About Lymphoma-Why Ask? My Son Has/Had It!

 

 

 

We are parents who learned much about Lymphoma and urge anyone who can to donate to research in this miserable form of Cancer! Not too many years ago, our son may not have had the great opportunity available today due to ongoing research in this field for better and  more effective medicines.
We are parents who learned much about Lymphoma and urge anyone who can to donate to research in this miserable form of Cancer! Not too many years ago, our son may not have had the great opportunity available today due to ongoing research in this field for better and more effective medicines.

APtravelnews- August 7th,-Washington, DC-Georgetown Medical Center -When my son David, who works in Washington, DC told us he had Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma more than a year ago, Barb and I were frankly devastated! Our oldest Veteran son in his mid 40’s was ill and it wasn’t a cold-it was much, much worse! After 6-months of Chemotherapy, closely monitored by a  pre-eminent Hematologist at Georgetown Medical Center, we just heard the news that he has had an excellent remission, no bone marrow test necessary, “come get checkups in 3-months, eat what you will (healthy of course) and go on with your life and that the veil of disaster is off your shoulders” said the Specialist in blood diseases. Yes, we all are celebrating today!

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that occurs when lymphocytes–white blood cells that help protect the body from infection and disease–begin behaving abnormally. Abnormal lymphocytes may divide faster than normal cells or they may live longer than they are supposed to.

Lymphoma may develop in many parts of the body, including the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, blood or other organs.

There are two main types of lymphomas:

• Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) (formerly referred to as Hodgkin’s lymphoma) – There are six types of HL, an uncommon form of lymphoma that involves the Reed-Sternberg cells.

• Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) (formerly referred to as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) – There are more than 61 types of NHL, some of which are more common than others.  Any lymphoma that does not involve Reed-Sternberg cells is classified as non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Signs and Symptoms

Certain symptoms are not specific to lymphoma and are, in fact, similar to those of many other illnesses. People often first go to the doctor because they think they have a cold, the flu or some other respiratory infection that does not go away.

Common symptoms include:

• Swelling of lymph nodes, which may or may not be painless
• Fever
• Unexplained weight loss
• Sweating (often at night)
• Chills
• Lack of energy
• Itching

Most people who have these non-specific symptoms will not have lymphoma. However, it is important that anyone with persistent symptoms be examined by a doctor to make sure lymphoma is not present.

Lymphoma Treatment

Some form of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of the two is typically used to treat Hodgkin lymphoma. Bone marrow or stem cell transplantation may also sometimes be done under special circumstances. Most patients with Hodgkin lymphoma live long and healthy lives following successful treatment.

Many people treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma will receive some form of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biologic therapy, or a combination of these. Bone marrow or stem cell transplantation may sometimes be used. Surgery may be used under special circumstances, but primarily to obtain a biopsy for diagnostic purposes.

Although “indolent” forms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma are not currently curable, the prognosis is still very good. Patients may live for 20 years or more following an initial diagnosis. In certain patients with an indolent form of the disease, treatment may not be necessary until there are signs of progression. Response to treatment can also change over time. Treatment that worked initially may be ineffective the next time, making it necessary to always keep abreast of the latest information on new or experimental treatment options.

Approximately 30 to 60 percent of patients with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma can be cured. go: Lymphoma.org for more information

When Renting a Vehicle Know Your Vehicle Before Pulling Out of the Lot

Rent a vehicle to fit your travel plan. We were looking for antiques and so we chose a van for the week we planned on buying various sized antique items including furniture!
Rent a vehicle to fit your travel plan. We were looking for antiques and so we chose a van for the week we planned on buying various sized antique items including furniture!

APtravelnews-December 12th, -Port St Lucie, FL--(Note*Originally posted August 5th) However, this is as timely now as then, so I’m reprinting for the holiday traveler! As travel writers, we often have to fly and then rent a vehicle for our travel visitations. The following are some tips that can offer you some peace of mind and safety before you even head out on the road from the rental lot: On a trip to Tampa, we left an underground parking space and entered the exit road in heavy traffic. That would have been fine, but it was raining so heavily that we couldn’t see a thing. Why? we couldn’t find the wiper controls. Each make vehicle has there own set of knobs and controls. So yes, after a very close call I frantically pressed or pulled the correct knob and voila’, I saw the light and the merging vehicles without having an accident that time.

Today, radio and AC knobs are fairly close together. Before you fumble around taking your eyes off the road, take some time before pulling out of your parking spot at the lot and familiarize yourself with turn signal, lever, light controls, parking brake release, everything you already take for granted knowing on your own personal vehicle you have had long experience with. Don’t assume any unfamiliar vehicle to you has controls in the same places, or are configured the way your private vehicle is. Some vehicles take strong curves and merge powerfully onto roads and super-highways, many lower powered vehicles don’t. So again, don’t assume anything-the brakes stop you in the same distances, the seat belts fit the locks the same, even starting the vehicle-many models today don’t have the old fashioned key starts. Whatever you do, know the vehicle you are about to take out with other multi-ton, potential dangerous missiles flying down the road with and against you on a single lane road too!

We also check availability well in advance and reserve a model that meets the requirements of our road adventure too! Don’t rent a compact to shop antique furniture, but if your just planning a fast visit without a heavy driving schedule, you can take advantage of a compact and save on fuel and rental costs as well.  One thing we always do: we insist on a rental agent go over any damage and note it on our rental contract. We never waste money on their insurance, we are already paying through the nose for it in our own policies. Check fuel gauge, sometimes there is less than a full tank and you have to return vehicle with a full tank or be charged a huge fuel penalty if you don’t. Do check signal lights and be sure they are working. Also check stop lights. Anything on the vehicle for safety should be checked before you leave the lot. Bottom line: use your good senses and bring common sense into the mix when taking someone else’s vehicle for a fee!

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3-Books Published In 2013/14 Signed Copies Available Now!

APtravelnews-August 1st, Frederick, MD.–As I have written 12-books now, my latest books published in 2013/14, I have now recovered sufficiently from the mechanics of  as in two cases; years of research. I am now able to concentrate on sharing these books and personalizing them for my American Press readers and followers. Please e-mail me for special major discounted prices on my books at bobepstein@aol.com.  Note* Today all my book sales donate a portion to the Wounded Warrior Project! Bob is also the author of Calypso Cafe, The Best Restaurants of The Florida Keys, The Adventures of Goldie The Goldfish (a children’s adventure book) I Love My Parents, But I Hate Divorce- a social services workbook for children and several others!

Africa On a Pin & a Prayer signed copies available  now! Go bobepstein@aol.com
Africa On a Pin & a Prayer
signed copies available
now! Go bobepstein@aol.com
43-Bridges To the Florida Keys is an official historical guide to visiting all or any of the Florida Keys!
43-Bridges To the Florida Keys is an official historical guide to visiting all or any of the Florida Keys!
This History of Fishing in The Florida Keys was published by the History Press and now available from the author (me) signed and personalized as are the other books on this post!
This History of Fishing in The Florida Keys was published by the History Press and now available from the author (me) signed and personalized as are the other books on this post!

Food Trucks, Trailers and Kiosks Are Becoming Ubiquitous In America

This Chevy bread delivery truck is being transformed into a food truck business.
This Chevy bread delivery truck is being transformed into a food truck business. It is a work in progress, best left to various professionals in the electric and propane areas.
In the process of being turned into a kitchen!
This truck is In the process of being turned into a kitchen and serving vehicle!

P1020750APtravelnews-July 31st, Frederick, Maryland--Food entrepreneurs have come out of the kitchen and onto the road delivering great “eats” at reasonable prices to folks who want a tasty meal fast and on the “cheap” too! Today there are food trucks selling a huge variety of sandwiches, plated gourmet dishes, hot dogs and burgers, tacos, pizza, slurpies, shakes, lemonades and innumerable rice and spaghetti dishes too! There are many reasons for the success and failures of these individualized purveyors of prepared foods. The successful food vendors know their customers tastes and offer items that are easy to eat on the go, are tasty and filling, can be considered mainstream dishes that are not fad prone and prices are reasonable. The failures miss all the above, or a couple of those customer needs and expectations.  As we travel we see all manner of soft ice cream trucks, crepe vans, pizza wagons, meatball and sausage and peppers trailers (seen at all outdoor fairs and expositions) the truck seen in this post will be a gourmet beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken enterprise served on home made sesame and onion buns with a special sauce concoction that could be considered addictive in it flavor and aroma too! The name of this new truck is: Mobile USA Cuisine-basically a true barbecue emporium on wheels and steroids provided by the very excited owner-Josh, our grandson! Look for it parked in prominently fun places all over Maryland!