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Archive: May, 2013

The role of the caregiver from a patient's view

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:50 AM
You have cancer. You just heard the news, maybe an hour ago, or a day or a week, or even longer. The shock has subsided, and the initial rush of fear, apprehension, and pendulum-swinging emotions give way to a more steadied (although not always healthy) mental state. You look at the person who has... Read more

A melanoma fighter's summer guide to sunscreen

Thursday, May 23, 2013, 9:33 AM
Hey guess what – summer is already here! This weekend, grills will be fired up, picnics will be unpacked, boats will be dropped in, and hordes of people will descend on beaches up and down the Shore. We’re also a month away from the longest day of the year and the hottest three-month stretch... Read more

Making memories that will last a lifetime

Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 9:40 AM
So you know when you have one of those “that was awesome” smiling moments? Courtesy of friends, the Marlins, and the Phillies, the whole Sharpe family got to experience that together. Few things in the last year were as fun as last night’s Phillies-Marlins game in Miami. My buddy... Read more

A Mother's Day gift

Monday, May 13, 2013, 9:37 AM
Mother’s Day – the Hallmark-inspired combination of flowers, cards, brunch, presents, family time, and whatever else all you Mothers out there desire for the one day a year that is (supposedly) all yours. Even if we should be celebrating mothers every week, it is nice to fully appreciate... Read more

Melanoma Awareness Day

Monday, May 6, 2013, 12:06 PM
With the beginning of summer looming and its increase in outdoor activities, May has become the self-proclaimed Melanoma Awareness Month among the different groups and societies that support melanoma patients and survivors. Monday, May 6th, is the day you will see black ribbons, Facebook pictures... Read more

Patient #1's birthday 'shots'

Friday, May 3, 2013, 9:48 AM
Thursday, May 2, 1996. Rumors Bar and Grill, owned by my friend and lab partner Eric’s parents. A bunch of Carnegie Mellon Betas crowded around the bar, celebrating my 21st birthday the night before the last day of classes. Shots all around – starting with Sambuca after dinner and ending... 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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