Friday, July 19, 2013


I am humbled by the sudden surge in views, readers, tweets, retweets and social media I do not even understand of interest in My Lung Cancer Odyssey.

I pray it’s not some ‘waiting for the train wreck syndrome’ since my DX soared to Stage 4 with brain metastasis.

When my daughter and I first met with Stephen Milito, MD of the Oakwood Cancer Center  on May 13th,  he was the first cancer person when asked to offer a timetable  … “unchanged” 6 months to 18 months to live … asking him if he ever wins he smiled and said he could not do this if he did not.

‘Changed’ by 10 whole brain radiation treatments he met with us smiling and saying I’ll see your back in 4 months … reading the radiologist report was even more encouraging.

I’m going to deviate from my normal style here because I know enough readers are facing my situation and I will simply post the diagnostic radiologist report (personal information redacted)
 Both I and my daughter could only smile at the first line “prior gamma knife treatment”
 … there was NO gamma knife however the precision targeting of whole brain radiation on my mask was so effective it fooled a radiologist … the rest reads only better

I pray for others it will provide hope when facing Stage 4 Lung Cancer with brain metastasis … it is not “end stage” lung cancer – that stigma has got to go.

 “…the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life…"
THE LAUGHING HEART by Charles Bukowski

Patrick Leer

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  1. You are so right, Patrick! I am so happy about the results!!

    I like your mask. You could use it for Halloween, along with a rain coat, and be the invisible man. :)


  2. Thank you Jackie! With the great news I have already bought my ticket to NYC Comic Con :) forget the mask I am planning to rock the Javitz Center as Walter White / Heisenberg from 'Breaking Bad' ... it's amazing what good news can do to those of us trying to outlive cancer

  3. Patrick,
    It's definitely NOT waiting for a train wreck! Our views are an expression of continuing support to all you have done. Are you going for a single day or more?

    SteveS HPHS

    1. thanks Steve as I said before my fist objective is to outlive my new refrigerator than take it from there :)