Thursday, January 29, 2015

Gambling with life at Mexican clinics

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 10:32 AM
Months ago I had saved a link for a future post: “Cancer patients take their hopes to Tijuana.” Even though it’s nearly 10 years old, I had stumbled on it just before my trip to San Diego, and considered spending a day South of the Border to explore radical treatments offered outside... Read more

Taking it easy after surgery

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 12:56 PM
When the worse news in the last seven days is that your PET scan follow-up reveals a sinus infection causing irritation, instead of possible melanoma, I would say it’s been a pretty good week so far. First, the good news: PET scan results had a couple of places light up a bit. Two of them were... Read more

769 days later, TJ is colostomy-free!

Friday, January 16, 2015, 12:24 PM
Back in November of 2012, as we approached the main part of my first clinical trial, a huge roadblock appeared. Scans revealed bacteria in an abscess in my midsection, caused by a diverticulitis (and not cancer-related, just dumb, bad luck). With "lymphodepletion" being a part of the protocol, where... Read more

TJ's colonoscopy tips

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 4:51 PM
Most of the people reading this have, will, or SHOULD be getting a colonoscopy one day, and probably one day soon. If you have, you know the cleansing preparation is usually worse than the procedure. Over the last week, I have done the prep twice – once for a colonoscopy last week, and now... Read more

More weapons to battle cancer in 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015, 12:42 PM
If you haven’t noticed, December was a slow month of posts. Despite having a significant number of topics and events to relay, the holiday season of stress and over-commitments hit the Sharpe family with a full head of steam. Shopping, holiday parties, children’s events (including coaching... Read more

T.J. continues the fight up on The Hill

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 12:03 PM
Melanoma has opened some really great doors - getting to meet Utley and Rollins, mingling with Wall Street elite, throwing out the first pitch at a Marlins game, appearing on TV in Australia, meeting three different billionaires, hanging with Mike McCready, more photo shoots than I can count (Jen's... Read more

Tales from AACR's immunotherapy conference

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 12:26 PM
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) hosts meetings throughout the year, dealing with all types of cancers and involving multiple pharmaceutical stakeholders. The Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy conference in Orlando is primarily focused on immunotherapy research in cancers. Being... Read more

Feeling comfortable in my own skin

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 11:37 AM
There is more than just medicine, in the pharmaceutical sense, that is relevant to the fight against cancer. That includes well-being, and the notion that a fully engaged and active mind, body, and spirit can only help our bodies overcome disease. Part of my physical recovery has included consistently... Read more

Beating cancer isn't a sprint, it’s a Tough Mudder

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 10:47 AM
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” – Walt Disney OK, maybe running a Tough Mudder wasn’t exactly impossible, but for 10 miles in muck just down the road from Disney World, that quote seemed a bit relevant. I used to have it hanging in my locker in high school, never... Read more

A mishap (or two!) at the Wings of Hope Gala

Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:41 AM
This blog deals with a lot of serious stuff, but every now and then, I need to go off the reservation a little to keep things entertaining. No, we’re not talking religion, politics, or the DH; this is an observation of how “normal” events become good stories waaaaaay too often in... Read more
About this blog
T.J. Sharpe is sharing his fight against Stage 4 Melanoma. A South Jersey native and Bishop Eustace graduate, he currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, FL with his wife Jennifer and children Josie and Tommy. He was Patient #1 in a clinical trial at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa as the first person worldwide to use this sequence of treatments to fight melanoma, and is currently in a second clinical trial at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale receiving Merck’s anti-PD-1 drug Lambrolizumab

The Patient #1 blog will update the progress of T.J.'s fight against cancer, and also touch on many cancer-related topics.

Follow T.J. on Twitter and Facebook. Reach T.J. at Patient1@tjsharpe.com.

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