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Archive: March, 2013

A word from Patient #1's doctor

Friday, March 29, 2013, 11:47 AM
It is my honor as one of TJ’s treating physicians at Moffitt Cancer Center, to have been asked by him to contribute to his “Patient #1” blog. I have been at Moffitt Cancer Center since 2006, first as a surgical oncology fellow in training and now as a faculty member specializing in... Read more

Patient #1 awarded Patient Advocate of the Year by Melanoma International Foundation

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 5:50 AM
When I started writing about this battle with melanoma, it was to update concerned family and friends. We had a mailing list and a Facebook page, and after my first surgery, I took over the main task of letting everyone know how I was doing and what was next. Some posts made people laugh, others... Read more

When real life meets cancer you get the good, the bad, and the ugly

Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 10:31 AM
I just finished reading a “blogger’s guide” on the Internet by Jeff Goins on what makes a great blog post, and am about to break just about every one of his rules. Sometimes, when real life meets cancer, the results don’t fit into a tidy 500-word post with a defined beginning... Read more

Finding a balance between life as a cancer patient and life as a husband, father

Friday, March 15, 2013, 10:54 AM
The last few blog posts weren’t exactly full of positive energy. When I signed up to do this blog – and even before, when I was posting to Facebook – I wanted to keep a few things consistent. The blog should be relevant to what is going on in my treatment. The blog should keep... Read more

Patient #1: Exploring options for Plan B

Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7:00 AM
OK, so Plan A didn’t have the super, dramatic, life-saving cure we all hoped it would. Disappointing? Of course. End of the world? Definitely not. So after a long weekend of thinking, where does that leave me? First, it leaves us thinking about Plan B. The most likely path we will go down... Read more

Latest procedure on the books means no rest for Patient #1

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 12:13 PM
Lest we thought just waiting for scans were the only March activity, melanoma or something related to this treatment decided to add another mystery obstacle – on Josie’s third birthday, of course. Back in December at the end of our quick Disney trip, I had some funky white-ish growth on... Read more

'No matter how you slice it, the results felt disappointing'

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7:00 AM
The last post was done quickly and somewhat efficiently to get the news of the scans out before you all headed home for the weekend – I know have a more captive audience when I can steal 10 minutes of your employer’s time than when competing against family time. I left out a lot of details... Read more

The results are in for Patient #1

Friday, March 1, 2013, 11:08 AM
OK the news everyone is waiting for – I got the port out today. Whew. Oh yea, that other thing. Results were “confusing” to one of the world’s leading melanoma specialists. I am glad I still have the ability to baffle even the brightest among us. Regardless, we didn’t... 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.

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