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    In the next couple of weeks, I'll be starting Optune therapy. One of the requirements is to keep your head shaved, down to the skin, without any stubble.   I have thick hair with no balding as it is and am wondering if there's a recommended razor or process to use. I understand that a skin tight cut will be needed so I forsee myself shaving a few times a week. I appreciate any and all suggestions on type of ra...

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      Hello everyone! I had a GBM4 resection on May 28, 2017 and started radiation and chemo this past Tuesday (today is day 4).  I'm still having headaches, long lasting and dull...the kind where they are just simply bothersome.  That said, I have a few questions I'm hoping to answer: (1) Do narcotic meds help or make it worse?  I'm talking hydrocondone, oxy, fentanyl, etc.  My NO nurse said taking t...

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        I appreciate your experience and will hope to be "fast tracked" as well.  Five months!  I'm sure there is/was a reason for this tardiness.  Thanks again :)

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          Great!  I'll be sending in the paperwork today.  Hopefully I'll hear back by the end of summer :)  

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            Hi there everyone!  I'm interested in learning if anyone has had any success in getting qualified for SSD benefits?  Any tips for making this seamless?  I've started the process online and need to send in my paperwork so they can review.  From what I've read, they DO NOT rely on doctor's orders but rather, ability to do the same or similar previous job.  I'm the last person to take/accept a h...

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              June 21, 2017
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                This is great informatino Ottoh!  Thanks very much.  I'm encouraged to hear your bride has the year behind her!  Great information on the clinicals, I had no idea of the radiation requirement(s), at this point, I'm following everything suggested with the standard of treatment so that will be part of it.  UTSWMC has a good portal that I can review various clinicals, it has become something I review...

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                  I was recently diagnosed with a GBM 4 on May 25, 2017.  A few days later, the tumor was resected (visually 100%) by Dr. Sabatino Bianco in Arlington, TX.  I transfered my treatment to Dr. Pan at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and will begin the standard chemo & radiology care on June 27.  This will include 6 weeks of chemo & radiology (7 days of chemo and 5 days of radiology).  F...

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                  I’m a 44 year old father of two boys (15 and 20), married to my best friend for 20 years! I live in Southlake, TX and have been a sales executive/leader for most of my career, mainly in the hotel industry.
                  On May, 25, 2017, I was diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM 4) and had it resected a few days after. On June 27, I’ll begin my first course of radiation/chemo treatment. Two promising clinical trials were not possible due to my blood type and tumor characteristics.
                  I have an amazing support network which include my wife, two boys, mom & dad, mother/father in laws, my identical twin brother, older sister and their families. An amazing group of close and distant friends keep me going, day after day.
                  In full disclosure to this GBM, you are no match for me, I’m going to crush you!
                  While politics may not be important to some, I’m proud to share that MY president took office in January, 2017; always have been, always will be a tried and true supporter of Donald J. Trump! #MAGA!

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