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NEAD

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    Mat
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      As many of my fellow Stage IVers know, I started on ipi/nivo in January 2016 after a somewhat rough 2015.  I had a PET-CT yesterday and am really grateful for the results.  "No evidence of FDG avid malignancy."  There are no sweeter words.  To me, this is "my" functional equivalent of "no evidence of active disease".  I'll never be "NED" because I started with a heavy tumor burden.  CTs will continue to show what is either scar tissue or lesions being held at bay by T-cells.  Of course, this (my stable disease) may be temporary–and I remind myself regularly that this is likely the case.  However, I'll take it for the moment.  As I recently said to someone, in a sense, all of my prayers (related to Stage IV melanoma) have been answered–I've been blessed with the strength to meet this challenge (note: this waxes and wanes on a daily basis depending on the day and circumstances–I'm no pillar of strength) and with a great medical team to help me manage the challenge.  I'm looking forward to experiencing another holiday season with my wife, kids, family and friends, particularly when I've not been promised one.  My heart goes out to those Stage IVers that are struggling with present challenges, including Josh, Paul, Brian and Gary.  I've been there and it sucks.  You do your best to meet the challenge and press on.

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        youngann
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          That's very good news, Mat, long may it stay this way for you. Merry Christmas!

          Ann

          youngann
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            That's very good news, Mat, long may it stay this way for you. Merry Christmas!

            Ann

            youngann
            Participant

              That's very good news, Mat, long may it stay this way for you. Merry Christmas!

              Ann

              BrianP
              Participant

                So happy to hear your update Mat.  Congrats.  Needed to hear some good news right now. 

                Brian

                BrianP
                Participant

                  So happy to hear your update Mat.  Congrats.  Needed to hear some good news right now. 

                  Brian

                  BrianP
                  Participant

                    So happy to hear your update Mat.  Congrats.  Needed to hear some good news right now. 

                    Brian

                    keepthefaith11
                    Participant
                      So happy to hear Mat. Enjoy you holiday season with your loved ones!

                      Annie

                      keepthefaith11
                      Participant
                        So happy to hear Mat. Enjoy you holiday season with your loved ones!

                        Annie

                        keepthefaith11
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                          So happy to hear Mat. Enjoy you holiday season with your loved ones!

                          Annie

                          Bubbles
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                            Oh, Mat!  That is a beautiful Christmas gift to us all.  Enjoy your holiday with your loved ones!  Here's to many more!!! love, c

                            Bubbles
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                              Oh, Mat!  That is a beautiful Christmas gift to us all.  Enjoy your holiday with your loved ones!  Here's to many more!!! love, c

                              Bubbles
                              Participant

                                Oh, Mat!  That is a beautiful Christmas gift to us all.  Enjoy your holiday with your loved ones!  Here's to many more!!! love, c

                                debwray
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                                  Hi Mat,

                                  Thanks for posting some good news. It is helpful to see this from a stage iv patient with liver mets as i have been recently diagnosed stage iv  liver involvement and the prognosis seems extra gloomy..

                                  Bet the waiting for the swcan results was tough- and that your Christmas will be all the sweeter for the good news.

                                  Best Wishes,

                                  Deb

                                  debwray
                                  Participant

                                    Hi Mat,

                                    Thanks for posting some good news. It is helpful to see this from a stage iv patient with liver mets as i have been recently diagnosed stage iv  liver involvement and the prognosis seems extra gloomy..

                                    Bet the waiting for the swcan results was tough- and that your Christmas will be all the sweeter for the good news.

                                    Best Wishes,

                                    Deb

                                    debwray
                                    Participant

                                      Hi Mat,

                                      Thanks for posting some good news. It is helpful to see this from a stage iv patient with liver mets as i have been recently diagnosed stage iv  liver involvement and the prognosis seems extra gloomy..

                                      Bet the waiting for the swcan results was tough- and that your Christmas will be all the sweeter for the good news.

                                      Best Wishes,

                                      Deb

                                      gregor913
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                                        Thats great news . Especially right before the holidays. Hold your family a little tighter today and praise God. Greg
                                        gregor913
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                                          Thats great news . Especially right before the holidays. Hold your family a little tighter today and praise God. Greg
                                          gregor913
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                                            Thats great news . Especially right before the holidays. Hold your family a little tighter today and praise God. Greg
                                            Polymath
                                            Participant

                                              Hi Mat,

                                              My words just cannot sum up how happy I am for you.  And your words…may I just copy and paste them someday?  Perhaps after my surgery because they sum up my feelings so precisely, I could never say them myself better.  Merriest of Christmas' to you and your family as the gift of life, is the most precious gift one can receive.

                                              Gary

                                              Polymath
                                              Participant

                                                Hi Mat,

                                                My words just cannot sum up how happy I am for you.  And your words…may I just copy and paste them someday?  Perhaps after my surgery because they sum up my feelings so precisely, I could never say them myself better.  Merriest of Christmas' to you and your family as the gift of life, is the most precious gift one can receive.

                                                Gary

                                                Polymath
                                                Participant

                                                  Hi Mat,

                                                  My words just cannot sum up how happy I am for you.  And your words…may I just copy and paste them someday?  Perhaps after my surgery because they sum up my feelings so precisely, I could never say them myself better.  Merriest of Christmas' to you and your family as the gift of life, is the most precious gift one can receive.

                                                  Gary

                                                  Patrisa
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                                                    Mat,

                                                    I'm sooo happy for you, enjoy your NEAD status, may it last forever!

                                                    Happy holidays!

                                                    Patrisa

                                                    Patrisa
                                                    Participant

                                                      Mat,

                                                      I'm sooo happy for you, enjoy your NEAD status, may it last forever!

                                                      Happy holidays!

                                                      Patrisa

                                                      Patrisa
                                                      Participant

                                                        Mat,

                                                        I'm sooo happy for you, enjoy your NEAD status, may it last forever!

                                                        Happy holidays!

                                                        Patrisa

                                                        jvictoria
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                                                          Merry Christmas for a fellow Stage IV

                                                          jvictoria
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                                                            Merry Christmas for a fellow Stage IV

                                                            jvictoria
                                                            Participant

                                                              Merry Christmas for a fellow Stage IV

                                                              _Paul_
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                                                                That is sweet news Mat! You may not consider yourself to be a pillar of strength, but you are one tough cookie. You are also a great example to me of what is possible in the war against this stupid disease, not just the biological struggle, but the mental battle as well.

                                                                I hate this disease so much, that it is very distasteful to me to allow it to rob me of the ability to enjoy my time in this universe. But it is a lot easier to just type out some words than to live them day after day, I take strength and encouragement from your posts and it makes it easier for me to try to live up to my goal.

                                                                – Paul

                                                                _Paul_
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                                                                  That is sweet news Mat! You may not consider yourself to be a pillar of strength, but you are one tough cookie. You are also a great example to me of what is possible in the war against this stupid disease, not just the biological struggle, but the mental battle as well.

                                                                  I hate this disease so much, that it is very distasteful to me to allow it to rob me of the ability to enjoy my time in this universe. But it is a lot easier to just type out some words than to live them day after day, I take strength and encouragement from your posts and it makes it easier for me to try to live up to my goal.

                                                                  – Paul

                                                                  _Paul_
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                                                                    That is sweet news Mat! You may not consider yourself to be a pillar of strength, but you are one tough cookie. You are also a great example to me of what is possible in the war against this stupid disease, not just the biological struggle, but the mental battle as well.

                                                                    I hate this disease so much, that it is very distasteful to me to allow it to rob me of the ability to enjoy my time in this universe. But it is a lot easier to just type out some words than to live them day after day, I take strength and encouragement from your posts and it makes it easier for me to try to live up to my goal.

                                                                    – Paul

                                                                    Casitas1
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                                                                      Keep it up!
                                                                      Casitas1
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                                                                        Keep it up!
                                                                        Casitas1
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                                                                          Keep it up!
                                                                          jennunicorn
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                                                                            What a great Christmas present! 

                                                                            Cheers to a lifetime of NEAD for you Mat!

                                                                            Merry Christmas to you and your family,

                                                                            jennunicorn
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                                                                              What a great Christmas present! 

                                                                              Cheers to a lifetime of NEAD for you Mat!

                                                                              Merry Christmas to you and your family,

                                                                              jennunicorn
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                                                                                What a great Christmas present! 

                                                                                Cheers to a lifetime of NEAD for you Mat!

                                                                                Merry Christmas to you and your family,

                                                                                Mamapegela
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                                                                                  That is wonderful news.  Thank you for sharing and spreading hope.  

                                                                                  Peggy

                                                                                  Mamapegela
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                                                                                    That is wonderful news.  Thank you for sharing and spreading hope.  

                                                                                    Peggy

                                                                                    Mamapegela
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                                                                                      That is wonderful news.  Thank you for sharing and spreading hope.  

                                                                                      Peggy

                                                                                      stars
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                                                                                        Fantastic news, friend… thank you for sharing, your words have touched alot of people.

                                                                                        stars
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                                                                                          Fantastic news, friend… thank you for sharing, your words have touched alot of people.

                                                                                          stars
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                                                                                            Fantastic news, friend… thank you for sharing, your words have touched alot of people.

                                                                                            JoshF
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                                                                                              Mat- this is just great news. I know how hard you've battled so to hear this is uplifting and gives hope to us all especially to me as I'm dealing with a significant tumor burden and been kicked for a good part of 2016. Enjoy your holidays and I pray that this is your new norm that continues…you certainly deserve this NEAD status. So happy for you brother.

                                                                                              Josh

                                                                                              JoshF
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                                                                                                Mat- this is just great news. I know how hard you've battled so to hear this is uplifting and gives hope to us all especially to me as I'm dealing with a significant tumor burden and been kicked for a good part of 2016. Enjoy your holidays and I pray that this is your new norm that continues…you certainly deserve this NEAD status. So happy for you brother.

                                                                                                Josh

                                                                                                JoshF
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                                                                                                  Mat- this is just great news. I know how hard you've battled so to hear this is uplifting and gives hope to us all especially to me as I'm dealing with a significant tumor burden and been kicked for a good part of 2016. Enjoy your holidays and I pray that this is your new norm that continues…you certainly deserve this NEAD status. So happy for you brother.

                                                                                                  Josh

                                                                                                  AshleyS
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                                                                                                    Great news, May! Enjoy your family!!!!!

                                                                                                      AshleyS
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                                                                                                        Ugh….I obviously meant MAT!

                                                                                                        AshleyS
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                                                                                                          Ugh….I obviously meant MAT!

                                                                                                          AshleyS
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                                                                                                            Ugh….I obviously meant MAT!

                                                                                                          AshleyS
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                                                                                                            Great news, May! Enjoy your family!!!!!

                                                                                                            AshleyS
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                                                                                                              Great news, May! Enjoy your family!!!!!

                                                                                                              Scooby123
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                                                                                                                So pleased for you Matt, enjoy a holiday with your family. Nice to have positive news for us stage IV .

                                                                                                                scooby x

                                                                                                                Scooby123
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                                                                                                                  So pleased for you Matt, enjoy a holiday with your family. Nice to have positive news for us stage IV .

                                                                                                                  scooby x

                                                                                                                  Scooby123
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                                                                                                                    So pleased for you Matt, enjoy a holiday with your family. Nice to have positive news for us stage IV .

                                                                                                                    scooby x

                                                                                                                    Jubes
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                                                                                                                      So happy for you Mat!! Hope you have a very happy Xmas. Your family will be over the moon!

                                                                                                                      Anne-Louise 

                                                                                                                      Jubes
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                                                                                                                        So happy for you Mat!! Hope you have a very happy Xmas. Your family will be over the moon!

                                                                                                                        Anne-Louise 

                                                                                                                        Jubes
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                                                                                                                          So happy for you Mat!! Hope you have a very happy Xmas. Your family will be over the moon!

                                                                                                                          Anne-Louise 

                                                                                                                          Terrified
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                                                                                                                            Pretty new to these boards, but it is nice to see positive news! So glad for you.

                                                                                                                            Judy

                                                                                                                            Terrified
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                                                                                                                              Pretty new to these boards, but it is nice to see positive news! So glad for you.

                                                                                                                              Judy

                                                                                                                              Terrified
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                                                                                                                                Pretty new to these boards, but it is nice to see positive news! So glad for you.

                                                                                                                                Judy

                                                                                                                                jenny22
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                                                                                                                                  Mat-

                                                                                                                                  Such wonderful news for you and YOUR WHOLE FAMILY.

                                                                                                                                  Enjoy the good news and may it last for a long time to come.

                                                                                                                                  Best,

                                                                                                                                  Jenny

                                                                                                                                  jenny22
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                                                                                                                                    Mat-

                                                                                                                                    Such wonderful news for you and YOUR WHOLE FAMILY.

                                                                                                                                    Enjoy the good news and may it last for a long time to come.

                                                                                                                                    Best,

                                                                                                                                    Jenny

                                                                                                                                    jenny22
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                                                                                                                                      Mat-

                                                                                                                                      Such wonderful news for you and YOUR WHOLE FAMILY.

                                                                                                                                      Enjoy the good news and may it last for a long time to come.

                                                                                                                                      Best,

                                                                                                                                      Jenny

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