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1/10/13 9:16 A

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Congratulations on your remission Pizzaholic. I am not up to punching bags yet. I am still just trying to get on the treadmill every day. Good motivation though.

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1/9/13 10:15 P

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GUNNYCAT, I know what you mean! I was diagnosed last Thanksgiving (at 27) with hodgkin's lymphoma and over and over and over well-intentioned folks kept telling me how it was the best kind of cancer to have. Even though it does have the highest "cure" rate, that's not what anyone wants to hear after another course of ABVD has you vomiting, your hair falling out, and your bones feeling like you're 80.

I'm lucky to be in remission a year later but man, those are the people I'm thinking about when I'm punching a bag at the gym!

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1/9/13 3:57 P

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That's a good idea. May have to borrow that one :)

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1/9/13 3:55 P

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Thank you for the prayers! I say a prayer for the whole team every night.


My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, and living with Stage IV breast cancer since 2007.

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A. A. Milne



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1/9/13 7:37 A

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Thanks Julie. I love all your pictures.

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1/8/13 7:06 P

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Welcome to the team Cat.

-Julie

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.

It's about learning to dance in the rain.


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1/7/13 10:40 P

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Well Suz def let me know. I'll keep you in my prayers. You too Shari.
Thanks Carolyn don't want to be your problem child from the first post. I promise I'll get it figured out.

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1/7/13 10:08 P

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Cat, I got your sparkmail. Sorry, your post can't be moved but it is fine here.
You have a good attitude after all you've been through in 13 years!! Keep it up.
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1/7/13 5:08 P

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I don't know if it's back yet, but I will have another PET scan this month and find out. If it is, at least they will be finding out early:) If not, I will have peace of mind!

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1/7/13 4:51 P

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Hi Suz and Shari. Nice to meet.

Suz, bummer to be in remission for a minute and then have to be back. Hope it is something they can fix/kill with a minimum of fuss.

Shari, I love your quote.

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1/7/13 3:57 P

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Welcome to the team Cat!


My name is Shari; I have been a Sparker since July 2006, and living with Stage IV breast cancer since 2007.

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

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1/7/13 3:49 P

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I was just diagnosed as in clinical remission on Dec 3rd. and about 3 weeks ago I started sleeping non stop again. I just got back from the doctor and they are going to do another PET scan to see what's going on. I was first diagnosed with Stage IIIa lung cancer last October (2011). I had been doing really well for about 6 months, but now, I don't know. I guess you always live with the fear of it coming back?

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1/7/13 12:44 P

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Thanks Denise. I have decided that if I wait until I feel good to do things nothings is ever gonna get done and once I get going I usually feel better anyway. As far as folks being freaked out it seems like a pendulum with thyroid cancer. I have actually had a doctor (years ago) tell me I was lucky and got the best cancer. I have heard that a few times. I sure would like to sock people in the nose when they stupid stuff like that but on the other end of the swing there are those well meaning folks who treat you like glass. Generally I am pretty open and honestly after 13 years the shock and awe is ALL warn off. I tell folks this is me and for better or worse seems like me includes having cancer. Sometimes I barf, sometimes lovely side effects of meds I cry at the drop of a hat or a sappy commercial, sometimes I sleep enough to make the cat jealous but hey all part and parcel of the insanity that is my life so I figure lets dive right in and live it.

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1/7/13 11:09 A

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Hi Cat.

At least you're getting started - again! Good for you. Don't know why people always "freak out" when you tell them you have cancer??? I think they are just scared of the liabilities if they make your condition worse. Great for you that you went to the gym even with all the nausea and throwing up! Now that's dedication and motivation if ever I've heard of one.

Keep it up girl friend!

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1/7/13 10:00 A

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I'm sorry I put this under the wrong heading.

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1/7/13 9:54 A

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Hi, I'm Cat. I'm 42 years old, a military wife with 2 teenage boys. I am on my third go round with metastatic thyroid cancer. I was undiagnosed and misdiagnosed several times before they got it right. I've had multiple surgeries, radiations, over the last 13 years and you know the drill. I take meds daily to keep the cancer in check and well not go into a coma and die (talk about motivation to take your pills..lol). I have gained over 100 pounds with this cancer. My last remission I lost over 30 pounds than a lung mass and recurrence brought it all back. I am not in remission but this fall the cancer was pretty well controlled and I lost 17 pounds. Then a medication issue over the holidays and well I am back up to 257 just 6 pounds less than my highest weight of 263. I joined a gym and was so excited I pd 140 for a trainer to develop a program for me it was a total bust. She was freaked out I think ( I was having issues with nausea and vomiting at the time) and she basically designed a program for an 90 year old. It kind of killed my enthusiasm. So here I am reaching out to my fellow survivors hoping to get on track, get to the gym, get my positive back and be the motivated upbeat person I really am.

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