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Saturday, November 19th 2016

7:10

2016 Update

Many things have changed for me the last few years.  I returned to police work on a part time basis and continue to serve at a job I love.  

I have recovered from my surgery in 2014 as much and I am about as good as I can be.  I have come to learn to live within my limitations.  Life before cancer was different.  I can not say it was better.  It was different. I have always been a compassionate person but cancer changed me.  It gave me more of an appreciation for what I have and how easily it can all be taken away.  I look in the mirror and realize that I am lucky to have lived through this.  I have seen so many other people who loved life and lived it to the fullest not make it through their cancer diagnosis and treatments.

I am blessed despite adversities I try my best to keep that in my mind.  I am looking forward to the future and the opportunities it will present.  But regardless I will keep up the fight!  

God Bless,

 

Randy

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Saturday, November 19th 2016

7:03

2016 Update

Many things have changed for me the last few years.  I returned to police work on a part time basis and continue to serve at a job I love.  

I have recovered from my surgery in 2014 as much and I am about as good as I can be.  I have come to learn to live within my limitations.  Life before cancer was different.  I can not say it was better.  It was different. I have always been a compassionate person but cancer changed me.  It gave me more of an appreciation for what I have and how easily it can all be taken away.  I look in the mirror and realize that I am lucky to have lived through this.  I have seen so many other people who loved life and lived it to the fullest not make it through their cancer diagnosis and treatments.

I am blessed despite adversities I try my best to keep that in my mind.  I am looking forward to the future and the opportunities it will present.  But regardless I will keep up the fight!  

God Bless,

 

Randy

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Friday, February 21st 2014

0:55

As Days Go By

Hello Everyone,

 

Once again I look and see I have not posted in my blog in quite sometime.  So much has occurred in this last year.  Most importantly I am blessed to have survived it.  Last years scare with cancer was just that a scare a misdiagnosis I guess you could say of the best kind.  However my doctors acted upon the best information available and based on my history felt that I had restaged.  This is not the case I am alive and well.  Surgery went well and was able to have both of my hips replaced in March 2013.  I have gotten a new lease on life with my hips and test them daily as to what I can and cant do. 

I must say that I realize daily how lucky I am.  I believe that I am pretty well schooled in what cancer can do at this point but there is so much it cannot do.  I finally have come to the conclusion its part of my life whether it comes back or not is not a daily concern.  It is reality that it could happen again however I do not live in terror as I did for many years.  I live realizing that I got almost 10 years more then so many did not.  They were not all easy years but I  am still here.  What other outlook is there?  There is only one choice if it strikes again I will fight and do my best to kick it's ass! 

I have been blessed this last year with the birth of another granddaughter Anya who is healthy and beautiful as is her sister Maddy.  My son Steve is doing well and has left the regular army and is now in the Army National Guard and will continue to serve.  He is engaged to a wonderful young lady Christianna who is a Sergeant in the Army. 

Thank You for visting my site and checking in on me.  I can assure you that throughout the years that the support of so many has made the tears, fears and the nonsense easier!

 

God Bless,

 

Randy

 

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Wednesday, December 5th 2012

7:50

A New Chapter

Hello Everyone,

Much has transpired since the last time I have posted.  My son has arrived safe from his combat tour in Afghanistan.  He has grown into a man and truly appreciates freedom the sacrifice and all that comes with it.  We are very proud of his accomplishments and how he has grown.

My father recently passed on October 03, 2012 from multiple myeloma.  We were blessed to have him with us for so many years.  He suffered greatly but we were able to ease his pain and I was able to be by his side when he left us.  A very trying time for me and my family.  Kathy worked very hard to keep him with us it was both a personal triumph and tragedy for her to watch him leave us.  She extended his life and offered him a great deal of companionship and comfort that he so desperately needed.  We can not thank her enough but family does for family.

We honor his memory and it will live on with us all.  May you rest in peace dad we love you.

While taking care of Dad I injured my stomach while lifting him and my hip.  I was sick for 10 days at night which lead me to request more testing.  I also pursued the issue with my hip.  After the testing for my hip came back it was clear that I needed a hip replacement and sooner then later.  The prescriptions for my abdominal ct scans arrived late and I had debated whether to even get the test however I aired to the side for caution.  We soon learned that the CT results indicated that I had a mass in the area where my previous tumor was that was believed to be restating of sarcoma.  I went for Bone Marrow Biopsy on December  and was told that I would be having surgery on Friday Dec with chemotherapy and a Bone Marrow Transplant to follow.  This was less then exciting news.  I needed a hip badly and this was going to prolong that.  The idea of having cancer back was less then entertaining.  We moved very quickly upon receiving the news from testing right to surgery.  Surgery was performed at University of Pennsylvania Hospital by Dr. Daniel Dempsey.  He has operated on me two time previously always with success.  The latest proceeds were three hernias repaired, a foot of bowel removed along with my previous anastamosis.  There was also a mass with nodes found in the mesantary base which was removed.  My diagnosis changed slightly in that now we are awaiting the pathology report to return before proceeding forward with other treatment as the surgery itself did not definitively identify cancer.  We will not know whether I have restaged until the pathology reports are returned.  So we are in hurry up and wait mode.   Regardless of the  outcome I am moving forward and will not yield to Cancer.  I can not thank everyone enough for their support for me and my family through all of this.  

God Bless 

Randy



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Wednesday, September 30th 2009

13:11

Changes

Hi Everyone,

Been a long time since I blogged on the site.  But it is time and plenty to say. My life has taken some different turns in the last year.  But even through adversity there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I am rapidly approaching my 5 year mark to being declared cured.  A blessing and hopefully a inspiration to others that you can fight and win.  I recently lost one of my closest friends to cancer Troy Troiano in May.  Troy was a mans man, a husband and a great father.  The world lost a good soul but it was heavens gain.  God Bless you Troy and Family! 

My father has been diagnosed with smoldering myeloma but it appears we got that covered so we are carefully watching over him.  There is so much cancer in the area its crazee.  The most important thing we can do is to continue to wage war and support those suffering and their families! 

My son has recently enlisted in the United States Army Infantry he is currently at Fort Benning Georgia becoming Army Strong.  I cannot await his return as he has grown immensly in every aspect physically, emotionally and spiritually.  He will be graduating in November and aspires to continue to Airborne school and then we will see from there.  He has recently married his sweetheart Amanda and we have a grandchild on the way!!!  We are very excited!  We pray everyday for his safe return home to us all and all of our other troops.  I saw a shirt the other day it said my son volunteered for the United States Army so your son would not get drafted.  Theres to things you cant do in this world one is tug on superman's cape and the other is not support our troops in front of me.  I am a very proud father of an American Soldier.

So this last year has been very busy!  I have bright expectations for the future and look forward to being cured.  I thank you for visiting my site and supporting all of us on in the war on cancer.  It  is a war I will win with the help of God, Family and Friends!

 

God Bless

 

Randy

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Sunday, July 13th 2008

13:45

July Update

Hey Everyone,

Yes the site is still alive and I still check it regularly.  I have been once again very active on myspace networking with other survivors and their families.  I have been doing well I had surgery in April 14, 2008 and have been on light duty at work ever since.  I do them better each time but healing as well as my patience for not being able to do what I want become more difficult each time.  This was #5.5 official if your counting.  I was injured in July 2006 when I through a police officer out of the way of a on coming vehicle.  He was not paying attention and I developed a umbilical hernia from pulling him out of the way so he didnt get flattened.  Yes, in all honesty I am bitter but Ill get over it. 

I continue to meet many inspirational and very brave individuals and families battling cancer.  They all inspire me and make me realize how lucky I am!  Recently someone said to me wow you have really been through it and could only respond not really but my friends have!  I do realize how lucky I am and I thank God and everyone for all they have done!  So Im just gonna continue to hug my wife, my kid and our newest addition K9 Cain!

 

God Bless,

Randy

 

 

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Sunday, March 2nd 2008

23:41

Hello Everyone

I thank you all for those who still viist my site! Obviously I have not blogged in quite a while.  Many reasons for this of course.  Obviously my mother has passed (Oct 9, 2007) this has been a difficult time for me as I am sure it would be for everyone.  I can say that I was fortunate to have her as long as I did.  She had lived on sheer will and faith for several months.  Refusing to give up to her last moments.  She inspired me greatly as she rarely if ever complained.  Until her last week she was active in helping others.  I have comfort knowing that she is out of pain yet this is sometimes not enough.  I am still in remission as far as medical testing can tell us.  I always get extremely apprehensive between August and December.  August is when it started and December is when I get tested.  I am fortunate that everything went well this year once again. Yes it is a continual struggle to stay positive and move forward. However I have so many role models and just looking at the way they lived their lives motivates me to continually move forward and through the past.  I am here and able to type and quite frankly many of my contemporaries are not.  So I am frankly lucky and blessed.  I wish all of you the best and thank you all for the support you have given me.  I can assure that I am still very active in trying to help others.  I have shifted gears towards myspace.com as I network with survivors and fighters on a regular basis.  Its all about trying to do for others what you have all done for me!  My myspace is www.myspace.com/survivor12.  This is where I lurk pretty frequently now.  Well I am off time for the cough syrup and bed apparently my flu shot got the flu!!

God Bless

Randy

KICKING CANCERS ASS ONE DAY AT A TIME!

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Friday, September 14th 2007

14:17

Update September 14, 2007

Hello Everyone,

    Many have asked for updates and whats going on my life.  I would like to first thank everyone who continues to support me in my fight against cancer as well as others suffering from this disease.  I still continue to remain in remmission at this time.  I will being having a complete round of testing very soon to determine if I am in remission.  This time of year is always very sobering for me as I was more or less on huge roller coaster in 2004 at this time.  Every year in the month of August I start to get uptight over the past and the upcoming tests of the future.  I cant complain because I am still here and I am relatively healthy so whats the real problem????   I have recently been promoted at work and things are moving along on the right path.  I work with a great bunch of people all who are dedicated to the job and its a job I still love.  My son is now in college and he is quite grown up now.  My wife and I enjoying our together and things are going well.  I have been steadily trying to move forward and not dwell in the past or the future just trying to live for today because tommorow is always the unknown.  My mother is not doing well right now.  She has battled cancer for several years now.  She first beat breast cancer undergoing a  masectomy and chemo.  She never really complained.  In May 2006 she began having problems and was diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cell cancer.  She has undergone the maximum amount of chemo that is effective at this point.  The cancer has mestasized to her brain and bones along with other organs.  She is simply incredible!  She does not complain just fights everyday for her life.  She is on hospice at home however she is still mobile and fighting the pain and the fight everyday.  The frankly told her that she should not be alive by all medical standards.  That of course is why medicine is not and exact science.  I have had the unpleasant tasks of assisting my father with planning her funeral and picking out grave sites.  This was very sobering particulary since she is still with us.  She is poster child for the term Survivor!  I know that she cannot live forever but I do know that she will not leave us until she decides its time!   She seems to be at peace with whats going on at least to the best anyone can.  So that is where I am at right now.  Everyday is a new challenge as it is for us all.  I just continue to try and rebuild the house that cancer tried to take and its a task that I will not fail at.  I hope this writing finds you all well and thank you for your support!

 

God Bless

 

Randy

 

 

 

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Tuesday, January 16th 2007

5:10

Cancer Free?

Hi Everyone,

    All is well here!  My latest studies including my bone marrow aspiration from hell have shown no detectable Acute Myeloid Leukemia or Granulocytic Sarcoma.  Why the question mark in my cancer free entry cause its great news but its not necessarily the final answer it means that they cant detect if for now.  So "for now" Ill take that and run.  I have been very busy lately training as hard as I can in the confines that I have to work with.  I officially do have another hernia which is probably going to require surgery.  I am working diligently within the guidelines of what the Doc said I can do as I am trying to avoid being cut again.  But if it has to be then so be it apparently I do it well.  I have been training in Bare Combatives which is a culmination of multiple styles of Martial Arts broken down into several basic moves instead of thousand of moves.  We learn the basics very well enuf said.  I have been concentrating some effort in getting my Cancer Fund off of the ground.  I had the pleasure of giving the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Gilda's Club very substantial donations in December.  This was only possible because of all the nice things that people did for me.  We will continue to assist organizations and needy individuals who are battling cancer.   To all the Survivor's and those battling your in my prayers and Keep Kicking Cancers Ass.

God Bless

Randy

 

 

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Monday, December 4th 2006

13:33

Whats Been Going On

Hello Everyone!

    All god willing is well here.  I have recently had non cancer related CT Scan of the abdomen which did not show any cancer.  That hopefully is good news!  This came about due me being injured at work.  I now have another hernia below my most recent hernia repair.  However the Doc says no surgery at this point.  I will be getting several tests within the next two weeks.  I have been having some abdominal discomfort and hopefully this may reveal whats going on.  These tests are specifically to rule out any cancer activity.  I just a upper gi which was unremarkable.   This is good news!  I will be having a PET Scan, Colonscopy and the much loved Bone Marrow Biopsy.  I always do welll with them but yes they do suck. So hopefully its good news for Christmas and what more could I ask for then the gift of health!  Hopefully Remission is the condition!  Many have been asking about my mother.  For those of you who dont know she was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in May.  She has masses in her liver and both lungs.  She has been undergoing chemo since being diagnosed.  Her first round was at Fox Chase and everything has been done in our area since then.  She has been Kicking Cancers Ass so far.   The type of cancer she has is very serious however she has shown some improvement.  She continues to fight daily! She does not complain and just goes on with life.  She is nothing short of amazing.  So all is going here as good as it can I guess.  Im just in the holding pattern until the Dec 19 when Ill find out whats up with me.  I hope all is well with everyone else.

 

God Bless

 

Randy

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