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I'm back... What have I missed? My wonderful year...

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I'm back... What have I missed? My wonderful year...

---TK---
How has everyone been doing? I have popped in a few times since March, but now I am back.

Any major news that I missed? Links would be nice :). Last thing that I recall was the bad news about "The Scummy One"... Shortly after that, I kind of dropped off the net due to my own illness.

Just so there is no confusion about my illness, or he said she said... I will give a recap for those that want to know.

March 2010 I was diagnosed with stage 3 Melanoma, meaning the skin cancer made its way into my lymph nodes. Tests/scans showed potential for lung cancer, and spots on my liver. Melanoma treatment came to a halt till we figured out my lung and liver. Liver was fine, two lung biopsy's later showed nothing was wrong (arg).

1st surgery on my neck we found a lymph node was infected. 2nd surgery a full blown "radical right neck dissection". I might not have any lymph nodes on the right side of my neck, but at least we were able to stop it in its tracks!

1 week in the hospital (2nd surgery), 2 weeks recovery, week 3 I am back to work (yes, I push my own physical limits). Week 4: I am on my way into work and I was clipped (left side, in the rear) by another driver that lost control (at 65 mph). In turn I did 1.5 spins across the highway. On the bright side I was able to hold onto my coffee and not spill it :). Now I get to deal with back issues... Physical therapy was not a possibility, b/c I had to start my interferon therapy soon.

Interferon therapy is noting to play with! For 4 weeks I fought 102F fevers, unable to walk up and down stairs, migraines, and slept for close to 16-18 hr. a day.

A couple weeks after the therapy was done, I got MARRIED (9/18)!! :). Yes it was in the plans before we found out about the cancer... So we suck with it, determined to not let the cancer beat me.

Nov. 5th, I turned 30!

For the younger people just starting in the IT field: If you are offered a job, it doesn't pay as well, but they pay for your insurance... Take the job! All I can say is: Thank god for my insurance, since march I have racked up 130,000 in medical bills... All of which was covered by my insurance, and all I had to pay was the co-pays.

Now here we are 12/13, I am alive and well, and ready to get my back fixed lol... On a serious note, I am doing excellent, in the clear (for now), and I am really ready for the new year!

So, to the readers and members of TR how have you all been? Hopefully better than me :)... Did I miss anything?

**I have to run for now, but I'll be back on to reply to those that post up. Question & Comments are welcome, I don't have a problem with them, I am a pretty open person.

Tim K.
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    santeewelding

    Is a humble vessel to your stately Indiaman.

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    CharlieSpencer

    There was another 'Get Together' in Louisville. This one was more of a conference than 2009's 10th anniversary celebration, and featured several panel discussions and 'break outs'.

    There's a new version of the site due to be released in a couple of months.

    Glad to have you back.

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    ---TK---

    Really.. Old Mycroft is gone too... kinda lost for words. Im going to miss his humor and presence...

    May his soul rest in peace.

    I was hopping to go to the 'Get Together', but it just wasn't in the cards. There is always next year though.

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    Slayer_

    Hopefully all those surgeries are behind you now.

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    JamesRL

    Because it sounds like you've been through a pretty trying time.

    I think some things have changed, some remain the same. We will miss Scummy and Old Mycroft. We welcome new contributors.

    Welcome back. Congratulations on getting married.

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    ---TK---

    It is really one big test. It made me ask myself: How much suffering are you willing to endure in order to see the children you don't have yet, grow up?

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    AV .

    What an ordeal to go through! I'm glad its much better now and hope you can get all of that behind you soon.

    Congratulations on your marriage and happy (belated) birthday. 30 years young is a good thing.

    TR still has a lot of loyal members, but its been quieter lately in the off topic.

    AV

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    Michael Jay

    Sounds like you have really been thru the wringer, so glad you made it.

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    NexS

    Good to hear that you're on the mend (x2).
    Car crashes aren't fun at all, the one I was in saw me being very lucky as I had a similar situation to yours with coming across a highway into oncoming traffic, but of the three cars involved, no one was injured, including the dog!
    If your back heals up well then I guess it was a good outcome.

    All the best in the healing process.


    Oh, and consmegulations on your marriage!

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    Happy to see you're on the mend. Congratulations on your marriage. Kudos for your perseverance. :)

    And thank you for much needed inspiration.

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    maecuff

    What a year!

    Sorry you've been through so much and congrats on kicking it's ***! Woo Hoo!

    Congrats on the marriage as well.

    Hope you continue to heal and good luck with the back issues.

    This has certainly been a welcome dose of perspective for me. :)

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    seanferd

    I certainly hope the cancer has taken the hint and learned to stay away.

    Excellent form with the coffee. 10/10 for style. I certainly hope any back problems respond well to therapy and learn to stay away as well.

    Congratulations on your marriage! I hope you are both happy for many years to come.

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    santeewelding

    Is a humble vessel to your stately Indiaman.

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    CharlieSpencer

    There was another 'Get Together' in Louisville. This one was more of a conference than 2009's 10th anniversary celebration, and featured several panel discussions and 'break outs'.

    There's a new version of the site due to be released in a couple of months.

    Glad to have you back.

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    ---TK---

    Really.. Old Mycroft is gone too... kinda lost for words. Im going to miss his humor and presence...

    May his soul rest in peace.

    I was hopping to go to the 'Get Together', but it just wasn't in the cards. There is always next year though.

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    Slayer_

    Hopefully all those surgeries are behind you now.

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    JamesRL

    Because it sounds like you've been through a pretty trying time.

    I think some things have changed, some remain the same. We will miss Scummy and Old Mycroft. We welcome new contributors.

    Welcome back. Congratulations on getting married.

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    ---TK---

    It is really one big test. It made me ask myself: How much suffering are you willing to endure in order to see the children you don't have yet, grow up?

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    AV .

    What an ordeal to go through! I'm glad its much better now and hope you can get all of that behind you soon.

    Congratulations on your marriage and happy (belated) birthday. 30 years young is a good thing.

    TR still has a lot of loyal members, but its been quieter lately in the off topic.

    AV

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    Michael Jay

    Sounds like you have really been thru the wringer, so glad you made it.

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    NexS

    Good to hear that you're on the mend (x2).
    Car crashes aren't fun at all, the one I was in saw me being very lucky as I had a similar situation to yours with coming across a highway into oncoming traffic, but of the three cars involved, no one was injured, including the dog!
    If your back heals up well then I guess it was a good outcome.

    All the best in the healing process.


    Oh, and consmegulations on your marriage!

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    boxfiddler Moderator

    Happy to see you're on the mend. Congratulations on your marriage. Kudos for your perseverance. :)

    And thank you for much needed inspiration.

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    maecuff

    What a year!

    Sorry you've been through so much and congrats on kicking it's ***! Woo Hoo!

    Congrats on the marriage as well.

    Hope you continue to heal and good luck with the back issues.

    This has certainly been a welcome dose of perspective for me. :)

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    seanferd

    I certainly hope the cancer has taken the hint and learned to stay away.

    Excellent form with the coffee. 10/10 for style. I certainly hope any back problems respond well to therapy and learn to stay away as well.

    Congratulations on your marriage! I hope you are both happy for many years to come.