MIGHTY FAMILY WE WILL ALWAYS FIGHT


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AS MANY OF YOU KNOW BY NOW OUR LAST CT SCAN REVEALED 2 NEW QUATER SIZE TUMORS. WE ARE LOOKING FOR PRAYERS,  WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR PITY. AS WE WANT TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ON THIS REAL LIFE ISSUE WE HAVE TO ENDURE DAY IN AND DAY OUT.

I DON’T THINK PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW DANGEROUS IS AN ASBESTOS GROWN CANCER . THIS ARTICLE WOULD GIVE YOU A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ON THE TYPE OF CANCER WE ARE FIGHTING.

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What is Peritoneal Mesothelioma?

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Peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for 20 to 25 percent of all mesothelioma cases. It is the most common diagnosis after pleural mesothelioma. Peritoneal patients have longer life expectancies than those with other types of mesothelioma. Some studies report patients living upwards of 5 years after cytoreductive surgery.

Diagnosis

Diagnosing malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is difficult due to non specific signs and symptoms. It is often confused with abdominal distension (gas) and irritable bowel syndrome. Most patients do not experience symptoms until the disease has progressed. CT scans are the most useful imaging tool to initially test for peritoneal mesothelioma.
Doctors may also use a technique called peritoneoscopy. During this procedure, a surgeon makes a small incision on the patient’s abdomen and uses a small camera to explore the abdomen. There is also a tool on the camera that helps to extract tissue on the peritoneum to test for mesothelioma. These tissue biopsies are needed for confirmation of a diagnosis.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma BodyDoctors do not use a standard staging system when diagnosing peritoneal mesothelioma. Generally, before the tumors start to spread, the disease is centralized to the abdomen. As it progresses to stage 2, the mesothelioma may spread more but is still contained in the peritoneum. In the final stage, stage 4, the mesothelioma has spread to other organs, such as the liver and colon.

Prognosis

Although there isn’t currently a cure for peritoneal mesothelioma, many patients have a hopeful prognosis. The median survival time for patients who have not had the cytoreductive surgery is about a year; however, in patients who have had the surgery, survival times increase by up to five years. The most successful cases are those whose mesothelioma is detected in the earlier stages and begin treatment immediately. Most of theses cases include a cytoreductive surgery and HIPEC.

 

JOSE RAMON CASTRO (9/11)


WE LOST A GOOD FRIEND ON THIS DAY. WE WILL ALWAYS HONOR HIM, AND THE MANY PEOPLE THAT LOST THEIR LIVES ON THIS HORRIBLE DAY. LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND THIS WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE. RAY LOVED TO LAUGH AND PLAY MUSIC. REST IN PEACE. WE LOVE YOU.

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Jose Raymond Castro
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Jose Raymond Castro began cooking at age 9 in a little house on Rosedale Avenue in the Bronx. His mother liked yellow, so she had painted the kitchen bright yellow. She let him cook eggs first. Then came rice, beans, pork, seasoning, the works. Mr. Castro, 37, was fascinated with food.

He started working at 13, delivering food, preparing food, cooking in restaurants around the city. When the World Trade Center was attacked on Tuesday, he was working as a prep cook in a food court on the 101st floor of one of the towers, readying food for the chef.

He specialized in sophisticated food, said his sister, Maritza. “Because that’s what people in Manhattan liked to eat.” But at home in the South Bronx, he cooked for his family: pernil, rice with gandules, lasagna, ziti, rice pudding, honey-glazed turkey on Thanksgiving.

“They had a son three years ago,” Ms. Castro said of her brother and his wife, Gladys. “Oh, that’s the love of his life, and I do mean the love of his life. He looks just like him, too. He’s light-skinned, dirty-blond hair, hazel eyes, skinny just like my brother.”

Profile courtesy of THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

MIGHTY FAMILY (CAREGIVER)


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As a husband and caregiver of a wife battling cancer, times have been real hard. For the most part people have no idea. I want to make sure that I document things not for pity, but for the opportunity to help anyone else that is or might have to go through these things.

No one is ever ready to deal with cancer. As a caregiver, a husband, and a father it took us by surprise to find out that my wife had cancer. I had no idea what to do next. The first thing that came to my mind was “How am I supposed to raise my daughters without my wife?”  The second thing was “How can I go on by myself?” Then anger and next a million other questions flooded my brain.

If you know anything about me you know that I have been 14 years clean and sober. Now on that day, I thought about having a drink or two. My heart was broken and I could not stop anything that was going on, I had lost total control. The best part of me (MY WIFE) took me by the hands and we fell on the floor and started to cry. This was the best thing we both could do.

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After what felt like an hour we started to plan how we were going to tell our daughters the devastating news. How can you tell your kids when there is no playbook to go by? We seemed lost and confused as we spoke to one another. This was the day our world as we knew it, changed.

At times, it will seem like there are not enough hours in one day and not enough days in the week. I had to continue to work while my wife was getting her chemo treatments. For me it meant leaving work in the morning and meeting my wife at the clinic. In about six to eight hours later we would be heading home to our girls. I had used all my sick days and most of my vacation time to tend to different things like chemo, surgery, and doctor’s appointments.

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Coworkers and friends do not really understand what an emotional rollercoaster life becomes. People always say if you need anything you can count on me. The truth is that unless you have gone through this you will not understand it. Most of the people I know were not even aware of what mesothelioma was. However, I was and still am extremely grateful for their kindness. No one can ever prepare you to deal with a loved one after their chemo treatment. This is the moment when you get that feeling that you wish you could get inside the body of your loved one and take away all their pain.

I prayed a lot and I still pray a lot. I have all my faith in God. I speak to a selected few and I try to ignore the other people who think it’s ok to make fun of people who do not have any sick days left. Yes, I am the lucky one!! I have that not so funny coworker. As much as it hurts I have realized that some people just don’t care since this is not happening to them. I can only pray that they will never have to deal with anything like this in their life.

Stay strong and positive. Don’t let others dictate how you feel.  Smile and laugh as much as you can. It does help. Other people do not have to understand or care what you are going through. Be there for your loved one. Let no one fight alone. God Bless You and Your Family. AMEN

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YANKEES VS BLUE JAYS – SUITE, LEGEND, FOOD
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In a private suite at Yankee Stadium with 2 Yankee Legend.
They will sign autographs, pose for photos and
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