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Greetings from Santa Cruz.

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I'm sure most have heard of the area, but I noticed the majority here are actually European. So just in case, it's a nice little surf city in California, in the U.S. So first off, my name is Stephen, but most just call me Steve. A few close friends even call me "Fang". It's great to be welcomed into the forums here, so a big thanks for that!

My story is a slightly strange one...I began to form a small lump on my right wrist, but as an avid skateboarder, I assumed it was from a fall. Over time though, it went down in size, but then it started to actually recede. This "crease" eventually opened and started to bleed. That's when I knew something was seriously wrong. So, I headed to a local hospital who did little more than poke at it, then tell me "you'll be fine." Thousands of dollars later (unnecessary x-rays included), I finally landed a job with a decent insurance plan, and visited a proper specialist. Dr. Andrew S. Fang, from South San Francisco. Fantastic guy...but I digress. He immediately saw what I saw (that this was extremely bizarre), and sent me in for a biopsy as quickly as they could take me. About a week later, the results came back. My entire wrist was taken over by a cancer they call epethilioid sarcoma. I'd explain more about this extremely rare form of cancer, but the basics of it seem to be - one in a million odds, no specific reason for it's onset, and if untreated it attacks the lungs. Even chemo is extremely ineffective at that point. Luckily, I was born a southpaw, so when they told me the arm needed to go, it really didn't hit me too hard.

So. That's about it. Not a lot's changed in my life, and everyone I know can't believe my attitude towards the whole situation. Not trying to brag or anything...

I opted to go without a prosthetic also. The good ones cost around $20,000, and I get by fine without anyhow. Just look how happy I was fresh out of the hospital! :p

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I'm sure most have heard of the area, but I noticed the majority here are actually European. So just in case, it's a nice little surf city in California, in the U.S. So first off, my name is Stephen, but most just call me Steve. A few close friends even call me "Fang". It's great to be welcomed into the forums here, so a big thanks for that!

My story is a slightly strange one...I began to form a small lump on my right wrist, but as an avid skateboarder, I assumed it was from a fall. Over time though, it went down in size, but then it started to actually recede. This "crease" eventually opened and started to bleed. That's when I knew something was seriously wrong. So, I headed to a local hospital who did little more than poke at it, then tell me "you'll be fine." Thousands of dollars later (unnecessary x-rays included), I finally landed a job with a decent insurance plan, and visited a proper specialist. Dr. Andrew S. Fang, from South San Francisco. Fantastic guy...but I digress. He immediately saw what I saw (that this was extremely bizarre), and sent me in for a biopsy as quickly as they could take me. About a week later, the results came back. My entire wrist was taken over by a cancer they call epethilioid sarcoma. I'd explain more about this extremely rare form of cancer, but the basics of it seem to be - one in a million odds, no specific reason for it's onset, and if untreated it attacks the lungs. Even chemo is extremely ineffective at that point. Luckily, I was born a southpaw, so when they told me the arm needed to go, it really didn't hit me too hard.

So. That's about it. Not a lot's changed in my life, and everyone I know can't believe my attitude towards the whole situation. Not trying to brag or anything...

HELLO From ILLINOIS ! You are not alone dude !

I opted to go without a prosthetic also. The good ones cost around $20,000, and I get by fine without anyhow. Just look how happy I was fresh out of the hospital! :p

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Hi, Steve, and welcome! There are a few of us "west-coasters" floating around here...I'm from the L.A. area, but I've been through Santa Cruz a few times.

I know quite a few arm amps who prefer to go without a prosthesis...most of them seem to do a really good job of it! I'm a leg amp myself (left below knee) and I'd hate to be without my "fake leg!" (Of course, I'm really a major klutz who can't use crutches...that makes a difference!) :smile:

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Welcome to the forum Steve. I have been thru Santa Cruz and thought it was a groovy place.

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Welcome Steve, glad to meet you, {but not this way}.....must say you do have a great attitute. :happy: I'm also a LBK amp like Cherylm...from the state of Ohio. So you see we are not all from across the 'Big Pond'. There are really quite alot of us from the states.

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Wow. Thanks guys. I wish it wasn't raining right now, cause I really feel like skating.

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Welcome Steve. An Okie here, but I'm sure I've been through Santa Cruz. We're having the ACA conference in Irvine this summer. Maybe you could come. There will be a special session for upper limb amputees.

www.amputee-coalition.org for more info.

Neal

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Hi and welcome Steve, feel the odd one out here because I've never been anywhere near Santa Cruz. :biggrin:

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Welcome Steve. An Okie here, but I'm sure I've been through Santa Cruz. We're having the ACA conference in Irvine this summer. Maybe you could come. There will be a special session for upper limb amputees.

www.amputee-coalition.org for more info.

Neal

That sounds great! I have a 350z, so I love to drive. Highway 1 has a lot of fun sights...and curves. :3

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Hey Steve,

I am from Sacramento and love going to Santa cruz we try and go at least once a year!! Glad you are doing so well. I am also a Sarcoma survivor Osteosarcoma to be exact. Having a positive attitude is probably half the battle! Hopefully the weather gets better soon so you can skate!:)

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Hey Steve,

I am from Sacramento and love going to Santa cruz we try and go at least once a year!! Glad you are doing so well. I am also a Sarcoma survivor Osteosarcoma to be exact. Having a positive attitude is probably half the battle! Hopefully the weather gets better soon so you can skate!:)

The weather was actually great today. Not a cloud in the sky. I spent at least two hours at the park.

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Welcome, I was a Dogtown Boyzz skater back in the mid 70's, and surfed Steamers Lane when it wasn't so "localized", if you know what I mean. Living in CheeseLand now.

You have a great attitude my friend, keep it up.

Most of all, keep boarding!

KB the Captain

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