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I CAN`T THINK LIKE THAT I AM LOOKING GOOD

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Jean that is such a simple but majorly powerful point you make!



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I agree with you PIGGYWAY! I can't go back to yesterdays so why "grieve" over them!

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stay out of the past

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I have learned that it is important to be happy in the moment as often as possible. I enjoy my good days when I have them, even if it's just a day of doing ordinary things like housework.


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

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I AM TOO HAPPY AT 60 TO THINK IN THE PAST

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I feel so blessed when reading this forum. Thank you . It is a whole new world and I emoticon just have to embrace it.

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I too do not want to think "like I used to" as it is far more satisfying and meaningful when I don't have to worry about what everybody thinks of me!

I have found that there is a certain freedom that comes with cancer and that is really a special "treat" that only enhances living in the now!

My only thought is "be yourself" and it is OK not to be always on top of the world!! Rather I have been able to have an inner peace that is far more reaching in that it helps me to be the person I have really long trained to be!!!

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I try not to think about how I use to live because I wouldn`t go back for any reason

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I know my life has been changed forever by my breast cancer diagnosis. I'm still in the pretty early stages of regrouping. I was diagnosed three months ago with an agressive form of breast cancer. I read this morning that for my particular diagnosis, my chances of making it 5 years is about 50%, but if I make it through that period, my chances go way up. That was pretty devasting news that had me on a hard crying jag for over an hour. After I finally dried my eyes, for what I hope is the last time today, I got to seriously thinking how I want to spend the next couple years in particular and even more specifically, now I want to spend today.

I like being in nature. It soothes me. So I got myself cleaned up and went out for a beautiful hour-long walk with my husband. Spending time with the people that I love and spending time in nature are my two top priorities. The other thing I would like to do is get some things in order, so that if I don't make it, my husband and children won't have to fool with some of the mess. I know it sounds morbid, but doing stuff like that actually puts me at ease and helps me to relax and get on with my life.

I know I'll never be able to take such a casual approach to life as I feel I was taking before this diagnosis. It just ain't going to happen...but as others have said. That's not all bad. I am intensely grateful for so many things today that I used to just take for granted.

I think for me, I do best when I know what I'm up against. Then I'm not living in "the land of the vague" and I figure out how I'm going to deal with it.

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You no it is hard to think and wonder about sickness because I had enroll in school but my son got sick and I had to quit until I GET HIM UP AND GOING

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That's exactly what I meant MOM2CAT...things are a "new" kind of normal for me - nothing is the same as it was before cancer, but it's not all bad. Cancer has had it's effect on everything - I gave up pursuing a 2nd masters degree because cancer showed me that I was focusing too much on work and school, and way too little on family and friends. In fact, not only did I quit school (no worries - I have two degress already!), but I changed careers in order to have more free time and allowed me to be closer to my mother who is elderly. It gave me a new look at my priorities. It changed my relationship with my husband (thankfully it made us stronger - we had a great relationship before). It's changed our routine in the bedroom (menopause and radiation are hell on a libido).

But, I am learning to deal with my new "normal" and find a new sense of "this is the way things should be." :-)

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I CAN`T LIVE THAT WAY I`M 60 AND I WANT A FLAT STOMACH AND I AM GETTING IT BACK AND I AM GOING TO TRY TO KEEP IT

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I do not know what it is like to be told you have cancer. I hope I never know. (I do know what it is like to be told you are near death - I've survived two pulmonary embolisms) However as a caregiver I see a lot from the outside. It has eaten its way into every aspect of our lives. Everything has to take a back seat to it. And the diagnosis and treatment has changed my Daddy...he is not the happy-go-lucky person he once was. (not that I blame him of course - it is the cancers fault) I want my Daddy back. It breaks my heart that he cannot do what he once did. It breaks my heart that with his type of cancer (small cell lung cancer) the outlook is very bad. It is hard to think about the future now because I don't believe my Daddy will be in it.
I don't know what the answer is to think the way I used to. I never use to think very much about cancer or getting it...Now I am terrified of it. I'm convinced I will get it (I smoked for 25 years) and it affects all aspects of my thinking now.
I hope each of you can make peace with your health and/or limits (or non-limits!)
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I know what you mean GOLDEYGRAD, my life is definitely different than it was before cancer. Not all of it is in a bad way though, just different, especially since I had to quit working in 2008 because of the cancer. It was a big adjustment to me to find a "new kind of normal" with having to be in treatment for life, because my cancer is not curable. And then when I had to quit working, that was a big adjustment too.

There are a lot of things I can't do any more, but I choose to focus instead on what I CAN do, and there is still much in life to be enjoyed.


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

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I would dearly love to be able to get back to my old, confident self...I am a 2and a half year breast cancer survivor, and a very lucky one at that...I am grateful that I am ok, but occasionally get frustrated because I feel that I cannot do as much as I used to...I am ot allowed to do heavy work, use the iron or even mop the house- my arm swells up a an alarming rate and it isn't easy to get the swelling down..I feel very tired due to the Tamoxifen and I bloat at the drop of a hat so losing weight isn't easy...I feel I have aged...but with all that going on, I won't let it get me down...I am still working- I wish I could stop, but not viable at the moment...There is so much I could do at home with my time. But I have to agree- attitude is everything, and you must concentrate on all the things you can do.
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I would love to go back to my days before I had to fight the big C! I know I can't I like to believe that everything happens for a reason...so now I have traded a go-go all the time for enjoying what I CAN DO! For instant I would never have moved back to NC to be with my family...and I can tell you I have missed so much with that attitude! So give yourself time and enjoy what you can do! It is easier for me when I think about all I can do and that today is the first day of the rest of my life! And I have a quality to life that I have not known previously!

Stay positive and I will carry you close in heart! As will many other SP friends!

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I try to be brave. I try to live a full life. Do the things I dreamed about while in the hospital. I have walked the great wall and sailed under the Golden gate. Life knocked me down and now can use your prayers. A result of a treatment has give me diabetes and they will soon be doing a ultra sound . I want my spunk back. Please pray for spunk.

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God is good and I am so glad for you I will be praying for you and everyone I think my sister is sick and want tell us

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Last year I was diagnosed with Stage 3 2C endometrial cancer approximately one month before my 40th birthday. I had been planning a huge "Screw YOU 40" birthday party, but plans obviously got sidetracked. I had a total hysterectomy, followed by 6 months of sandwich therapy (chemo-radiation-chemo). I spent my entire 40th year on this year dealing with cancer treatments and the knew knowledge that I had been diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome - a gene mutation that leads to increased chances for endo/ovarian cancers, colon cancer and stomach cancer. Now that I've been in remission for a year, I struggled to with "getting back to normal." I had a good long talk with my oncologist about it (he's awesome!) and he helped me come to the realization that I had to define a NEW normal.

So that's what I'm in the process of doing. I came to realization that things BC and things AC (before cancer and after cancer) were always going to be different because as with every other thing in life, you can't "unlearn" what you have gone through.

So I totally understand what you are saying. *Hugs* to you. Wish I could be more helpful.

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I PRAY FOR EACH OF YOU MY SISTER IS GOING THROUGH CANCER

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Some of use are more productive but all of use should be more aware of the beauty around. Setting on my porch, drinking tea and watching the world go by or tramping around Disneyland all make my day bright

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Yulegirl, thanks for sharing and I so agree with you. Our lives are more delicate and fragile then I think many of us realized before cancer. I know for myself I am truly living each day to the fullest and I don't know that I ever did that before. I don't put off things with the promise of tomorrow because we can not be certain, so I live for today and in he moment and embrace every opportunity that comes my way.

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I know what you mean; it makes you look at life a different way.


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

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I agree cancer is not a blessing, however it has blessed me with opening my eyes to reality and what is really important. I also try to enjoy life every day. It is quite liberating actually to not worry about superficial things and just enjoy life and it's blessings. God blessings to everyone. emoticon

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Yes Yulegirl you are so right and I agree with Jean. I think for some if not all we live more productively. We don't let the small things that use to nag at us, even be an issue anymore. I know for me I have grown as a person, and would not change a thing, because I think with all things we endure there is a reason, a purpose and I look for what God wants me to learn and share. That's not to say that Cancer is a blessing, but I think or hope you know what I mean. When I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and had 7 removed back in 1999 I never took anything for granted again. I didn't put off what I could do today, like a letter, an email, a task, a trip, and I seen each day as a gift and I made it a habit to try to do an act of kindness each day, even if it a small one.



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I wholeheartedly agree with you YULEGIRL!

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You can't live as you did before. You must look at each day as a gift and live your life as fully as possible. Diagnosed with leukemia in 2005.

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Wow, some smart women here. You cannot go back to b4 C but we can be stronger and braver. To those of you with breast cancer; my sister-in-law just past after 35 yrs of remission. Then they just cut you up and sent you home to die. Now we have a new attitude. That new att is getting me and all of us a chance. Prayers to you all.

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Julie and Shari thank for sharing!!!

Thanks to all for your uplifting thoughts and being there! Sometimes it amazes me how you don't know what you can do until you help some one else! Sharing really strengthens our will to survive!

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But sooner or later, the man who wins
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You are an amazing group of women! emoticon emoticon Be patient with yourselves. It takes time to work on regaining your strength and stamina. Please know that you are not alone, on this journey. emoticon Jan (retired RN)

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Shari, I like your thoughts of we are LIVING with cancer it is a great way to think about things.

Happygirl, I am glad I was a help that is why I spend time on this Spark team to give support and prayers for all!

Take care!

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That is true,even if you have a feeling ahead of time, hearing the words "You have cancer" comes as a shock. And it does take time for that shock to wear off, and working through our feelings to find a way to live with it.

My cancer is not curable, but so far it's controllable. I try to be of the mindset that I am LIVING with cancer, not dying from it.

Edited by: MOM2ACAT at: 7/21/2013 (14:21)

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Hey Julie and team,
Julie thank you for sharing your story with me, I am deeply touched and find strength in knowing what surgery and treatment has done for you. I will undergo a biopsy this Wednesday and will know the results the following Wednesday. I have read much and feel empowered and strengthened from knowledge I have gained from various resources. I am in a much better mindset for what is to come than I was when I initially was in shock from the news. I think when we hear the word Cancer it sets off alarms in all of us. I don't feel from that "sound off" we ever think or live our lives the same as we used to. I think we live our lives more purposeful. We better appreciate all the research, resources, survivors and friendships and find a new family "our survivor family here" that gives us hope, comfort, compassion, strength, stamina, and encouragement and for that I am blessed and thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Live Well, Live Strong, Together we are unstoppable. Have a wonderful day.

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Happygirl,

Being scared is normal, just don't let it rule your life. Waiting for results is the worse part.

I am a 12 year survivor of endometrial cancer. My treatment started with a total hysterectomy followed by of radiation treatments. I had 25 external radiation treatments plus three internal radiation treatments. I was then followed with paps and exams at increasing time between check ups for 5 years. Things went well but 2 years later (7 years out form original treatments.) my cancer returned in my lungs. I am doing well after chemo and surgery 5 year ago. My oncologist says with my cancer that they can control the cancer but probably will not be able to cure it. I am on drugs to control the few small tumors in my lungs. I am able to do everything I want. I work full time. I work out. I am currently training to walk a 10 mile race.






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Keeping you in my prayers for Tuesday. emoticon

It is surprising sometimes how fast the hemoglobin levels can plummet. Once in a while, my white blood counts will be too low for a chemo then I have to wait a week, and be extra careful around crowds and avoid sick people.


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Shari,

Wow you are luckier than I was....here we have to drop below 8 and I stayed at 8.1 for 2 weeks and then it plummeted! When the 2 transfusions "kicked in, I went back over 11 and am now up to 11.8 on Monday of this week almost 6 weeks. I don't know how you do it. I have a CT scan on Monday and will know on Tuesday what my next steps are,,,

Hope you heat has broken at least some.

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I'm still on my week off, I start again on Tuesday. The anemia for me for pretty much chronic; my hemoglobin usually doesn't go above 10. When it starts dropping into the low "9s" though, I really feel it. My oncologist usually orders a blood transfusion once it drops below 8.6


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Shari, are you mending OK? Did your week off (I call mine "vacation") help and and what happened with the anemia?

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I am glad you are finding comfort here. emoticon


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We will carry close in heart! Keep us posted and if you want to talk, we are here!

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thank you Jean for your words of encouragement and advise. the OBGYN called yesterday after reviewing my ultrasound that was done at the hospital on Saturday. She is doing a biopsy on the 24th and I will have the results told to me on the 31st when I go back for a follow up. For now I am taking it easy and thinking positive thoughts. I am glad to have this group to come to and have the liberty to express what I am feeling without feeling judged or ridiculed. I find comfort here and I thank you all for that.

May God's love give you all strength to endure what you may be going through and lessons learned be shared to give hope to others that need to hear it........like me! God Bless you all.

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It is OK to be afraid! Just don't let the fear rule you! I have lung cancer and everyday something "scares me". I try to stay positive and live each moment day by day! Anyone on this site will be glad to be here for you. I am here every morning if you just want to talk!

I will pass what happened to me as food for thought...I had endometris in the 60's (I am growing old) 10 years after diagnosis I had the same symptoms as you have now. What my final diagnosis was is that the endro was never cured or came back....I had no surgery have been through menopause and never had a similar experience. My gyn did mark my record that a pap smear would cause irregular results and I have not had one since (80's). I am just passing this on as maybe your situation could have a different outcome that expected.

Stay positive and I am here for you!

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thank you so much for your kind support. yesterday my family took me to the hospital as the bleeding increased and I have been in pain the last 2 days. well they said there was not alot they could do for me. they did blood work it came back okay and did an ultrasound of my pelvis and said that the endometrium lining of my uterus was thick, and sent me home to follow up with an OBGYN in 3-5 days. talk about a waste of time, so I guess I wait and remain in pain that even wakes me up in the night.

I will call the OBGYN tomorrow but I am doubting she will be able to see me any sooner. everything seems to be hurry up and wait. but I am not going to let it get the better of me. I will remain hopeful and optimistic and try to keep myself occupied as I find the less I think about it the better. :(

may you all have a good day and thank you again.

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No, being scared is NOT a sign of weakness! What you are going through would be stressful and scary to anyone. I've been living with stage IV breast cancer for 6 years, and believe me, I have my moments when I feel scared too.

Keeping you in my prayers, and we are here for you! I know it's hard waiting to find out what exactly is going on; that's always been the hardest part for me with this disease. emoticon


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I don't know if it is appropriate for me to post what I am feeling here but I am scared. Is it a sign of weakness? I think for me it is more fear of the unknown and what I must face. My pap July 3rd was abnormal. My lining of my uterus was found to be inflamed and swollen, and my cervix is bleeding. Following my exam and discussion of my symptoms and the fact that I have been through menopause for several years now, all signs point to endometial cancer. My doctor is trying to get me into a specialist that will accept my Medicare. She said they will probably do a biopsy to determine the stage and progression and that in most cases a hysterectomy is necessary. It all sounds scary and I have been in much discomfort and pain since my exam. I share this because I know through talking with others with similar experiences it gives one strength and empowers one with knowledge and gives hope in a time like this.

I ask for your prayers and friendship to see me through this. I thank you for listening and allowing me to be a part of your team. God Bless.

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Welcome to the team MRSARBOUR, I have also have stage IV breast cancer with bone mets. It does make you look at life differently.

I'm having a bit of rough patch right now; just recently found out I have bone mets in my shoulder, and just started radiation this week to relieve the pain. I'm also starting a new chemo on the 25th of this month. I've been on chemo since April 2010, but it's been about a year and a half since I've had to change treatments, so I am still trying to process all the news I received this week.

It's always causes me a little anxiety to start a new chemo; they give you a list of side effects, but until that first one, you don't truly know how it will affect you.

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Maybe I should have posted this here. Sorry if its posted twice in your face lol Not what I intended

I have stage 4 breast cancer that metastasized to the bone and I lost my left hip to it. My husband calls me his boneless chicken wing. Before cancer I was busy working at my business and my church and just having a grand old time at life. Here is what cancer did to me - slowed me down to remember to live life and now that's what I do. I never forget to tell someone thanks for something or tell someone I love them. I don't like putting off seeing friends, or writing that email. Cancer reminded me to LIVE not just be. I have received so many more blessings than burdens. Sure I will be a cancer patient forever, so what. God taught me how to be closer to Him, how to recognize the treasures I have in my life. I think I shocked my sister once when I said I would never ever trade this experience. I have learned too much from it. So where do you go from here. Learn from it, remember it for when you are healthy again. My Pastor encouraged me to write down my lessons learned so I never forgot them. In a strange way you have been blessed and are lucky because you have learned how to live before it's too late. I hope you don't struggle too long because it is not a good place to be but I do hope you never forget what you learned going through this. So when you look and think cancer just add remember to live. Good luck!

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where to post, still learning all this :)

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Hello,
Before my Cancer, I was living my life as a single woman, working two jobs. One at Kroger and my full time job at a High School, that was my life. I am trying to get back to wear I was before cancer. I should feel bless but I don't. Every time I look at my chest I think of the Cancer. Where do I go from here.

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There is no going back to the way it was before and maybe that's not such a bad thing. While cancer sucks, I'm a much more grateful person than I used to be. Good health isn't always a choice but taking care of ourselves always is.



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Pam...what wonderful thoughts and very much echo how I try to live my life and spend my time. Last summer I was on 4 liters of O2 and now I don't have to use at all. I couldn't walk at all and was in a wheelchair! Nor I am doing a mile a day (track is around my dining room because we don't even have shoulders to walk on! I exercise 4 times daily pedaling for my arms and legs! I am am just so thankful!

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I have barely ended the treatments. I went through two types of chemo and finished with radiation therapy. My cancer is stage two breast cancer. I know that I will always be a cancer patient. I will have to see an oncologist for many years to come. After my mastectomy I could do nothing for myself. I even needed help in the bathroom. Now I can walk for more than 5 minutes at a time. I can take a shower by my self. These little everyday things that we take for granted I have come to appreciate. I will never be "normal" again but I will live my life to the fullest. When you start feeling down because you can't do something try and think about the things you can do. Focus on the positive and the rest will fall into place as you go. emoticon

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I agree with Shari! I have small cell lung cancer and it is not curable. I will be in Chemo for the rest of my life. I accept it and I don't let my oncologist talk to me at all about any thing time wise. I use SP and teams because I want some quality to life because I believe that it not the shelf life I may have left that is important, but rather how I live each day of what I have left. A positive attitude and a good diet and fitness plan will go a long way!

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But sooner or later, the man who wins
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My cancer is not curable, so I will most likely be on some type of treatment for life. I know diet and exercise won't cure me, but I do the best I can because I think it helps with the quality of life. I want the years I have left to be the best they can be.


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I've been in remission from hodgkin's lymphoma for 9 months.

I noticed you say you don't feel like you have the "right" to be healthy anymore, and while that certainly is a discouraging thought, what about focusing on the other aspects of fitness besides just health? You said you loved to run and workout before -- why not see them as fun, mood-lifting activities, rather than a means to a healthier end?

A big part of chemotherapy and cancer for me was depression and mood swings. I find the more I work out now, whether I'm losing weight or not, the happier and more in control of my mood I feel.

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I am a survivor of level 4 melanoma, 15 years clean. Even though my cancer was different, I believe we all go thru the same emotions, worries and anxieties. I found that a positive attitude and baby steps pushed me thru the depression days. If I could not run, I would walk, even if it was 5 minutes at a time. (My cancer was on the bottom of my foot). I would think good things like sunshine, vacations, loving people in my life, and say the words "you're going to be OK". I pray that you come thru with flying colors, keep your chin up.

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I realized after having cancer that nobody really has a right to be healthy. I wish we did, but it just is not true. We all could die in a car crash tomorrow and many people will. We all have to get used to the idea that we should enjoy each day that we have because none of us know how many we have left. This is probably the most important lesson that I have learned. Currently my daughter has a learner's permit and I'm giving her driving lessons. It's a great thing, but frankly, much more dangerous than many kinds of cancer, LOL. But of course none of us think about it that way.
I do believe with my whole heart that if I eat healthy foods and exercise I will have the best quality of life possible and will not have regrets about it. I also believe that the food that cancer cells need to survive is sugar so I do the best I can to eliminate sugar and anything my body can turn into sugar (mainly carbs) while eating lots of veggies and fruit and healthy fats to strengthen my immune system.
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Thank you, everyone for your words of encouragement and support. I hope that once my reconstructive surgery is done, and I am able to move and exercise like I used to, I may feel better and have a more positive outlook.

Thank you again!
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Going through my cancer treatments I have leaned to take one day at a time and not worry about the little things. My cancer is controllable but not curable, I want to be as strong and healthy as I can be in case I do have to have more chemo treatments. Also keeping my body strong and healthy helps me feel like I am doing something good for me!

Yes cancer can raise it ugly head again at any time, but you can't let it run your life.

Stay strong.

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This is certainly a long road we have to walk. I have been in remission for approx. 2 yrs after being treated for lymphoma of the brain. As a result of the cancer I have memory issues, balance issues, and other issues. As a result of the memory issues I have lost my job of 20 yrs, I also understand that the cancer can come back at any time. However I am healthy now, so I strive everyday to eat properly and workout. I went for the 2yrs thinking what if it's back and I don't know it, then one day the light switched on! Not saying that I don't still worry because I do, but I am doing everything in my power to be healthy for now.

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For me, it took time to get use to a "new normal". I know I will never be as healthy or as strong as I was before cancer, because mine is incurable, but I don't let that stop be from trying to be as healthy and fit as possible. I have learned too, to treasure the days when I feel good and appreciate them. emoticon


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Look at it this way...you have the information, what are you going to do about it? As you said, there are preventative measures you can take, and at least you are aware.

You CAN be healthy again. Let's get you over this bump in the road first. Remember, you may have cancer, but cancer doesn't get to have you. You have doctors and nurses and friends and family helping you fight this battle. Don't YOU give up! Keep exercising and eating healthy.

I would get chemo on Mondays, then be back to work on Tue. I kept going to the gym, and I hit my goal weight in the middle of my chemo treatment.



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I am so struggling with getting my life back to "normal" after being diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer and testing positive for BRCA2.

The one thing in life I loved to do was run, workout, and eat healthy. I can't do that anymore. I don't know why I have this mental block, but I do.

Every time I try to eat right and vow to do some kind of exercise every day, my thoughts turn to cancer and the fact that I have no control over this dreaded disease coming back because of my gene mutation. Well, there are preventive measures which I am doing, but there is no guarantee. I feel like I don't have the 'right' to be healthy anymore.

How can I be happy and feel like life is "ok" when I have this hanging over me? I just can't seem to break the hold these thoughts have on me!

Any thoughts?


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