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Rhaven Blaack
August 26th, 2019, 01:10 PM
SO, as many of you may know, three years ago, I had pancreatic cancer. It is official. I am now three years in remission!
To celebrate, I made this small (about 1:48 scale) model of a MK-I colonial viper with purple markings (I repainted it in MS PAINT), to show that I am winning this fight as well as to honour those (especially Richard Hatch) who have passed away from this type of cancer.
For those of you who are interested in this viper. It is the one from https://siriusreplicas.com.
I am planing on using this viper in a diorama for Pancreatic Cancer awareness (I will post more photos later).

Cancer (of any kind) is not something to mess with. It should never be taken lightly. You should always talk to your doctor and be honest with him/her about any aches or pains or other symptoms that you are unfamiliar with, or if after any kind of surgery, you have pain in areas not related to the surgery area, have it checked out.
Case in point, how I found out that I had pancreatic cancer, tow weeks after I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in my knee, my fiance Christine and I were joking and laughing, I went to take in a deep breath, and experienced a side-stitch. Christine asked me what was wrong, I told her that I had a simple side-stitch, and that it was no big deal. She responded that I could have a blood clot, and that we need to have it checked out. So, we went to the hospital, had blood tests done and the test show positive for blood clots. The doctor ordered a CT-scan to see where the clots were. Come to find out that there were no clots. However, I had a 9 cm mass on my pancreas. It was determined that I had stage 1 pancreatic cancer. A couple of months later, I went in for surgery. The mass had grown to 12 cm. Not only that, but there was a mass on my liver as well, that the doctor removed.

Just to let you know, there are two types of pancreatic cancer.
The first one, is where the tumor grows on the inside of the pancreas. This type is terminal. Not only that, but it is also the most common.
The second one, is where the tumor grows on the outside of the pancreas. If it is caught in stage 1 or 2, surgery can cure it and there is a 95% success rate. However, only 1 in 10 survive, because it is A-symptomatic (meaning no symptoms). Not only that but this type is extremely rare. Out of every 100,000 cases, only one gets this type of cancer.
With that being said, I am a very lucky person in getting the type that forms on the outside of the pancreas and having Christine insisting that I go into the hospital to have that "side-stitch checked out.

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Eric Paddon
August 26th, 2019, 03:44 PM
So glad to know you had early detection and that you continue to recover! Great that you can use your creativity to raise more awareness. The vipers look great.

Rhaven Blaack
August 26th, 2019, 08:22 PM
Eric Paddon,

Thank you very much for the kind words. My plans for the diorama is to show it off at county and state fairs as well as SCI-FI/Fantasy conventions, with a write-up about the diorama and the meaning behind it, as well as a QR code that someone can scan, and learn more about pancreatic cancer and how detect it.

To be honest, I am very lucky. Had I not had the knee surgery and the side-stitch, I would have never known that I had it until it was way too late.

BST
August 28th, 2019, 06:45 PM
Rhaven,

This is GREAT NEWS!!! I'm so happy for you and for your family!

:bounce: :bounce:

Dawg
August 28th, 2019, 09:14 PM
Excellent news! I'm delighted for you!

And here's to staying cancer-free.

Rhaven Blaack
August 29th, 2019, 02:39 PM
Thank you both for the kind words! I am too frakking stubborn and ornery to give up! Not only that, but I have a great support system!

Senmut
September 6th, 2019, 02:36 PM
God grant you many blessed years!


Uhh...yahrens!

bsg1fan1975
October 4th, 2019, 11:05 AM
Rhaven,

Glad to see another survivor here. Stay strong and live each day as a blessing.

I am 6 1/2 year survivor of cancer. I had been diagnosed in 2013 with Stage III Breast Cancer. The initial treatments worked and I also underwent surgery to remove it. It came back in the lymph nodes in a small spot. I underwent another year of treatment and ever since then it is gone!

And since it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I would like to pass along that men can also get Breast Cancer. It is not widely known about this as when you hear about this kind of cancer, it is more associated with women. So to all the warriors here, men and women, if you see or feel something is not normal in a ceratain area, get it checked out, it could save your life!

gmd3d
October 4th, 2019, 02:04 PM
Rhaven Blaack , bsg1fan1975 great to read your both doing well and past the worst of that awful affliction.

(formally Taranis)

bsg1fan1975
October 4th, 2019, 04:15 PM
Thanks gmd. I am grateful for every day I put my feet on the floor.

Rhaven Blaack
October 4th, 2019, 07:33 PM
Thank you both for the kind words and encouragement.
Not only am I building this diorama, I also went out and got a tattoo to celebrate my victory over the cancer, but to also honour Richard Hatch, who lost the battle (as well as everyone else who has lost the battle as well).
Here is a photo of the tattoo.

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Senmut
October 5th, 2019, 01:00 AM
Thumbs up icon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bsg1fan1975
October 5th, 2019, 04:13 AM
Very nice!

DrWho42
February 24th, 2021, 11:03 AM
congrats!

Rhaven Blaack
July 26th, 2021, 07:57 AM
It has now been five (5) years now since my surgery, and still no cancer. The doctor said that they likelihood of it returning is slim to none!!!

Senmut
July 26th, 2021, 01:36 PM
Amen!