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Crossing back over line into land of malady

Well, it is that time again. Time to find out if this guy here is holding the emperor of maladies at bay, or if, well, not.

In November I took a radioactive iodine dose in the hopes of killing off the papillary thyroid cancer that has metastasized to my lungs. The endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., said we won’t be able to kill all the cancer cells, but we can hope to manage it.

To say the least, that was not what I wanted to hear.

A follow-up in February revealed that the cancer had not spread, but the doctor could not give me any long-term outlook.

As you read this, if it is Thursday, I am preparing to visit a new doctor that I hope can give me clear answers in one direction or the other. If any one can get me down the path to full recovery, it will be this guy.

A good friend of mine had struggled with thyroid cancer with multiple radiation treatments (I’ve had two) and multiple surgeries (I’ve had two).

However, he got in touch with this guy who set him straight and he’s been cancer free for the past few years.

So, in February when I was at Mayo, my friend was having his annual checkup, pleading my case and asking that his doctor take me on.

Thankfully, he agreed.

This may seem strange to some people. Mayo’s medical centers and hospitals are considered some of the best in the world. I have been fortunate to have been under their care since March 2010.

But instead of pointing the car south this time, I’m taking a plane east to the University of Colorado, Denver.

Dr. Bryan Haugen is the professor of medicine and pathology at the university, and the chief of the Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes Division, and the director of the Thyroid Tumor Program, and is the university chairman in endocrine neoplasm research.

He has published 63 articles in peer-reviewed literature, predominantly in the field of the management of thyroid cancer and nodules.

Basically, he does the research and writes the papers the endocrinologists everywhere read three years later.

Oh yeah, he is also a past president of the American Thyroid Association.

If he can’t get me right, no one can.

But I’m not trying to leave it up to traditional medicine, either. I worry about pumping additional radiation into my body, even though I fear that will have to happen again.

I have been trying to eat better (even if I fail more times than I like working near all these wonderful restaurants), and have been juicing daily. My fridge is stocked with carrots, beets, celery, ginger and wheatgrass.

I also have a daily kale shake, which is not as gross as it sounds. No, it doesn’t have ice cream (sugar feeds cancer) but the fresh pineapple chunks help the taste.

I also have started a daily regiment of vitamins, ranging from D3 to B complex, from selenium to quercetin and vitamin C. I also chew on apricot kernels, for those of you who know what that is supposed to be helpful for.

I’d love to go to licensed holistic doctor to augment my traditional care , but that has not been possible yet.

We only go through this world once before the ol’ dirt nap. Life is just getting good.

I’m not close to ready to check out. Hopefully, I won’t too soon.

Smoking ban defeated without a vote

There may not have been a vote on the proposed smoking ban by the City Council on Tuesday night, but the defeat for the bill’s supporters was no less resounding.

Dotty’s purchase of Hacienda good for BC

It’s all about connectivity and deep player databases in the casino world, and the Hacienda did not have much of either as a stand-alone property.

A memorable three years overseeing the paper

This issue marks my three-year anniversary as editor of the Boulder City Review. It has been such an honor and a privilege to be the editor of the newspaper as it has tried to find its footing in your community.

All the praise and scorn could be yours

Call this a help-wanted ad; I would prefer to call it an opportunity. An opportunity for your voice to be heard beyond the loud continued noise of discourse.

Protecting businesses when bypass opens

State transportation officials told the City Council on Tuesday that the Boulder City bypass could open by late 2017.

Maybe drones could pay for new high school

I’ve got an idea to get the kids of Boulder City a new high school that’s crazy enough it might just be feasible.

Smoke ’em while you can because ban looms

A smoking ban ordinance that would prohibit lighting up in Boulder City’s “enclosed spaces” businesses was reintroduced at Tuesday’s City Council meeting with little discussion.

Criticism of police response surprising

A police response Friday that drew six squad cars to McDonald’s on Nevada Highway drew surprising, to me anyway, mean-spirited attacked on the boys in blue on this newspaper’s Facebook page.

BC schools by the numbers, not the hype

Boulder City residents like to pride themselves on the quality of the four public schools compared with the rest of the Clark County School District. You might say considering all the problems with the district, bragging about how good the schools are here comparatively is like bragging about having the tallest building in Topeka, Kan. Not really a strong pool to compare with.