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Blog entry by mmax posted 396 days ago 581 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was diagnosed with colon cancer in June of 2012 and underwent surgery to remove the tumor. A week after the surgery I was waiting to be released from the hospital but started feeling like something wasn’t quite right. After a quick CT scan I was rushed into surgery due to a leak in the colon. As a result of the leakage I ended up with sepsis. After surgery I was moved to ICU for a week and then spent three more weeks after that in the hospital. That was followed up with an additional 3 months of home care. When I left the hospital they had given me a colostomy but as a result of the extensive amount of scar tissue and complications with it they took this down in December and gave me an ileostomy. In May of this year they finally took that down and reconnected the colon and as of two weeks ago I was at last given the green light to return to my woodshop. I just posted my first project which is “A Little Free Library”.

-- Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else

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#1 posted 396 days ago

Talk about a tough time buddy, you’ve had it. Good to see you back.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 396 days ago

That’s a hell of a journey. Glad to hear you made it through. Congrats on beating the cancer and on being able to work with wood again.

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#3 posted 396 days ago

At times we act as if our peace and confidence is a matter of effort and self-control.

Glad to hear that you’re back on your feet and in the Shop again.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 396 days ago


Sorry to hear of the difficulties you’ve been through. I know what it’s like to be diagnosed as having colon cancer and having to have the surgery to “fix” this. I had my bout with colon cancer in September, 2007. Your experience makes me realize how fortunate I was/am. They caught my cancer early and I had excellent results and recovery from the surgery. I can’t imagine enduring the complications you experienced.

Welcome back to the shop. I checked out your project, nice idea and well executed.

Have fun and Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#5 posted 396 days ago

Great news! I had half a lung removed and complications post-op required a second surgery 3 weeks later. This was in DEC ‘11 and Jan ‘12. I am now back in the shop but can’t do any heavy lifting or use many of my hand tools now. I am seriously thinking about selling my workbench and hand planes now. But I keep making boxes and small house items for the wife and relatives. Glad to had a full recovery but as the Sargent on the old Hill Street Blues TV show said “Be careful out there”. ;-)

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#6 posted 396 days ago

Glad to hear you will be making saw dust again. Looking forward to many future projects from you.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 396 days ago

glad to see your doing better and sometimes just making sawdust will make you feel’ve been through the wringer in the last year.just don’t over do it.take care.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 396 days ago

Glad to hear that you are well into recovery. You really had a rough time.

I was diagnosed with Colon cancer stage 3B about 7 years ago and had surgery and 6 months of chemo. The only lingering side effect is some numbness in the toes on my right foot.

Eat healthy and keep getting those checkups.

Everybody else: If you are over 50 and haven’t had a colonoscopy – get with the program!

-- Joe

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#9 posted 396 days ago

Glad to have you back.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#10 posted 396 days ago

Glad to here you are doing ok

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