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7/23/08 12:15 P

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martha-annsmiscellany.blogspotMartha-Ann, Yorkshire, England.

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7/22/08 11:04 P

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Lori that's tough. I am very sorry.
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I was diagnosed in May with breast cancer which also spread to my lymph nodes. I have had two surgeries to remove lumps. I'm currently between my 2nd and 3rd chemo. The current plan is to do 6 total. I go every three weeks. After that, I was slated for radiation and follow up MRI's for my breast and liver (I have a spot on my liver that they don't think is cancer but are going to watch carefully).

Since then, genetic counselors discovered I have a BRCA1 mutation and are strongly recommending that I have a double mastectomy and have my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. My oncologist is on vacation so I haven't been able to get with her to discuss this and find out if and how it changes my treatment plan.

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7/21/08 1:15 P

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I have been getting Faslodex injections once per month, and a Zometa infusion once per month since April 2007. I'm doing well with it.

I feel pretty good most days. I don't feel good after I get my Faslodex. It causes a migraine, and the pain pill I have to take after a shot makes me very sleepy. The day after a Zometa I am a little achy, especially in my legs, so I always take it easy the day after a treatment, no housework and no exercise, it's my day to just be lazy and rest.


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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7/21/08 12:35 P

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If it were not for my cancer and the surgeries following....I would not have my little miracle who just turned a year old yesterday :) She is my insurance policy that I will be around for a while..Even though I will never be rid of this cancer I have this miracle and wouldn't trade her for anything...

dani

This is my website. I am using this as motivation for myself to remember how far I got before I gave up again. Anyway here is the url froggiescorner.webs.com/

Don't ask me to relax...It's my tension that is holding me together....


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7/21/08 11:58 A

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There is a whole new area of research established on cancer survivors' health issues dealing with psychological, neurological and of course physiological issues.

To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life
--William Londen


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7/21/08 11:55 A

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What I have found since my own diagnosis is that people with cancer don't always die. My goodness we can live years and years with cancer even if the prognosis is not the nicest.

Since I haven't had the chemo and radiation, I have not been as sick as others. So that's a blessing. ;o)

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7/21/08 11:49 A

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I think in most cases, once you have had cancer, you are always under the watchful eye of the healthcare folks. Either for cancer or what the treatment for cancer has done to you. Despite being a four year leukemia survivor, I still have neuropathy and gynecological problems from the high dose chemotherapy. All that being said, I would rather live with these problems than not live at all.

To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life
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7/21/08 11:45 A

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Hello, I have stage 3 malignant melanoma and I go for regular test every three to five months.

There isn't anything they can do for melanoma except keep a good eye on it. There is a trial going on at MD Anderson here in Houston where I live, but I am not able to be part of it as I do not have the right marker on my blood. Also they can give interferon to some and it can help raise the 5 year prognosis as much as 15%.I cannot take it as I have mental health depression problems steaming way before the cancer, and interferon can cause very extreme mood problems and they don't want to take a chance on me with it so..........
Nutrition and fitness it is. just want to have more energy and sharing time with others who have
cancer too. I didn't realize until just now that I have not shared with others who have cancer and it makes me feel quite ambivalent.

Good to be part of this group. Thanks

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7/20/08 10:19 P

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I learn things, just reading these!
My colon surgery was 1 yr & 8 mos ago, I had 6 mos of chemo and now I just do the bloodwork & scans at regular intervals. Right now it's every 4-6 mos. I've been clean & clear every time so far, thank the Lord!

Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart, for consider what great things He has done for you. (I Samuel 12:24)


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7/20/08 7:16 P

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My last chemotherapy was April 23, 1987. PRAISE THE LORD FOR CURING ME! THANK YOU FATHER!

For all of you who are undergoing treatment, I'm praying for you, your family and your doctors/caregivers. May you feel God's Almighty, loving arms around you as you go through this.

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7/20/08 1:42 P

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Treatment for me will be ongoing for the rest of my life. I have a rare type of cancer (Carcinoid) that has spread and I have what is called carcinoid syndrome. So treatment is treating the symptoms as they arise and removing tumors as they get big enough to remove or be seen. This type of cancer dose not respond to standard treatments (chemo & radiation).

dani

This is my website. I am using this as motivation for myself to remember how far I got before I gave up again. Anyway here is the url froggiescorner.webs.com/

Don't ask me to relax...It's my tension that is holding me together....


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7/20/08 1:02 P

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With lymphoma (wait & watch). Stage 4 but still not time for treatment- still could be a while-with this you wait till a tumor grows to the point that it interferes with an organ or bloodwork shows your immunity is too low. All through the body; can feel the ones in my neck and one under my arm. So many say why are they not treating you but this is standard for this lymphoma (b-cell small lymphocytic)

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7/20/08 12:53 P

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By "treatment" I assume you are referring to conventional medical treatment; ie surgery, radiation or chemotherapy? In that case my second and final surgery was in 2006 -- but cancer care, for me, is ongoing in a non-traditional sense.
Su

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7/20/08 12:12 P

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Next Monday will be Round 2 of an 8 round chemo treatment. Then, it's on to radiation.

One stumble does not a failure make.

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This is a great topic for a post. Thanks Vicki.
I'm happy to report that surgery was all the treatment I needed! That was four years ago.

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7/20/08 11:33 A

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I am still on treatment (going on 2-1/2 years, ever since diagnosis 11/2005) - every 4 weeks I get Carbo and taxetere.... then spend about 7 days in bed... various side effects and I don't eat for about 5 days.
How are you all doing on treatment, and what treatments are you on?
Vicki

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