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  10:10:25  29 September 2016
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Storm Shadow
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[Thumbs Up] my brother
  17:25:38  15 September 2016
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I was wondering about you recently and hoping you was well, Glad to hear things have gone in the right direction and took off on a high, All the best.
  13:49:18  15 September 2016
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Imperial! Mate, good to hear back from you!

How'd the recovery go? Are you feeling well? Let us know.


Can't wait to see what you come up with.

  07:30:18  7 September 2016
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Congrats...and welcome back Imperialreign !!!

  22:29:05  6 September 2016
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Hey imperial, glad to hear from you again
Wish you all the best!
  19:08:27  6 September 2016
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@{imperialreign}
Glad to hear from you again, stalker
Congratulations for the wedding.

Be well,
Sacripan!
  22:12:01  5 September 2016
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Welcome back!

Nice to see a good modder is back to the Zone.

Best of luck with your projects
  20:37:55  5 September 2016
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{imperialreign}
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Back from the big land...

A good stalker is never put down, eh?

It's been ages, and ages, since my last post on these boards... but, for all my old fellow crews still roaming the zone, this brother has not yet fallen. Nor have I forgotten...

That being said, it's been pretty crazy the last couple of years. Met someone and got married recently, and have since moved to a rural area of VA that sadly we both hate, but family drew us here. We intend to move back southward.

I've survived without solid i-net access for the better part of a year, and now that connection to the outer zone has been re-established, I'm starting to square things away to get back into AAO development and continue the work I had started. It's been a long trek, but those that've kept up with me through other networks know my plights.

Regardless, this merc is back in action and still at work as I find the time. Yes, my age is getting up there, but in no means is that a deterence. Keep the faith brothers...
  12:57:13  2 January 2015
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Happy New Year Stalker!

I hope this year will bring you better luck than the past ones.


A Stalker to an other.
  02:22:51  8 October 2014
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Jketiynu
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I'm sorry to hear things aren't going well {imperialreign} . The system here in the USA is pretty much fucked. It's too bad we can't be more like Europe.

I hope things go better for you.
  05:06:15  4 October 2014
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Audioave10
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Glad to hear from you, Imperialreign. I've been paying/fighting some of those crazy medical bills too. They just pull large monetary numbers out of their arse. The whole system is indeed a scam.
Good Luck!
  04:51:34  4 October 2014
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{imperialreign}
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Sorry for the delay, man.

Life has become, again, hectic the last few months. Though I'm still clear of any relapse (my last scan about a month ago came back clear), I've entered into a financial situation that simply prevented any possibility of me moving for the time being.

Amidst trying to figure things out and plan, I had received a summons to court a couple months ago over an old forgotten about account - that I had not received any type of calls or bills from in the last 2 years. I had forgotten about it, and had figured it had slipped into the nether regions... but, even on my reduced income the last couple of years, and being in/out of medical treatment, following the court date I now have a set amount taken from my wages to pay back this account - court ordered. While still trying to juggle medical bills, and other necessary expenses (such as my tool accounts for work, etc.), I'm up shit creek until I can finish paying it off.

So, with that overhead, it prevents me from doing anything but trying to re-establish here in VA. The quick-fix would be to declare bankruptcy, but the same hit to my credit would make moving difficult in the long-term as well. Either way, been stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

It basically feels - outside of my bouts with treatment - that I simply exist to work, to pay off the bills that have allowed me to exist. Fuck the USA and it's fucktesticular corporate medical system.
  11:28:56  9 September 2014
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Shameless thread bump.

I hope all is well?

I have to shamefully admit that I forgot to donate a little more before the fundraiser ended
Things were a bit hectic a week ago.
  11:38:27  31 July 2014
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Bumping the thread, I hope you still are alive and well?
Send a little medkit your way
  16:58:45  1 July 2014
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Send another Medkit your way. I hope life is treating you a bit better
I can give more after next payday
  16:05:42  16 June 2014
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Good to see that donations are coming in .
Only 2 weeks until next payday, then I can give a little more

I am glad though, that I live in Denmark, where health-care is payed via our tax money.
I mean I pay around 40% of my salary in taxes.
However when my son was diagnosed with leukemia, we did not have to pay anything for the medical care (medicine, hospital stays etc.).

I even could take 9 months leave of absence from my work (without pay, my salary was covered by the government/county).
Since my yearly income was low enough, 100% of my salary was covered.

Our travel expenses (150 km to the hospital where he got his treatment) were covered to some degree, either we could be transported by taxi, to and from the hospital (since he was in isolation, due to chemo therapy). Or if we drove in our own car, we would get around $80 USD reimbursed to cover for the expenses for gasoline each time we drove ourselves.

If we had lived in the USA, we probably would have to have sold our house, to cover the 2½ year treatment, and the follow-up test & checks.
  12:36:38  14 June 2014
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Sent a medkit your way.
  01:01:31  9 June 2014
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Following is the link, if anyone would care to donate whatever they can to help, that would be amazing. At the very least, if you wouldn't mind sharing the link within your own social circles, via facebook, twitter, email or otherwise, and help spread the word, that itself would be greatly appreciated!!


http://www.youcaring.com/other/help-a-cancer-survivor-start-over/183123
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Managed a rather tiny contribution. But! I also made a video bit (for wordspreading purposes): http://goo.gl/4FD14k
For the moment it's linked-acces only; if you say you're not comfortable with it, i'll remove it, if you confirm it's okay to show, i'll make it public and spam it around
  01:15:42  8 June 2014
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I give you my medikit.

Good luck
  00:53:04  8 June 2014
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100 bucks sent your way
  06:59:57  4 June 2014
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Wish you the best, Stalker!
  04:06:08  3 June 2014
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{imperialreign}
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First off... it's been 6 months since transplant, and the follow-up scan I had at the beginning of May has declared me free of cancer... I am back into clinical remission again, w00t!

As most know, I'm not one much to ask for any sort of help, but with how life has been compounding on me recently, I feel as if I no longer have any choice... life here in VaBch seems to continue to be one gut-punch after the other, and I truly regret my choice of having returned here from San Diego, though it was pressured by a relapse diagnosis and lack of access to medical care at the time. I want to move back, and try life again from an earlier save point, in a fashion. Though I've been able to find a job, breaking my month plus unemployment spell, it wasn't something I wanted to take (more of a beggars can't be choosers sort of situation), and income will be almost an insult, it seems... sadly, I've had no other employment hits over the last month, which I find dumbfounding considering my resume, qualifications and experience level.

Anyhow, I've set up a crowd-funding, donation-oriented fund raiser to help me reach that goal of moving back west. I'd like to be able to make the move prior to my next scan in 4 months - thinking ahead with worst case scenario, should I be diagnosed with another relapse before I can move, it will lock me back down to this region and I'll probably never get out. It feels like I have a time cap on my goals, if that makes sense? Following is the link, if anyone would care to donate whatever they can to help, that would be amazing. At the very least, if you wouldn't mind sharing the link within your own social circles, via facebook, twitter, email or otherwise, and help spread the word, that itself would be greatly appreciated!!


http://www.youcaring.com/other/help-a-cancer-survivor-start-over/183123
  17:55:40  30 October 2013
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Get well soon man!!
  15:55:52  29 October 2013
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Best wishes
  05:20:25  29 October 2013
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>> It's not exactly high on my bucket list, for sure

I agree with stooe: Optimism and a good sense of humor improve your odds quite a bit, {imperialreign}.

>> I just haven't really had the time to focus on any projects.

That is more than okay with us. New creations sound like something for after the fires are put out!

I know only a handful whose determination have been as sorely tested as yours, with the greatest debilitation coming from the wearing-away of strength with time. May you continue to find the strength you need to get through this trial.

I look forward with the rest to your return to a normal life with full health.
  23:28:04  28 October 2013
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Awww damn Imp.... Best of luck to you my friend. As long as you keep a positive outlook and stay happy, you will do great!

You have our support Bro
  17:27:52  28 October 2013
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Stay strong, and get well soon.
  10:14:44  28 October 2013
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Wish you all the best! Get well soon!
  07:18:12  28 October 2013
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Best of luck and recovery!
  07:01:56  28 October 2013
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hang tight champion
  03:37:56  28 October 2013
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{imperialreign}
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Well, after meandering about a bit, I've made my way back to spread my tale around the campfire...

Salvage treatments were successful, and put me back into remission... so, we proceed onward with transplant. After making it through the initial testing and such, I had since moved on to stem cell harvesting, and after nearly a month of recoup, I will be admitted to the hospital this Tuesday for stem cell transplant...

6 straight days of high-dose chemotherapy, followed soon thereafter by infusion of my previously collected stem cells - then about 2 weeks to make sure my blood counts recover and that engraftment has taken place. I'm looking at nearly 4 weeks stuck in a hospital, facing down the strongest chemo I've yet to receive.

It's not exactly high on my bucket list, for sure, but I've little choice in the matter.

As it stands, I haven't forgotten about the rest of the stalker crews out there - I just haven't really had the time to focus on any projects. I've been in a state of limbo, sadly.

I'll continue to keep everyone posted, though
  21:33:06  5 June 2013
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Yeah, that's pretty much how it goes here as well. I'll be receiving an auto, where they re-use my own cells, but the process of getting to that point is going to be a little rougher now. The bone marrow biopsy came back positive, so the presence of cancer in the marrow puts me at stage 4, and they're gonna have to hit me with some harder chemo and repeat the biopsy prior to harvesting.

If it comes back again positive, my options become very limited. Doing a donor transplant is essentially the last option available. It's extremely dangerous, toxic, and the cure rate is very low... plus, I'd have to worry about GvHD and HvGD, etc. That isn't a factor with an auto transplant.

But, the process will require 1 week of hospitalization for the 5-day chemo infusion, stem cell infusion 2-3 days after ending chemo, then up to 3 weeks in isolation until engraftment and blood counts start to re-bound. It can take up to 3-4 months for everything to get back to "normal." They can do an auto as out-patient, but it's a bit more dangerous... there's debate as to whether out-patient or in-patient is better.

Anyhow, not fun either way.
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Lets hope that this year will be the year you finally beat that sucker.
So don't give up
  18:58:34  1 June 2013
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{imperialreign}
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Yeah, that's pretty much how it goes here as well. I'll be receiving an auto, where they re-use my own cells, but the process of getting to that point is going to be a little rougher now. The bone marrow biopsy came back positive, so the presence of cancer in the marrow puts me at stage 4, and they're gonna have to hit me with some harder chemo and repeat the biopsy prior to harvesting.

If it comes back again positive, my options become very limited. Doing a donor transplant is essentially the last option available. It's extremely dangerous, toxic, and the cure rate is very low... plus, I'd have to worry about GvHD and HvGD, etc. That isn't a factor with an auto transplant.

But, the process will require 1 week of hospitalization for the 5-day chemo infusion, stem cell infusion 2-3 days after ending chemo, then up to 3 weeks in isolation until engraftment and blood counts start to re-bound. It can take up to 3-4 months for everything to get back to "normal." They can do an auto as out-patient, but it's a bit more dangerous... there's debate as to whether out-patient or in-patient is better.

Anyhow, not fun either way.
  15:16:31  23 May 2013
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Thanks, stalkers!

So, had a bone marrow and core needle biopsy yesterday, and am in quite a bit of pain from them. Lucky me, the sedatives they gave me didn't work in the least, and I was wide awake for the whole procedure. I hate marrow biopsies - absolutely barbaric procedure that isn't really known for helping or aiding the staging of disease.

Anyhow, I start treatment this Firday - we're using a newer antigen medication instead of actual chemo first. Currently planning on 3-4 treatments, then doing another scan to gauge effectiveness... if the scan returns poor, we'll change to a different regimen; if all looks good, we'll move onto the transplant procedure from there. I'll have a large volume catheter installed through my chest to an artery for cell harvesting and infusion, I'll receive one quick round of chemo followed by a drug to stimulate stem cell production from the bone marrow - that will be harvested, sent for treatment and chilled; then I'll be on to a week's worth of high-dose chemotherapy in the hospital to mop up any cancer that's left, and destroy the bone marrow. Few days later I'll receive the infusion of stem cells back, and it can take up to 2-3 weeks for engraftment from there. I'll probably need a few blood transfusions during this time, until such time that the "new" bone marrow is producing enough blood cells on it's own. It'll be closer to 3-4 months after infusion before I'm "back to normal," though could take much longer to actually feel normal again. Technically, I'm getting a "hard reset" of my body's immune system.

It would be an understatement to say that I'm over all this medical shit, lol.
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Best of luck to you with the bone marrow transplant.
You will probably have to be isolated for a week or two after the procedure, since your immune-system is at zero after the transplant.
Here in Denmark they usually keep kids (and I guess adults also) who have a transplant in isolation for a couple of weeks, to protect them from infections.
  14:36:36  22 May 2013
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{imperialreign}
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Thanks, stalkers!

So, had a bone marrow and core needle biopsy yesterday, and am in quite a bit of pain from them. Lucky me, the sedatives they gave me didn't work in the least, and I was wide awake for the whole procedure. I hate marrow biopsies - absolutely barbaric procedure that isn't really known for helping or aiding the staging of disease.

Anyhow, I start treatment this Firday - we're using a newer antigen medication instead of actual chemo first. Currently planning on 3-4 treatments, then doing another scan to gauge effectiveness... if the scan returns poor, we'll change to a different regimen; if all looks good, we'll move onto the transplant procedure from there. I'll have a large volume catheter installed through my chest to an artery for cell harvesting and infusion, I'll receive one quick round of chemo followed by a drug to stimulate stem cell production from the bone marrow - that will be harvested, sent for treatment and chilled; then I'll be on to a week's worth of high-dose chemotherapy in the hospital to mop up any cancer that's left, and destroy the bone marrow. Few days later I'll receive the infusion of stem cells back, and it can take up to 2-3 weeks for engraftment from there. I'll probably need a few blood transfusions during this time, until such time that the "new" bone marrow is producing enough blood cells on it's own. It'll be closer to 3-4 months after infusion before I'm "back to normal," though could take much longer to actually feel normal again. Technically, I'm getting a "hard reset" of my body's immune system.

It would be an understatement to say that I'm over all this medical shit, lol.
  10:48:46  16 May 2013
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I had hoped I'd never be back through it again as well... but, things aren't definitive, yet. I had a PET scan to measure metabolic activity of the nodes, and will get those results today... I'm also going to push for some form of biopsy to make absolutely certain it's cancerous, too. It could very well be enlargement from a UTI I've been fighting, and from my alcohol use over the last few months...

But, either way, it's all appreciated - thoughts, prayers, sacrifices, etc. Every little bit helps in some way or form, I think.
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I am going to sacrifice a pig and a cow in your honor today.......Well basically eating a large burger with bacon for lunch
  23:55:37  15 May 2013
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It's been ages since I've seen you around here, stalker! I assume the zone has been treating you well?
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That about sums it up
Felt like it was time to give back some (or "pay it forward" or something in that vein).


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I know a few refractory folks who are now on "management," but my doctors want to push for cure first... meaning stem cell transplant. Something I'm truly not looking forward to.
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Yeah, doesn't exactly sound like fun procedure


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But, if you're open to talking about and discussing things, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email (the link here should still work, I've never changed it - or you can get my facebook contact through TS). Sometimes trading stories about survival across an electronic campfire serve to warm the soul (and hands and feet) enough for another venture into the zone.

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I'll keep that in mind, thanks!
And all in all: wishing you the strength to make it work - wherever the pieces may fall.
  22:45:15  15 May 2013
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{imperialreign}
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It's been ages since I've seen you around here, stalker! I assume the zone has been treating you well?

I'm actually curious about what you've been through and all, and how you've managed the journey... it all affects us differently, and even more-so based on what card out of the pack we're given. I know a few refractory folks who are now on "management," but my doctors want to push for cure first... meaning stem cell transplant. Something I'm truly not looking forward to.

But, if you're open to talking about and discussing things, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email (the link here should still work, I've never changed it - or you can get my facebook contact through TS). Sometimes trading stories about survival across an electronic campfire serve to warm the soul (and hands and feet) enough for another venture into the zone.

Best of luck to you, stalker, and good hunting!
  14:55:42  15 May 2013
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But, either way, it's all appreciated - thoughts, prayers, sacrifices, etc. Every little bit helps in some way or form, I think.
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*tips the mug*
Does that help? I might sacrifice a doughnut later on
(For context - for several years now I've been closely involved in a reality where the question about next chemo isn't "if?" but "when?" and the routine checkups are part of normal functioning. Granted, i'm merely witnessing the process; still, over the years this world of inevitable regular treatment has become surprisingly ... manageable.)
  13:57:12  15 May 2013
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{imperialreign}
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I had hoped I'd never be back through it again as well... but, things aren't definitive, yet. I had a PET scan to measure metabolic activity of the nodes, and will get those results today... I'm also going to push for some form of biopsy to make absolutely certain it's cancerous, too. It could very well be enlargement from a UTI I've been fighting, and from my alcohol use over the last few months...

But, either way, it's all appreciated - thoughts, prayers, sacrifices, etc. Every little bit helps in some way or form, I think.
  18:22:39  9 May 2013
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Man that sucks. I had hoped you got that sucker beaten.

We still go to check-ups with our son once a year.
He has been out of treatment for nearly 5 years now, luckily without relapse so far. But I still get anxious every time we have to go.

I am not a religious man, so I will not say that you are in my prayers, but my thoughts, and best hopes and wishes, are with you.

A S.T.A.L.K.E.R. does not retreat or surrender. Keep the fight going.
  15:26:52  9 May 2013
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good luck with it. hope things do work out friend.
  23:39:50  7 May 2013
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{imperialreign}
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TS - thanks man, and funny too - haven't heard that track in ages. It's nice to be back in the south, though... I feel "normal" here

But, everyone, doing better is, as of right now, subjective. I just got my follow up results from my doctor this morning, and I appear to have relapsed with cancer again. We need to do another type of scan to prove there's metabolic activity, but it's 95% probable. So, it looks like I'll be going back into treatment again in the near future, and then on to transplant...

Which, totally sucks. It means I'm not going to be able to do real work, as I don't currently have a locked-in job, so I'm going to end up having to file disability and such to financially make it through...

On the other hand, with not having "real" work to do, I guess that will fully open my schedule for stalker modding in between medical stuffs.

Always a silver lining, eh?
  11:37:38  7 May 2013
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Glad to hear you're doing better man
  09:53:49  7 May 2013
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imperial's projects and General State of Affairs announcement

{imperialreign}

Glad to hear you finally got out of Cali and all it entailed.
Your FB page still has you there. This Song is all for you:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdizL4on-Rc

TS
  21:16:47  6 May 2013
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Thought I'd give this a little update...

Been a while - as I last mentioned, finished treatment and such...

Then met someone, moved to San Diego, California for about 6 months, got sick of the place, and moved back to the east coast recently. Currently going through medical follow-up routine, keeping my fingers crossed there's nothing to worry about. In the midst of trying to find a job so I can get back on my feet financially after a 2700mi move and drive (not cheap in any means). But, pushing forward, as usual. If there's one thing I've learned from STALKER, is that we don't give up when we cross an anomaly in our path - you just find the safest way around and through...

So, I'm not forgotten, I haven't gone anywhere... though, y'all might lose me for a while when Thief 4 finally hits shelves (sorry, but out-right taffer by heart here, as I've written numerous posts about showing "stealth" fully working in STALKER, lol). But, I don't intend to give up on the zone, as it hasn't yet given up on me...

... though, I do need some more 9x39 rounds and a couple more bottles of vodka... anyone looking to trade?
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Marked one still alive....that's good

Was thinking about you last week, wondering if you still were around
That is one hell of a relocation, how is the medical follow-up going, and do you have to pay for it yourself in the USA?
  17:10:31  5 May 2013
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Thought I'd give this a little update...

Been a while - as I last mentioned, finished treatment and such...

Then met someone, moved to San Diego, California for about 6 months, got sick of the place, and moved back to the east coast recently. Currently going through medical follow-up routine, keeping my fingers crossed there's nothing to worry about. In the midst of trying to find a job so I can get back on my feet financially after a 2700mi move and drive (not cheap in any means). But, pushing forward, as usual. If there's one thing I've learned from STALKER, is that we don't give up when we cross an anomaly in our path - you just find the safest way around and through...

So, I'm not forgotten, I haven't gone anywhere... though, y'all might lose me for a while when Thief 4 finally hits shelves (sorry, but out-right taffer by heart here, as I've written numerous posts about showing "stealth" fully working in STALKER, lol). But, I don't intend to give up on the zone, as it hasn't yet given up on me...

... though, I do need some more 9x39 rounds and a couple more bottles of vodka... anyone looking to trade?
  14:25:52  22 June 2012
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Thanks, everyone

. . . and, with any luck, it'll stay beaten this time around. Twice is two times too many as it is, lol.

Besides, y'all know how hard it is to keep a stalker down, eh?
  16:05:42  21 June 2012
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Glad to read you've beat cancer
  08:41:08  21 June 2012
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Much respect for a man that can beat cancer...twice!
I hope you are doing well. STALKERs are strong.
  22:24:19  14 June 2012
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Oh, I had not read this until now at all D:

Good to here that it's going well, bro!
  20:00:55  14 June 2012
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great news!
  15:13:47  13 June 2012
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'Tis indeed good to hear, {imperialreign}. Here's a belated wish that your return to a normal life is smooth and swift. Normal for you, that is!
  10:43:25  6 June 2012
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Great news indeed, congrats! We all hope that your health will become stable now and last for as long as possible!
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Good to hear bro, and im sorry i never realised you were going through so much in your life.
  03:06:07  6 June 2012
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Wow, great news! I'm so happy for you!
  15:55:14  5 June 2012
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Good to hear imperial!!
  14:51:14  5 June 2012
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Another update - finished my last cycle of chemo at the beginning of April, had a follow-up CT a couple of weeks after that, which showed little to no change compared to the prior scan in February (with 3 cycles of chemo in between). Doctor ordered a PET scan to check for metabolic activity to determine if things were still active, or whether it was simply scar tissue . . . and that result came back clean. No Evidence of Disease.

So, I'm again cancer free, and entering the world of clinical remission. I will continue to have follow-up scans every few months to keep an eye on things, and with any luck, will never have to go back into treatment again.
  02:42:25  23 March 2012
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Damn man if ever there was a award for "who can have the most bad shit happen to them in quick succession" I think you would be the winner. Thats a lot of crap to deal with man Chin up, breath in, an give it the good ol british stiff upper lip "nothin is gonna beat me!"
  07:28:23  21 March 2012
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Hoping for the best!
  00:16:14  21 March 2012
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Good to hear that things are going the right way
What kind of chemo are you getting?

My son got Methotrexate Intravenous during the last part of his treatments for his leukaemia.
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I'm on the same regimen since last October. ICE - Ifosfamide, Carboplatin and Etoposide (VP-16).

Years ago I went through ABVD (adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine, dacarbazine). Considering I relpase outside of 5 years, which is rare, we would've gone with ABVD again (the new thinking for late-relapse patients is to treat as a second occurance, and go through frontline therapy again), but, I already have some long-term effects from that therapy - early heart disease, vascular disease (I've already had a saphenous vein ablation performed for this), etc. - so, my oncologist wanted to avoid further complications with the adriamycin. Instead we went with ICE, which doesn't have as damaging of long-term side effects, won't be as rough on my heart, but instead (like all salvage therapy) runs a higher risk for long-term secondary cancers (mostly leukemia, or another blood cancer disorder).

The thing is, though, thanks to some peripheral complications after the 2nd cycle which required minor surgeries, I haven't had an "ideal" treatment schedule. We ended up with 8 weeks in between cycles 2 and 3, and another 8 in between 3 and 4. We originally planned on 3 cycles of ICE (which is normal, 2-4 is the average), but have since had to stretch it out to 6. 3 and 4 were almost "maintenance" cycles. I just completed 5 last week (3 weeks after 4). Usually there's at least 21 days between cycles because of how hard ICE hits the blood counts.

So, we'll see. CTs have been good and continue to show regression of masses . . . but, I'm wondering if we're starting to show scar tissue. This sub-type of hodgkin's is notorious for leaving "residual masses" that will slowly grow smaller over time . . . the only way to know for sure is with a metabolic scan (PET), which we still haven't done yet . . . so, I am getting a little anxious over that
  22:16:43  20 March 2012
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Glad to hear that things are progressing well.
  21:50:16  20 March 2012
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Thanks for the bump, lobo1 Sorry, I had just simply gotten side tracked, I guess, and damn near forgot about this thread, lol

Things are going decent. Since Dec, I've had two more cycles of chemo - I've decided for the time being to hold off on transplant. I'm in a fairly rare situation having relapsed outside of 5 years, so after a lot of thought, deliberation and additional opinions from experts, I had decided to attempt to beat this with chemo alone - there's a good possibility of cure for me as it is. If I should happen to relapse after treatment, transplant will still be a viable option . . .

But, some of that will also be depending on how the upcoming PET scan looks like. We should have that scheduled within the next coupla weeks, and it'll help to determine how things look now in terms of metabolic activity. If the scan looks good, I believe we plan one more cycle of chemo, then taking a watch & wait approach. We'll re-scan every 3-4 months, and keep an eye out for any disease progression.

Otherwsie, I'm doing quite fine. I still feel generally fatigued, which is to be expected, but I'm still handling treatments quite well, with little adverse side effects.
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Good to hear that things are going the right way
What kind of chemo are you getting?

My son got Methotrexate Intravenous during the last part of his treatments for his leukaemia.
  18:36:12  20 March 2012
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Thanks for the bump, lobo1 Sorry, I had just simply gotten side tracked, I guess, and damn near forgot about this thread, lol

Things are going decent. Since Dec, I've had two more cycles of chemo - I've decided for the time being to hold off on transplant. I'm in a fairly rare situation having relapsed outside of 5 years, so after a lot of thought, deliberation and additional opinions from experts, I had decided to attempt to beat this with chemo alone - there's a good possibility of cure for me as it is. If I should happen to relapse after treatment, transplant will still be a viable option . . .

But, some of that will also be depending on how the upcoming PET scan looks like. We should have that scheduled within the next coupla weeks, and it'll help to determine how things look now in terms of metabolic activity. If the scan looks good, I believe we plan one more cycle of chemo, then taking a watch & wait approach. We'll re-scan every 3-4 months, and keep an eye out for any disease progression.

Otherwsie, I'm doing quite fine. I still feel generally fatigued, which is to be expected, but I'm still handling treatments quite well, with little adverse side effects.
  18:26:00  20 March 2012
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Just bumping the thread

How is everything going with the treatments and all that.

I hope things are going as planned/hoped for?
  11:26:29  23 December 2011
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Hey IR,

Good to read from you again. I hope santa will bring you a special gift for Xmas.

Be strong, play S.T.A.L.K.E.R., have faith, play S.T.A.L.K.E.R., be back, and... mod S.T.A.L.K.E.R. again.


Merry Christmas to all the community!
  02:33:24  23 December 2011
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It's been a while, so I thought I'd give everyone another update (for those that aren't in fleeting contact with me via facebook or Steam):

I just recently finished up the 3rd cycle of treatment. After the second, a handful of minor medical issues cropped up, which required us to keep pushing the 3rd treatment back again and again - it ended up being 8 weeks between cycle 2 and 3. Just prior to the 3rd treatment, I had another CT to re-evaluate the disease, and there was no noticeable change since the CT just after the 2nd (so no disease progression in that time), which is great news as well. At least the cancer isn't becoming resistant to the chemo.

Due to the amount of interim time, though, we're now planning on 4 cycles instead of the original 3. My 4th ins't slated fo another 3-4 weeks, though, so I get some rest time in between . . . and then we'll be starting to head towards transplant.

I've been starting to become a little apprehensive about the transplant, though, and am planning on seeking a second opinion about my current state/condition, and whether transplant might even be necessary . . . I may push for the wait and watch approach once we're done with the salvage treatments. I don't really see a point in being subjected to the many risks of stem cell transplant, if my particular case might not actually need it . . . I guess we'll see . . .

But, anyhow, I'm kicking and am in pretty good health. I don't have the same strength and stamina I did 3 months ago, prior to starting any treatments, but I don't feel run-down and worn out from the treatments, either. Right now I feel quite good, in fact.
  22:16:22  30 October 2011
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I've already lost several of my relatives to cancer, due to ineffective chemo and other treatments - so it's good to hear that that stuff works for you! Good luck man, and get well soon!
  20:50:32  30 October 2011
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Much thanks, guys! . . . and no worries, I'm not going anywhere anytime soon!
  18:06:38  30 October 2011
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Too bad about the condition but great to hear about the improvements. Hopefully it will all end well, would be sad to loose another great member.
May the future be kind to you.
  14:57:45  30 October 2011
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Good to hear the treatments are working out ok.
  14:49:07  30 October 2011
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Quick update - I've now had 2 cycles of chemo, and just had the first follow-up CT earlier this week. The results show a 50%-65% reduction in size of all cancerous nodes, so the chemo is proving quite effective so far. I have another cycle still planned, and then hopefully a PET scan after that to determine if this is back into clinical remission or not . . . if so, we go onwards towards the stem cell transplant, and if not, than probably another cycle or two of more chemo.

Either way, we're coming along nicely.
  14:44:32  10 October 2011
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Yeah, they've got me on zofran and phenergan for naseau . . . thankfully, though, I'm not really experiencing a lot of that, so I can keep the meds to the side for now. I'm surprised at how well I'm handling the chemo this time around, even though it's entirelly different medicine than what I went through years ago. I need to see about getting in touch with one of the docs today about possibly having some bloodwork done, simply to check my cell counts and electrolyte levels and all.

It's still a burden, though, mentally, emotionally and physically . . . I'm continuing to do my best to look much further down the road, once all these treatments will be behind me again; everything in between is simply a speed bump
  13:57:48  9 October 2011
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Another update - I've gotten through the surgical biopsy last week, and have just spent the last 3 days in the hospital recieving my first cycle of chemo. I'm handling the effects of the medicines quite well this time around, which is good . . . so far we plan 3 chemo treatments, and then a bone-marrow transplant. Luckily, the marrow biopsy came back negative, which puts me at Stage 3 Hodgkin's. This is a relapse of what I underwent treatment for before 8 years ago. Anyhow, with the transplant, they can re-use my bone marrow, which will eliminate the worry about transplant rejection and all that mess . . . but, I'll still be stuck in a hospital for 2-3 weeks as my immune system will be crippled and will have to rebuild.

I'll keep everyone posted as I progress through . . . it'll be a slow trip, and rough, but managable!
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Good to hear that you keep a your spirit up during this .

One of the things we got for our son when he went through Chemo, was Zofran. It is avalable as a pill, and liquid. We got the liquid, and put in some orange juice, this helped against nausea, and the urge to vomit.
One of the side effects can be headache, and constipation.

So hang in there buddy
  00:29:09  9 October 2011
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Another update - I've gotten through the surgical biopsy last week, and have just spent the last 3 days in the hospital recieving my first cycle of chemo. I'm handling the effects of the medicines quite well this time around, which is good . . . so far we plan 3 chemo treatments, and then a bone-marrow transplant. Luckily, the marrow biopsy came back negative, which puts me at Stage 3 Hodgkin's. This is a relapse of what I underwent treatment for before 8 years ago. Anyhow, with the transplant, they can re-use my bone marrow, which will eliminate the worry about transplant rejection and all that mess . . . but, I'll still be stuck in a hospital for 2-3 weeks as my immune system will be crippled and will have to rebuild.

I'll keep everyone posted as I progress through . . . it'll be a slow trip, and rough, but managable!
  13:33:35  30 September 2011
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NatVac - that has simply to be one of the most inspiring statements I've seen someone make so far, and it's definitely appreciated. I'm honored by the out-pouring of support I'm receiving this time around, from friends, family and the online communities. It's been very rough so far both physically and emotionally, and I've yet to even begin treatment . . . I'm already looking further down the road, once all that will be behind me.
  02:12:26  29 September 2011
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{imperialreign}, you have already left more of a mark on this world than most folks three times your age. (And by "mark" I mean legacy, not impact crater.)

I want to thank you for adding to my world and making it better, but I still fully expect a good deal more, too, and not all is selfish in that expectation. Folks who have had to fight for their existence seem to value it more than those who have known only careless ease, and you have a quality of persistence that should "stand you in good stead", with the side effect of our continued benefit.
  20:58:35  25 September 2011
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I have too much to live for, too much I still want to do to simply allow a blood cancer and it's treatments to beat me into submission.
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That's the spirit!!
  15:12:16  23 September 2011
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That's how a real warrior speaks, never give up
  14:39:29  23 September 2011
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Much appreciated, everyone!

As I said, I've faced it before . . . which leaves some distinct pros and cons.

One one hand, I know what I'm getting into, I have the past experience to know what's involved down the road . . .

. . . but at the same time, that experience weighs heavily - in that, I know how much of a bitch this ordeal is going to be, how shitty I'm going to feel, how much anxiety I'm going to be dealing with, how painful some of the procedures are . . . I'm at least not dealing with the "unknown" that most cancer patients must face. But knowing can be just as heavy as burden as being ignorant.

Don't get me wrong, though - as I stated, I'm too damn stubborn to just give up. That strong Lithuanian blood in me won't allow me to do so, lol. It's going to be a little rougher this time around, but I've beaten it once, I can definitely do so again.

I can at least say that I've seen a much stronger out-pouring of support from friends, family and the online communities I'm involved with. When I faced it the first time almost 10 years ago, the majority of the time I faced it by my own will, with nearly no support.

I'll put it this way - I'm only 29. I have too much to live for, too much I still want to do to simply allow a blood cancer and it's treatments to beat me into submission.
  14:37:46  23 September 2011
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I wish you all the best and I am sure you will come out safe and stronger.
  14:14:47  23 September 2011
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Hi Imperial Reign.

I just bumped into this thread after 2 weeks without an internet connection.

Before reading this, I thought life sucked most of the time, and not only because of the problem I mentionned above, which BTW seems quite trivial now.

But as I also know that this life is worth living and fighting for, I'll just wish the best to you and your family.

I can only do that from where I stand, I wish I could do more.

Don't give up your life, don't give up your dreams.

Like someone said earlier, cancer is a bitch, but we all know that human beings can be very much stubborn, and I'm convince that your will to fight it is stronger.


Fight and come back with us, smiling and modding as before.


PS:
I get that showing us your smile through a website can be tricky, but if you try hard, we'll see it.



Best luck and health to all of us, the community,

SacriPan!
  10:23:15  18 September 2011
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My best wishes to you, Imperial!
  11:21:02  17 September 2011
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imperial's projects and General State of Affairs announcement

{imperialreign}

Anything you need...just ask.

TS
  14:57:08  16 September 2011
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Much thanks for the support, everyone. I'll still be around as I can, I was only trying to pass along that most of my projects are going to be grinding to a halt. I'll have a lot of time off from work through disability, so I might plod along at something as I feel alright, but . . .

At least I've got the experience to know what I'm getting into, I know what to expect. There's literally nothing I can do but accept this ordeal, as much as I don't like it, but at least I have the support around me to help out.
  14:01:03  16 September 2011
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There's a lot of it about, Imp.

My mother is currently wading through chemo.

Take 58 minutes or so to peruse this......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psJhQHk_GI

I'm ready to give the middle finger to the law and offer mother this extra chance.

I'm currently being prevented from even mentioning the existence of this possibility to her. My father is an ex-cop and so solidly indoctrinated against the 'cure' promoted by the film that he will only consider it as a last resort - by which time it will almost certainly be too late.

Drug companies have no interest at all in finding cures for cancers. They make 80% of their profits on drugs for cancer treatment - why make a drug that cures a problem that you're making billions out of?

And it is big drug companies, trying to protect their ill-gotten gains, who continue to push to keep other possibilities as unpublicized as possible.

.
  11:05:50  16 September 2011
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Cancer is a bitch
I sincerely hope that you get well, my thoughts, and best wishes, go to you and your family.

My son got diagnosed with leukemia when he was 2½ years old in 2006.
We went through about 2½ years of treatments, and so far all is well. We still have go to regular controls at the hospital for about another 2 years.
  02:19:17  16 September 2011
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Never give up, never surrender!

Strength to you, fellow stalker!
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09/16/2011 0:06:02
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You beat cancer once, you can beat it again. Got to stay positive, and I'm sure there are plenty of people around you who will support you.

Very best wishes.
  17:46:37  15 September 2011
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LoNer1
Настоящий Cталкер, Русская Версия
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On forum: 10/23/2009
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Sorry to hear that man

Get well soon, and if you ever come back, let us know so we can give u a nice WN
  15:12:37  15 September 2011
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Graybeard
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You will be back

Imperialreig, Ha life is such a curve ball thrower, but it's good in a sense that it's not the end but another beginning. I thank you for your great mod work, I have so enjoyed playing them. In the future I look forward to them again. So "keep your pecker up".
  14:51:26  15 September 2011
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gannebamm
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jesus. Seems like i have to switch you offline and fix your stats via packet_utils {imperialreign} to get you back with full health and boosted cash!
Nah, maybe not the issue you should make jokes of he? I wish you enough strenght to handle the situation.
best wishes,
gbamm
  12:00:21  15 September 2011
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romulous
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Damn Best wishes to you and your loved one's imperial!
  00:01:10  15 September 2011
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Simbalime
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Best of luck to you man, i hope everything will be alright for you mate.

My deepest respect to you!
  23:35:15  14 September 2011
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R_usty
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And I thought I was going through a rough period; Surgery in April after an accident (nothing major but a the largest part of the wound was near the lower back), wound still needs to be cleaned twice daily and some general discomfort is still there, though nothing compared to the first two weeks post-surgery. I also can't use a bike for the time being which sucks for college life.
That's nothing compared to what you're going through, my thoughts are with you and your family.
  22:54:54  14 September 2011
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chaosshade
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Good luck, dear friend! I hope things get ironed out quickly and efficiently.
  22:32:02  14 September 2011
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Meltac
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That's very bad news, imperialreign. Sometimes, real life just sucks, good and bad luck are in co-occurence even tighter than one would anticipate. These are the moments in which we are remembered that behind a great virtual community, there are real life people with stories and problems far beyond what we are discussing here.

My very best wishes, I hope you'll get well soon!
  21:19:21  14 September 2011
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insanelazarez
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Imperialreign, some very disturbing news my friend. Just make sure you recover ASAP. There's nothing else i can't tell you.

I like to think everything is going to work ok.

Good luck, Imperialreign.
  21:05:15  14 September 2011
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{imperialreign}
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imperial's projects and General State of Affairs announcement

For those who've seen my posting at facebook, and that I've been in contact with via email, Steam, MSN or other messaging services - you're already well aware of my current real life situation and how things are panning out . . .

. . . for those not in the know, a brief synapse: the last few months have been extremelly hectic with major life issues that have managed to put my stress handling capabilities to the test. In brief, I had found out I was going to be a father, only to have that taken away a few weeks later. Our family had to put down one of our dog's, a cherished memeber of the family of the last 12 years. There's also been a lot of drama with work and finances . . . not to mention, my general health has been questionable . . .

. . . I was diagnosed yesterday with stage 3, possibly stage 4 lymphoma; we're not yet sure whether it's Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's, or which specific strain it is. Needless to say, I'll be undergoing extensive chemo and radiation treatments again - only 8 years after I was declared free of cancer previously. Above all else, this is NOT a death sentence . . . far from it! It's simply going to be a really rough period for me while undergoing treatments. I'm going to have to go on disability from work, and finances are going to become extremelly tight as the medical bills pile up . . . there's also some talk by my employer that they may possibly terminate my employment if my treatment woudl force the company's policy rates up (which, IIRC, is entirelly illegal - they'd be hearing from a lawyer, and I would also pursue unemployment and wrongful termination if they took such action) . . .

Anyhow - the point that I'm trying to get at is that my modding projects are going to be coming to a halt for the time being. Frozen Sky especially. As much as it pains me to make such a decision, I simply won't have the time to continue my hobby on a regular basis. That's not to say that might not plod along with something as I have free time, I'm going to have to have something to focus on as my health improves . . . just don't expect any new material or project completions any time soon.

I WILL still be around the communities, offering advice, help and whatever general banter or trollish behaviour I can accomodate. The community I've grown to know here is a big reason I'm making an effort to extend this knowledge - I know there are others who are and will be concerned - I consider many of the long-time modders and users here as much of friends as I do the friends I keep in real life. Instead of keeping everyone in the dark, I simply figured I'd let everyone know what's going on, and what plans I have for any of my current projects.

. . . and in the mean time, as always, good hunting, stalkers!
 
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