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  • 05Nov

    I’ve posted the beginning of my first Project Log. YW7 Project Log :: Castigator

    It’s a piece that I’m painting for Tim “absath” Buckley. Follow along, won’t you?

    –YW7–

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  • 03Nov

    I thought I would show my latest creative effort. It’s an Ork themed Pinewood Derby car. It didn’t start out that way, but as I went along my inner Mekboy took over and this was the result:

    More closeup shots and discussion can be found on the forum. :)

    –YW7–

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  • 30Sep

    I’ve been keeping my posts about my cancer situation confined to my personal blog, but I feel that this one is important enough to share here. I’ll link to my posting for those who wish to read some very good news: Mistake or Miracle?

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  • 10Aug
    YoungWolf7 Comments Off

    Hello all. I’ve opened up my own blog site to detail the cancer goings-on so the BT blog can get back to it’s usual business. It’s not out of place here, the BT’s all agree on that, but it does cast a long shadow and it’s a big distraction. This way my family and friends can come read about what’s going on without having to wade through “all of that minis stuff”. ;)

    So here’s the new site if you’re so inclined: yw7.brushthralls.com

    It’s obviously still a WIP, but I’ve been writing all weekend on it trying to get caught up on all of the tumultuous events of the last month. See you there, or not. I’ll still be here as well. :)

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  • 17Jul

    Has the sky fallen? Is the end nigh?

    Possibly.

    I managed to finish up a review I was working on before the surgery. It’s on Dragon Forge Design’s Wasteland II series of resin scenic bases. I used it for physical therapy to get used to the keyboard & mouse again. The arms are coming back nicely. My stamina is slowly progressing. I can sit & type for about 4 hours before I need a nap, so this took me several days to complete. Enjoy.

    Dragon Forge Review

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  • 13Jul

    Long after expected, I have finally returned home from the hospital more or less in one piece. The surgery was a success, it was the aftermath that was the drama. I’ll try to document more in detail as I recover over the next week and sort of build a static archive of this journey. For right now though, if you google the term: malignant hyperthermia, you will find every anesthesiologists worst nightmare. A rare, genetic defect that until Monday while reversing the anesthesia no one, including myself, was aware that I had.

    The Dantroline treatment that saved my life also caused massive phlebitis in both arms and hands where it was pumped in via IV. Even now, a week later, simple things like typing or using a fork are very painful. I have no idea when I’ll paint again, but I’m alive and I’m still fighting. That is what counts. :)

    Thank you ALL for your well-wishes, prayers, support, and donations. They’ve definitely been felt in our little corner of the ‘verse and are appreciated far more than I will ever be able to fully express.

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  • 11Jul
    Terarin Comments Off

    Terarin again with a quick update: Looks like things aren’t smooth yet. Some minor complications, including a fever, but things are looking hopeful. Dan should be tranferred to a normal room today. [SteamDog] Juanza saw him yesterday and said Dan is in good spirits. The doctors still have not given him a release date from the hospital. With the complications he has been having they are taking it day by day.

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  • 07Jul

    Terarin here with an update for all of those interested in Dan “YW7″ Smith’s status. Dan went in for surgery today. The surgery went well. The doctor removed 10 tumors on his right side and 1 aggressive tumor on his left. Later this afternoon things got scary as Dan had a bad reaction to the anesthesia. Fortunately he had a kick a$$ anesthesiologist who recognized what was happening and got it corrected. Dan was moved to the intensive care unit at the University of Utah, and will be moved to a regular hospital room tomorrow. He’s expected to be there for a couple of days. According to his wife, Kerry, he is doing much better.

    Our hopes and prayers are with Dan today. We here at BrushThralls.com and the SteamDogs are thankful for the outpouring of support the hobby community has shown. We’ll continue to keep you posted.

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  • 04Jul

    I’ve posted a full static page updating my status here. You can see the link on the sideboard if you ever need to get back to it.

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  • 25Jun

    I thought I would post and give you an update on what is going on in my “neck” of the woods. (Bad pun intended.)

    After undergoing my annual screening for my thyroid cancer it’s been determined to be very likely that it has returned. I had my first visit with a new doctor yesterday, Dr. Jason Hunt up at Huntsman Cancer Institute. He specializes in cancers of the head & neck, over 50% of his cases are thyroid cancer, so he’s pretty much THE guy to see here in Utah when it comes to thyroid cancer. After reviewing my test results and my history to date we’ve formulated a plan. I’m scheduled for a chest CT tomorrow afternoon. This is to look for any signs that the cancer may have spread to my lungs or other lymph nodes in the chest. It’s only a 1% chance on the lungs, a bit higher on the lymph nodes. This is primarily to rule out any spread. Regardless of the findings, the first priority is to get me to the top endocrinologist at the University (Dr. Abraham) who will conduct an ultrasound guided FNA (fine needle aspirated) biopsy of all of the small nodules in my neck to determine which ones are indeed cancerous. This will provide Dr. Hunt a roadmap of my neck to plan my surgery to remove all of the bits in one go.

    IF the CT shows spread, then I will be undergoing radioiodine therapy again after I recover from the surgery. If not, then the surgery will be it for now. We want to hold back on the radiation as it can cause more harm than good with overuse and cause things like secondary cancer and damage to my salivary glands. All things I’d like to avoid. ;)

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