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Garth Callaghan

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Today's Cancer Update - Pi Day

WGarth Callaghan

It's been a looong day!

I met with two specialists. I was with them for about 4 hours.

When was the last time you spent more than 15 minutes with a doctor? You can do the math. It was a good day.

I still have cancer.

I can't cut it out like before. I have to be patient. My closest friends and family can attest that I am, in fact, a patient man. However, I really want this shit outta me! (Excuse my language. You know I don't cuss, but sheesh!!)

Surgery really isn't an option. I've had two surgeons play "hot potato" with me. You know when a surgeon declines cutting you open it's serious.

I still have cancer.

I could try TheraSphere Y-90 therapy. That's so cool and very technologically forward, but there's very little data for kidney cancer (metastasized to the liver) treatment. Is it worth it? It's cool, but is it viable? I can't say. I'm a statistic of one. It would also only treat the lesions on the liver. It wouldn't touch what's happening on my remaining adrenal gland.

I need to trust the experts. I need to trust in God. Why would he bring me here if it weren't the right place?

Today I end in the same way I started. I am a Stage IV, metastatic kidney cancer patient. I am a dad. I am a husband. I write Napkin Notes.

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