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    As far as preparation, within the subject of Health and Fitness, I'm sure the subject has been beaten to death. Like most LEO's I kicked the major vices decades ago and I do what I can to stay active and alert. In any training we do the idea is to be ready for a problem before it happens therefore increasing chances for survival.
    (End lecture, begin story)
    Well, life unexpectedly threw me a bit of a curve last week and it's time to go from preparation to survival mode. I went to the doctor with a headache in the morning and ended up having 3 crainial procedures over the next 3 days. In addition to a couple drains and tubes, one of the procedures was to remove a good sized tumor from the surface of my brain and it turned out to be the Big C. No warning either.
    Yeah.
    Edit: The tumor is a hemongioblastoma and benign. Being somewhat rare, UCLA took their time with the final pathology results.
    Like any war it will be won one battle at a time. Right now the score is 3 to 1 in my favor. The tumor was located in the same area of the brain that controls balance and coordination in most right-handed people. It was a welcomed feeling to be able to walk across the room and even pass a couple self-administered FST's after a day or so of recovery.
    I'm know I'm far from being cured but I feel great. Friday I had my wife drive me to our quarterly firearms quals so I could see if the concussions from a firing line of M14 rifles presented a problem. Nope, no odd feelings or twinges. Overall, prognosis is good and I'm confident I have the best chances possible to survive.
    I bring this up to a group of virtual strangers in case it might get one person's attention; and cause them to consider that these things can happen to anyone. The mental and physical preparation for such an event is a life and death proposition.
    Last edited by 417Lt; 10-08-2009, 11:50 AM. Reason: good news added in OP

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    Hope everything works out for the best brother...
    "I would rather live one day as a Lion, than a thousand years as a Sheep."

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    • #3
      Good to see you are winning the fight. My wife has lost a sister to cancer and her brother is losing a battle against leukemia.

      Stay positive and there are a couple of complete stranger on here who are routing for you.

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      • #4
        Glad your surgery went well and your self-administered neuro exams went well! Must be funny to see for staff to see you walking heel to toe to the head.

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        • #5
          praying for you..keep it up boss. Usually don't hear someone so positive after such a life altering event.
          Graduated Clayton Academy: Nov. 17,2009

          Hired: Dec. 4, 2009

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          • #6
            Glad you remain positive and optomistic. Your glass is definitely half full. Wish you a speedy recovery.
            Dispatch: "All units be advised, he's on foot in a red dodge pick up truck."
            Me: "Ummm, control..."

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            • #7
              Good Luck. We will all be praying for you

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              • #8
                Sounds like you're kickin' *** and you're not gonna stop anytime soon. You don't look for pity, and you don't give up. I can't describe how much I admire that. Good luck!
                "No one can make you feel like a turd without your permission." - Eleanor Roosevelt.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the kind words and prayers everyone- It seems that they worked. I got a call from the neurosurgeon, expecting to hear about the follow-up treatment schedule. Instead, he told me that the final tumor analysis and pathology was completed at the UCLA Med Center and it came back cancer free.
                  Phew!
                  I think I'll dwell on the good news and try not to think about the initial mis-information. Talk about dodging a bullet.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 417Lt View Post
                    Thanks for the kind words and prayers everyone- It seems that they worked. I got a call from the neurosurgeon, expecting to hear about the follow-up treatment schedule. Instead, he told me that the final tumor analysis and pathology was completed at the UCLA Med Center and it came back cancer free.
                    Phew!
                    I think I'll dwell on the good news and try not to think about the initial mis-information. Talk about dodging a bullet.
                    That is fabulous news! Now you are free to dodge real bullets once again, LT.

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