Just an update.

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9/22/2010 11:45am
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Hey everyone, I've been home from the hospital since friday. I tolerated 11 bags of IL-2 the scond round. The side effects were much worse this time as I was told and expected. I've been taking it easy, resting and recovering here at home. Happy to say that today I finally feel like myself again. Got my first good nights sleep in weeks and only lingering effects are dry hands and a little body itching. And all i do now is wait, I get another Mri in a couple weeks and a ct scan in 5 weeks and see if these things are shrinking. It's kind of nice, these 5 weeks of waiting... no appointments, no hospitals, no bad news, almost like 5 a five week vacation. Time to focus on being me again. Going to get back into the mix at work. I plan on spending alot of time outdoors, staying busy and being active as much as I can. Fill my mind with all the thoughts I had before all of this. Make my self mentally and emotionally healthy inhopes the physical will follow. Just going enjoy this time I have here and try to manifest some positve news from the doctor. We'll see. Hoping and praying.



Sherron - (9/22/2010 - 12:55pm)

Hey Kevin,

Enjoy your time off....you deserve a break.  Wishing you the very best.

Take Care,

Sherron, wife to Jim

triciad - (9/22/2010 - 3:49pm)


I'm so happy things are going well...the power of positive thoought!  You have been and will remain in my daily prayers.  Keep the fight going!


KatyWI - (9/22/2010 - 5:30pm)

Yes!  Enjoy that time off.  I usually had a PET scan after about 4 weeks - will you as well?  I hope it shows good response for you (even though that would mean you'd have to go back - bleck!)

Enjoy sleeping in your own bed, next to your own wife, under your own roof, and may the only beeping that disturbs your rest be the blasted alarm clock in the morning. 


Just keep going!

lhaley - (9/22/2010 - 6:43pm)


Sounds like you did amazing. You certainly have a good attitude. Enjoy these next few weeks and try to put melanoma in a box in the closet while you wait.

Sending hugs,


Stage IV Waiting for surgery

jag - (9/22/2010 - 7:53pm)

Kevin, I am amazed by how well you are doing(physically and mentally) Enjoy your time off, definitely take that beautiful wife of yours on a trip someplace nice with a good dinner.  

God Bless, and stay well


Insert Generic Inspirational Motto Here

himynameiskevin - (9/23/2010 - 11:52pm)

Yep I am, I'm taking her to disneyland on Monday, a suprise, I have the whole day planned. It's her favorite place on earth. A thank you from me to her for continuous support. And also just cause I like to see her smile. Should be fun. :)

Rocco - (9/22/2010 - 8:01pm)


Congrats on taking 11 bags on your second round.  Sounds like you have the right plan, rest, relax, recharge.  Hang in there!  You'll get a lot of support from this board....I sure did when I went through IL-2.   Enjoy the 'down time'.

Luke 1:37

King - (9/22/2010 - 10:01pm)



Thanks for the update.  I love your attitude!  Enjoy the time...


Stay Strong

Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

Fen - (9/23/2010 - 7:17am)


Glad to hear you're getting over the last batch, Kevin.  Enjoy this time and keep us posted when you feel like it.



dian in spokane - (9/23/2010 - 7:21pm)


11 bags! you brute! congratulations. I'm so glad you are feeling better, and hope you get to enjoy the next 5 weeks without too much worrying, and that your strength and good health return.

And of course, most importantly, I hope you have a complete durable response. Not everyone is able to tolerate IL 2 but I've met several long term stage IV patients from here who credit IL 2 with turning their lives around.

May you join their ranks!


JuleFL - (9/23/2010 - 11:27pm)

Great job, Kevin.  Enjoy your 5 week vacation!


Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.........put out my hand and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee, Jr

Jim in Denver - (9/23/2010 - 11:47pm)

Hi Kevin,

Sending positive thoughts and best wishes to you.  Thanks so much for posting - you have many supporters out here who are pulling for you!




himynameiskevin - (9/23/2010 - 11:56pm)

Just want to say thank you all for the continuous positive feedback. To log on and see new replies from numerous people wishing me well, it means more than I can even begin to explain. Thanks you all so much.  -Kevin

Laurie from maine - (9/24/2010 - 4:40pm)

Good for you, amazing job!  So glad you are going to take monday and just go enjoy! 

take care

laurie from maine