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I Shall Live!

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  • Posted By: Van W. Cottom
  • January 13, 2009
  • 01:30 AM

I have bone and joint pain in nearly every joint in my body. I am still mostly mobile using a cane, and being very careful. I am relatively pain-free using Vicodan EX 4 times a day.

I grew up in farming with heavy physical work, and some rather potent chemicals including fertilizers, and weed killers. Though I am a Viet Nam era veteran I have never knowing been exposed to any of the three “agents” used in the conflict (Agent Orange, Agent Blue, and Agent Yellow).

After discharge, I worked as a new-car dealership mechanic repairing under warrantee new cars. Exposures included lead, asbestos, carbon monoxide (exhaust fumes), and other various glues, vulcanizing agents, and paints.

I left the automotive field to become an over-the-road long haul semi-truck driver. As a single man the sleeper on the truck was my home. During the two million miles I drove I slept in truck stops, and probably inhaled several time my body weight in diesel soot. I smoked cigarettes for 27 years, and had been free of nicotine for approximately one year at the time I was diagnosed with cancer.

In 2002, while being treated for lung congestion the doctors discovered small-cell cancer encompassing my descending thoracic aorta. Though termed “lung cancer” the interior of the lungs showed no growths.

Additional testing revealed cancer had “squeezed” my voice box paralyzing one vocal cord, and had metastasis to the brain. A 6 mm circular tumor was located in the left side of my brain, short term memory area the doctors said.

I was given between 2 and 6 months to live. That was on November 4, 2002, today is January 12, 2009 and I’m still living, and intend to continue until the promise in Genesis 6:3(b) is full filled.

Right now, I have medical questions burdening me, and I need an well trained bone and joint doctor answer some questions for me that local doctors either will not, or cannot.

It is OK to e-mail me at vcottom@ma.rr.com

My web site is: http://www.cottom.org/Healing/MyTestimony.htm

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  • The insides of your lungs were clear, but they're still calling it lung cancer and blaming it on your smoking? I'm sure the cells are what they say they are (lung cancer), but don't blame your smoking. My mom developed oat cell lung cancer that had metastasized to her brain 5 years after she'd quit (she died), but here is what caused it... I had a baseball size tumor wrapped around my aorta, and pressing on my larynx. I have a picture of one vocal cord completely limp. Any chest cancer is called "lung cancer." I just get so da*n sick of hearing from these local doctors that I have seriously demanded a change, but can't get it. My insurance is through my wife whom is a nurse at our local hospital. Since they have a cancer center, they don't pay for treatments "off site."
    Van W. Cottom 2 Replies
    • January 16, 2009
    • 10:58 PM
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  • I have bone and joint pain in nearly every joint in my body. I am still mostly mobile using a cane, and being very careful. I am relatively pain-free using Vicodan EX 4 times a day. I grew up in farming with heavy physical work, and some rather potent chemicals including fertilizers, and weed killers. Though I am a Viet Nam era veteran I have never knowing been exposed to any of the three “agents” used in the conflict (Agent Orange, Agent Blue, and Agent Yellow). After discharge, I worked as a new-car dealership mechanic repairing under warrantee new cars. Exposures included lead, asbestos, carbon monoxide (exhaust fumes), and other various glues, vulcanizing agents, and paints. I left the automotive field to become an over-the-road long haul semi-truck driver. As a single man the sleeper on the truck was my home. During the two million miles I drove I slept in truck stops, and probably inhaled several time my body weight in diesel soot. I smoked cigarettes for 27 years, and had been free of nicotine for approximately one year at the time I was diagnosed with cancer. In 2002, while being treated for lung congestion the doctors discovered small-cell cancer encompassing my descending thoracic aorta. Though termed “lung cancer” the interior of the lungs showed no growths. Additional testing revealed cancer had “squeezed” my voice box paralyzing one vocal cord, and had metastasis to the brain. A 6 mm circular tumor was located in the left side of my brain, short term memory area the doctors said. I was given between 2 and 6 months to live. That was on November 4, 2002, today is January 12, 2009 and I’m still living, and intend to continue until the promise in Genesis 6:3(b) is full filled. Right now, I have medical questions burdening me, and I need an well trained bone and joint doctor answer some questions for me that local doctors either will not, or cannot. It is OK to e-mail me at vcottom@ma.rr.com My web site is: http://www.cottom.org/Healing/MyTestimony.htm Keeping fighting, you have my prayers, give it heaps! Cheers, Pete :)
    Luciddreamer1966 8 Replies
    • January 17, 2009
    • 01:07 PM
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