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Current state: still fighting with rectum cancer, but chances for better quality of life

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/12

The below thread describes my current state; this is how the rest of the family is doing:

  • Eega is almost recovered from surgery of a set of huge and smaller cysts; her cancer seems not to have returned
  • Brother has his third big cold in 3 months time; hopefully it is not COVID-19; not much response from his caretakers. He is still very confused about the family situation and should get more care than the 6 hours a week he gets now (out of the entitled 15+) but requests for more care since 2017 have had no success
  • Mom’s Alzheimer’s is progressing fast: she thinks I’m her brother and insists I should take care of the burden of her problems

This is a follow-up on Far less active on blog on social media: some personal things that need to be done. about a year ago, where I did not know what year would be ahead.

From [WayBackThread by @jpluimers: Monday was the most Wiert day of my life. At 08:30 the @hetAVL rang, 3 hours before admittance. The request was if I wanted to come in early… (on Twitter: [Archive.is] Jeroen Pluimers on Twitter: “Monday was the most Wiert day of my life. At 08:30 the @hetAVL rang, 3 hours before admittance. The request was if I wanted to come in early and discuss possibility of postponing surgery. 1/… “)

Monday was the most Wiert day of my life. At 08:30 the @hetAVL rang, 3 hours before admittance.

The request was if I wanted to come in early and discuss possibility of postponing surgery.

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I’m quickly running out of time and energy to do a long update, so here is a short one:

Tuesday surgery, monday admittance, friday final surgery check, today final sigmoidoscopy.

Custody and mentorship of mom’s Alzheimer has been to court; should be OK.

Eega scans OK too.

1/ https://twitter.com/jpluimers/status/1224307488532713473 

Today, I got up. Twice. As it’s probably the toughest day of my life yet. Tomorrow will be a very similar for my eega.

Her CT scan results will hopefully conclude what the spots on lungs and liver actually are.

1/ https://twitter.com/jpluimers/status/1217039945837301761

Very early in the morning the team had discussed the sigmoidoscopy results, as it looked like the tumor kept shrinking, despite 13 weeks after radiation therapy.

There is only a small (~20%) percentage of patients for which this happens.

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When this happens, they then can take part of a “Wait & See” protocol.

The plan for me is to give it some 4-6 more weeks, then perform a new MRI plus sigmoidoscopy. If the tumor is gone or only scar tissue is visible, repeat MRI plus sigmoidoscopy every 3 months for 5 years.

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If the tumor grows, then opt for surgery.

In my case, besides the tumor, also one lymph node will be observed, as it initially was larger, but now has shrunk to normal proportions.

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This means a 180 degree turn in events. I am still a cancer patient. But for the foreseeable future, I won’t need a stoma. I might not need one for the rest of my life.

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Note that this a formal approach with about 400 patients in The Netherlands and results equalling or surpassing immediate surgery.

Some background information, most parts in Dutch:

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– Portuguese, as Angelita Habr-Gama in 1991 was the first to try this approach in Brazil, calling it “Watch and Wait” pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelita_…

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– Angelita Habr-Gama “How to avoid surgery in rectal cancer” presentation

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– Internationally renowned surgeon Angelita Habr-Gama, MD, PhD, named 2014 ASTRO Honorary Member astro.org/News-and-Publi…

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– prof. Geerard Beets en patiënt Harrie Keusters: “Publiekslezing ‘Wait & See’ endeldarmkanker AVL 21 maart 2018”

@harriekeusters

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– 2013 patient Harrie Keusters linkt naar “Wait and See bij endeldarmkanker” kanker.nl/ervaringen-van…

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– Professor Geerard Beets introducing himself in Dutch

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–jeroen

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Far less active on blog on social media: some personal things that need to be done.

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/04/03

Some people already noticed me being far less active on social media including this blog.

This will continue for a while, as I am supporting two people that are very dear to me.

  • One needs to get some MRI scans very soon, with past results not being promising, so consequences not clear yet.
  • Another I am protecting from mental abuse by somebody close, something which is very hard to prove, but has very real consequences. Recognising the – initially very subtle – behavioral changes, and convincing other people up the supporting and medical tree they were indeed true and related, took several years, so I recon the recovery process will take long too.

Luckily, my blog queue has been filled with about 2 years of content, so that will run automatically.

Social media response from me will be on a “when I feel like it” base until further notice, focussing on things that give me energy and bring me joy.

–jeroen

 

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The biggest lie I tell myself is not about new years resolutions.

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/01

The biggest lie I tell myself is “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it”

It’s likely older, but the oldest reference I could find was 2012 [WayBack].

So before I forget:

Happy New Year everyone!

With the above quote, it is no coincidence I started my blog even earlier (in 2009): it’s my off-line memory, way better readable than my hand-writing and indexed by various search engines.

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Hightlight active row/column in Excel without using VBA? – Stack Overflow

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/04/02

According to [WayBack] Hightlight active row/column in Excel without using VBA? – Stack Overflow: no, but you do not need much code.

On my list of things to try is to combine both answers there into one.

–jeroen

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For my link archive: Python – Handling command-line arguments

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/04/02

The article is dense but goes way deeper than straightforward sys.argv[1:] handling: [WayBack10.6. Handling command-line arguments.

–jeroen

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Cool Delphi IDE idea: when moving a project, not just adjust absolute file paths but also search paths

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/04/02

The IDE already owns and modifies your .dproj and .dpr files (of which many users complain, but I think it is a good thing), so this is a great suggestion: [WayBack] Possibly slightly obvious but nonetheless a minor little tip to bear in mind when moving a project (.dproj/.dpr) by saving it to a new location (which I… – Walter Prins – Google+

Possibly slightly obvious but nonetheless a minor little tip to bear in mind when moving a project (.dproj/.dpr) by saving it to a new location (which I encountered this morning):

While the IDE will automatically adjust form/pas file paths for files included in the project in the .dpr for you, what it will not however do is also adjust the project “Search path” in a similar fashion, even though moving the project is guaranteed to break the project if it has project relative search paths and hence they would require adjusting.

That is to say, if you have project relative search folders specified in the “Search path” (and indeed the output folders), you will need to manually go and edit these paths in the project by hand when you change the project’s location.

(I’d argue that the IDE ought to update relative paths in the project options automatically given that it does so already for the .dpr; it would be the intuitive and graceful thing to do.)

–jeroen

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Ladies and gentlemen, Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf.

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/04/01

[WayBack] Ladies and gentlemen, Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf. – Steven Vaughan-Nichols – Google+

Related:

–jeroen

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Forde’s Tenth Rule, or, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and ❤ the State Machine”

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/04/01

It is important to look beyond your own comfort zone to see what other languages can support: [WayBack] Forde’s Tenth Rule, or, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and ❤ the State Machine”.

The article is about implementing finite state machines in JavaScript with as little usage of string literals as possible.

Via: [WayBack] How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the State Machine – Adrian Marius Popa – Google+

–jeroen

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