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ok guys how do i explain this. few of you know me well. so i feel you should know whats going on.. and can explain why u cant find me on fb(only temporary)

when i was 21 i had melanoma. it was serious. got it cut out and found was cancerous and then they did large deep cut to see if it has spread ( left neck) i had 23 stitches it was uncomfortable. but got good news it didnt spread. things were great regular checkups and no issues really.

im now 25. and i went to get a scan done on my kidneys beliving i had kidney stones. 2 hours after scan doctors calls to come in with a parent. this time was concerned but didnt think to much

CT scan showed there was a tumor in my liver 5.5cm. ( this explained the throwing up i had)

went to a oncoligist day after. and he diagnosed me with melanoma. some lumps were coming up under my arms that i didnt notice.

i had few scans after that. most important was the brain scan if that come back with cancer spread to brain they usually give you a time to live. usually few months

results i come back clear so that was a relief.

i got a PET scan and that shows the cancer spread on the body.

so i have
tumor in the liver
cancer spread up the spine
and showed its in the blood stream all over my body.

diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. worst is stage 5 with terminal illnes.

so... what happens from here?????????????????

surprising i handled the news well and understood what i had and accepted it. my thoughts were and still are. nothings going to kill me i got too much to live for.. but also understood if i do die that i am not scared and that is life for me. but im not a quitter.

i got sent to a melanoma clinic in sydney (1 hour drive from my place)

i was fine at the time no real cancer symtoms aparts from few lumps and throwing up from the tumor. (smells was the issue)

i got few more test done and got a biopsy done . to see what cell it was.

i was very lucky it was a braf cell meaning im braf positive. meaning they have a clinical trial.

i had to wait few weeks before i could start it. what happened in that time was scary to say the least.

- lumps come up harshly. my under arms, my neck, one of my chest 3cm x 3cm and it stuck out further than my chest. you could see it through the shirt.

- the cancer in the spine was starting to cause the feeling off needing to piss and weakness in the groin. i had issues walking. i was starting to deteriorate bad. dad had to help me to get up and piss in a bottle.

was getting scary to say the least.

well the braf (clinical drugs) came in and started them.

day 2 i was able to walk not to bad.
day 3- lumps were starting to go down ( this bought my family to tears )
day 7- no issues with vomiting or smells.
15 days in i can drive my car walk, go out to eat, i am pain free in the legs.
day 17 - that lump on the chest 3cm x 3cm. its still ther but barely noticable with a shirt off.,,, miracle drug i swear

its near the end of week 3 and im feeling a million bucks. this really seems to be a miricale drug.

NOTE- the cancer in the spine was an issue but they chose not to do radio therapy meaning that had belief in the new clinical trail.

this brings me to today


im not in the clear or no where near yet. it will be a long process.

i go see the professor on monday see what he has to say. and find out what scans needs to be done and where.

there are side effects to these drugs. knock on wood i have not had any.


i will keep you guys posted for those that care/interested.

feel free to ask questions if you like as im happy to talk about this.

this happens to a lot of men and woman unfortunately.


the drug to research is BRAF inhibitor


-------- this is posted not for sympathy guys. just to let you guys know. im handling this well. and its a battle. but a battle im going to win..... for the mean time GET YOUR ASS IN THE GYM
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Fuck man. Heavy shit.

good to know you're fighting it and kicking it's ass bro.

Get well soon brother.
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Cheers brother. One thing it has done great for me is seeing what is important in life :)
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Damn. That's a lot to take in at any age. Much less 25. Good to hear that the clinical trial is working for ya.
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Damn. That's a lot to take in at any age. Much less 25. Good to hear that the clinical trial is working for ya.
a lot to take in at any age. but to be honest if i was going to have to have it any age id take it now. im young my immune system is good best chance i think is whilst im young...
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forgot to mention my treatment is done at hoe :)

2 tablets in the morning and 2 at night. absolutely crazy. more comfortable doing treatment at home. as i have my friends and family here.
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Being able to do treatment at home Is most excellent. Helps keep you positive with everyone around you. IMO staying positive is key. Being young will definitely help with recovery from this.
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thanks for the positive comments. :)
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I am truly sorry to hear this T. Stay positive and keep kicking the shit out of it.

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