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Archive: August, 2013

Episode II: The Shingles Strikes Back

Friday, August 30, 2013, 9:46 AM
Remember all that talk about how the bout with shingles wasn’t really all that bad? Yea, about that… apparently, shingles doesn’t just go quietly. It pillaged and burned as it went through my central nervous system, and while on the outside the visible damage is nearly gone, under... Read more

Does Monsanto cause cancer?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 10:05 AM
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" - Hippocrates Let’s put the cards on the table now. My melanoma cells were initially caused by unprotected sun exposure, likely in my early to mid-20’s, that manifested in a small tumor near my right clavicle. Surgery was performed... Read more

A reminder of why I fight

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 1:13 PM
“They say you’ll have nightmares if you don’t have some dreams; It’s another Grand Bar Scheme.” - Scott Kirby, “Grand Bar Schemes” From what I understand, it started the way many great ideas do – a group of friends sitting around over drinks. Someone... Read more

Second scan results for Patient #1

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 3:42 PM
Well, the expedited scans that we got on our first go-around at Holy Cross was followed up with a delayed response the second time. You would think the radiologist would check with me before he makes vacation plans, but no… So not only did we wait all weekend, Monday came and went without... Read more

Patient #1: Staying mentally strong

Thursday, August 8, 2013, 10:12 AM
“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; about how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Robert Balboa, Sr. It is funny how life works sometimes. During my first hospital... Read more

A small setback: Shingles and Woogie

Monday, August 5, 2013, 10:12 AM
As we approach the one year mark of my diagnosis, the annual “bonus” I got was an all-expense paid stay in fabulous Holy Cross Hospital for shingles. It reminds me of a “The Price is Right” prize package: “On this luxurious journey to the heart of tropical north Fort... 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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