Dear Bethany, Be assured that you are in my prayers. This is a wonderful and supportive team, and I'm sure you have already learned that. We all keep watch on one another. I know that you are one of us. Welcome, Bethany! & Prayers, Janis
Nothing Is Impossible with God. Each Day Is A New Beginning. When You Draw Close To God, God Will Draw Close To You.
Spark People Team Leader, GLITTERGIRL, from Team, "I Can't Do This On My Own", helped me reach my goal in 2012. I was able to maintain my weight for several months, but now I have to get serious again as much of my hard work I let go of, putting my focus on another issue. I will keep on, until I get back to my goal.
Oh and thank you to everyone else for the comfort and supporting comments. It definitely is one group of people that understands and that is nice to have when no one else in my personal life can fully understand! I hope you are all doing well with your cancer journeys and if you ever need to chat, I am all ears, and heart!
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unfortunately, I won't be able to go back to nursing. I went back as a cna, and every time I worked with someone that was sick, I would get sick due to my low immune system. So they say no more and probably never again. So now I am going to go for my powersports technician degree, which is fixing and maintaining motorcycles, boats (inboards and outboards), jetskis, atvs, lawn mowers (push and riders), and snow blowers, oh and snowmobiles. The reason I have decided to do that is since my treatment, I have learned how to drive a motorcycle, and it is so freeing, relaxing, and one of my new favorite things. So I decided I will learn to fix them. Plus, when I was younger, I wanted to fix cars, but everyone told me I wouldn't be able to do it cuz I was a female. Now that I have survived cancer, No one can tell me what I can and cant do but me or my doctors, and even my doctors don't have too much say, lol. Plus, vehicles can't make me sick, well fumes, but the ones I will be working with, aren't that bad! So I am excited and can't wait to start that, and I hope the cancer stays away long enough to let me finish school for once and be able to do something I love!
Hi Bethany! The waiting is the worse! I was diagnosed in Oct. 2011 and because I was on County Medical, it wasn't until Feb. 2012 before I started my treatment. I was diagnosed as in remission in Dec 2012 and am now waiting on another test to see if it has come back or not. I have Medicaid now, but it still takes a while to get approved. It is really worrisome to have to wait! So I do understand! I wish you the best of luck!
Try to stay positive. Always hope for the best. I haven't even started my treatments yet, so i can't say i know what you went thru, but that's cause they haven't made up their minds what they are gonna do with me yet. Im keeping you in my prayer list. Do try to think more positive though.. I wish you lots of luck.
We all have what it takes within ourselves to accomplish absolutely anything and everything imaginable in this world. We just need to make up our minds to just do it! Not one single thing in this world is impossible. We can do it!
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Hi Bethany, Nice to meet you. Glad you are half way there but totally understand about the waiting. Grr with the delay of tests too what a pain. Sure hope they get on it soon. I am a nurse, LPN. I started out as an EMT. My first surgery was right in the middle of nursing school it was a crazy time and I jumped so many hoops to be able to stay in. I hope you get to go back too it if it is what you really love.
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Bethany--Hugs I know it has not been an easy road but you have to stay positive!! I have been diagnosed 3 times with cancer with the first chemo this last time. Worry yes it is a normal response but keep on your healthy journey.
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Hello all. My name is Bethany. I was diagnosed in March of 2010 with stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma in my tongue. It had spread to one lymph node on the right side of my neck. April 13, 2010, I had surgery that involved removing a bit over half of my tongue (the right side), and then reconstructing using a flap of skin and blood vessels from the left wrist/forearm area, and then a trach and a NG tube (nasal feeding tube), and a skin graft from my left thigh to replace skin on wrist, and finally the removal of 40 lymph nodes from the right side of my neck. June 2, 2010 to July 15, 2010 I went through 30 rounds of radiation. I should have had chemo as well, but the doc decided I was too depressed to have it. I was 25 when I was diagnosed, in nursing school and 6 weeks away from the end of the semester, and was told I had to withdraw from that. I was also a nursing assistant. Also had lost my FIL 6 months before from small cell lung cancer. I guess the medical oncologist thought I should be dancing a jig of joy instead of being upset. They told me I had a 50% chance of living to see 30, this was the thing that pushed me over the edge and made me start to cry in her office, which was why she came to her conclusion that I was "too depressed". Anywho, I have been cancer free since, no clear scans, but no cancer, just activity. Some of the ranges are very close, so it worries me a bit that I have had cancer the whole time and they haven't checked it out thoroughly, but I think that would be a worry for anyone who has gone this long, 2.5 years after treatment has ended and still not had a "clear" scan. My cancer, you have to go 5 years before you can claim remission. So 30 will be a good year when I get there. It has taken so much from me, but has also given me more appreciation for life. Don't get me wrong, sometimes the chronic pain, loss of being able to eat certain things and being able to speak clearly and the choking while drinking do make it very difficult to be positive and happy that I survived, but I try my best. I know more that are younger that have lost their battles, and If I let myself be too down, I feel like I am not doing them any justice. I am 4 almost 5 months overdue for a scan, and my anxiety and worry is through the roof. Medicare is playing with me quite nicely and have been for a bit over a month. It is so frustrating that they know I am waiting on them to get some medical issues cleared up, especially seeing that there is a concern that there may be cancer again with some of the pain and locations i have it in, and they still take their sweet time, :(. Just makes you feel like this tiny piece of dirt on the bottom of their shoe. But I still try to be positive at the beginning of every day and try to start fresh every day. Not every day is bad, just more often than not they are, so I will take whatever good ones I can get!
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