Tuesday October 26th, 2010
Friends and fellow Marines:
Doctor Motom, the oncologist who is working with me, met with me this morning.He had lots of good things to say. The cancer noted on first CT scan has shrunk to small size. He told me that he cannot predict life span, but I should see several more months, perhaps a year. He said that once chemo has done all it can do, that the cancer will return, and chemo will not work the second time.
I’m back on another round of chemo.Had it today. Will get more Wed and Thurs. Much to my high spirits, I am no longer staring death in the face. I know its somewhere down the road in a few months (maybe a year), but it doesn’t seem so ominous now.
Thanks for all your response to my message of yesterday.
Send the hearse home. Not needed at the present time.
God bless you all. Thank you for your prayers.
An update from Major Gene Duncan who’s doctors diagnosis was premature:
Monday October 25th, 2010
I’m still alive and feeling pretty damned good. I’m sure the first doctor, the gal who told me I had one month of life left, is greatly disappointed.
I’m taking chemo-therapy from the best oncologist in NE Indiana, a guy with a phenominal (sp) success rate. Two sessions and the CT scan showed “significant decrease.” More chemo this week.
I sleep well. Appetite is back. I’ve lost 40 pounds, but I’m not complaining about that. I’m staying at a really nice nursing home at night. Prior to that arrangement, friends felt compelled to stay awake while I slept on a hospital bed in my former dining room. As noble as that was, I felt guilty and selfish having them do that. Tommy Edwards (Ty’s dad) was here for four weeks. He took great care of me. My son, David, is here now. Tom Moore is coming back this Wednesday.
I was pleasently surprised to discover what good cooks Tommy and David are.
I wish to thank all of you for your care, your concern, you cards and emails, and most of all your prayers. I think God has alloted me more time than the witch doctor.
God bless you all.
SHOOT STRAIGHT — AND OFTEN
For those of you who have not known or served with Gene Duncan. He is a true legend in the Marine Corps. Having written numerous books, articles and given untold number of motivational speeches this information is not easy to pass.
Gene Duncan has asked us to make notifications regarding a recent diagnosis of an aggressive cancer of his liver and lungs. He’s been advised by doctors that it will be terminal in approximately a month.
Gene’s ability to speak is impaired, but he robustly receives/sends e-mail at the following address.