E-mails from Abu to Shakil
His official diagnosis was October 25, 2007, but his treatment emails to me began on
January 16, 2008.

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Here's a month by month summary of all the 2008 emails below:

JANUARY - in general good news.  First 2 tumors (one about the size of a golf ball, the other
the size of a grape fruit in his lung), seed to be reacting positively to the chemo.  Talks about
the PICC line.  Attitude is very positive

FEBRUARY - Continues with treatment.  Radiation.  PET scan where dye is injected. PICC
line removed.  PET scan reveals the absence of tumors, but some inflammation.   Starts
getting sick of the hospital.  Mr. Eby, longtime family friend. passes away of cancer.  Still
positive.

MARCH -- They check to see if tumors have spread. More chemo.  Apologizes to us and
thanks us for understanding.  Uncertain if cancer is hiding.  Goes to Dana Farber Cancer
institute in Boston.  Bronchoscopy/mediasteinoscopy debate.

APRIL - finds out that his treatment overlaps with the birth of his only nephew, Khalil.  
Apologizes.  Feels strong.  Surgeries cancelled.  Took warning signs of cancer quiz.  Fellow
co-worker diagnosed with cancer.

MAY - Excitement over the birth of his sole nephew, Khalil.  Attends support group, trying to
learn how to cope.  Notes dietary restrictions.  Still fighting attitude.  Still offers his help
despite being sick.  Motor skills slow.  Loses weight.  Gets a fever. Pneumonia.  Cough gets
worse.

JUNE - More chemo.  Loss of taste. Body feels heavy. PET scan shows tumors not existent.

JULY - Undergoes bronchoscopy.  Body resistent to Ativan.

AUGUST - scar tissue in lungs present.  reads up on lung cancer.  Thorasic surgeon says
lungs look clean.  Dr. Slater gives clean bill of health. CBC normal.  Feeling a lot better.
Unable to fast.

SEPTEMBER - Coughs coming from scar tissue and bronchoscopy.  Shortness of breath.  
Coughing getting worse.  Very fatigue.  Goes to the ER with a fever.  Has bronchitis.

OCTOBER - Cancer returns and is now inoperable.  Emails decrease.  Chemotherapy
cycles start.  Mediasteinoscopy proposed.  Insurance problems.  Excitement with his
nephew. Fatigue

NOVEMBER - No emails. Fatigue.

DECEMBER - only 2 messages.  Final message is the final email he ever sends (he sent to
me).

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-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 7:32 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Third day of chemo - Still Kicking Ass!

Shakil & Jennifer,

Today I finished the third day of chemotherapy.  I have chemotherapy in the morning and
radiation in the afternoon.  Except today it was in reverse.  Tomorrow is triple dosage, with
the professional home care nurse that will come in after my hospital treatments to change
the IV lines.  Later this month I have an appointment with Dr. Slater for an evaluation and to
see if more treatments are needed after the tests.  I will keep you posted.

The good news is that Dr. Fischer believes that the first tumor is dead and/or non existent.  
But I am on the survival mode (kill the mofo) mode and will not give up until it's a nuclear
winter inside the lung!  I will kill it before it kills me!  I've declared war on Oct. 25, 2007 and
the battle continues...I refuse to go down!

I keep my cell phone on during my sessions, you can contact me if wish.

Take care,

Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2008 4:17 PM
To: Jennifer Thomson; Shakil Quazi
Subject: RE: Fifth day of chemo - Still Kicking Ass!

Jennifer & Shakil,

This is good news, but there's no confirmed tests yet.  So it's his assumption and I do not
want to count my chickens before they hatch.  I do agree with you cancer picked a fight with
the wrong person.  Sami Yousuf said that he's my cutman (boxing) and Joe Palumbo is my
trainer (ringside) and Kadri is the another trainer/chef (ringside).  Got to get the homies up
there.  Ha, ha, ha.  This weekend, I'll rest.

Lily khala will take the 9:40 AM bus from New London, CT and arrive in Port Authority
tomorrow afternoon.  Auni will pick her up and they will drive to Richmond, VA to visit Nashat.

Take care and I'll keep you posted.

Abu

-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Jennifer Thomson
>
> Wow!  That's great news about the first tumor!!!!!!!!   I knew you could do it!
> That tumor picked the wrong dude to mess with!
>
> Best,
> Jenn



-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:39 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Worn out, fatigued and needed wheelchair

Shakil & Jennifer,

Today I went to the hospital for radiation therapy and a shot in the arm (which is an will be a
pain in the ass the next day...literally).  I felt a little too weak to walk in control so they had the
nurses requested a wheelchair for me.  The nurse said that my progress and blood work is
excellent.  But they also said that I've pushed myself a little too hard.  I felt a little bad, but I'm
doing well.  This is the second time that I a wheelchair had to be used for me in 3 months.  I
have one more radiation treatment tomorrow, after that I have an appointment with the
radiologist oncologist and another appointment with the oncologist next week.  I'll keep you
posted on the results.

Stay warm,

Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 11:52 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: RE: Results - Great News - Tumors are Gone!

Shakil & Jennifer,

Shakil, it was good to talk to you yesterday.  Please brief Jennifer on some details if I missed
any in the email.

The results are great!  The PET Scan & CT scan are negative!  The visual image from both
tests indicate that the tumors are gone!  There's nothing in the area what first the tumor.  All
gone.  But there's some inflammation in the right upper lung.  So we have to keep in eye on
that.  It maybe just scar tissue from the chemotherapy and radiation therapy.  Or it maybe the
cancer is dead in a clump.  The size of it is half the size of a golf ball.  There's some damage
to the body.  The skin has been slight burned on my chest and back from the radiation
treatment.  My hair is growing back (on my head and other parts of the body).  This is the a
tough one...spinal cord damage.  It's not permanent, I get shocks from my chest and make
it's way to my feet.  It's not painful, but it occurs several times a day, it's a nuisance.  This will
take two months to heal.

The next course of action.  The oncologist and their staff will call the insurance company and
make the appointment with thoracic oncologist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston
for a consultation.  Which will determine a one of two things:

I. More chemotherapy to eliminate the inflammation and / or if there's cancer cells that are
hiding from the Pet scan and the CT scan.  At least two more cycles of chemotherapy will be
necessary,

II. Surgery - Biopsy.

If the physicians suggest choice I.  I'll have 2 more cycles of chemotherapy.  They will go
back to the November schedule, which translates to 3 forms of medicine known as ICE
[Ifossimade (Ifex), Cissplatinin, Etopiside].  I'll be out for another 4 weeks and my immune
system (white blood cells) will be compromised (below normal levels).  These dosages of
chemotherapy will be powerful.  The other question that will be brought up is one of three
items:

1. IV insertion in the arm before each session
2. PICC line operation
3. Port operation in my right upper chest

The IV insertion may be the best course of action.  Since it will be inserted before
chemotherapy and it can be in the arm for a several days.  This doesn't need an operation,
the nurses can insert the IV in my arm.  The PICC line will require an operation.  It's good, but
it's painful to get in the vein and it will extend at least 30 CM.  It needs to be cleaned with 4
injections on a daily basis.  The professional home care nurse needs to change the lines
every 7 days.  The nurse can removed the PICC line, which is not an operation.  A port
operation is a IV placed under the right skin above the right pectoral muscle.  This operation
is large and was ruled out due to the location of the tumors at first.  It needs to be cleaned
once a month and it can remain in the chest for 5 years.  Another operation is required to
remove the port.

If they choose choice II, then I'll be referred to The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in
New York City.  The surgery will a little risky and they will remove and get some samples of
the inflammation that does exist in my right upper lung.  We want to remove it from the body
and not to wait for the body to devour it.  Plus, they will give us a full diagnosis of the cancer.

So I'm not out of the woods yet.  I feel much better and stronger.  I'm ready for the next battle
in this war against cancer.  I'll keep you posted on this development.  I'll beat cancer!

Take care and stay warm,


Abu

-------------- Original message ----------------------
From: "Shakil Quazi"
>
> Very eagerly await the call...best of luck...sq
>



-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 10:09 PM
To: Shakil Quazi
Cc: Jennifer Thomson
Subject: The Day Obituary & Feel Much Stronger

Shakil,

Dr. Edward S. Eby passed away from cancer on February 14, 2008.  His obituary is in The
Day newspaper (http://www.theday.com).  Dad told me that he smoked 3 packs a day.  
Ouch!  Mrs. Eby is in Chicago for the funeral arrangements.

Scott Martin will visit me tomorrow to see how am I doing.  I saw him on Thursday at work,
just to say hello before the snow storm.  Overall, I feel much stronger.  My walking endurance
is going up.  I want to get back into doing my resistance exercises.

Talk to you tomorrow,

Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 9:10 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: MRI Results - Good News!
Importance: High

Shakil & Jennifer,

I got the results from the oncologist today.  The MRI test is negative!  There's no signs of
cancer.  I will have an appointment with St. Raphael's Hospital as a follow up and another
appointment with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute soon.  We are in the midst of getting an
appointment with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center soon.

I'll keep you posted.

Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 12:03 AM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: St. Raphael's Hospital Visit

Shakil & Jennifer,

I came from St. Raphael's Hospital today.  I will have a biopsy in 15 days.  They will "drill" just
below the breast bone and insert a long tube into my esophagus to grab a sample of the
inflammation.  The question is at this point, we do not know what is the inflammation or is it
scar tissue.  I hope it's not cancer that survived, it maybe that the tumor is dead or most likely
it's scar tissue.

I'll keep you posted.

Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2008 11:20 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Dana Farber Cancer Institute - Results
Importance: High

Shakil & Jennifer,

I returned from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  The oncologist and the thoracic surgeon
stated that my results were terrific.  My progress has been excellent and they were very happy
to see me.  The PET scan, CT scan and MRI on the brain do not indicate that cancer exists
on them.  The object that resides in my right upper lung is scar tissue.  The oncologist and
the thoracic surgeon recommended this regiman:


Day 1: a dosage of steroids (Decadron)
Day 2: chemotherapy (Taxotene)
Day 3: a dosage of steroids (Decadron)
Day 4: rest
Day 5: a shot of Nuelasta (to boost up the white blood cells)

Then one week rest

This cycle is one cycle and I need to complete 2-3 cycles in total.  A port and a PICC
(peripheral inserted central catheter) will not be necessary.  The nurse will insert an IV into
my veins.

The oncologist and the thoracic surgeon stated that the surgery will not be necessary.  The
bronchoscopy it is not too accurate to determine if it's scar tissue or not.  Especially the
medianstineoscopy, it's too dangerous since it comes too close to the superior vena cava
and the aorta.  One knick and that's it...it's a wrap.  I don't want that to happen.  Also, it will not
give us an accurate reading.  Even if they operation was success, they will still recommend
chemotherapy (mentioned above).

In conclusion, surgery is ruled out at this point in time since it's inaccurate and dangerous.  
Chemotherapy will be administered at the Backus Hospital.  I hope that this is the last of it.  If
the cancer doesn't show up in 1-2 years, it's good news.  If it doesn't show up in 5 years, it
won't come back.

The next item on my plate is the cancel the surgery appointment on March 26, 2008.  The
appointment with The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is still in the works.

I'll keep you posted on the results.  All the best,


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 9:20 PM
To: Jennifer Thomson
Cc: Shakil Quazi
Subject: RE: Treatment will overlap birth

Jennifer,

My treatment will overlap the birth of the baby.  I know, I was bummed when I heard the
schedule.  I was hoping that it would be 2 week periods between sessions, unfortunately it's
3 weeks.  I will ask if I can be around the little one.  I will make an attempt to go back to work
this month on a part time basis.  Let's see how I fair after one week of chemotherapy.  I will
ask the oncologist if I can be around the little one.  My immune system will take a little hit.  I
hope that this will be the last of the treatments and I hope it goes well, too.

Take care,


Abu

-------------- Original message from Jennifer Thomson: --------------
Wow, so your treatment will overlap our giving birth.  Too bad.  Are you allowed to be around
new borns when you're undergoing treatment?  I'm assuming not, but it would be a good
question to ask the medical experts...

I hope all the treatments go well!!

Best,

Jenn


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2008 12:58 AM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Medication for my cycles of chemotherapy

Shakil & Jennifer,

Today I spoke to a guy at the mosque and we had a great conversation.  He's an
opthamologist and has practice in area for several years.  The medication that will be
administered in my body the day before (breakfast and dinner) and the day of chemotherapy
is Dexamethasone (brand name: Decadron).  This medication is a steroid and it will
increase my appetite and size.  There's some side effects such as irritation and some mood
swings.  This medication is not too far away from the anabolic steroids.  I'll make sure to
increase my repetition for my calisthenics this week.

I'm getting ready for chemotherapy, which will occur this Wednesday and every three weeks
after that.  I will see Dr. Slater this week for a brief moment.

Take care,


Abu

-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 3:39 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: First Cycle of Chemotherapy done - Cord Blood
Importance: High

Shakil & Jennifer,

Here's a detailed report on my agenda today.  Today I finished the first cycle of chemotherapy
and they did a CBC (Complete Blood Count).  The nurses had a tough time finding a vein the
first time.  The second time the vein was swollen and ice had to be applied to keep the
swelling down.  The third time was applied to the left arm, which was successful.  I was
there all this morning and came back in the afternoon.  The list of medication that was
administered during today was the following (in order of application):


Sodium Chloride
Dexamethosone
Atolxi (SP?) anti nausea medicine
Sodium Chloride
Taxotere (chemotherapy)
Ativan (sleep medication to put the patient to rest)
Sodium Chloride

My presciption medication has been altered.  I have to take Dexamethasone at breakfast,
dinner time the day before chemotherapy, day of chemotherapy and the day after.  So I'm
getting juiced up and feeling the effects today.

The bad news.  The radiation I received is the maximum amount allowed in a lifetime.  The
hair in my chest and back are permanently gone in certain areas.  The normal amount was
3000 rads, I received 6000 rads.  So that's it.

I asked the about the cord blood, that questions has to be asked to Dr. Slater which I will see
him on April 21, 2008.  Is there any other questions you want me to ask him?

The good news, Dr. Slater has officially canceled the surgery.  The CT scan has been
postponed to a later time.  The consultation appointment will be made after the cycles of
chemotherapy are done.  Which maybe in late June / early July.  I'll keep you posted on this
development.

Tomorrow, I will receive a shot of Nuelasta to boost the white blood cell count.  Next
Wednesday I will have another CBC.  This is one complete cycle and it to be repeated 3
more times.  The good news is that the surgery will not be considered.  So this is the good
news.  Regarding exercises, I have watch what I do and not to push myself.  Which I like to
do.

Thank you,


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 12:21 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: WebMD - Cancer

Shakil & Jennifer,

I doing some extensive reading on lung cancer on the WebMD website and took the 2
Cancer quizzes.  What was surprised me on the first quiz regarding nutrition is that I got all of
the right, but missed on the last one.  The second one was the warning signs of cancer.  I
said yes to almost every symptom.  This rattled my cage.  Now, I'm watching some videos on
lung cancer and it's treatments.

Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2008 5:27 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Cancer Support Group

Shakil & Jennifer,

Mom and I returned from the cancer support group today.  Mom spoke to the group from a
parent's point of view going through this ordeal and to explain her side of her disease too.  It
was an interesting group to hear their stories.  There was one other person who has the
similar case as mine; she underwent surgery.  She was unable to for go chemotherapy and
radiation therapy based on her condition (she didn't disperse too much details).  Which has
spread to spread to her mid right lung at a rapid rate.  Later we she concluded that the
cancer returned (in a short period of time) and it has spread to her left lung.  Surgery was her
option to removed the tumors at that time.  Sometimes she wished that she had
chemotherapy and radiation therapy instead of surgery.  After I spoke to her, she was happy
to see that the therapy (chemotherapy and radiation therapy) I received was effective.  The
group loved my positive attitude and the ability "to combat" cancer.  This made me happy.  It's
easy to get sad, anger, or rage.  I told the group that the ability control (like I did in martial
arts) those energies into a positive entity is beneficial for my physical and mental state of
being.

Also, my ability to use the medication for a short period of time made her happy.  Currently,
I'm taking two forms of prescription medication for 6 days.  Then I'll stop (physician's
orders).  During chemotherapy (day before, day of and day after) I have to take a steroid to
stimulate my appetite since I have a loss of appetite during that time and up to seven days
after therapy.  The over the counter medication I take at the present time is a multivitamin.  I
have weened myself off of medication, since it was not necessary to continue due to my
recovery process.  This is the evaluation from my oncologist.  Overall, I have overcome the
side effects from chemotherapy but the neuroapathy is steadily being diminished with each
passing day.  I'm on the mend and getting fired up for the next treatment.

In conclusion, I'll win with war against cancer.

Take care,


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Sunday, May 18, 2008 12:21 PM
To: Shakil A. Quazi; Shakil Quazi
Cc: Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Re: Final countdown. / 3rd Cycle of Chemotherapy

Shakil,

Thank you for the photos and the information regarding the hospital.  I told mom to jet and
keep your cell phone handy, when it's time.  I have dad...it's the blind leading the injured.  I
have Sami and Kadri for back up.  I will undergo my third cycle of chemotherapy on
Wednesday, May 21st.  I'll be fine and I told mom to get ready to go via Amtrak and to take a
cab.  Now, I have her suitcase and she needs to pack.  I'll be ok and I can take care of myself.

I'll be home at the computer and have my phone ready.  So I'm on alert...well just a little slow
due to chemotherapy.  I'm ready!

Take care and I'll get mom ready to go.

Abu

-------------- Original message from "Shakil A. Quazi" : --------------
Behold your future relative.  Attached are sonogram photos take and pictures taken just
yesterday and last week.  You can see the profile in the sonogram photos and  a foot and leg.


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 12:08 PM
To: Shakil Quazi
Subject: RE: Final countdown / Chemotherapy of the Third Kind
Importance: High

Shakil,

We called Auni and left a few messasges.  I just finished my third cycle of chemotherapy and
when I heard the news.  MY blood pressure skyrocketed to 145/85, I have an excuse for that.

All our cell phones are on, but it's recommended that you call on the home phone since my
and mom's signal is very poor.  We reminded dad to keep his cell phone on, too.

Abu

-------------- Original message from "Shakil Quazi" : --------------
> Do not tell anyone.  I think it might happen today.


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:18 PM
To: Shakil A. Quazi; Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Re: *** Official Birth Announcement ***
Importance: High

Shakil & Jennifer,

Words can not express how I feel, too.  I am one very happy uncle.  BTW, there's a surprise
coming to your apartment tomorrow.  Mom and dad are coming to stay overnight.  Adib will
look after me, then Sami and later possibly Kadri for the later shift.  I can not drive due to side
effects from chemotherapy.  Just in case if I need a drive to the ER, Maliha is also on alert.

My blood pressure rose and when I was in chemotherapy, it was 140/85!  I told them I had
the white coat syndrome (see nurse and physicians...which translates to being nervous) and
excited at the same time!  Why?  My brother and his wife will have a baby soon!  I woke up
when the cell phone rang from my dosage of the anti nausea / knock out medicine Atavan.  
That medicine can not keep me down, when the news plus my body likes to fight.  You will
have to tell your son that his uncle is fighting cancer all this time.  Now with a vengeance!  
Cancer can not win!  It will be annihilated very soon!

I returned to the hospital today to receive a shot of Nuelasta in my right triceps muscle.  My
blood pressure is 130/75 so it's going down into normal range.

Thank you for sending the photos, I showed mom and dad.  They were happy I was hoping
to see you online on AIM so I waited for you.  You have my support even though I'm on the
disabled list but not for long!

My congratulation...I do know what to say because words can not express my feeling of joy.

Take care and talk to you soon.  Don't worry about me, I'll be fine!


Abu or should I say Uncle Abu

-------------- Original message from "Shakil A. Quazi" : --------------

Friends, family, dearest loved ones,

Words cannot express our joy in welcoming to our family Khalil Ambrose Quazi.  He arrived
at 3:02pm on May 21st, delivered at St. Luke’s Roosevelt in New York City.   Jennifer was in
labor for 10 hours, and delivered Khalil completely naturally. His length is 19.5” and weight
is 6lb 5oz, but the kid is mighty strong.

We have provided 2 pictures for your enjoyment.

Thank you for all your support.  We love you and would love to hear from you.


Shakil + Jennifer



-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 5:53 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Complete Blood Count & Incident at the Hospital (Detailed Report)
Importance: High

Shakil & Jennifer,

This is a detailed report on what occurred yesterday.  So it will take you some time to read
what I've written.

Yesterday, mom and I went to Dr. Slater's office for a CBC (Complete Blood Count) 8:15 AM.  
The nurse measured my weight and indicated that I've lost a considerable amount from last
week.  Which is over 5 pounds.  So they are a little weary of it.  Later she measured my blood
pressure and it was 125/76 which is in normal range.  My temperature measured 101.4 F,
which maybe a sign of an infection.  She measured it two more times and they read all within
+.1 F / -.1 F of the initial reading.  Later she grabbed the needle, 4 tubes for blood and 8 vials
for blood culture.  I was not happy to see that and was concerned.  Later she explained that
the 2 tubes and the 4 vials were for the next person who sat near me.  Yet each vial was the
size of a Tabasco Pepper Sauce bottle.  Try filling that with blood and some liquid.  Before
the needle enters the vein (right arm).  Iodine has to be placed on the area for sterilization.  A
few minutes later, all done and I to hold it so that it clots.

A urine sample is needed so I had to "guzzle some water".  The registered nurse spoke to
mom and I regarding the situation.  Later she determined that I had an infection in my mouth
known as Yeast Infection or in medical terms "Thrush".  That can be treated with antibiotics.  
Later the cough was getting a little worse and she ordered a chest x-ray.  Even though I've
absorbed 6000 rads of radiation.  I was getting concerned and upset in the meanwhile.  The
nurse handed me my CBC and the results were good despite the temperature.

Mom and I walked to the Diagnostic Imaging Center for my chest x-ray.  The 2 chest x-rays
took less than two minutes and we had to return to Dr. Slater's office for the results.  She
explained to us that they found an object in my right upper lung, later it was determined that I
had pneumonia.

The registered nurse and the physician's assistant called the Diagnostic Imaging Center for
a CT Scan of my chest.  I asked them if it's going to be with contrast or without.  If it's with
contrast, I would have to digest some barium sulfide solution (rasberry flavor).  It still takes
like rasberry flavored cow manure.  The registered nurse gave me an antibiotic and 2
Tylenol.  I'm glad she said that it would be without contrast.  Later, she concluded with two
options: 1. I take the antibiotics to fight the pneumonia or 2. a two day stay at Backus with the
antibiotic through an IV.  I opted for the first option, body likes to fight!

Mom and I took the same walk to the Diagnostic Imaging Center.  This time, I was getting a
little more upset (not at the hospital staff...at me).  We had to wait for 20 minutes for the CT
scan to be ready since they were patients who were in a very serious condition.  When the
CT scans were done, we spoke to receptionist at Dr. Slater's office and they were waiting for
the results.  Mom and I indicated to them that we will break for lunch and return.  During
lunch, a few nurses saw me and I spoke to them.  One of them was my "morning vampire",
she would get blood from me every morning during my hospital stay.  The others were from
the radiation department and one was from surgery (PICC line).  After lunch, the receptionist
at Dr. Slater's office indicated I can go home and the registered nurse will call me later in the
afternoon.  We left the facility at 1:10 PM.  After Mona prepared both of my medications for me
we received the phone call by 5:10 PM.  The CT scan indicated t

hat I have pneumonia that was not blocking an airway.  So it can be controlled by antibiotics
for a period of 8 days.

I will speak to Dr. Slater regarding cutting my hair, having the family stay a few days after
fourth cycle of chemotherapy.

Take care,


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 6:06 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Fluid Retention - Gone

Shakil and Jennifer,

Last Friday night I noticed that my feet were swollen.  Saturday I called my oncologist's office
and left a message.  Within 15 minutes I received a phone call stating that I have fluid
retention which is known as an edema.  I told them that I had chemotherapy (Taxotere) and 2
antibiotics to fight the yeast infection and the pneumonia in my right upper lung.  She
concluded that I should keep my feet elevated when I sit down.  Later I called my primary
care physician to keep him in the loop.  I kept my feet elevated during the part of the
afternoon and the evening.  I kept a pillow under my feet, which kept my feet slight less than
a 30 degree angle to drain the fluids.  By Sunday morning most of it was gone if not all of it.  
Today, there's no sign of it and I started my exercise regimen.  I'm feeling better and most of
the side effects are beginning to subside.  I have an appointment with Dr. Slater this
Wednesday and a CBC (Complete Blood Count).  My fourth cycle of chemotherapy

is on June 11th and I hope that it's the last of them.  I do not want more damage to the body
as long as the cancer has been killed.

I'll keep you posted on my progress.


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 3:36 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Mrs. Eby seen Khalil DVD / Feeling Much Better

Shakil and Jennifer,

How are you guys doing?  How's Khalil?  Mrs. Eby stopped by today to say hello.  I showed
her the DVD of Khalil.  She sat close to the TV and watched the entire DVD.  She love it and
complimented that it's a beautiful baby.  Later ate lunch with us.  We talked about the Khalil
DVD, Dr. Eby's chemotherapy treatment and my treatment.  Dr. Eby had over 30 cycles of
chemotherapy and later moved to experimental medication.  He is the longest survivor of the
experimental medication.  She is focusing on me to feel better soon.  I feel much better now
compared to a week ago.  This week, I complete my full exercise regimen (resistance) and
have walked 12 miles (4 3 mile walks).

I want to relay that message to you.  Enjoy the weekend.


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2008 7:33 PM
To: Shakil Quazi
Cc: Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Birth Certificate / DVD problems / Side Effects

Shakil,

Dad arrived late afternoon today and I wished him a very happy father's day. I gave him a card
and signed it with all out names (mine, your's, Jennifer and Khalil).  I also noted that the gift
has been shipped and will arrive in a few days.

I received the birth certificate today and the DVD.  Thank you, but the DVD doesn't work.  I
tried to play it in a number of DVD players and it simply won't play.  Did you finalize it?  I've
noticed that there is a few scratches on it.

My taste buds are diminishing and the my movement is a little slow this morning.  It's still
tough to get up from bed when your body feels that it weighs 300-400 pounds.  That is no
fun.  I still can not taste salt and some sugar, but that's part of the deal.  I can deal with it.  
Also the frequent fevers settled in yesterday and part of today.

Rumpa is staying at Daisy auntie's home and she would like to visit me.  I will let you and her
parents, but the kids are not allowed since the situation with chemotherapy.  Her parents will
visit me later in the week or early next week.

Take care,


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 7:57 PM
To: Shakil Quazi
Subject: DVD Received and it works / PET Scan - Done
Importance: High

Shakil,

Thank you, I received and watched the DVD today.  I enjoyed it and the photos at the end.  It
seems that he's fussy when you place a shirt over him.  He doesn't like it and let's you know.  
I've noticed that you wore a t-shirt that said, "run for one the lung cancer research".  Nice!  
Also, I heard Shawn's voice, he was there taping Khalil?

Mom and dad watched half the videos since the they had an invitation to Lasker's house this
evening.  His wife had breast cancer less than 5 years ago, when she was 34 years old.  
Now, she has a lump on her breast and they found out that it's hereditary.  Her and I had
discussions on cancer and the treatments used, recently.  When the return or tomorrow, they
will watch the rest of it.

I had a PET (Positron Emissions Tomography) scan today.  I can't eat or drink anything at
least 6 hours prior to the scan.  The injected a radioactive material known as FDG, not
Technitium.  FDG stands for fluorudeoxyglucose, it's a glucose that attach itself to the
cancerous tumors and it's picked up when the scan occurs.  Which is 30 minutes after the
injection, this whole process takes over 90 minutes.  When I'm placed on the tray I have to
remain still over 45 minutes.  The tray goes into a tube with an opening, so it's not a torpedo
tube.  I can see why some people are claustrophobic.  I'm glad that I'm not.
 I have been
warned since I'm radioactive that I can not be around pregnant women, babies, and
children.
 The radiation that my body is emitting can cause some genetic mutation.  So I
remained indoors all day, by tomorrow it will be out of my system.  I'm drinking plenty of clear
fluids today to flush it out.

Have a nice weekend.


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:15 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Great News - Results!
Importance: High

Shakil & Jennifer,

This morning I had an appointment with Dr. Slater and he revealed the results to my parents
and I.  
Great news, the PET scan is negative!  The CT scan indicates that there's
inflammation due the radiation therapy and there's scar tissue present.  The tumors are non
existent
.  I will undergo a bronchoscopy (biopsy) to grab a sample of the inflammation and
scar tissue.  The fifth cycle of chemotherapy and a mediansteinoscopy (surgery) is no longer
needed.  I will keep you posted on my progress and results.


Take care,


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 8:21 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Results from the thorasic surgeon consultation

Shakil and Jennifer,

I had an appointment with Dr. Michael Deren, the thorasic surgeon today for a consultation.  
He said that my lungs sounded terrific.  I looked and sounded so much better compared to
my first bronchscopy which was on October 26, 2007.  BTW, he performed my bronchoscopy
on me on that day.  He said that you are "cured" (not like beef), but we want to be sure of
that.  I am scheduled for a bronchoscopy and biopsy on July 24, 2008 at 7:30 AM.  I will shave
my arms again so the tape won't stick to my arm hair.

Take care,


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 12:09 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Here's the dealio / surgery

Shakil and Jennifer,

Here's the dealio.  Please let me know when you will arrive at Old Saybrook train station.  I'll
pick you up.  Thursday (July 24, 2008) morning (7:30 AM), mom, dad and I will go to Backus
hospital for my bronchoscopy.  It's a minor surgery and it should take too much time.
 I'll let
them know that the body was fighting the Ativan and it took me 20 minutes for me to go down.

Jennifer, you and the baby will stay home on the day of my surgery.  Mom, dad and I will be
home by noon time.  Our cell phones will be on.  I'll give my cell phone (and it will be on) to
mom.

Take care and see you soon.


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 1:34 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: After Surgery
Importance: High

Shakil and Jennifer,

Hello, how are you doing?  How's Khalil?  I hope he's not driving you bananas.  Dad drives
mom bananas that's why she asks to have me go shopping with her and to run a few
errands.

I slept like a baby after the bronchoscopy and biopsy.  They gave me double the dosage and
I didn't go down, my body kept on fighting it.  The surgery took 90 minutes, 30 minutes longer
than anticipated.  Dr. Deren stated that my lungs look clean, but they want to be sure that he
will send it to Pathology.  I'll see Dr. Deren next Monday and Dr. Slater three days later.  I will
keep you posted on the results.

The nurse remove the IV from my arm didn't place a cotton patch immediately after it was
removed.  Which resulted in a a stream of blood came out and landed on my pillow.  There
was spot on the pillow was larger than the size of my hand.  This didn't make me or my
parents too happy.

Take care and your still the best.


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2008 11:33 PM
To: Shakil A. Quazi
Subject: RE: Khalil more chatty / Surgery (not inclusive) the option

Shakil,

You sent me both videos early today.  I saw them again, so did mom and dad.  The cooing is
entertaining, I got a kick out of it.  I am glad that Khalil got a kick out it seeing himself in the
mirror.

I spoke to the nurse from Backus hospital today.  She was interested in my progress.  I told
her that I'm doing well and anxious of to see my results.  I asked her regarding the situation if
surgery (not invasive) would be beneficial to removed the scar tissue from my lungs.  The
risk of surgery is that it may spread the scar tissue (if the cancer was evident).

Take care,


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2008 10:46 PM
To: Shakil A. Quazi
Subject: RE: just in case / thorasic surgeon tomorrow afternoon

Shakil,


The large wire is not antenna (from the phone to the ear piece).  How did you arrive at that
conclusion?

Does Khalil need diapers, supplies, etc. for later this month?  Please let me know.

I'll keep you posted on tomorrow's thorasic surgeon (Dr. Deren) results.  I believe it's good,
since Dr. Deren stated to mom and dad that my lungs look clean.  I was reading an article
regarding lung cancer.  The website: http://www.revolutionhealth.com/conditions/cancer/lung-
cancer/who-is-at-risk

Talk to you soon.


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 1:00 PM
To: Shakil A. Quazi
Cc: Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Re: Happy shots / appointment today

Shakil,

Thank you for the photos.  I liked all of them and you are right.  A baby's smile does brighten
your day.  I can attest to that since being hit with lung cancer.  Being vicious/ferocious to
destroy the parasite.  I get stuck in that mode, having his smile does brighten the day it adds
strength to the my war against cancer.

I will be leaving to the thorasic surgeon's office today.  I'll notify you and Jennifer of the
results.  I hope they are good.  I feel better and stronger; I've started my calisthenics this
morning.

I'll email you and/or call you this late afternoon / early evening.


Abu
-------------- Original message from "Shakil A. Quazi" : --------------  
I have been told a baby’s smile will brighten your day up.  I think these fotos should do the
trick.


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 12:22 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Results: No Cancerous Tumors!
Importance: High

Shakil & Jennifer,

There's no cancerous tumors in the body!  Only scar tissue and inflammation due to
radiation therapy.  Dr. Deren stated that my recovery is "miraculous", the lungs look clean.  
The lungs will never be normal due to the inflammation, this is one reality I has hit me.  Dr.
Deren will speak to Dr. Slater regarding the next biopsy in 6 months, since this type of cancer
is aggressive (non small cell and rapid growing).  It's very rare that a person has this type of
disease under the age of 45.  I will see Dr. Slater Thursday afternoon for a follow up.  I'll keep
you posted on the results.

Take care,


Abu

-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 6:17 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Oncologist's Results
Importance: High

Shakil and Jennifer,

We came back from Dr. Slater's office today and he gave me a clean bill of health.  He stated
that my health and recovery has been excellent.  My CBC (Complete Blood Count) all the
counts were in normal range.  Not a single item was high or low, it's the best report to date.  
My blood pressure is in normal range.  He will monitor me for one year or so.  My next
appointment with him is in 3 months; I'll have a bronchoscopy/biopsy in six months.

Talk to you soon,


Abu

-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 5:28 PM
To: Shakil A. Quazi
Cc: Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Re: Khalil: The art of a request / over exersion

Shakil,

Thank you sending me the photos.  Mom saw them and loved them.  Dad has not seen them
yet.  He will tomorrow or later in the week.  How's Jennifer doing and how's the little one?  If
you have a chance to come early, please do so.  Therefore we can kayak at Yale.  I will be
unable to, but you and Jennifer might enjoy the water.

I did some housework and over exerted myself, this is one of the reasons why I was short of
breath and tired.  I removed the water from the basement and did some digging to fill in a
hole near the doorway.  I called the nurse and she stated that my body has been through a
battle / assault.  I'll have to pace myself since my lung capacity is not where it was before all
this occured (example: moving into the your Brooklyn apartment and moving the table up
three floors of stairs).  I will continue to exercise to regain my strength. The healing process
will take over a year.

Take care and talk to you soon.


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2008 12:39 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: FW: Amtrak Reservation Summary - change in schedule / Dr. Rasool
Importance: High

Shakil and Jennifer,

Poly khala wanted mom to say a few more days, so I changed the ticket from Tuesday
(9/2/08) to Thursday (9/4/08).  The reservation number is the same and so is the train
number.  I will exchange the tickets later today if not tomorrow so we do not have to wait in
lines the day we depart.

I contacted Dr. Rasool (my primary care physician) regarding the coughs.  Currently I'm
taking the multivitamin in the morning and Robitussen DM (cough suppressant) three times
a day.  
The coughs are caused from the scar tissue and/or surgery (bronchoscopy/biopsy) 4
weeks ago.  I do want to see him for a check up and I hope it's nothing serious.  The coughs
result in muscle strain in the right side only [chest, shoulder, back (above the shoulder
blade) and neck).  I'm not concerned but I'm keeping an eye on it.  After my physician's visit,
I'll contact you with the results.  I do not want the cancer to return.

How was you trip to North Reading?  How did you like the Acela train ride?  Boston South
Station to New York Penn Station in 3.5 hours.  You were "flying over 90 mph!  Did Khalil
notice a difference between Amtrak/local trains and Acela?  Or did he sleep throughout the
train ride?

If you have any questions, you can contact me.  My cell phone is on during the day.


Abu


----Original Message----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 8:19 PM
To: Shakil Quazi
Subject: Re: Travel plans to California October 2-6 / Almost ER

Shakil,

Have a great time in northern CA.  Please tell Nashat I said hello.  I hope the little one
doesn't scream during the landings.

Today, I almost went to the ER since my temperature reached 101.0 F.  So I had to come in
to Dr. Slater's office and they had to take blood cultures (size of Tabasco Sauce bottles) from
each arm.
 You can tell I wasn't too thrilled when this occurred.  At least we spoke to the
nurse practitioner on-sight and some questions were answered.  I have bronchitis as we
speak.  Currently, I'm on 2 antibiotics with the current situation, it's now 5.

I'll keep you posted on my progress and results.

Have a safe flight,

Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 2:41 PM
To: Shakil Quazi
Subject: Re: in calistoga, california / biopsy soon / Ted's Montana Grill

Shakil,

Good to hear that you are having a great time in Calistoga, California.  Please tell Nashat,
Jennifer and the special K, I said hello.  I'm looking forward to see the movies soon and to
hear from your adventure in northern California.

I spoke to Dr. Slater on Thursday, the cancer is inoperable.  It can not be removed surgically.  
I will see a throasic surgeon on Monday regarding a biopsy of the tumor.  This week started
out terrible and it ended quite well.  I will have a complete blood test next Friday and the
Friday after is my second cycle of chemotherapy.

Yesterday, Sami, Kadri, Jason and I drove (I'm not able to drive while I'm on medication) to
Cranston, RI to eat at Ted's Montana Grill [(owned by the cable mogal Ted Turner) website:
http://www.tedsmontanagrill.com/].  It's an eco-friendly restaurant.  I had a cheese Bison
burger, it's the best bison burger.  I do recommend it and I would like to eat there again.  I
have an excuse to increase my white and red blood cell count.

Enjoy your trip.


Abu

-------------- Original message from "Shakil Quazi" : --------------
having a great time.  many movies to show.  c u soon.  special k is doing fine.   xoxo sq jrt kq



-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 6:20 PM
To: Shakil A. Quazi
Subject: Re: Khalil giggles with Nashat / surgery and chemotherapy

Shakil,

I saw the photo and the youtube video.  That was funny and entertaining, I watched it several
times.  I'm glad that Nashat spoke to Khalil in Bengali and he found it entertaining.  How was
your trip and how did you like Nashat's apartment?  Easy to find and parking?  How's the
Jennifer?  The whole family must be a little tired from the long trip, especially the little one.  
How did he adjust to the time difference?

Here's an update.  I will have three cycles of chemotherapy and surgery.  My second cycle is
on 10/17 and the last cycle is on 11/7.  After that I will have a biopsy known as a
medianstineoscopy to sample (grab as much as they can) of the tumor.  The surgery has
some risks involved such as bleeding and it's comes close the superior vena cava (main
vein).  I'll fill you and Jennifer on some details when I speak to you.

Looking forward to see some more videos and photos.


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 10:00 PM
To: Shakil Quazi; Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Your Trip / Second Cycle of Chemotherapy

Shakil and Jennifer,

How was your Columbus Day weekend or should I say Canadian Thanksgiving in North
Reading, MA.?  How's Khalil?  Did he sleep throughout the train trip?  Any more photos and
videos?  Jennifer, how's your parents doing?  Please tell them I said hello.

This Friday at 11 AM, I will undergo my second which maybe the last cycle of the IV
chemotherapy.  One to two days afterwards, I will return to the hospital for a shot of Nuelasta
to increase my white blood cell count.  On October 24, I will have a CT scan to track my
progress.  I will see Dr. Slater on November 4 as a follow up.

We have a situation, tomorrow a former studio attorney will see me regarding some issues
with the issues that surrounds Anthem BCBS.  I've kept in touch with him since he left the
studio in 1999.  Dad and I will speak to him, today I had to reorganize my bills and make
copies.  I'll go into more details later in the week.

I will give you a call that morning before I go into Dr. Slater's office for chemotherapy.

Take care,


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2008 10:35 PM
To: Jennifer Thomson
Cc: Shakil Quazi
Subject: RE: Your Trip / Second Cycle of Chemotherapy - Finished

Jenn,

I'm glad that the weekend is great. Khalil was the big hit of the family, he usually is on this
side, too.:-)  He jumped in the jumparoo enthusiastically while Shakil at turkey.  Turkey can
make Shakil a little drowsy.  Last year around Thanksgiving time (US holiday), I at turkey and
threw up afterwards since I had three days of chemotherapy before.  So I was "seriously out
of it" and very fatigue.

When you called, I was fatigue from not getting enough sleep at night.  I finished my second
cycle of chemotherapy today.  I have to go to the hospital next week several times.  I will need
a shot of Nuelasta, an x-ray for the ribs, blood test and a CT scan.  Tonight I'm preparing for
the worst of it.  So I'm staying up for a bit to take care of the medical situation before
tomorrow.  This is a tough one, but I'm tougher.  I'm scheduled for a third cycle of
chemotherapy on November 7.

I'll keep you posted on my progress and results.  I called and left a message on your voice
mail (home phone) today.

Take care and enjoy the weekend.


Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2008 4:24 PM
To: Shakil A. Quazi
Cc: Jennifer Thomson
Subject: Re: attencion por favor / shot of Nuelasta and X-ray today

Shakil,

Thank you for sending me the photos.  I showed mom and Inam.  I do like the first few
photos and the one you placed him in a pot.  I thought he was going to take a bath.  Ha, ha,
ha.  How are you doing today?  How's Jennifer and Khalil?

I had an 9 AM appointment to receive my shot, now my body feels like it weighs 500 pounds
and I have a slight fever.  After lunch and 2 Tylenol, the fever has subsided.  Yet, I am
sluggish today but I'm able to walk and climb the stairs slowly respectively.  At the x-ray
department, they took at least 3 slides of my rib cage and I had to specify which rib(s) were
painful.  In less than 30 minutes we were done.  Hard to believe.

Take care and talk to you soon.



Abu


-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 7:55 PM
To: Shakil A. Quazi
Subject: Re: Khalil 6mo old gnawing on honeydew melon 1st time./Good news
Importance: High

Shakil,

I saw the video this morning twice and a third time.  I'm happy to see that the little one is
knawing that the honeydue.  So when you are going to feed him some meat, need to turn
him into a carnivour.

I have good news for you today.  I INR (International Ratio) blood test results is 2.1, the safe
range is 2.0 - 3.0.  The medication finally got it in range to prevent strokes and blood clots.  
But I will have my third cycle of chemotherapy this Friday and next week is my rest week.  
Which means no chemotherapy until the week after.  Then it's a week after week for 3 weeks
of chemotherapy.  My beard hair grows slowly and the hair is somewhat falling out.  I will
need another haircut.

Take care and Eid Mubarak!  Please relay this information to Jennifer.



Abu


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-----Original Message-----
From: Abu Quazi
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 8:20 PM
To: Shakil A. Quazi
Subject: Re: a few kiddo shots / Blood tests

Shakil,

Thank you for the photos.  Today is the day I am able to open my email without feeling like
crap.  I spoke to Jennifer and Khalil today briefly since my voice went out after 3 minutes.

Tomorrow I have two blood tests.  I'm not worried about them and I'm trying to get some rest
from my rest week until the barrage of cycles of chemotherapy with starts next Friday.  Dr.
Slater is letting me have it since he knows that my body can tolerate it unlike most of his
other patients.  They can't.  I'm trying to gain weight, mom is trying to stuff me with food and I
don't have the appetite at times yet I still eat.

Take care,


Abu

-------------- Original message from "Shakil A. Quazi" : --------------
Out for a swing:

I can see myself in the mirror.  Sitting up alone.

Don’t pull a fast one on me!

What is so funny mommy?

Just doin my business, readin the paper