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2015 Has Been Great So Far!

Rob 2015

Rob 2015
Life throws a lot of curves. Sometimes it’s a ball into the dirt, sometimes is a slow hanger over the plate that is hit out of the park.

It’d been a while since I have hit a home run.

Since my ocular melanoma diagnosis in 2008 I’ve been thrown a lot of pitches into the dirt – unhittable and with life-changing consequences.

But where you were only has one path and it’s taken you to where you are today.

All the people I know that have woken up one day only to be told the same awful news I received so many years ago have one thing in common: to be counted as a survivor.

Our time may be measured in months or years, but we struggle each and every day and we continue as best we can to keep our “survivor” status.

It is a time in our lives that crosses the need to be strong and independent, and consoled with understanding and compassion. My heart goes out to every person on this road, no matter the cause.

August 2016 will mark 5 years since my enucleation, 8 years since my diagnosis and 13 and a half years since I started this journey.

I’m still at bat.

I have learned that there is no strength in denial. Every year I have my annual tests and every year I come close to giving up. Except this year. 2015 was a watershed moment for me. I found support and caring within my family that I did not notice before (I’m pretty certain it was always there, I was just too blind to see, no pun intended).

I am in a new and loving relationship that provides the normalcy I needed to not feel like a “one-eyed wonder”. Thanks to my awesome prosthetic most people don’t even give my one-sightedness a second thought as it quickly becomes a non-issue for my friends. I try hard to not remind them when I bump into them on the left.

Struggle is a part of life. But it need not take over your life.

I hope that you are not walking with me on this particular journey. But know this: you are not alone.

Novel Technique Shows Promise for Ocular Melanoma

Percutaneous hepatic perfusion could be useful for colon, neuroendocrine cancers

Stockholm — Mature data from an ongoing trial of percutaneous hepatic perfusion (PHP)— a novel technique in which chemotherapy is infused directly into the liver—continue to show improved progression-free survival (PFS) for patients with liver metastases from ocular melanoma.

Researchers say the PHP technique could be used to treat other tumors that cause liver metastases, such as neuroendocrine or colon, if trials yield positive results. This news comes from a study reported by investigators from the University of Pittsburgh at the 2011 European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress (EMCC).

“This is the first treatment to show a clinical benefit in patients with liver metastases from ocular melanoma,” said lead investigator James Pingpank, MD, professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a surgical oncologist with UPMC Cancer Centers.

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