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  1. #1
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    Just found out yesterday that I have lymphoma (cancer of the blood which is uncurable). No one knows for sure but it is possible it could be caused from a virus from HVAC service work. I work in attics sometimes that have dried rodent feces and urine in them which could cause the disease according to my doctor. I never knew this was possible, so be careful out there. Wear long sleves, long pants, gloves, dust masks, etc. Which is of course hard for me to do in Dallas Texas with its 130 degree attics. Also who knows how many awful virus' are on A/C coils? Prayers would be welcome. Thanks, Steve (48 years old, technician 31 years).

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    Sorry to hear this,could you give me some info on symptoms?Would really be interested in hearing.

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    Very sorry to hear about that. We'll pray for your recovery. I just went to a customer's the other day who had lymphoma, and made a fairly speedy, full recovery with chemo. She's about 70 years old.


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    Steve, thats sucks. I learned long ago about some of the dangers of the animal urine, waste and remains from my chimney and dryer work. Then I learned about the lead and Asbestos in older buildings HVAC, then phosgene, mold, legionaires, soot and carbon etc etc etc.... Now I take nothing for granted and even bought my own really good respirator when the boss wouldn't. I carry good gloves and coveralls for the needed times when it just isn't worth it.

    Having seen you around many sites for more then awhile now I can honestly say I will keep you in my prayers. We all need to remember the dangers this trade contains over a lifetime of work and hopefully the rookies of today will not have to learn our lessons the hard way.
    Warning: Just because I am over the head injury doesn't mean I'm normal!

    The day I stop learning.... I'm dead!

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    I'm really sorry to hear about the news, we'll be sure to keep you in our prayers!

    Kinda hits home when your seemingly safe HVAC job can become a life threatening job. Give it a good fight!

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    Hey Steve. Your note stirred something in me. Perhaps it's just the "that could be me factor". With all the times I've crawled houses and blown all sorts of crap out of my nose after, it makes me wonder what I'm doing to myself. In any event, I'll be praying for you tonight. God is the great physician. With his help and some good doctors down here you can beat it.

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    Thanks for your prayers guys. I currenty have 4 tumors that I can see since the doctor showed them to me a month ago. I never saw them on my own because I never inspected my body for lumps. Since last month they have grown from peanut size to about the size of a quarter and of course are easy to see even if I wasn't looking for them.

    I feel fine but some people will have noticable sysmptoms. Found this cancer by an annual health exam which I highly recommend to everyone even if you are young and feeling great. They can find the cancer in the blood sample that they take during the exam.

    I also recommend for people to inspect their body for any lumps about once a week, which will help you catch cancer early. Get to know your body and what it is suppose to look like and what is abnormal. There is no cure for this and the median age of survival is about 8 years of which treatment will usualy put it into remission and then it comes back where treatment is needed again and again until it kills you.

    So be careful out there and even if you are in perfect healh and take exceptionaly well care of yourself, our work conditions do put us around some dangerous viruses that can cause cancer or infections that are not treatable. I don't mean to scare anyone but don't think you are healthy just because you feel great and take well care of your body.
    For example; my brother-in-law caught a super-virus that no antibiotic will kill and he will definitely lose his leg in another year or two due to the infection in it.

    In closing don't forget protecting yourself from inhaling brazing or soldering fumes because that could also lead to lymphoma (blood borne cancer).

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    Wow, I don't know what to say. Thank you Steve for providing this sobering and important information with us. You've got friends here.

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    You are scaring me .... back in May I was pretty sick with what they thought was a virus they did a cat scan told me I had enlarged lymph nodes 2.6 cm and my doctor said that they should be only 1/4 inch July 14 they going to see if they are stilll that way and if so they want me to get a petscan? what exactly is that?
    thehumid1-------I live in NJ, a state where it's free to come in but you have to pay to leave!

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    Steve,

    I will keep you in my prayers as well.
    When Chuck Norris falls in water, Chuck Norris doesn't get wet. Water gets Chuck Norris.

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    Hey Man , my best to you and your family , my Prayers are with you , put it all in Gods hands and He'll see you through , my best God bless. Lost in HVAC.

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    My sincerest sympathy. Few of us realize it but we are exposed on a regular basis to elements that can cause serious physical harm to us. Many years ago I lost 3 monthes to an infection that damned near killed me. The doctor (a good friend of mine) expresed concern about the places that our trade places us. Since then it's been surgical masks around dust and debris. Another episode resulting from a small scratch ended with another hospital stay for a blood infection. Serious illness in our trade is in reality just a minor incident away.
    Don't let your ego get in the way of a good decision

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    Thanks for the prayers guys.
    Thehumid1; I never heard of a petscan. Are you sure that is the correct name? It sounds like something a pet would have done to them.
    MDP; Wow, you have been through alot from the hazards of this industry. Thanks for sharing your conditions so that others can take precautions.

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