Fable II DLC Made Official and Stuff

The first Fable didn’t have any DLC, as it came out prior to game companies ripping every extra dollar out of gamers pockets. Instead, we were given the Lost Chapters expansion on its own disc. Thanks to technology, that’s not how things will happen in Fable II.

Fable fans will be able to snag the Knothole pack for $10, expanding the game and item base. The new snowy area sure looks purty. As an added bonus, Lionhead will also deliver some freebie items, including a much needed weight loss potion. That effectively eliminates a minor flaw that’s caused by eating food for health and becoming a massive hulking hero that turns off everyone who looks at you.

All of this stuff should be out in mid-December, which means don’t hold your breath in Microsoft time.

A true Warrior; Waubonsie Valley graduate overcame Hodgkin’s disease without surrendering school, swimming

The Sun – Naperville (IL) July 27, 2001 | Brad Nolan Todd Swiss, who is in remission from Hodgkin’s disease, practices his backstroke dive at an early morning practice at the Brookdale pool in Naperville. Swiss is a junior coach for the Brookdale Bucs swim team and recently graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School.

Todd Swiss doesn’t want you to think of him solely as a cancer survivor. He wants you to also know the accomplished poet, the connoisseur of independent films and music and the avid aquatic athlete.

These are the many faces of Todd Swiss — a phrase he coined for an autobiographical senior project in the spring at Waubonsie Valley High School.

He points out that one face, independent of the rest, is inadequate.

Together, though, all the faces create the whole.

Yet to know Todd Swiss completely, you need to know his story of survival.

“If you just have one thing that defines you, you’re not going to be an interesting and successful person,” Todd said.

“You need to have numerous traits and interests — that’s what makes you unique.

“Still, having survived cancer sets me apart.

Not too many people have overcome such an obstacle at this part of their life.

But I have and that should help me for the rest of my life.” In 1999, Todd was an active high school student.

He was a member of the Warriors’ swimming and water polo teams, an introspective and stylistic poet and an emerging aficionado of offbeat movies and music.

Todd didn’t feel sick or look sick.

That would come later — born of the treatment, not of the disease.

It felt like an ordinary September day.

Todd was hanging out with his older sister, Lesli, and her close friend John. It was John who noticed it — a bulging, tube-shaped lump along the right side of Todd’s neck.

A pediatrician examined it, determined it was the result of an infection and prescribed an antibiotic.

It didn’t go away.

Over the next two months, Todd and his parents, Nancy and Glenn, visited two doctors, including an oncologist.

After an initial biopsy was inconclusive, the results were sent to California for a second review.

Todd was scared and nervous.

The second review was slow for the Swiss family, which also includes oldest sister Sandi — the waiting game spanning over Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“Christmas was a distraction,” Nancy said.

“We were thinking, `Let’s get through Christmas and have a good time.

Let’s worry about the decision on what happens after.’ “And Todd was swimming all the time and we all had a lot of things to keep us busy.” D-day came just two days after Christmas, when Todd met with Dr. Richard Fisher, a leading Hodgkin’s disease specialist at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Aware of with whom they were meeting, Todd and his family figured they knew the test results before they were presented.

“The lump wasn’t going away and it was getting bigger,” Nancy said.

“When you’re scheduled to meet with a Hodgkin’s specialist, we kind of figured that was probably what Todd had.

But you always have that last hope that it’s not.” That hope was eradicated when an intern, assuming Todd and his parents knew the results of the test, began to rattle off information about Todd’stype of Hodgkin’s. It was not the way they expected to find out.

Still, Todd was aware that this was about the message, not the messenger.

“It was a shock the way it came out from the intern,” he said.

“But I figured that’s what it was, so I had kind of prepared myself.” Dr. Fisher later explained Todd indeed had Hodgkin’s disease, a type of cancer that starts in the lymphatic system.

The specific form was Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant, which if caught in its early stages is highly curable.

Todd was in the first stage and his prospects for recovery were very good.

According to the American Cancer Society, the one-year survival rate of Stage IA Hodgkin’s disease is 93 percent.

“I thought of death early on,” Todd said.

“Sure there’s the 90 percent or so curable, but there’s always that other 10 percent.” Todd was referred to the care of another Loyola physician, Dr. Wade Thorstad, who prescribed eight weeks of radiation treatment.

It would focus on Todd’s neck, chest and stomach. in our site hodgkin s disease

The laundry list of potential treatment symptoms was intimidating: Loss of hair, thickening and eventual elimination of saliva, disabling of taste buds, nausea followed by vomiting, sore throat, scar tissue in the lungs, fatigue, chest pains and weight loss.

Despite the impending battle, Todd was encouraged by the cancer survival stories of high-profile athletes Lance Armstrong and Mario Lemieux.

“I thought about Lemieux and the fact that he came back and played pro hockey,” Todd said.

“If he can do that, I figured I could do it.” The radiation treatments began in January 2000 — one five-minute session every weekday.

Despite the physical drain, Todd remained active and involved academically, athletically and socially — missing only two days of school during his entire treatment.

Mornings were occupied with math analysis, English, physics and marketing.

Early afternoons were spent at Loyola, killing the cancer.

And late afternoons were spent doing what Todd loved most — swimming.

Waubonsie coach Tom Musch went out of his way to help Todd maintain his role with the team, shortening his workout lengths so Todd had the energy to practice and compete.

“Not many kids could handle it as well as Todd did,” he said.

“He wasn’t swimming to win but instead because it was a personal goal.

If you have kids, you’d like them to be like Todd.” At the 2000 Upstate Eight Conference Championships, two weeks into Todd’s radiation treatments, the athlete outpaced the cancer.

Todd posted personal-best times in each of his four events.

It was one of the last times, for a while, that Todd would feel like Todd.

The treatments began to take their toll.

Todd battled nearly every symptom Thorstad had warned him about.

The nausea and vomiting were constants.

His salivary glands dried up and his taste buds were rendered useless.

His hair fell out on the right and back sides of his head and from under his armpits.

Most alarming though, was the rapid rate of weight loss.

Todd couldn’t taste any food and couldn’t keep any down.

Despite Nancy’s insistence on eating, Todd went from 160 pounds to 135. A shockingly skeletal frame remained on his 6-foot-1-inch body.

All along, Nancy took an active role in Todd’s treatment.

Not only did she accompany him to his treatments, but she also kept detailed notes during doctor visits, read books and publications concerning Hodgkin’s and charted out Todd’s treatment schedule.

Nancy was the anchor Todd needed, and demanded.

“Initially I was very upset,” she said.

“But Todd told me that he needed me to be strong.” The family’s faith in God played an essential role as well.

Nancy prayed throughout the ordeal and had her church, Hope Lutheran in Aurora, also pray for Todd’s recovery.

Lesli sought comfort among her friends at the College of DuPage campus ministry.

And Todd remained active in his Bible study at Young Life/Campaigners in Naperville.

“I felt it was important to pray and have people praying,” Nancy said.

“I really believe it made a difference.” Todd’s closest friends and teammates at Waubonsie, Michael Territo, Kirk McLawhorn and Jon Witt, were equally supportive.

They respected his wish to be treated as just their friend, not their friend with cancer.

“I told them not treat me any differently,” Todd said.

“I just wanted to be one of the guys.

You’ve got to keep active, positive and in contact with your friends.” Witt, whose grandfather had died of cancer only a year before Todd’s diagnosis, admired his friend’s courage.

“We all knew he had the disease,” Witt said.

“But he never complained or asked why.

He just accepted it and moved on.

And even though he was really sick from the radiation, he did his best to hide it.” The first four-week phase of Todd’s treatment was supposed to come to an end Feb. 29. But Thorstad had Todd undergo three additional radiation doses.

Todd and his family feared the worst.

“At first, I thought this was a bad sign,” Todd said.

“But Dr. Thorstad said things were going well.

But I was pretty frustrated because I was sick and didn’t want to go through it anymore.” Todd was given one month off before he was scheduled to begin another four-week treatment.

This one would attack his stomach, to prevent the cancer from spreading.

The time void of any radiation gave Todd the chance to recharge.

He was feeling better, eating more and maintaining his busy schedule.

Upon arrival at what Todd and Nancy thought would be the first of 20 additional treatments, Dr. Thorstad informed them Todd no longer needed to continue the radiation.

The Hodgkin’s was completely gone from his body.

“I was like, `Excuse me, what did you say?'” Nancy said.

At the end of the first four-week session, Thorstad suspected no further radiation would be necessary.

The extra three treatments he prescribed were intended, and turned out to be, final, focused blasts — a dotting of all the i’s and crossing of all the t’s. website hodgkin s disease

Todd was given the option to continue treatment, but his answer came quickly and firmly:

“I’m done,” he said.

More than a year after Todd was determined to be cancer-free, the only reminders are the twice-a-year blood tests and CAT scans (CTs). On Thursday, Nancy said Todd’s most recent CT showed no reoccurrence of the disease.

Soon the tests will only be required on an annual basis, but they will be required for the rest of his life.

“You can’t be obsessed with it,” Nancy said.

“If you do, it will control your life and you won’t accomplish anything that way.

You have to feel that everything is fine and it’s done and over with.” For Todd, life without cancer is much the same as it was before.

Senior year, he swam for the Warriors and served as backup goalie for the school’s water polo team, which finished seventh in the state.

He graduated in June and will attend the College of DuPage in the fall.

And while he knows there are more faces of Todd Swiss to be uncovered, one is sure to remain.

“It gave me a better perspective on life,” Todd said.

“There’s always those life-changing experiences you’ll have that will make you think.

I guess this was mine.” HODGKIN’S DISEASE FACTS Definition Hodgkin’s disease is a type of cancer that starts in the lymphatic tissue and can spread to almost any other place on the body.

Hodgkin’s disease is named after Dr. Thomas Hodgkin, who first recognized it in 1832.

Number of cases The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2001 there will be about 7,400 new cases of Hodgkin’s disease in the United States, and about 1,300 people will die of the disease.

Symptoms The ACS lists the following as potential symptoms of Hodgkin’s disease: Enlarged and painless lymph nodes, coughing and shortness of breath, fever, night sweats, weight loss, decreased appetite, itching and fatigue.

The ACS emphasizes there are often reasons for these symptoms other than cancer.

Survival rates The five-year survival rate refers to the percent of patients who live at least five years after their cancer is treated.

These rates are seen as more accurate because they do not include statistics for people who die of causes other than cancer.

The five-year rates are broken down in stages with Stage I being the earliest detection and Stage IV the latest. Stage I: 90 to 95 percent. Stage II: 90 to 95 percent. Stage III: 85 to 90 percent. Stage IV: about 80 percent.

Source: The American Cancer Society Brad Nolan