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Jim Allen

California
It has now been more than three years since I was diagnosed with Stage IV adenocarcenoma (lung cancer).  I initially started my blog to keep friends/family updated without needing the repeat the same stuff many times.  It has turned out to be much more than that. My blog... Full Bio
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Travel day and day one by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So...we decided to try a 7-day cruise on the Celebrity Reflection - just launched in October. This is a make-up trip for needing to cancel Galapagos in October. The t ... Read on »
Yesterday, I learned the full ... by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday, I learned the full meaning of "Cross my Heart and Hope to Die - Stick a Needle in my Eye".  That's what happened at the eye doc.  I have a small growth on my righ ... Read on »
Losing too much weight by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So...my docs are unhappy about my recent weight loss of 15 lbs since August 6. When I saw Dr E (lung oncologist) a couple weeks ago, he mentioned it. When I saw Dr F (Prima ... Read on »
10/21 update by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Several people have commented that it's a while since I posted. I have pasted an email sent to one of those people. One thing I left off is that I continue on oxygen 24/7. ... Read on »
Back to work by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I made it into the office Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. In late. Out early. But, I was able to catch up even with the short days. Home today for my oxygen delivery ... Read on »
Final checkouts by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Today, I finished final checkouts for occupational, physical and speech therapy. I think I am ready to go. Read on »
Busy Day & Good News by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer 9/12 has been very busy. Full morning and afternoon with lots of activities. I am very tired. Orig release date was 9/22. Changed today to 9/17 releases. Hurray!! Read on »
Tuesday 9/11/12 by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Thoughts today of those lost or impacted by 9/11 eleven years ago. My last 3 days at RHI have been busy and tiring. Activities scheduled almost all day. I am up to 400 ... Read on »
Saturday Setember 8 Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer 3rd day at RHI. Becoming familiar with the daily routine. 6:00 to 7:00 wake up, morning meds, move  by wheelchair to common area tables, breakfast delivered per order compl ... Read on »
Pleuridis recovery-August/July ,2012 by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer In ICU for a few days. Was a rough time. Then, moved into a regular recovery room for a few days. Today, was relocated by ambulance to RHI - Rehabilitation Hospital of Indi ... Read on »
Pneumonia - still by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Still having trouble breathing. Can't really walk even short distance, go up a few stairs or lay down without losing my breadth. I don't see being able to get into the offi ... Read on »
Pneumonia by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So...as if I don't have enough...now I have pneumonia. Difficulty breathing for a few days. Went in for an X-ray and to see Dr Einhorn. He advised I have pneumonia and has ... Read on »
fatigue by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I am very frustrated that I am still very fatigued. I assume this remains from the whole-brain radiation. My eyes are better and my throat is still dry but bearable. Of cou ... Read on »
7/11 Lungs - good news by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Chest X-ray and met with Dr E today. Lung Cancer continues to be stable. No change to current treatment. It has been a good week. Friday - brain lesions are stable. Today - ... Read on »
7/8 radiation followup by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On Friday, I had a new brain MRI and met with Dr Henderson. Happily, the brain lesions/tumors are stable. I am still feeling pretty fatigued. All Dr H's neurological tests ... Read on »
Very fatigued - 6/28/12 by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Pretty fatigued during the last few days.Walking gate is slow and a bit halting. Walking any distance is not really possible. Managed to walk about half of the Farmer's Mar ... Read on »
Fatigue - 6/22/12 - 7 weeks by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It has now been 7 weeks since my last radiation treatment. Before and after the trip, I had been getting into the office for 6 to 7 hours a day until yesterday. Significant ... Read on »
Final British Isles by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer 6/11-12 British Isles After disembarkation, we stayed at the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam. First afternoon, we mostly rested. Had tea and dinner at the hotel.  ... Read on »
Cruise Reflections by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer 6/10  disembark in Amsterdam.  We left the Azamara Journey this morning about  8:00 . Very easy. One of our smoothest disembarkations. In about 30 minutes, we ... Read on »
6/4-5-6 by Jim Allen Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Sorry if this is a repeat. It hasn't shown up that I sent it.  6/4-5-6 British Isles Monday - the Isle of Skye, Scotland - Ferry to Island of Shapinsa ... Read on »