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5 Year NED

Forums General Melanoma Community 5 Year NED

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    KevinM
    Participant

    I can't believe that it has been 5 years since the surgery to remove the axillary lymph node that turned out to be melanoma. I have an unknown primary and after a full lymph node dissection, the one lymph node (2/3rds of a golf ball size) was the only one found positive for melanoma. I did 3 rounds of bio-chem in a clinical trial which was very challenging…….but I am still glad I chose this route.

    I can't believe that it has been 5 years since the surgery to remove the axillary lymph node that turned out to be melanoma. I have an unknown primary and after a full lymph node dissection, the one lymph node (2/3rds of a golf ball size) was the only one found positive for melanoma. I did 3 rounds of bio-chem in a clinical trial which was very challenging…….but I am still glad I chose this route.

    To help celebrate my 5th anniversary, I am running The Boston Marathon for the 11th time and second with the "Running for Cover" Melanoma Foundation of NE marathon team. This will be my 19th marathon and 7th since my diagnosis. Running has certainly helped me get through the past 5 years and it has also provided an avenue to promote melanoma prevention and early detection. I feel great that my message has changed the mindset of many friends, family and colleagues.

    This  year I am running in honor of my healthcare team at Beth Israel…but please know I always run with those of you engaged in the battle with melanoma in my heart.

    My best to you all!!

    Kevin

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      NancyGM
      Participant

      Kevin, Congrats on your 5 years at NED and on your marathon accomplishments! Thanks for honoring everyone here  with your run.

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      NancyGM
      Participant

      Kevin, Congrats on your 5 years at NED and on your marathon accomplishments! Thanks for honoring everyone here  with your run.

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      Vermont_Donna
      Participant

      Dear Kevin,

      CONGRATS on 5 years NED!! I hope to be able to say that someday too. Glad you enjoy running and way to go on running the marathons! I hear good things about Beth Israel!

      Vermont_Donna, stage 3a

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      Vermont_Donna
      Participant

      Dear Kevin,

      CONGRATS on 5 years NED!! I hope to be able to say that someday too. Glad you enjoy running and way to go on running the marathons! I hear good things about Beth Israel!

      Vermont_Donna, stage 3a

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      Rocco
      Participant
      Clinical Trial ParticipantNED

      Hey Kevin,

      Congrats on the 5 year mark! 

      Is there a way we could support/sponsor your run if we so desired?

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      Rocco
      Participant
      Clinical Trial ParticipantNED

      Hey Kevin,

      Congrats on the 5 year mark! 

      Is there a way we could support/sponsor your run if we so desired?

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      King
      Participant

      Kevin,

      Congratulations on making it to 5 years and remaining NED!!!  That is awesome.  You are such an inspiration and set a great example to show that there is life after melanoma.  My family will be cheering for you and all the other runners (athletes) running THE marathon.

      That's great that you have been able to promote melanoma prevention through your running.  I know you have always been there to support others considering BioChemo and available to answer their questions.

      Yes, it is hard to believe that it's been 5 years.  I remember one of your first posts (and I don't remember a lot of things).  Thanks for sharing this wonderful news.  Celebrate big!

      Best of luck in running your 11th time in the Boston Marathon…impressive!  Go Sox!

       

      Stay Strong
      King

      Stage IV 7/05  Liver mets

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      King
      Participant

      Kevin,

      Congratulations on making it to 5 years and remaining NED!!!  That is awesome.  You are such an inspiration and set a great example to show that there is life after melanoma.  My family will be cheering for you and all the other runners (athletes) running THE marathon.

      That's great that you have been able to promote melanoma prevention through your running.  I know you have always been there to support others considering BioChemo and available to answer their questions.

      Yes, it is hard to believe that it's been 5 years.  I remember one of your first posts (and I don't remember a lot of things).  Thanks for sharing this wonderful news.  Celebrate big!

      Best of luck in running your 11th time in the Boston Marathon…impressive!  Go Sox!

       

      Stay Strong
      King

      Stage IV 7/05  Liver mets

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      MichaelFL
      Participant

      Great Job! I'm with you buddy!

      [IMG]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz239/mpw321/MVC-004S.jpg[/IMG]

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      MichaelFL
      Participant

      Great Job! I'm with you buddy!

      [IMG]http://i831.photobucket.com/albums/zz239/mpw321/MVC-004S.jpg[/IMG]

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      BethA in VA
      Participant

      Wow…congratulations.  Five is a great number.  So nice to hear good news.  Keep it up!!  Beth 3/B

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        Terra
        Participant

        Congratulations! Good luck in the marathon!

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        Terra
        Participant

        Congratulations! Good luck in the marathon!

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      BethA in VA
      Participant

      Wow…congratulations.  Five is a great number.  So nice to hear good news.  Keep it up!!  Beth 3/B

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      JanefromMaine.
      Participant

      KEVIN!!!!! :)

      Congrats congrats, and so happy to see you my friend :)

      Love the marathon celebration in Boston, how wonderful!

      Call me crazy, but I am doing my first skydive end of May to bring awareness in month of may awareness months and also as a check off on my bucket list and to also celebrate my 5 year!! woo-hoo to us new englanders in celebration mode!

      I will watch the board for how you do in your marathon and sooooo happy to hear of your 5 years!!!! Hugs oxo

      PS~ I am now at Dana Farber, love that there is 3 great hospitals right there Beth, Dana and Mass General wow talk about jackpot melanoma options and care! Altho Duke saved my life, always greatful but love the 3 hospital connection here :)

      Cheers!

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        KevinM
        Participant

        Janen,

        My son sky dives in Lebanon Me…is that where you are going? He has been after me to get a jump in….this might be the year! Enjoy!!

        Kevin

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        JanefromMaine.
        Participant

        Yes! Skydive New England!! Lets keep in touch [email protected] I will let you know what date is picked if you care to meet up ok! :)

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        JanefromMaine.
        Participant

        Yes! Skydive New England!! Lets keep in touch [email protected] I will let you know what date is picked if you care to meet up ok! :)

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        KevinM
        Participant

        Janen,

        My son sky dives in Lebanon Me…is that where you are going? He has been after me to get a jump in….this might be the year! Enjoy!!

        Kevin

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      JanefromMaine.
      Participant

      KEVIN!!!!! :)

      Congrats congrats, and so happy to see you my friend :)

      Love the marathon celebration in Boston, how wonderful!

      Call me crazy, but I am doing my first skydive end of May to bring awareness in month of may awareness months and also as a check off on my bucket list and to also celebrate my 5 year!! woo-hoo to us new englanders in celebration mode!

      I will watch the board for how you do in your marathon and sooooo happy to hear of your 5 years!!!! Hugs oxo

      PS~ I am now at Dana Farber, love that there is 3 great hospitals right there Beth, Dana and Mass General wow talk about jackpot melanoma options and care! Altho Duke saved my life, always greatful but love the 3 hospital connection here :)

      Cheers!

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      KevinM
      Participant

      Thank you all for the words of encouragement…they mean a lot to me!

      Kein

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      KevinM
      Participant

      Thank you all for the words of encouragement…they mean a lot to me!

      Kein

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      Rocco
      Participant
      Clinical Trial ParticipantNED

      Hi Kevin,

      Congrats on the 5 year NED status!  Thanks for your informative and encouraging posts over the years.  You helped me a great deal getting psyched up for my stay at Beth Israel for IL-2.   Seriously, 19 marathons?  Wow!  Have a great run and thanks for continuing to raise awareness for the cause!

      -Rocco

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      Rocco
      Participant
      Clinical Trial ParticipantNED

      Hi Kevin,

      Congrats on the 5 year NED status!  Thanks for your informative and encouraging posts over the years.  You helped me a great deal getting psyched up for my stay at Beth Israel for IL-2.   Seriously, 19 marathons?  Wow!  Have a great run and thanks for continuing to raise awareness for the cause!

      -Rocco

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