residual mass" where the tumour had been!

The surgeon will now operate, but there is still something on the artery which despite a PET scan (interesting!) could possibly contain cancer. If it does he will abandon the procedure. (Whipple procedure)

The operation is scheduled for the 24th.
Thank you for your good wishes and prayers. They worked!
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 08 Apr 17 - 04:23 AM

Good news, Keith. Fingers crossed here.

All the best

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: bobad
Date: 08 Apr 17 - 07:37 AM

Wow! Great news Keith, here's hoping for the best on your next procedure.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: akenaton
Date: 08 Apr 17 - 09:01 AM

The best news I have heard in what has been a horrible year for my family.

Thank you for letting us know Keith......I hope my hypocritical atheist prayers helped just a little.....I'm going to church fairly regularly just in case :0)

Joy and happiness to Mary and yourself over this lovely news....Alex.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Apr 17 - 10:23 AM

Excellent, here's hoping all procedures are in the past.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Apr 17 - 06:40 PM

The OP on this thread stated that surgery would have been preferable but the doctors had decided against it. So I take it that to be a candidate, now, for surgery is a great improvement.

So take all the improvements you can get! Continued prayers.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Apr 17 - 11:50 PM

excellent news.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 09 Apr 17 - 02:50 AM

Thank you all so much.
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 09 Apr 17 - 10:43 PM

I'm glad to read your good news and hope to hear more soon. In the meantime, my prayers will continue.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 19 Apr 17 - 05:41 AM

I am now to be done tomorrow the 20th.
I will tell you how it went as soon as I can.
Bless you all,
keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd
Date: 19 Apr 17 - 05:48 AM

Sending best thoughts and good wishes to you Keith.
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: bobad
Date: 19 Apr 17 - 07:52 AM

Here's wishing for the best outcome, Keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 19 Apr 17 - 08:45 AM

I shall say an ancient pagan incantation rather than a prayer for obvious reasons :-)

Touch wood!

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 19 Apr 17 - 02:51 PM

Best of luck!


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Apr 17 - 06:32 PM

I have a little affirmation working for you, that goes:
clean enough for surgery,
clean enough for surgery ...

with reference to your account of a scan that showed something on the artery which, if it proved cancerous, would change the surgeon's plans.

Keeping you in thoughts and prayers, Keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 19 Apr 17 - 09:34 PM

It's hard to hold my breath and say a prayer at the same time, but I'm doing it.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 05:19 AM

Home again!
Here are the grisly details.
It was understood that the op would be abandoned if possibility of cancer in the artery.
He was able to clear the artery but not the vein so it was abandoned.
I was under for 6 hours, 3 of which was working on the vein.
He took many samples from all the nearby tissues and organs, and no cancer was found.
That makes this a good news story, and very unusual.

I will be checked for any regrowth every few months, and I should have a reasonable life expectancy now.
That is a remarkable reversal of what I have been living with the last year and a half.

I am very weak and sore fro the op., but much better than I was.  I should be back to normal (?) in a few weeks or months.
Anyway, I am safely home and being well looked after.

Thanks for all your concern, kind thoughts and prayers.
They worked!
Keith and Mary.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Senoufou
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 05:44 AM

Adding my prayers and good thoughts for you Keith.

So far, so good eh?

"Keep yew on a-troshing!" as we say in Norfolk.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 06:11 AM

Good news Keith.

D


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 06:40 AM

YAH!!!!!!! loud cheers & happy dance!


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 12:29 PM

I can exhale now!   
To you-know-who be the Glory.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Pete from seven stars link
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 01:50 PM

Amen!   This sounds very encouraging : with a prayer for continued improvement and healing


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: bobad
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 02:24 PM

Good news Keith, I am happy for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: MikeL2
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 02:28 PM

Hi Keith

Great News. You deserve it.

Take it steady and listen to the surgeons.

Great news

Regards

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 02:35 PM

All of the above, Keith. Take the very best care.
Charlie.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Thompson
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 04:43 PM

Mind yourself, Keith. By the way, do they do that DNA-targeted treatment for the particular cancer that has its teeth temporarily into you? If they can, it's supposed to mean the chemo is less sickmaking but works really well.

(By the way, do you pronounce it keemo or kemmo? I've always heard keemo, but a friend who spent years in the US says kemmo.)


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 28 Apr 17 - 07:58 PM

Exhaling. Now saying prayers of thanks. I hope the chemo goes well.
Thompson, in my part of the US, we say keemo.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 29 Apr 17 - 04:34 AM

In UK it is always "keemo."
I have not been offered any of the new immune treatments but there are trials I could join.

    Posts above are from 2015-2017. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 05:34 AM

Mary and I have had a great run including some exotic holidays since last post.
We have now come to the end of the road with just weeks to go.
Mercifully, no pain.

I have enjoyed the music resource here, and the many discussions.
I may not post again but I will try to look in.

Love and best wishes to all.
keith


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: DMcG
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 05:49 AM

I am truly sorry to hear that. Differences of opinion should never blind us to the fact we are talking to real people with real concerns. I very much doubt if there is anything I can do to help, but if there is anything feel free to PM.

I wish you all the best for whatever time you have left.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 05:52 AM

may you continue continue pain free.

sending love to you both

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Iains
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 05:57 AM

Keith, I am lost for words. I am sorry to hear your news. I wish you all the best
Iain


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 07:19 AM

Very sorry to hear this, Keith. Past disputes and disagreements are as nothing in comparison to a fellow human being's life and, certainly for me, they are now gone and forgotten. With every good wish to you, Mary, and your family - may you find strength and comfort during what remains of your time here.

All the best, Keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: fat B****rd
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 07:42 AM

My very best thought to you and yours.
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Senoufou
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 07:44 AM

So sorry Keith. It's hard to find words, but I can only wish you a pain-free journey and peace.
God bless you.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 07:57 AM

Sorry to hear this too, Keith. I wish you and your family strength and peace in these difficult times.

Dave


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: bobad
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 08:16 AM

Keith, I am at a loss for words. I wish you peace and serenity on your voyage. I will miss you.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 09:15 AM

Keith - disagreement, squabbling, and insults, all part of the robust adversarial rough amd tumble games of mudcat BS...

You will be genuinely missed;
this place needs difficult characters to keep us stimulated,
and stop it getting boring...

Our mudcat personas often clashed hard on subjects that we care too personally about..

sorry if I ever went too far in the heat of battle...

But if the real you and me had met socially,
I'm sure we would have found shared interests and much in common..

Stay as comfortable as you can, and fill your time with favourite music and TV & Radio comedy shows...

cheers...

pfr


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 09:50 AM

Link to another thread above the line.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 10:12 AM

All the best from me too, Keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: gillymor
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 10:38 AM

My very best wishes for you and your family, Keith.


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: Bugsy
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 11:15 AM

Good luck to both, you and the missus.

Cheers

Bugsy


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Subject: RE: BS: chemotherapy
From: GUEST,Akenaton
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 11:25 AM

From: GUEST,Akenaton
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 11:10 AM

My dear good friend, your news has devastated me, I Just hope a mistake has been made and you make a recovery.
My heart goes out to Mary at this time as I know exactly how she will be feeling.
I e'mailed Joe this morning to try to make it possible for me to contact you, after reading the message on the other section.
When you first told us about your diagnosis, I said that I never met a stronger or straighter person and if anyone could fight it you were the man......so it proved, in health and on these pages. Brave and strong against sometimes overwhelming odds, but always courteous and well informed.
If the worst does happen Keith, I just want you to know how much I appreciated your kindness and support...on the forum and in personal matters by personal message. I will certainly never forget you.
"The friend you never met"........Alex.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 12:00 PM

I'm so very sorry to read this, Keith. My thoughts and healing wishes are with you.

Two separate friends of mine have had chemo and bounced back amazingly (and are still with us, doing well). You will, too.

Bonnie xxx


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 12:04 PM

From Martin Ryan:

Keith,

I've only just seen this thread this morning and was very upset to hear of your recent (and not-so-recent) health problems. As one who has enjoyed robust exchanges with you in the past - sometimes agreeing, sometimes not - I wish you the best of luck in coping with what life is now throwing at you.

Regards

Martin Ryan (non-member)


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Brian Peters
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 12:16 PM

I am very sad to hear this. My best wishes are with you.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 01:24 PM

Thank you for letting all of us know,
and thank you for thinking of all of us
when your need is greatest.

Wherever , and however far,
your destiny takes you,
wishing you a safe journey in good company.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 01:55 PM

My best wishes to you both.

I hope you have all the support you need.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 02:26 PM

I've emailed all messages up to this point to Keith, including the messages from the other thread.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 02:34 PM

Thank YOU, Joe.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: MikeL2
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 02:38 PM

hi Keith

Lots of good advice above.

Be positive; You can do it.

Get better soon.

Regards

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Jeri
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 02:56 PM

Mike, you should read the post Keith wrote to refresh the thread and update us. He's not going to get better.

While I've found the combination of you and Jim extremely annoying, every life is a gift, and even the stuff I don't like contributes to the big "everything". Enjoy your time - it's all any of us can do.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Kenny B (inactive)
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 03:40 PM

My thoughts are with you Keith
You will be sadly missed


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Lighter
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 03:51 PM

Keith, we've never met, but we've crossed paths on many threads over the years. As I recall, we often agreed!

Your post today shows unmistakably your spirit and stoicism. I hope you will accept my sincere best wishes to you and your family. I wish you well.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 04:08 PM

My best wishes to you Keith.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Stanron
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 04:28 PM

Keith, yours has been a unique and refreshing voice here and particularly below the line. I have always admired your persistence and your precise logic. Best wishes.

Stan.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: The Sandman
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 05:02 PM

I am sorry to hear this, it was pleasant meeting you at waltham folk club, you will be in my thoughts heres to your recovery


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 07:29 PM

So sorry Keith,

Thank you for all your many very engaging posts. You've given us many hours of thought and entertainment.

Love, mate...


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 08:35 PM

I'd completely missed this till now - I'm not around the Mudcat so much these days.

I'm very sorry to hear about your troubles, Keith, and the way it seems to have turned out. My thoughts are with you and Mary. Stay strong and be as easy as you can. Listen to some good music.

We've disagreed a good few times, but as I've said a few times, you're a good man.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 11:00 PM

I've also not kept up, Keith, due to some heavy going (better now).

My best wishes to you and yours during this intense time. May you soak up every blessing as they unfold; may your lovies know well that you have loved them; may the hard parts be brief; may your next journey be AMAZING.


Love,

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: David Carter (UK)
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 03:39 AM

Sorry to hear this news, and I wish you and Mary the best for the remaining months. I have disagreed with you on virtually every political issue, but have appreciated your knowledgable and rational posts on music, and in particular physics.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Nick
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 06:50 AM

Sorry to hear the news.

"Mercifully no pain" - hopefully that continues for a long time.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 09:43 AM

Well Keith, whether one has strongly disagreed with you, strongly disagreed, or like me, tried to keep out of many of the contentious threads, etc. I think one thing I can say with certainty is that you’ve been quite a character here for a long while.

I’m sorry to read this but at least glad to read that you are not in pain.

Best wishes,

Jon


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,paperback
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 03:07 PM

Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul.
– Bruce Lee


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Anne Lister sans cookie
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 05:34 PM

So very sorry to read this news, Keith. Sending love and all best wishes.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Matthew Edwards
Date: 18 Oct 18 - 06:34 PM

Sorry to hear your news, Keith. I'm glad to hear that you and Mary have made the best of your time over the past months, and I hope the pain will stay away. All the best, Matthew


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Teribus
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 05:01 AM

Much saddened to hear this news Keith. My best thoughts and wishes to you and your wife. May your courage and fortitude hold to the end and see you through. I have enjoyed our discussions and friendship over the years, I will truly miss you, as will this forum.

God Bess.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 05:21 AM

Glad to have met and heard you at Buntingford all those many years ago. All best wishes to yourself and Mary.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 07:19 AM

I was driving to and from Hertford last week and i thought of 'Shanty Keith' and how welcoming you were to me around the turn of the millennium and how you graciously attended and performed at Cyril Tawney's evening in St Albans. I'll be back in Hertford at 'the other club early November and I'll sing a song for you.
You have 'walked the walk and stayed true to the song, and yourself'
Love shines when you sing.
John B


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: robomatic
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 09:04 PM

Keith:

Thank you for your efforts to communicate.

I've always been interested to read your posts on whatever side of the line I found them. If you have it in you to return, please do. Otherwise, do what it best for your mind and body and those you love. I wish you to be good, better, best.

-Robert


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 19 Oct 18 - 09:40 PM

Adding my thoughts to those of others here: hope that whatever is to come, it will continue to be pain-free and as comfortable as can be under the circumstances.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Pete from seven stars link
Date: 20 Oct 18 - 05:41 PM

Sorry to hear this Keith.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: vectis
Date: 20 Oct 18 - 10:19 PM

I hope you are one of the lucky ones Keith and that when you go it will be painlessly. Sounds morbid but maybe you will be with us for a good while yet. XX


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Oct 18 - 12:23 AM

What Tattie said. My best to you all.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Some bloke called Musket
Date: 21 Oct 18 - 07:32 AM

So sorry to hear the update. In all our thoughts mate,

Ian


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Stu
Date: 23 Oct 18 - 12:06 PM

So very sorry to hear this Keith, you are an integral and valued part of this community. Sending the very best of wishes from here.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 23 Oct 18 - 12:19 PM

Sorry to hear this Keith. I'll be thinking of you.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: keberoxu
Date: 24 Oct 18 - 06:25 PM

no news is good news I suppose, if even for one day.
Having said that:

you and your loved ones
remain in thoughts and prayers --
mine and those of many others.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Oct 18 - 06:27 PM

Keith and/or family if you're looking in-- thinking of you.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Ake
Date: 02 Nov 18 - 01:06 PM

Hope you are still fighting my friend......you are sadly missed on these pages. Alex


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Nov 18 - 12:55 PM

And still in our thoughts and prayers.


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: GUEST,Enfield/Swindon Pete
Date: 12 Nov 18 - 04:45 AM

Hi Keith
We met a couple of times at Waltham Abbey FC. Always enjoyed your contributions. I wish you well and hope for a positive outcome. Thinking of you....Pete


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 14 Nov 18 - 01:44 PM

Hang in there, old buddy - we're all with you. B x


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Subject: RE: Keith A of Hertford chemo/ Oct 17, 2018 update
From: The Sandman
Date: 14 Nov 18 - 07:46 PM

may i second bonnies comments


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