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Rex's 2nd Time Around Volume 2   Sobriety/Recovery Journals

Started 8/31/12 by Rex (rcclark99); 29045 views.
Rex (rcclark99)

From: Rex (rcclark99)


Judy and I drove back to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN late last week and was there for three days. I had a PET Scan for the first time and although there were a couple of spots they want to check out it looks like right now there are no signs of liver or pancreatic cancer so we're thankful for that. I have joined a couple of forums for PSC patients and feel very grateful for not being diagnosed much earlier. Some folks are going through hell with this disease at ages as young as 10.

As far a politics are concerned, I am so turned off by the whole thing that I don't even watch the news anymore. All of the news networks just hammer home their agenda and I frankly don't believe anything I see on tv.

Thank you for your reply. I'm glad your still around.

Rex (rcclark99)

From: Rex (rcclark99)


Hi Mary,

It's always great to hear from you whenever possible. Yes the cars are put away for the winter which has come early and viciously to the midwestern United States. We have snow on the ground and have had 2-3 snowfalls already and record low temps for the date recently.

In the last 6 weeks Judy has become a great-grandmother on two separate occasions so she is quite thrilled about that. All was well with mothers and babies in both instances. And I will become a great grandfather for the fourth time next month. All of mine live several hundred miles away so I seldom see them except on FB.

Glad the dogs are good. Our housemates (three cats) are all well too.

Love to you on the other side of world.


From: cookly


Hi Rex, sorry you have to endure illness and all those tests and hospital visits. I hate that for you, but sounds like there are bright spots in your life too. 

birdtulip Rae. 

Rex (rcclark99)

From: Rex (rcclark99)


Thank you for your response Rae. I have and have had a wonderful life. 

Yes, I’m going through Issues with my health but we all do. Nothing is perfect but my life is and has been an adventure everyday.

i have recently joined two PSC forums on Facebook, one of which is a closed group and its made me realize how much worse it could be. There are folks much worse off than me and some as young as 10 years old. I am extremely lucky to have not been diagnosed until late in life. As I look back on things I think the disease has been present for at least 10-12 years but not as serious as over the last 2-3 years. The average age of diagnosis of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis seems to be about 40-50 years of age and while rare worldwide seems to be more prevalent in Northern Europe and Scandinavian countries. I’ll just continue to live my life and make the best of everyday. Fatigue is a problem as is being constantly on guard for recurring bouts with sepsis but I am getting pretty good at recognizing early symptoms of those so I go to the hospital as soon as I feel one coming on.

Thank you again for your thoughts. I hope your day is wonderful........mine is.