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Today I had a telephone consultation with a thoracic surgeon. He is 96% certain that my tumor is cancerous. He was cagey about its size. He said that the neighbouring lymph nodes appear to be swollen, but he did not opine that the cancer has spread to them. I told him that I was following a course of alternative treatment, including most especially Fenbendazole and he said nothing to discourage me from continuing. I asked whether I should make dietary changes, but he told me to carry on, including my favourite, Mars bars. He even suggested that I deep fry them. We are all waiting for Friday of next week when I will have a PET scan and another CT scan. These will lead to further consultations and the development of a treatment plan.

This afternoon I spent nearly 90 minutes with another man dying from a different lung disease, and he reminded me of the necessity of preparing for disposal of my remains. I shall look into that next week. We are almost finished with changing over accounts into Arlene’s name, and in February I shall transfer ownership of my car into her hands, when the registration comes due.

18 August 2021

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Canada Post now tells me that my Fenbendazole will arrive next Monday. Bring it on.

More good news today. Whereas I had been told that my full body PET scan would not occur until September, today I received a letter from the Cross Cancer Institute stating that my appointment has been scheduled for 0830 on Friday 27 August. I am really anxious to get this done as it will show how far my lung cancer has metastasized.

Today Arlene and I went out and made arrangements to make one of my accounts a joint account. Further changes will follow to simplify her life if in fact my cancer carries me away.

We are basically living normal lives, and will go out this evening to Paddy’s Pub and Kitchen. Life goes on and I intend to enjoy it.

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I am awaiting the arrival of a bottle of fenbendazole. It is actually a veterinary medicine used for deworming animals. Someone had the idea of using it on cancer cells, and the results were dramatic. Do a search for My Cancer Story Rocks. It does not work in all instances, but it is worth a try. If it can give me a couple of years longer I would be very pleased as that should be enough time to finish two writing projects.

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On Thursday I heard from Dr Ken Stewart’s office. It appears that he will be my first oncologist contact. I will have a telephone consultation with him on 18 August. I don’t know what we will talk about because I won’t have my PET scan until September, but I shall certainly speak with him. Such is life under socialized medicine on the North Korean/Cuban model. On Friday I had a lung function test here in St Albert; no results yet. My lungs functioned well yesterday when I went for a 4 km walk along what is left of the Sturgeon River after several dry months.

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I had been in good health up until Wednesday night, 28 July, when I couldn’t sleep due to shortness of breath. In the morning I told Arlene that I couldn’t breathe. She immediately whisked me off to the Sturgeon Community Hospital where I spent the next eight hours—EKG, blood tests twice, chest x-ray, CT Scan. At 1610 the attending physician came to me with the diagnosis—lung malignancy.



I hope to be called by specialists by the end of the week and then I should have a clearer idea of what lies ahead, but lung cancer has a near-100% mortality rate because it metastasizes so aggressively. So I am in the process of preparing for the end of my life so Arlene will have to do very little about making ongoing arrangements. She is my primary concern.


Addendum: I am grateful to my circle for offering words of hope. I am glad for that.