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Archive: April, 2013

Living with a colostomy

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 10:05 AM
Let’s get this out of the way now - if you get a little queasy from hearing bodily functions in detail, you might want to think twice about proceeding. If toilet humor makes you sick instead of making you laugh, this might be the time to read the Phillies’ High Cheese blog instead. If... Read more

So what is a colostomy?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 10:02 AM
So what exactly is an “ostomy”, and how did I get one? Many of you have probably heard of a colostomy, or a colostomy bag, but, much like me, had no idea what it meant or what happens to those who get one. An "ostomy" is an opening created somewhere on the body to remove ‘stuff’... Read more

Patient #1: Staying safe from the sun

Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 10:54 AM
I wrote last week about being your own advocate with your doctors and health care, but what about advocating externally? Many of us hold strong beliefs, yet keep them internalized or among those who share the same opinions. Politics, religion, sports – you hear ad nauseam debate on these from... Read more

Patient #1: Is PD-1 the answer?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 10:27 AM
So now that we are underway with Plan B, it would probably be a good idea to give some more details on what exactly Plan B is and how it’s going to help me overcome this pesky melanoma nuisance. As the last blog post read, we started last Friday with the Merck PD-1 trial at Holy Cross Hospital... Read more

This week: Patient #1 reaffirmed the need to be his own advocate

Friday, April 12, 2013, 9:51 AM
For those of you who like to cut right to the chase, here is the short and sweet update. We are on to Plan B, starting Friday, and I have been randomized into the treatment group – that’s the one that gets the trial drug, in this case, Merck’s PD-1 antibody. The entire family exhaled;... Read more

Does sugar feed cancer?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 10:33 AM
So, when battling a deadly disease, you would hope there is some clear-cut, scientific, easily understood information regarding tangentially taking care of your heath, outside said disease. Sadly, you wouldn't just be wrong, you’d be WAY wrong. You are about to hear just a fraction of why... Read more

Patient #1's week of doctors

Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 10:00 AM
It has been a whirlwind week; Blue Cross FL has to be shaking their heads as they see authorization after authorization come in. First, a dermatologist visit last Wednesday, which I found almost comical. It had nothing to do with the doctor, though – the irony of getting checked for potentially... 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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