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PostSubject: 2014...worst year of my life. So far.   2014...worst year of my life.  So far. Icon_minitimeThu Sep 11, 2014 12:22 pm

I was in two minds whether to send this post, and it has been quite hard to type some parts of it. I'm not looking for sympathy or special treatment. I'm not looking for freebies or anything like that. I just wanted to explain what's going on.

2014 has turned out to be the strangest year of my life. Some of you may have read my 'Off Topic' posts called 'Stuck in hospital on a Friday night...'. The conclusion of the story is that I have cancer. Not one of the usual, common cancers - that would be too simple, says my wife. I had a chondroid chordoma in my spine, which is rare - between one in 800,000 and one in a million. The surgeons (four of them!) cut out the lumbar 4 bone from my spine during a 12 hour operation and replaced it with a cage of artificial bone and a couple of titanium bars to hold me up. The cancer has been removed, but has a chance of growing back at some point in the future. I'm currently recovering from the operation so I can get back to work and some form of normality in my life. I'm getting stronger every day - I can now stand up from the sofa without my walking stick!

I'll have to have regular scans of my spine probably for the rest of my life and I've been told I'll have to have proton beam therapy (which I'd never heard of but they say the cancer is not effected by current chemo or radio therapies). The equipment for the proton beam looks like something straight out of Star Trek or something! Looks like I may have to travel to the USA for this treatment as they're still building two centres in the UK, but that might be a good opportunity to grab some GI Joe figures!
Once I've recovered from the operation I can get back to work and drive again. My car has sat lonely on the drive for a few weeks now.

I'll still be on this site as often as I can but with us trying moving house down to Herefordshire most of my figures are in storage at my parent's house so I can't post that many pictures at the moment.

This, as you can imagine, has been a huge shock to myself, my wife and my mother, who was in tears as soon as the doctor started talking about cancer. As they have cut the bone out of me, I could say I don't have cancer at the moment, but these things are always hanging over you and have a habbit of coming back.

The kids don't know I have cancer yet. We don't want to scare them. All they know is that a nice doctor in Leeds has removed a bone from daddy's back to make him better again. As they're only 8 and 11 we'd rather not worry them and people seem to survive this sort of thing a lot better than they did ten or twenty years ago.

For now I'm concentrating on recovering from the operation and getting back to work. Hopefully we will have moved before the next Action Man day next year and saved some money so my son and I can get there and tick some figures off our wants list. Hope to see lots of you there, and thanks for reading this post.

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PostSubject: Re: 2014...worst year of my life. So far.   2014...worst year of my life.  So far. Icon_minitimeThu Sep 11, 2014 1:02 pm

Hey Pete, that certainly is some journey you and your family have been on., but the road is long my friend Very Happy . I must say, it does seem that there are some good positive points in your post, and these are the thing (IMO) to focus on. Look to the future my friend. I agree that is probably best not to worry your children, and I am sure you will find a new home soon, and then things may seem a little calmer.
We at ammo will always be here and feel free to dive in and post mate!, sparky is a good chap also to offer advice and have a chat with, and you have a lot of friends here, and like myself we will be here for a chat. Please carry on to enjoy our site, and don't worry about posting pics mate, there is plenty of time for all that bounce .
Look after yourself buddy ! and carry on posting !! Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: 2014...worst year of my life. So far.   2014...worst year of my life.  So far. Icon_minitimeThu Sep 11, 2014 4:15 pm

Pete,

It sounds like you have had to endure a traumatic time, and to top things off you are leaving Yorkshire and moving down south too!

I hope all goes well in the future for your recovery and you can return to 'normality' soon.

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Thanks guys. Looking forward to a prosperous and hopefully pain free 2015.

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Hi Pete.

I'm sorry to hear about your troubled, traumatic year and also glad you feel able to tell us all here at AMMO about it.

Dal is right mate. In all of this shit there are some positives and patients who can maintain a positive outlook. (I know this can be really hard) often fair well. I agree with you, there's no need to frighten your children. They know Daddy has been unwell and that people care enough about him to help him and support him in his recovery and that includes us at AMMO mate.

If you ever want a chat or swap pm's feel free to contact Pete.

Move house, get well, save money and I will be very happy to shake your hand at the next Action Man Day.

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As long as you know we are all here for you.
Stay strong and positive!
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Hi Pete

It took some courage to post that - cant begin to understand what you have been through this year

sending my best - only 4 months to go and your annus horribilis will be over and a bright new year will be waiting for you

take it easy & post when you can - we all look forward to seeing many more posts from you when you have the strength and time to post

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Take care and God Bless you, Pete!

It seems a good sign that it has been removed and hopefully they will be able to catch it if it returns now that they know what to look for. It also must have been a hellish operation and I am glad to hear you are getting better. Hopefully the surgery will help with the pain you were suffering.

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This must be tough!  But it sounds like you are handling this way better than I ever could!

Thoughts and prayers coming your way.
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Thanks for all the comments guys. Appreciate it. This place reminds me of Cheers - "...and they're always glad you came."

I'll try and keep posting when I can. Found out yesterday that I could just about stand up from the bed or the sofa without my walking stick but this morning my legs ache like hell due to a restless sleep. I just want my old life back.

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Wow what a year, hope you continue to get stronger. Keep the faith and come to us with your troubles whenever you want. It's good to talk.

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I hope you get better, Pete.

Life can be very tough at times Sad

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Hi Pete.

I totally understand you want you old life back. I remember feeling the same after my diagnosis/prognosis. I don't want this to sound harsh, you have been through and are going through a life changing experience. Even after recovery you won't be the same again. For me I think my life and me living that life are actually better than otherwise would have been. But I know that isn't the same for everyone.

Sending you very best wishes Pete.

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I don't really know what to say, apart from I hope you heal well and it does not return , sending positive vibes man!

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Hi Pete
And can I say I hope that your treatment is going well, it sounds like you've really been put through it mate, it does help having a good family around you and things to focus on, 2014 has been your year from hell and I hope you are over the worst of it, My son James was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma and had to go through some serious chemotherepy in 2011 this was the worst year of my and my families life but we got through it and on a better note James has been in remission now for 3 1/2 years so we have to keep thankful for these things and always have hope James and I do a lot together especially on this forum he is a great artist and very creative he edits a lot of my photo's we have a good team going Basketball Take care mate and enjoy the forum it's great here
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Well, my six week checkup was going fine today until the surgeon saw the results of the xray after we'd left the hospital. The cage they had put in to replace the L4 bone has slipped, but they don't know why. Monday I'm booked in for another op to replace the cage. The surgeon said I was doing remarkably well after such a major operation too! One step forward, two steps back!

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keep taking them steps Pete! your doing great my friend cheers
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The ability to recover is soooo important Pete and you are doing that well mate. The surgeons can and will do there bit and you can recover again.

All the best for the next op
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At least I have a few things to watch while I'm in hospital:

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Yeah some time to catch up on VAM time Smile
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You will beat it, never give up. Best of luck Pete.

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Oh NO Peter, I'm so sorry to hear that mate Sad, hope the another op to replace the cage gose well, crossing my fingers for you, at least your have some good old Modern Action Man time watching them DVDs Very Happy.

Good luck on Op Peter.

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They'll cheer you up! And what a nice selection, they're very collectable! Very Happy

Do you have one of those portable DVD players with a screen built in? That's what I use when I'm in bed at night, to watch my 'Captain Scarlet' and 'Lost In Space' DVD's.

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They'll cheer you up! And what a nice selection, they're very collectable! Very Happy

Do you have one of those portable DVD players with a screen built in? That's what I use when I'm in bed at night, to watch my 'Captain Scarlet' and 'Lost In Space' DVD's.

Borrowed a TV/DVD player from my mother in law so I can watch the DVDs (and Doctor Who tomorrow - can't miss that!). My wife's also bringing in the first figure she finds in the house to keep me company!

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fantastic pete !
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