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Sep. 21st, 2006 | 10:33 pm

OK, We FINALLY got the location that we wanted.

Please be there by 2 pm

FUCHSIA GARDEN, Golden Gate Park

East of the Conservatory of Flowers
on Conservatory Drive East between JFK Dr. & Arguello

Goolge Map to Conservatory Drive East:
(if you look at this photo-map, the entrance to the fuchsia garden is near the small red arrow on conservatory drive E.)

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from: anonymous
date: Sep. 22nd, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)

Wish we could all be there...we'll be thinking of this beautiful day for you and look forward to hearing and seeing pictures of this incredubel event!
Wes & Tisha Paster

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from: jerumi
date: Sep. 25th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)

Thanks you guys! We know.. We'll have a good time in LA too!


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Hey Jeremy. Brian sent me to this site. Mark Rorick

from: anonymous
date: Sep. 23rd, 2006 09:27 pm (UTC)

It seems your life has certainly been exciting lately. Congratulations on your marriage. Too bad about about coming down with the 'Big C'. I had/have been dealing with my own go around with it myself and can perhaps you can benefit from my experiences. Mine was/is a case of stage 3 plus colo-rectal. Not nearly as bad as your metastasized prostate cancer I know. I had chemo-radiation (5fu-luekivorin continuous drip with 5 day a week blasts of radiation followed by surgery, followed by two more rounds on chemo (once a week iv drips). I could go into detail about all the pain and shit this entailed but everyone reacts to chemo a bit differently. If you have it there will almost certainly be side effects that the doctors haven't told you about. Radiation is particularly insidious. Its the gift that keeps on giving. I ended up so damaged by it that I had to have 6 weeks of hyperbaric, more surgery (a colostomy) and at one point the symptoms and scans had the doctors believing that I had in-operable, metastasized cancer. Patte and I lived with this diagnosis (basically a death sentence) for awhile before the doctors found out they were mistaken. This is not to say my doctors were not the best. They were. I was at Virginia Mason. I'm doing well now but still face more surgery to deal with radiation damage. By well I mean that I can run 15 to 20 miles at a time and backpack in the high Sierras. So, those are the facts. Some of what Patte and I have learned from all this is that:
When you enter the system at a big hospital, and are under-going treatments at the same time, you have to have someone to help you navigate through the endless appointments, tests, health insurance stuff. prescriptions, etc., and look out for your interests when talking to doctors.
Doctors don't know everything. When they say this will only take a minute and won't hurt much, or that you will be back on your feet in no time, look out. Surgeons are particularly clueless, but almost all of them, unless they have gone through it themselves, really have no idea of what you are feeling. There are exceptions to this, and I have had several specialists that don't fit this description. Another thing. Learn to say no. On occasion I have flat out refused to submit to all the probings, scoping, and infusions they wanted me to do.
We found the best information on what we were dealing with by going to the on-line cancer chat rooms. They are organized by your kind of cancer. The collective knowledge of hundreds of people who have what you have is more then any one doctor knows.
Patte and I found that having my extended treatment programs in Seattle, at a hospital in the core downtown area, was a benefit. There was a lot to do in the immediate vicinity and there was subsidized housing for patients. We could go for walks in different directions and always find interesting places to hang out. Walking up and down the hills, when I was so weak I couldn't do anything else, was a great way to keep in shape, relatively speaking.
Having cancer can be up-lifting. It focuses you on what's important, family and legacy. Making a difference before you go.
Don't give up during or after the big C. Recovery can take a long time but hang in there and be determined to always get at least one more great adventure in before its too late.
If you have any questions or want to chat about anything please just ask, write, or call. 907-789-5472 mprorick@gci.net. Best wishes, Mark

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Re: Hey Jeremy. Brian sent me to this site. Mark Rorick

from: jerumi
date: Sep. 25th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)

Hi Mark,

I REALLY appreciate you checking in on me and telling me what you've been through. Brian had mentioned a little to me but not the extent. I have certainly had some of the same experiences and realizations about big hospitals and dealing with doctors. And I want to check out some of those chat rooms. I will call or e-mail you with more questions later but I just wanted to thank you for now.

Wishing you the best!

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