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Hello

I recently was diagnosed with eye cancer. Apparently this happens to 4-8 people per million. I've had the full body scan and thank goodness it's only in my eye. I have insurance but I'm still going to have the bills pile up and I'm asking the scooter community if they can help. I've started a gofundme and I've asked permission to post here on MV. If you can help I'd appreciate anything you can do. I'm hoping I don't lose my eye but I am preparing for the worst. Thank you.

https://gofund.me/7ecc8399
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Done. Wishing you the best and hope you can keep riding.
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Wha? emoticon Life has a habbit of throwing curveballs, but damn, that's a rough diagnosis for so many reasons. We're wishing you a speedy and permanent remission!
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Hope things go well. Yeah, curveballs and all that.
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Thanks for the funds. It's really appreciated.
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My sympathies.

Welcome to the club.
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Shoulda used thicker tinfoil?

Donated.
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I recently was diagnosed with eye cancer....


Maybe you can contact Josh Rogers, Vespa Club of America president. I understand the Scooter Relief fund is under his purview.
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I currently use an extreme cost medication that is not covered by my teacher retirement Medicare Supplemental Rx plan. The teaching university where the doc is based has an Rx program which utilizes various foundations to cover some high cost Rx situations. My entire out of pocket costs are covered for my new med. to the tune of thousands of $$$! by one of those groups.
Recently, one of our DIL's, a youngish TN teacher/mother had the entire cost of her very high cost cancer treatment covered by a Mark Cuban (entrepreneur, etc.) funded program. Go fund me is not the only help out there, lots of NGO's who assist besides the ones who have the commonly seen Rx coupons in doc offices.
Worth the mention me thinks.
At age 79 twice annual eye exams are the Medicare covered routine for me, even though I have no issues to date,still 20/20 no eye diseases, it helps alleviate onset of glaucoma and worse. As you age, do that.
Hope your eyes are saved.
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Shoulda used thicker tinfoil?

Donated.
Jess was funny one day and crowned me as such.

Thank you for the laugh and donation.
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Sigh...not fun to hear, to say the least.

Donated. And fingers crossed.
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Maybe you can contact Josh Rogers, Vespa Club of America president. I understand the Scooter Relief fund is under his purview.
I did contact VCA. They sent me a nice assistance check. Love this community! ♥️
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Best wishes for you🤗

May I ask what the early symptoms were?
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Best wishes for you🤗

May I ask what the early symptoms were?
It was a normal morning where I was going outside with the chihuahua and I rubbed my eyes. The right felt weird. Thought nothing of it until I looked in the mirror and it was bloodshot. I thought pinkeye and read up on that. No puss so that was ruled out. My blood pressure was high so I spoke with my wife and she said let's go to the urgent care. Urgent care doctor said better go to the Emergency Room. ER specialist said I should see an eye doctor. That eye doctor referred me to another who had better machines. That guy said you have cancer.

The moral of the story is I caught it early and I saw the best doctor to get a proper diagnosis.

This Thursday I will get radiation seeds put next to the cancer and it will nuke for 1 week. I won't know if it killed the cancer for months.
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On Thursday, I'll be channeling Judy by rubbing a rabbit's foot and wishing you and your medical team great good luck!
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On Thursday, I'll be channeling Judy by rubbing a rabbit's foot and wishing you and your medical team great good luck!
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You'll be in my thoughts. I hope you decide to keep us apprised.
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I recently was diagnosed with eye cancer. Apparently this happens to 4-8 people per million. I've had the full body scan and thank goodness it's only in my eye.
Hey Baudler, sorry to hear about this and best of luck with everything.

What is this full body scan called? How does it work?

Being in Canada with our public healthcare, information like this seems to be on a need-to-know basis, so I'm a little ignorant on options like this over here.
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Oh woah, that's a wild treatment. I hope it goes as smoothly as possible and just plain works. Fingers crossed for you.
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Hey Baudler, sorry to hear about this and best of luck with everything.

What is this full body scan called? How does it work?

Being in Canada with our public healthcare, information like this seems to be on a need-to-know basis, so I'm a little ignorant on options like this over here.
I'm not 100% on this, but when you get cancer in one spot, the doctors want to know if it's spread anywhere else.

The CT scan was from the chest to the boys. Nothing was found on me, other than the eye. Being 50ish, they said my prostrate was good. That helped my sanity as well.
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Ok, sounds like one or several CT scans. Got it. Thanks and again, best wishes.
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Hope you're responding well to the treatment (fingers crossed, rabbit's feet rubbed, etc)
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Update. I had the radiation treatment and it stayed in place for 1 week. It's out and my eye is healing. The eye is sore and red. I'm using drops every 6 hours. I have a follow up appointment on May 5th. Driving is sketchy as my left eye was somehow affected by the process. I don't dare ride and wondering if I'll ever ride again.

Thanks for the donations and the support ♥️♥️♥️
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Thanks for the update. Here's hoping things keep improving....especially to the point of riding again.
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Thanks for the update. Here's hoping things keep improving....especially to the point of riding again.
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Sending positive vibes your way!!
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Will be donating in a few minutes.
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Hello. Another update to my condition. The tumor has shrunk and is looking to be in good shape. The doctor has made another appointment to scan my body to see if the cancer has moved anywhere else. It's been 1 year since I was 1st diagnosed and I'll say it's been a hell of a year for me emotionally. The chances it will appear somewhere else in my body is 20% in 5 years. I'm hoping I will beat those odds. Cancer sucks.
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Hello. Another update to my condition. The tumor has shrunk and is looking to be in good shape.
w00t! I know the whole thing sucks, and is scary AF, but I'm going to try to keep this bit of good news in front. Thanks much for the update!
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Glad to hear this update from you. I can truly feel what you have been going thru as my wife has been fighting cancer in different locations for over 10 years. She goes in every 3 to 4 months now to try to stay ahead of it. Sometimes it skips a year or 2 and sometimes it is a different type of cancer. All you can do is keep going and try not to let it get you down.
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Baudler I'm wishing you well. By the looks of your avatar you have a special friend. My cat isn't so trusting. Hang in there and stay positive.
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Relatively good news! At least room for hope. I can imagine how rough the year was.
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Oooh, good initial news! I sure hope it continues to stay that way. Sounds like you've got a decent doctor keeping tabs on everything.
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this is fantastic news.

best possible outcome to the worst possible situation.

onward toward health and happiness!
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Baudler I'm wishing you well. By the looks of your avatar you have a special friend. My cat isn't so trusting. Hang in there and stay positive.
Pawsitive was right there!
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Good to hear that things are improving for you.

Oddly enough that's where mine started.

Please keep us all updated.
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