SparkPeople Cancer Spouses/Families Team Messageboard For spouses, family and friends of cancer patients or cancer survivors SparkPeople Cancer Spouses/Families Team Messageboard Update It has been very quiet here. I hope that means good things are happening in your lives. <BR> <BR> I am happy and grateful to report that my husband is is now 4 years in remission from Burkitt Lymphoma. The experienced changed us both, but we are still here and still together, so that is a good thing. <BR> <BR> Thank you for the support when I needed it. <BR> <BR> Nancy Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:13:27 EST new on here Hi. I'm a 45-year-old mother of one (19y.o). My husband was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer a year and a half ago. Life is pretty tough right now as he has had so many different treatments, which have ended up leaving him very weak. <BR> I've joined Spark People to try and focus on taking care of myself a bit. <em>247</em> Thu, 6 Aug 2015 13:53:21 EST New and lost Hi everyone. My name is Chrissie. I'm only one here once in a while, although I would like to try to be on here more. <BR> <BR> My Mom was just diagnosed with Lung Cancer, stage 3a. She's never smoked in her entire life.???? <BR> <BR> Doctor said they couldn't operate just yet, so they started Chemo last week. She's so tired and sick and is thinking she made a mistake by deciding to fight it. She has 3 more treatments before they can see if it shrunk enough to operate. <BR> <BR> Hasn't ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 22:24:11 EST Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:28 EST Anybody else having trouble sticking to program? So my diet and exercise have really been suffering lately. I haven't recorded all my foods in a couple of weeks (I'll do breakfast, then start pigging out, and don't record anything for the rest of the day). I only exercise on the days when my trainer makes me do it. I know I need to be in good health so I can take care of my husband, but somehow I have really lost my way. <BR> <BR> Frank (hubby) is having a very hard time too; the recurrence of his cancer has really depressed him, and on to... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:28:29 EST Just got here. Hello - I'm Cindy, and it only just occurred to me to look for a cancer caregivers forum on Sparkpeople. I'm so glad you guys are here. <BR> <BR> This last February, my husband Rob, had some blood in his urine. The people at the urgent care center thought it was likely either a small stone, or an infection, gave him some antibiotics and a referral to an urologist. The blood cleared up within 48 hours, we assumed a kidney stone, and trucked on our merry way until the urologist's appointment, ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:45:41 EST Finally getting around to introducing myself! I posted a couple of months ago and haven't posted since; thanks to Tapetum for the reminder! <BR> <BR> My husband Frank was first diagnosed with colon and small intestine cancer in November of 2012. He had two tumors wrapped around each other, as well as small metastases near his bowel and on the outer surface of his bladder. He also had 13 lymph nodes removed, two of which were positive. All visible cancer was removed during surgery; since it had started to spread he was stage 4. He had tw... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:43:06 EST Cancer Sucks Hello all my name is Tema and I just thought I would look up to see If there was a support team for cancer....Cancer Sucks in the last three weeks I was told that my aunt has lung cancer and my God mother has liver cancer which has spread to her back and pelvis I'm so mentally disgusted and drained my aunt is 76 and have no one near but me and my God mother is 70 in Louisiana with her one daughter and I'm going there in a few weeks because her cancer is worst then my aunt's at this point....... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 22:45:15 EST Good Belly Hi. I'm doing the Good Belly 21 day challenge, and I thought that you and your loved ones would to try the challenge. The challenge would helped any of the stomach issues one may have. I understand that chemo and radiation can cause stomach issues, and the Good Belly would put back what was taken. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:29:24 EST Let's have an Cancer free 2014 My goal for 2014 is being cancer free for everyone. I hope that all who are currently cancer free now maintain that state of being. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 00:16:41 EST Staring radiation DH is starting his radiation this Tuesday. For some reason I'm very stressed about it. Come to find out he is too. Neither one of us can figure out why it's upsetting. This is what he's been working toward. Took almost a month to get all his dental work done then heal. We've been anxious that it was taking so long but now having a date set seems to be worse. Aaaaarrrrrgggggg. Sat, 9 Nov 2013 13:11:25 EST There's a team for that! Was getting ready to check my teams today and thought man it would be nice if there was a team for family members of cancer patients, and there is! Seems like there is a team for everything. My husband found out he has stage I Well Differentiated Squamous Cell Carcinoma the beginning of August this year. Was sent to a cancer treatment center because he had had bypass surgery when he was 32, so local doc was a bit afraid to do his surgery. Had it done at the hospital where his heart specia... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:16:05 EST Ian still clear We had appointment to see cancer specialist and 15 month on Ian is still clear <em>247</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:07:51 EST Approaching two years My husband was diagnosed with Burkitt Lymphoma on 7/18/2011. He spent nearly 3 months in the hospital getting inpatient chemo. He had a CT/PET scan 12/6/2011 and there was no cancer. They said he was now in remission. He had a second CT/PET in July of 2012 and it was clear. 10 days ago he had his "2 year" PET/CT scan and we found out today that he is still clear. It is not quite 2 years, but close enough! <BR> <BR> God is good! Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:49:26 EST Husband's terminal My husband was diagnosed with Stage IV Colon Cancer in January of 2012. Well like everyone else we thought he'd get through it. Well back in September we were told that there was no cure it was now a matter of finding something to hold it back. Several months ago they discovered that the chemo was no longer working, so they switched methods. They waited a week to start hm out on the new method and his cancer number went from 30-60. Then after the first round they warned us that in wasn't... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:18:20 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:34:10 EST Looking for a Place Where I Fit Hi. <BR> <BR> I am joining this team in hope of finding a place where people have some understanding of what I am going through. My husband of 26 years was diagnosed last summer with Stage 4 head and neck cancer following an 11.5 hour surgery. Once he was strong enough he was given one dose of chemotherapy (which we now understand probably shouldn't have been given -- at least not without concurrent radiation). He ended up with kidney failure and was on dialysis for a month. He is off di... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 07:44:06 EST Husband and brain scan My husbands been ill since the summer with bone cancer. Lately he is more nauseated than ever,break from chemo and radiation but it's(nausea) worsening. Now-doc thinks cancer may be in brain so issuing brain scan..I feel the rug just pulled from under my feet here. I'm beyond worried...havent eaten all day. Afraid I will binge here any moment. <em>198</em> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 20:29:33 EST Breast Cancer Gene In family K, I found this on another Fawnzib's page. <BR> <BR> Life has been tough for our family, we lost: <BR> My gram (62 years old) <BR> My mom (51 years old) <BR> Sister Donna (37 years old) <BR> Sister Patty (34 years old) <BR> <BR> My family has changed forever, especially since my sister Patty passed away 4 years ago. Patty was the glue, the let's all get together, the optimistic, the baby of the family. <BR> <BR> I have never felt so much pain as with the loss of my sister Patty, she was... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 04:48:57 EST Husband has pancreatic cancer Hello, my name is Anna. My husband was diagnosed with stage 3 pancreatic cancer in September 2012. Since then he has had the Whipple and now is undergoing chemo. All this is very stressful for all of us. I have been working on taking weight of and dealing with my own health issues now the focus is on staying strong and supporting my husband as he goes through treatment and the side effects. We have a son, he is 14, on his first day starting 8 grade his father was admitted into the hospit... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 21:44:14 EST Husband has Stage IV Lung Cancer Hi! My husband of almost 20 years has Stage IV Lung Cancer. He was diagnosed 3.5 years ago and has been on a clinical trial drug for the majority of the time. His cancer in his lung is essentially gone, but he has 4 tumors in his brain. We have 2 children (14 and 12). He goes to work every day, but spends a lot of time at home sleeping. <BR> <BR> After my husband was diagnosed I gained almost 40 lbs. - but I've lost 20+ in the last year. I've finally gotten serious about getting health... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 13:32:25 EST Just Joined! Son has Neuroblastoma Hi everyone. My name is Rebecca, and I have a beautiful and strong little warrior named Dylan (19 months). Dylan was diagnosed in September 2012 with Stage 3 Neuroblastoma. He has completed 3 rounds of chemo, and two surgeries (an invasive biopsy, and resection surgery). We are currently in the hospital for post op complications from his resection surgery. <BR> <BR> Even though I'm home al day caring for my son...I've feel like I have no energy. Not sure if its more mental than physica... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:43:58 EST Message Removed Message Removed Sun, 23 Dec 2012 19:01:49 EST Nathan's latest Cat Scans came back "clear." My 28 yo son, Nathan found he had Testicular Cancer in January '09. He had 3 types of cancer cells and one was very aggressive. He had surgery and then four rounds of Chemotherapy because tests showed it was in his lymph glands. We are so happy that this last check up was once again "clear." <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays. <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Do check out Roby Mitchell M.D./PhD at <link> </link> He cured himself of advanced prostrate cancer with exercise and diet. I'... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 19:15:56 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 7 Dec 2012 11:48:33 EST NOVEMBER CHAT LINE Welcome to November. <BR> <BR> Dianne Sat, 17 Nov 2012 12:09:18 EST Message Removed Message Removed Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:49:59 EST I thought we were almost over the hump Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> Long story husband was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer on January 12, 2012. He went in for a back ache and came out with two feet left of cancer and a death sentence. Okay, so we tried to be positive, he responded well chemo, heck during the chemo process he even GAINED weight (30 pounds). The only work he missed was while recovering from the surgery and one bout of bleeding (which they never found the cause of) and a few appointments. He started no... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:34:17 EST Octoberr Chat I hope this topic helps more people find a place to post. <BR> I'm grieving and frantically trying to fix all the unfinished financial business, since we had no idea Michael would die so quickly. I guess this is a word to the wise: don't put off making a will, or putting things into your trust, and do it properly. I'm paying a few thousand dollars for a probate lawyer's help. The banks have frozen his accounts, and the electronic withdrawals are being refused, so I'm getting warning letter... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:25:25 EST Message Removed Message Removed Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:56:50 EST August Chat hi everyone, <BR> I'm trying to keep the monthly chat topic going. I think it's an easier way to find the latest post and replies. Maybe that's just me... <BR> <BR> Doing OK after Michael's passing July 31st His cancer metastasized into his lungs, and he lived only four days after we went to hospital with back pain (a new tumor on his spine.) I am SO grateful that we'd known since October that his cancer was untreatable. We had some good times, did all the paperwork he wanted to take ca... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:33:22 EST July chat just want everyone to know there's a place to chat this month. Cheers! <em>224</em> Tue, 3 Jul 2012 13:19:49 EST JUNE CHAT ROOM Hi everyone. Just to let you all know that I am doing OK and doing my best to go back to my routine with dh. It is sometimes weird. I was going to the dr. for him about once a week and now I have no appointments. My days are free to do as I like. It has been really hot, over 30's for the last 3 days. So not doing much. <BR> <BR> Love to hear from you all. <BR> <BR> Dianne Fri, 22 Jun 2012 13:39:37 EST Debbi's journey My daughter, Debbi, just turned 45 on May 27th. She is in stage 4 breast cancer. This is her fourth fight with the disease. I am a survivor and her sister is a survivor. My sister died of breast cancer at the age of 38. To make a long story short, I am going to track her progress relative to how we perceive it. <BR> We are making it possible, when it is in our power to do so, for her to achieve some of the things she wants to do. I guess we are helping her with her "bucket list". Her s... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 06:37:48 EST Help I feel so Lost My best friend and soulmate Ian was diagnosed with penile cancer on Wednesday.He had been in for a circumcissiom 6 weeks ago and we were told the news on the follow up appointment.His consultant has refered him to Christies in Manchester. Ian has been my carer and best friend for 13yr.Today he has locked himself away hasnt eaten anything and won't even look at me. I feel so helpless. <BR> My name is Carol im am 57 divorced twice have health problems mobility problems and so frightened I am go... Sun, 13 May 2012 05:58:17 EST May chat Since I didn't see this topic yet, I thought I'd jump in. <BR> <BR> Husband has multiple myeloma, a blood/bone cancer. Since I don't drive, I get most of my exercise walking and carrying things, like yesterday's 20 lb bag of potting soil and 24can carton of diet pepsi. He's eating healthier because I'm on Spark's diet. Lost four pounds the last two weeks doing the usual errands an work outs. TAB Fri, 11 May 2012 11:37:19 EST husband has incurable multiple myeloms Hello everyone. <BR> I'm Terrel, here because my husband's cancer affects my health and weight. Michael is in hospital until Tuesday, doing chemo. We have two more chemo's (five days, then a 18 or 19 day break). The doc says two more of these, then we'll just wait and see. Michael was about to retire when the cancer hit. He's had three tumors removed from his spine so far. Blood tests did not show there was a tumor growing the last time. The only tool we have now is symptoms from a new t... Fri, 4 May 2012 15:31:37 EST 2 1/2 years...two different cancers. After successfully battling colon cancer, my mom has now been diagnosed with breast cancer. The doctor called it "good bad news" because of how early it has been detected. Prognosis is very good. All prayers, good thoughts, and positive energy are appreciated. Mon, 2 Apr 2012 20:11:40 EST APRIL CHAT LINE Happy April's fool's Day. Hopefully there are not too many April showers. Increase in meds for dh seem to be helping a little. Dr.' s appointment on Tuesday. Will keep you updated. <BR> <BR> Dianne Sun, 1 Apr 2012 09:31:51 EST MARCH CHAT LINE Still do not have the right cancer meds to help dh be more comfortable. Cancer is spreading and the pain is increasing. <BR> <BR> Dianne Thu, 8 Mar 2012 17:21:15 EST Hello all! Needing some prayers today My name is Kate. I'm from SC. My mother is a colon cancer survivor. Today she is have a lump removed from her colon. The doctors aren't sure what it is, but they don't think it is cancerous. Please cross your fingers, send positive energy, good thoughts, prayers, or whatever else you can. My uncle (mother's brother) died of colon cancer when he was 63. And if you weren't already aware, March is colon cancer awareness month. What's up your butt? Get checked!! Early detection saves li... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 07:52:05 EST I'm has throat/larynx cancer Hi All! Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Amy, 36 and a single mom of a 19 yr old daughter and a 16 yr old son. My father was diagnosed with throat & larynx cancer on May 13- exactly 1 yr after his oldest brother died of pancreatic cancer. He had to have a tracheotomy the night we took him to the hospital because the tumor in his throat obstructed his breathing. He has since had his voice box removed and a throat reconstruction surgery. He went through chemo & radiation 5 days a week from ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:39:15 EST FEBUARY CHAT LINE Good morning everyone. All is well at the moment. Would love to hear from you all. <BR> <BR> Dianne Sun, 5 Feb 2012 09:16:02 EST JANUARY CHAT LINE Hi everyone, hope everyone is doing well. <BR> <BR> Dianne Tue, 17 Jan 2012 11:35:00 EST TY for your prayers Dennis came thru his surgery & is home recovering. Rt now there is an 85% chance he is cancer free. We will know as soon as all the labs come in. Please continue your prayers for him as he recovers. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 10:03:11 EST hi all! so i am introducing myself here. <BR> My name is Nicola, im 24 and i have 2 kiddies aged 4 & 5 months. <BR> My partner is 28 years old & is recovering from testicle cancer and we have just had news that he may have bowel cancer. he has his specialist appointment on the 24th of this month so hopefully we get some answers this time! <BR> it has had a huge impact on me, i have been having to take care of everything, home duties, outside duties ie lawnmowing, childcare as well as looking after my... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 17:00:36 EST New Member - Husband has prostate Cancer I just re-joined Spark to try to get fit & healthy. Also my husband was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer & is having da Vinci robotic surgery tomorrow to remove his prostate we are at the start of a rough journey. Needless to say I am glad I re joined as I need all the support to not binge eat from my nerves. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 09:48:24 EST New Member Hi everyone. My name is Anastasia and I found out just yesterday that my mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It's also spread to her lymph nodes. She's having surgery later this month. <BR> <BR> I've never had to deal with such a difficult disease with anyone close to me; our family has had remarkably good health in the past. It terrifies me, not the least because it now means that my risk increases as well. <BR> <BR> She has her own way of dealing with it - namely, not telling an... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 15:57:07 EST Dilemma I know I just introduced myself but I have a dilemma and thought I would post it to the group. My partner worked for the breast cancer resource center for years ironically before she was diagnosed. She knew of this service where women volunteered their time to come in and clean once or twice a month for women who are undergoing treatment. This wonderful lady is coming tomorrow to do some cleaning and I feel so guilty about it. Our daughter is 15 and does help around the house although she doe... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 03:29:48 EST Partner with breast cancer My partner was diagnosed with breast cancer in November. Since then it has been a crazy ride to a mastectomy just before Christmas. I have been going to school full time finishing my masters and started student teaching 2 weeks before her surgery. I have found myself overwhelmed with caring for her, school, a teenage daughter, and most of all worrying. I love her so much. I decided maybe a little support would be good because even though I want to think I can do it all on my stress g... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:36:05 EST Holiday Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your fall festivities Thu, 24 Nov 2011 15:49:34 EST Hi, I'm new, and I'm a caregiver My husbands health took a major turn in October of 2010 when he had a grandmal seizure. For months after that we were on a mission to find out why all of a sudden he began having seizures, finally in February we learned that he did in fact have a brain tumor, and in April it was diagnosed as Glioblastoma. <BR> Hi, my name is Kristin, I'm a mother of 3 and a caregiver to my husband (who is doing so well right now). My weight has always been an issue, but in the past year it's gotten even m... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 23:02:37 EST SPARKS RALLY IN MONTREAL CANADA Are there any Montrealer on this site. If so, would you be interested in joining us on a rally (walk/talk and lunch). Please contact Dianne, Team Leader Sparks Montreal. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:52:39 EST Fiance with stage 4 rectal cancer Hello guys. I am fairly new to sp and new to this site. Just looking for people who understand the kind of daily stress I am under. My fiance was diagnosed a 1 1/2 years ago with stage 4 rectal cancer. They have not given us any hope of a cure. I started trying to lose weight a month ago, for me...but also for him. I want him to know I am going to be ok. That I have willpower and determination and if he can keep fighting cancer, I can fight to get the pounds off. It's tough here right no... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:14:26 EST hi im just starting hi im a mom of 3 and my oldest son is a cancer survivor he had all leukemia he is 18 now and doing well this takes a toll on your family and everyone around you i am greatfull for where i am in life and my son is well i now need to take care of me which i dont do so ive gained a lot of weight over the years is just praying for the strength to keep it up this time and make it work not just for outer looks but to be healthy again Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:28:21 EST Three weeks today he has been gone I miss my dad so much. He passed three weeks ago and I always seem to think of him most on Wednesday the day he passed and Sunday the day we buried him. I feel bad for my brother. He works at the same place and recently had to go through his tool box as the rest of the guys my dad worked with looked on in sadness. I cannot even imagine. My mom is looking for a house to move to town. she wants to live in town but I also think she just wants out of the house they shared together and I do ... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 11:52:56 EST My dad lost his battle Well last Wednesday night as my mom, brother and I stook outside his ICU room we lost my dad. He was ready to go and had told us he just could not do it anymore. His funeral was yesterday and the reality is just starting to hit me. The funeral prep kept me so busy I was too exhausted to think much of it as I tried to take on whatever I could to help my mom. My depression is in full swing as I just feel like doing nothing really. I now he is in a better place and it is what he wanted but ... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 02:19:32 EST Dad is losing his battle Hello <BR> <BR> My stepdad, the man who is my "dad" in every real sense of the word and has been in my life for 30 years is currently losing his cancer battle. He is in a skilled nursing facility right now. The cancer started at renal cell carcinoma in 2002, metastasized to the lungs, which was removed. Now it is currently in his lungs all over, spleen, liver, brain, and bones. He has trouble breathing and they currently cannot find a vein to draw blood. He has had fluid removed from a... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:26:40 EST Mom has endometria al/ovarian cancer... My mom noticed a few years ago that during her period her stomach was hard. I told her that she needed to go to the doctor. Then she noticed that it was also hard when she wasn't menstruating AND it was getting harder all over.. not just at the bottom of her stomach. I told her to go to the doctor. She didn't. She's at the point now where her whole entire stomach is hard. Last month she finally went to the doctor with back pain. The doctor literally said 'oh sh*t' and didn't even charge her f... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:35:27 EST Husband has lymphoma I have been a Spark member for about a year and a half due to weight gain caused by the loss of my thyroid function. Now my husband has just been diagnosed with lymphoma, and they are trying to rule out Burkitt Lymphoma. We just received the diagnosis, and still have some more diagnostics, testing, scans and port insertion to deal with. I am reeling from the news. I hope to find some hope and support here. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 17:05:26 EST New to cancer spouse/family team Hello <BR> Today is my first day checking out the sparkpeople website. It's quite impressive. Unfortunately I am not unfamiliar with cancer. My father passed away at 46 to lung cancer. My mother passed away at 79 to lymphoma. My sister is a breast cancer survivor. My other sister is battling throat cancer. The doctors tried radiation and it didn't seem to work, so chemo will be starting next week. I don't want to sound selfish but with all the cancer that has been running through ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:33:37 EST sister with melanoma Hi I am new to this team..I have found that since my sister has been diagnosed with melanoma it makes it a little bit easier to talk to other patients and/or family members. My sister is in stage 4 of this awful disease, she is very positive and the rest of the family is trying to follow her examples. I have been away from sparkpeople for awhile, I have been getting wrapped up in life and especially the stuff I can not change, so I am back trying to help my self feel better and lose weight,... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 16:41:39 EST The topic WAS "new here", but let's just skip it. Yeah, the post got pretty much the reaction I thought. So since you don't have the option of outright deleting a post, I'll edit it by just deleting most of the text and just leaving this blurb. It'll disappear in the rest of the page clutter soon enough. <BR> <BR> Surprised? Not even a little bit. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 May 2011 23:10:59 EST My Sister is gone to Heaven I am glad that she does not have to suffer anymore. When I got home from work last nite, my brother called me and told me that she is in a coma and they gave her the last rights. In less than 2 hours later we got the call that she had passed.We are leaving in the morning to go up to Halifax for her services. I know she is up there with our Dad. I miss them both so much.....and I will always remember all the good times we had together. <BR> <BR> Thank You for your support <BR> <BR> Huggs, <... Fri, 20 May 2011 08:51:48 EST Update on my sister Well as you all know my sister has sarcoma cancer. We found out March 15th. She was in the hospital and they put her in Pallative Care a few weeks ago. Well she became well enough that she was able to go home. I am so glad that I was able to spend about 2 weeks with her. She lives about 5 hours away from me. We even went out for supper for Mothers Day with our mom and families. But now the time has come that she had to go back in. The last few days at home she was sleeping most of the time ... Thu, 19 May 2011 11:05:19 EST Mom has CLL... Am new to the group & just found out last night that my 56 yr old mother was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Am still in shock but am trying to pull myself together & help support her. It makes things worse as she lives in Nebraska & I'm in Texas. I want to go give my mom hug! She's also a type 2 diabetic who has had 2 lap band surgeries... <BR> <BR> Anyways ... she'll be seeing her oncologist for the first time tomorrow & already knows that she's got a LOT of testing ahead of h... Tue, 10 May 2011 14:38:35 EST My husband has transitional Cell Carcinoma My name is Bev. My husband Steve was diagnosed with Stage IV - Transitional Cell Carcinoma (cancer of the ureter) in mid March. I am still walking in a daze. He starts his first round of chemo tomorrow. This is a website that tells a little more about his condition.<BR>alone <BR> I look forward to hearing from you all and pray for miracles! Sun, 17 Apr 2011 13:59:26 EST We found out on March 15th that my sister has cancer. She was not sick with it or so we thought. Her pain tolerence is very high. She had bumps on her head and they were giving her antibiotics as they thought they were cysts. So on March 12th she was throwin up and bad pains in her belly. So they took her to the hospital and they admitted her to do tests. At first they thought it was a badly infected pancreas. Only to find out that it is cancer. They said it is all through her organs and now in her bones. They had a me... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 15:38:08 EST Hi Everyone. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME POSTING. <BR> WE FOUND OUT IN JAN THAT HUBBY HAS STAGE 3 LUNG CANCER. <BR> THAT WAS SUCH A BIG SHOCK SINCE WE BOTH QUIT SMOKING 10 YEARS AGO.. <BR> IT WAS TO BIG TO OPERATE AND REMOVE IT. <BR> HE HAD 3 ROUNDS OF CHEMO, BUT STILL NEVER SHRUNK IT ENOUGH. <BR> DOCTOR WANTS HIM 2 GET RADIATION FOR 4 TO 6 WEEKS. <BR> SURGERY IS REALLY RISKY B/C HE HAS COPD ALSO. <BR> THANKS FOR LISTENING FRIENDS.. <BR> <em>247</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:04:32 EST Things are good My dh is still doing well. He has a new doctor. Wed, 9 Mar 2011 00:56:25 EST Hi, there! My name is Lindsay and I am 30 years old! I have the most amazing family! My husband Josh is my rock and my daughter Miss Bugaloo is the sweetest, sassiest and most loving child! My parents are awesome! They are always there for me and love me unconditionally! We just found out that my Mom has breast cancer. The mass is small but very aggressive. Her treatment plan is still being worked out and we should know what it is in the nest few weeks. It has been said that she may have to do a... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:20:13 EST Hi! New Here Hi! My name is Emily. I am a wife to a wonderful husband and cancer survivor. And a mother to a wonderful 6 year old son. My husband had osteosarcoma. He's been in remission for a while. But I still worry about him. The cancer left him with lots of physical disabilities. They removed part of his right hip and some parts of his spine. He lost the use of his right leg. Although, lately it seems like it's starting to get some feeling. Enough to bother him. Glad to have found this group... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 20:54:54 EST I Am Hoping. It has been a little more than a year since my husband was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma, and a year since he had his modified radical neck disection where they removed 45 lymph nodes, and 5 of them tested positive for cancer. He has gone through the interferon iv drip and radiation and is now on the final step of intron injections. <BR> <BR> In September a c/t scan showed some spots on his right lung that concerns his doctor, but no one would do a biopsy on it due to them being so close t... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 00:43:24 EST My Dad Hi, my name is Tanya. My dad passed away on 12/31/10 from Kidney cancer. We found out that he had it on 9/15/10,it was definitely news that I did not want to hear, but it was in stage IV and it had spread. I thought I would have more time with him, but I cherished each day that I got to spend with him. I'm learning to take each day as it comes, but I feel a sense of peace because I was able to make my dad's final moments comfortable. We started hospice at home care mid-December when we r... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:03:28 EST Parents: One confirmed cancer and one undetermined I started my Spark Journey at the beginning of June and was having great success but have had to face some illness with my parents. <BR> <BR> At the end of September, my 77-year old Mom had some abdominal pain and went to the ER. The pain subsided (they think it was indigestion) but they stumbled on a large mass in her colon through an ultrasound. She has just come home from a 5-week stay in the hospital where they removed a large tumour from her colon. I will be taking her to a cancer cl... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 03:51:43 EST new to cancer hi everyone my name is tracy and i have been a member of sparkpeople for a little while. but cancer is new, my husband who is 37 years old was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in august of this year and it has been such an unbelievable shock and just purely devestating. we have only been married for 5 years and have no children i unfortunately have not many friends as we moved from our home towns several years back and i never made any friendships along the way. my parents live in the sa... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 05:08:28 EST INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT "TODAY IS UNIQUE! IT HAS NEVER OCCURRED BEFORE AND IT WILL NEVER BE REPEATED. AT MIDNIGHT IT WILL END, QUIETLY, SUDDENLY, TOTALLY. FOREVER. BUT THE HOURS BETWEEN NOW AND THEN ARE OPPORTUNITIES WITH ETERNAL POSSIBILITIES." <BR> <BR> CHARLES R. SWINDOLL Wed, 3 Nov 2010 14:10:45 EST Hi! I'm New I've read all the posts on this thread and I'm sorry for all that you are all going through. I truly understand how the patient feels as well as the family member. Twice within the past year I have been diagnosed with cancer; once with metastatic spinal cancer and once with transitional cell carcinoma of the left kidney. Both times the diagnoses came from multiple specialists and they were positive that they were correct. Both times, months later they were proved wrong. I know how it feels to... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 13:58:28 EST Update on hubby's condition My dh is still fighting CML and recovering from a medical procedure. Tue, 2 Nov 2010 21:34:02 EST Scared to lose my Dad Hi, <BR> On April 1st of this year my Father was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. I would have given anything had it been an April Fools Day joke instead of reality. I am an unmarried, thirty-one year old woman, and an only child. The thought of losing either one of my parents terrifies me. I have never been close to my extended family and I have few friends in the town that I recently moved to. My Dad is extremely strong and when the typical chemotherapy treatments did not wo... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 18:53:15 EST Cancer Camp - Camp Blue Bird <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Once again my son, Nathan, who has had Testicular Cancer but has been doing fine with his recent Cat Scans, has gone to Cancer Camp. The one in Pensacola is a lovely place out in a wooded setting. These camps are all over the country, and I think they are great. They have them ever six months and they last 3 days. If u know a Cancer survivor, tell them about the Camp. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:18:37 EST What a week These last two weeks have been a little rough. My ex mother in law, who has never smoked a day in her life, was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. She also has blood clots in both lungs. It's not looking very good at all. <BR> <BR> Her sister, who is also very dear to me, is in the hospital as well. She had lung cancer a couple of years ago and beat it. Now they've found another mass in her lung. It's too close to the heart to do radiation. Yesterday they did surgery and removed part ... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:57:49 EST He's gone and I'm back I'm back after a year off. Last August my wonderful husband's cancer came back. It showed up as 7 mets in his brain. He passed on February 23rd and I miss him every day. It gets easier every day but I miss him. I was home taking care of him for 7 months. Now I need to take care of me and get this weight off. Mon, 2 Aug 2010 11:50:34 EST I have a favour to ask... Okay, so I need some help. I'm starting my own anti-cancer plan, and I need some people who are willing to back me up along the way. <BR> <BR> My Mum passed away two weeks ago, after failing to beat a particularly aggressive form of liver cancer, which formed as a result of the breast cancer she had 8 years ago. My way of dealing with everything I'm thinking and feeling at the moment is by focusing on something else and, for me, that 'something else' is arming myself against this horrible di... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 16:20:15 EST husband just diagnosed with prostate cancer I'm new here. My husband just found out yesterday. (he's only 48) He/we have many decisions to make about treatment options. These decisions are very difficult and cause much anxiety. We just want to choose the best option for him. <BR> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:30:17 EST Daughter lost father to Pancreatic Cancer Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> 10 years ago my father, at the age of 48 lost his very short battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Since then, I have lost my Grandmother to Oral Cancer, my grandfather got leukemia (but passed from a stroke) and my mother in law to Back Cancer. Cancer is a horrible thing!! <BR> For all of you who are fighting and for all of you have families who are fighting ... I hope you win your battles <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 26 Jun 2010 01:06:41 EST I lost my Soulmate this week...... It's only been 3 days since losing the love of my life, Richard, to this dreadful disease called Cancer. He lived 8 months since being diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer. He put up a valiant fight to the end, trying to beat that disease. He had chemo for most of that time, until his body bacame so weak that he could no longer withstand anymore treatments. <BR> We are truly grateful to have had him with us those 8 months, as I know that some people don't even get that long after diagnosi... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 12:16:33 EST Cancer Invasion Cancer attempt to invade Richard's and my home by attacking me. I beat it down while it was still pre-cancer in my uterus. Hysterectomy is my weapon and I'm now completely recovered from the ordeal. Sun, 13 Jun 2010 05:27:22 EST My thoughts... Cancer. <BR> I hate you. <BR> You cunning, sly, monstrous beast. You don’t deserve what you take. <BR> Do you not have any regard for what you do? How can you live with what you do. You are a living thing – doesn’t that make you deserving of life like the rest of us living things? <BR> Not at all. <BR> You’re so undeserving of life that you’re formed without a parent. Instead, the people’s lives that you take are forced to serve you. They are overcome by you. Not by choice, which should ... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 12:18:37 EST Hey everyone :) Heylo, hope everyone's having a good day. I'm Alex, Lex, Lexi, whatever you want to call me (within reason)! I'm 21 and my Mum is currently going through treatment for liver cancer, which spread from the primary breast cancer we thought was all over 8 years ago. I've started a blog at which explains a lot more about it, but basically, things are extremely difficult this time around. She's been very ill and I'm the only one who can really care for her. <B... Sun, 23 May 2010 15:41:57 EST Just an Idea So, today May 6, 2010 is national prayer day. This is just an idea and anyone who wants to do this it is your option. My husband has been having a hard battle with his cancer and I know that there are so many more people out there and on here that are going through the same thing. I think today would be the best day to not only say a prayer for ourselves and the one that we love that is battling cancer, but for everyone else out there that is going through the same thing. God Bless Thu, 6 May 2010 08:35:24 EST Anyone ever had genetic testing done? Good Morning, <BR> Has anyone here went for genetic testing. My dad was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer and all the doctors keep telling me and my 3 sisters that we need to go. I have no idea how must it cost or if its worth getting. My dad has 7 brothers/sisters, 5 of which have passed away form some form of cancer. <BR> Any thought or info would be helpful and greatly appreciated <BR> Thanks <BR> Kim Wed, 5 May 2010 11:05:54 EST Just found out dad has stage 4 Esophageal Cancer Hello all new to group. My dad has always had heartburn for as long as i can remember. For the last 2-3 months he has been worse. Everything he ate came back up. He just didn't want to eat in fear he would get sick. Well he was going to the VA for health care because his job closed last year(worked there for 40 years)So he complained to them and they scheduled him for a endoscope that was 3 months away. So my sisters and myself harassed my dad every day to go to a "real" dr. And he finally di... Wed, 5 May 2010 10:55:10 EST Wonderful News I Want to Share Finally, after several failed chemos over the past year, my son just got the results of his CT scan after 2 infusuions of the newest chemo and every one of his lung mets have shrunk by at least 50%. <BR> <BR> I wish everyone could get good news like this, as I know how disheartening it is to be getting bad time after time. Sat, 1 May 2010 12:57:19 EST My Husband Has Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) I think I may have introduced myself wrong as I thought maybe we were all supposed to introduce ourselves on one post. After studying the posts I see that everyone has been introducing themselves separately, so I will try again and hope I get this right this time. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to this team, not to SP. My husband was diagnosed last November with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML). We were told it was the worst you could get and the fastest growing.... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:32:42 EST New to group Just wanted to introduce myself since I am new to this group. My son was diagnosed with NHL almost 4 years ago, and I am glad to find this group, I feel that is group can relate to what I go through in my life each day. Glad to be in the group. Fri, 9 Apr 2010 12:51:16 EST My Sam is gone It's been a while since I've been on this site. My husband died on Valentine's day. I am broken hearted and I've been through all kinds of emotions. I miss him so much I just can't even put it into words. Today is one month and it just doesn't seem real at all. <BR> I am back to try to pull my life together somewhat and let everyone know how much I appreciate their kind notes... I miss my Sam.. Sun, 14 Mar 2010 11:44:58 EST dad diognosted stage 3 non hodgkins lymphoma hello, <BR> I dont no where to turn to right now, got some really bad news yeasterday that my dad has non hodgkins lymphoma and its spread and in stage 3. I dont no how to feel. . 10 years ago i watched my brotehr go through the same cancer. its a really hard pill to swallow, i guess im just looking for some people that actually understand. i feel like no one in my life undertands how horrible and scary this is! everyone just says "o stay possitive, the medical system has come along way" <B... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:57:50 EST Hi There!!!!!! Hi, my name is Tiffany. I'm not new to spark but I am to this team. This last December, around the 12th, my husband of 1 year was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma. They have been unable to find exactly where it started from but they were able to get some out of him. On January 13 he had a modified radical neck disection done where they cut him open from behind the top of the ear down to the front of his neck and over to the shoulder a little. They removed 45 lymph nodes and 2 of them were gol... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 07:18:38 EST Mom of a son with leukemia Hello All! <BR> <BR> My 10 year old son was diagnosed with leukemia (ALL) 2 years ago. It's nice to find a team with people that can relate what I am going through. <BR> <BR> My little guy is doing great and has 1 year 2 months and about 20 days of treatment left but who's counting?!?!? Tue, 9 Feb 2010 12:50:26 EST my husband, dave........ last night the love of my life went to be with the lord.....guess i am still in shock. at times it feels real, otherwise i just dont daughter lives near us. she has just taken me in, and is taking care of me. she is planning the memorial, and is giving extra love and care by including my husbands family in the planning. i barely have to think.i hadn't taken the best care of myself the last few months, have been taking excedrin around the clock because i have at least 2 teeth really bo... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 03:04:38 EST Hello Today I found out that one of my good friends has pancreatic cancer. One of my best friends is a 10 year breast cancer survivor. My sister is a 10 year colon cancer survivor. One of my brother died last March of kidney, skin and bone cancer. Two other friends died of breast and gallbladder cancer respectively. However, I have an 88 year old aunt who is a breast cancer survivor! I am co-chair of the survivor committee for our Relay for Life. I want to be as supportive to all of you. So... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 23:26:09 EST Pancreatic cancer My Mother was given the news yesterday that we so did not want to hear. She has been diagnosed with stage 4, inoperable pancreatic cancer that has already spread to her liver and bones. By the time the symptoms appear it is usually very advanced when the pancreas is involved. <BR> My Mother is truly the most courageous woman I have ever met. She is dealing with the news just like you would expect her to, with peace, security in <BR> her future eternity with her Lord, and of course comfortin... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 14:02:44 EST Chemo Class My sister is off to attend Chemo class today, she has her first treatment on Friday. I'm just wondering if anyone here has an opinion on these information sessions, did you find them empowering and helpful? Mon, 4 Jan 2010 10:11:56 EST Husband diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer Hello. My name is Kathy, and we live in California. My husband, my best friend for life, was recently diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. Our life is anything but normal these days, with all the Drs. appointments, chemo days, surgery to have the port installed, and the side effects he is having. <BR> I am so glad this team is here and available to all who are experiencing this awful disease. <BR> Rich was diagnosed in October, after having gone thru all those scans, biopsy, etc., an... Sun, 13 Dec 2009 16:15:06 EST suddenly after so long... well, i won't get into major detail here because i just wrote two lengthy blog entries about all of this. i moved out to NM to be with my aunt as she battled stage 4 breast cancer. it's been 20 months of up and down (mostly down). she had been doing pretty well until the cancer figured out how to avoid the chemo. we've been trying different things but she's going downhill fast. <BR> <BR> so strange, after so long to be happening so quickly. they found uptake on her liver and two new b... Sat, 12 Dec 2009 14:01:30 EST Can't believe it! Wow, I can't believe my name is on the list of fitness minutes for our team! Eventhough I'm #5, it motivates me to keep going. How I'm doing it is by splitting my exercises up during the day. I'll do an upper, core and lower body exercise - 2 sets - 3 X a day. It goes fast and keeps me moving when I'm at work. Sun, 8 Nov 2009 09:59:13 EST And Now He Has Pneumonia They took an x-ray when my son was in the ER yesterday and they called him this morning to say that the radiologist determined that he has developed pneumonia. That would account for the cough he's developed and the fever. Now I wonder if they'll do the next chemo treatment on Tuesday? Fri, 30 Oct 2009 13:52:51 EST Good report I'm writing to thank everyone who prayed for my husband, Michael. His oncologist told him today, after reading his CT scan, "You look like a guy who's cancer-free to me!". He still needs to have his ENT look at the base of tongue; but I'm sure it'll just confirm what the onc. told him. Thank you again so much, and don't give up hope! <BR> Tue, 27 Oct 2009 15:22:45 EST New - Dad and Aunt Diagnosed with Cancer I am new to this forum.. Mon, 26 Oct 2009 17:16:28 EST to this forum..husband has cancer.. Hi, I'm Debbie and my hubby has PCa, he was diagnosed last Janurary and went thru proton radiation therapy...he is currently on hormone therapy to help starve the cancer...he has one more shot then we have to wait for a year to see the true levels of his PSA...I pray every day that the radiation and drugs have killed the cancer.... <BR> <BR> Debbie Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:36:56 EST Husband diagnosed with pancreatic cancer I'm new to this team, but not to SparkPeople. My husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer (Stage 2B) on September 10th. In a little over a month, our lives have completely changed. He's had a Whipple Procedure to remove the primary tumor, had a second emergency surgery that night to stop internal bleeding that developed, have met with his oncologist and radiologist, had a port put in, and been to more appointments than I ever could have imagined. We're still trying to come to grips with t... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 13:11:02 EST My mom passed on Friday. :( My mom passed on Friday. It had only been 3 weeks since her diagnosis of soft tissue sarcoma. It was just too far along when they caught it and she had a bad reaction to her one chemo dose. She had been diagnosed on Friday, started chemo on the following Tuesday, and had swelled on Weds/Thurs...and they sent her home with a medicine for swelling and no chemo. Her doctor seemed pretty careless. On Friday, one nurse finally insisted she go to the ER. I don't want to go anymore because I don... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 11:21:50 EST Survivor and Caregiver I am a breast cancer survivor (2yrs), hubby is a prostate cancer survivor(1yr). Fri, 9 Oct 2009 23:47:01 EST Hi. I'm new. Hi there. My mother just found out this week that she has soft tissue sarcoma. She found lumps in her shoulder area which is what lead her to the doctor, but they've found multiple sites in her muscle and on her heart. She starts chemo on Tuesday. She's only 62 years old and a brand new grandma (I just had my first child in July). She still has a 15 year old at home too! <BR> <BR> I'm in such an emotional state right now. this is my MOM. :( She's always been so invincible, hardly eve... Sun, 20 Sep 2009 16:59:15 EST THANK YOU! Thank you to those who prayed for Michael! He is starting to eat some soft foods now. Wed, 2 Sep 2009 17:50:09 EST World Without Cancer - Apricot Seeds - From God? Has any one looked into this? People are claiming results with treating cancer. I hope we still have the freedom of speech when it comes to this. I have researched this on the Internet. I found many links. Has anyone here tried it? <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>roduction.html <BR> <BR><BR>p_cancer_cells.html <BR> <BR> THIS PERSON GOT 5 YEARS IN JAIL FOR PROMOTING HIS CURE, It's Illegel in the US. HE CURED HIMSELF -... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 09:33:42 EST Prayers for our troops Hi , I have a prayer group whose main objective is to pray the troops home again safely and to pray for our country. If you or anyone else reading this would like to send me their loved ones names who are serving in the military, my gals in my prayer group and I will lift them up in prayer daily. It would be our honor to pray for your loved ones. KAT860 Sun, 23 Aug 2009 12:07:58 EST New and trying to learn more Hello all- <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team and may not qualify, but I'm trying to be proactive. <BR> <BR> Last week my son's foster mom (he's in court ordered care due to juvenile delinquency issues) called to say that she had taken my son (Tom) in for a routine physical and the doctor found 2 lumps near his collar bone that are about 1.5 cms each. Apparently there is another lump behind Tom's ear that he didn't tell the doctor about. <BR> <BR> The doctor immediately called to schedule s... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 16:34:50 EST how do you feel? (one or two words) happy and relaxed Sun, 16 Aug 2009 15:05:27 EST Hey Around this time last year my mother was diagnosed with Lymphoma. It has been a grueling battle, involving sickness, chemo and stem cells. She completed what should have been the last of her treatment last month and we are currently waiting for insurance to OK a CAT scan to see if the tumors have clear up. <BR> <BR> My best wishes go out to everyone here and elsewhere whose family is currently fighting cancer. Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:54:58 EST My Son's Cancer My son is 34 yrs old. A couple of years ago he moved back in to live with us because of personal problems. In January they (drs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in NYC) removed a soft tissue sarcoma from his arm. Right after the surgery they were confident that it had all been removed and the follow up scans in March were clear. <BR> <BR> He went back last week for another follow up and they discovered it has metasticized to his lungs. We went back to MSK for a needle biopsy yesterday and are exp... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 20:48:22 EST How do you deal with it? My dad was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2002(I think) and has been doing well until last July when we found out it came back. And since then we found out it has spread to his lungs, liver and brain. However it's small enough right now to not proceed with radiation. He is going for CAT scans and MRI's every so often to keep an eye on it. <BR> There are days where he is feeling ok, and other days where he just doesn't feel good. I just hate it. I know I"m still in denial about it. I participa... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 21:44:53 EST I got good news. Hi everyone. My dear hubby got to get off his chemo medication for now and we'll see if he can remain off of chemo forever in late June. Thu, 11 Jun 2009 02:37:26 EST Another Daughter with a Mom who has cancer Just found out my mom has kidney cancer that has spread to her lungs. She will be having surgery this Wednesday. I've been having a hard time finding support for family members during this difficult time. Thanks for being here and I'll be back to visit often!! Sun, 7 Jun 2009 07:57:00 EST Cancer Society - Relay for Life My dad was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2003. He has been doing well since, but this past year it came back and has spread to other parts of his body/organs. <BR> I really don’t like to talk about it so this is quite hard for me to do. After so many years it’s still hard for me to accept and I still feel like I’m stuck in the denial stage. <BR> It kills me knowing that I can’t do anything to take this away from him; and every other person who has to deal with this disease. <BR> <BR> This Ju... Tue, 26 May 2009 16:43:59 EST Hi, I'm new here... ...this is not the Sparkteam that I thought I'd ever need to join. On May 4th, my mom was diagnosed with Non Small Cell Lung Cancer. I had only been married 9 days when we got the news. On April 15th, we thought she had a stroke. All the classic symptoms...slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, tingling sensations. A CT scan showed multiple suspicious lesions on her brain. That was what was making the stroke symptoms. A full body scan showed a spot (about as big as a fingern... Wed, 13 May 2009 20:40:06 EST Hi. My Mom has cancer. My mother was diagnosed with lymphoma in August, 2008. <BR> <BR> She finished her first round of chemo in December, and since the kind of lymphoma she has is not curable, she will have chemo every six months (June is the next one) <BR> <BR> She's struggling. She's always loved to garden, but she isn't able to this year. She needs a knee replacement, but they say that's not possible any more, so she's in pain from that, and her legs swell badly if she's on them for any length of time. <BR>... Sun, 10 May 2009 20:33:14 EST My Dad is dying, but he can still make me laugh I am in the uneviable position, as are many of you, of having to watch family members struggle with cancer. My neice of six years has just been deemed 'cancer-free' after her bout with stage IV neuroblastoma. She underwent a double stem cell transplant and 12 rounds of chemo plus radiation. We had a week as family to enjoy this cancer-free status. <BR> <BR> Now, three days ago, my father was told he has metastases possibly linked to the twelve years he has been battling squamous cell ca... Mon, 20 Apr 2009 14:28:21 EST Still in shock!! We just found out that my husband has lung cancer and has a limited amount of time here on earth. I can't get passed the crying and emotional state,how can I be of any use to him if I'm such a mess? Ilove him so and I/we feel shocked,mad,heartbroken, you name it,we feel it. If someone can just, just what? Thanks for listening. Wed, 15 Apr 2009 09:18:58 EST Introduction Hi, <BR> This team really hit home with me. My husband is currently undergoing his second battle with cancer. He has rectal colon cancer, and was "done" in November last year, but in February more tumors were found, and he is now back to chemo, and facing surgery again. Also, my mother has battled breast cancer, as well as numerous friends, co-workers and acquaintances we have know with the disease. Look forward to getting to know some of you. :) Fri, 10 Apr 2009 12:57:44 EST Husband has just one more chemo Hi! I'm new to Spark and wanted to introduce myself. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4, fullicular lymphoma 6 months ago. We were told it was not curable, but treatable. The stats are not great. He has been doing chemo and only has one more to go. After the first 6 his Dr was not satisfied with the results, so 2 more were added. Now that more tests are looming I'm terrified, and getting very tired. We have no family, besides a lazy adult son, to help us out. My husband has been trying to ... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 11:10:21 EST Hi, I'm new Hello, I'm Stacey and my mom was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in October of last year. She's truly my best friend, and this has been a long hard fight, although it's only 6 months long and not over (hopefully, not soon either)! <BR> <BR> To top it all off, I have one brother in town, but the other one is in the Air Force and deploying on Monday for Africa... <BR> <BR> And did I mention I'm a single mom? And a full-time teacher? <BR> <BR> No stress here! (or not) <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:25:14 EST Glioblastoma: A tale of two brothers. Before I was born, when my dad was 10, my Grandpa died of brain cancer. That was over 30 years ago and they know more about cancer now, but not much. <BR> My name is Christina, or Stina. The reason I joined this group is because in October of last year my Uncle (my grandfather's brother) was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme. I'm very close with my Uncle, he's like a grandpa to me since I missed out on having my actual grandpa around. What they know about this type of tumor is that it... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 16:11:48 EST Back in the hospital Hi all, we're back in the hospital again... complications from my husband's bone marrow transplant. He was really discouraged to be back here, not to mention he's physically feeling awful right now. They just gave him atavan to make him sleep. Am discouraged, tired and lonely myself... Just wanted to vent to people who understand. Thanks. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 22:39:43 EST My Dad Died Of Cancer In 2005 When it gets close to major holidays I start to miss him. He had some form of leg cancer that spread all over his body that was killing him, and then he to a cancer drug that shut down his kidneys. I didn't get to say Good bye to him. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 17:53:53 EST Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk Hundreds of individuals came out last year and raised $130,000 in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Please join us this year as we raise the bar to exceed last year's fundraising efforts. <BR> <BR> ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF ALL DONATIONS WILL GO DIRECTLY TO RESEARCH. <BR> Cablevision Systems Corporation, a leading media and entertainment company underwrites all of the Lustgarten Foundation's administrative costs to ensure that 100% of every dollar raised will go directly to pancreatic cancer... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 02:12:52 EST hello there Hi my name is Chauntel and I have been kind of non-present on this site lately because I have been dealing with the death of my grandmother to Pancreatic Cancer. It has been hard. But I am back and so glad that I found this group. Thu, 26 Feb 2009 02:12:04 EST Good morning! Good morning Spark Team! <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team and wanted to introduce myself. My fiance, Isaac, and I are getting married on 6/26/09 (127 days!!). Isaac has been fighting osteosarcoma (bone cancer) for almost 4 years now. I met and fell in love with him a little over a year and a half ago, and we are so excited to get married! <BR> <BR> Isaac has a total knee replacement, has had multiple lung surgeries, radiation to his shoulder/spine/pelvis, and will be having surgery in earl... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 08:38:25 EST Hello and here we go again Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Rose and I really need help right now. <BR> <BR> We were just told that my husband has a recurrance of colon cancer. In his lung. <BR> <BR> We are lucky because our onocologist is on top of things and found it early but I don't want to eat because of the stress. I need to lose this weight and really need help not eating everything in site. Thu, 5 Feb 2009 14:40:31 EST Hello Hi all, my husband has been fighting lymphoma for two years. He went through ABVD, then a bone marrow transplant, and then another bone marrow transplant. While he's been sick, I've gained 20 pounds. I've lost about 12 recently, trying to lose it all. "Cancer sucks", and my heart goes out to all of you on this team. Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:29:12 EST New to group...wanted to introduce myself! I recently joined SP, two weeks ago to be exact. I reside in Chicago and am a proud mother of two girls, eight years old and four months old. Why did I join SP...I am a stress eater and after having the baby I am having a hard time losing the weight. Why am I joining this team......I am a mother of an eight year old girl who is a 6year cancer survivor, a granddaughter to a brave woman who lost her battle to lung cancer, the girlfriend of a wonderful man who is a cancer survivor 2 years in ... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 14:45:43 EST Hi, My name is KRSTE and my husband has lymphoma. My husband has been on treatment for a year. Last time it only took 6 months for it to go in remission for 7 years. So, the stress among other things that the cancer has stole, has caused me to not care so much about how I look. As the new year starts I want a new start. Sun, 11 Jan 2009 16:29:59 EST the scream thread dontcha just wanna scream sometimes?! i had a day yesterday and it was all i could do not to scream into my pillow and wake my aunt in the next room. so let it out here. the stuff you don't want to tell them, or your friends or you feel guilty about even thinking. so just scream and get it out! Tue, 6 Jan 2009 15:08:10 EST Don't know how to act My mom called 1/2/09 to let me know she was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer and will have surgery Jan. 20th. Her and my dad are very determined and upbeat, DH is supportive of my moodiness, but I feel so helpless. <BR> My parents are in PA and I'm in FL-we are the type of family that loves each other but talk maybe once a month or so. <BR> I just want to help somehow, comfort my dad's fears, hold my mom's hand-go back to when this wasn't part of our family. <BR> What do you do when can... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 11:41:32 EST new hi I am new here. my daughter was dg with leukemia 2 years ago. WE are in the final stages of treatment!!!!! I am so excited for her. Let me know if there is any one else with kids with any questions I will try hard to answer as a parent that has been there. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 12:21:55 EST new team member hello all. my name is angeline. i just lost my husband to cancer last saturday. i can use all the support i can get to get through this. i have a young daughter, who will be 4 soon,who is asking lots of questions about her daddy. please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. both sides of our families are supporting us through this trying time. plus friends,former coworkers, current and former students of my husband, carlos,who was a high school teacher,different groups i belong to,fellow spar... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 09:21:49 EST Confused new to team not sparkspeople Hello everyone. My name is Lori. i am from Iowa. I have always heard about cancer and it has actually took the lives of my grandparents but up till recently I didn't think it would ever effect my parents. I just found out last week that my dad has rectum cancer and the tumor has grown so big that he has to have radiation and cemo for 6-8 weeks so they can shrink it so they can do surgery. I was daddy's little girl growing up and right now I am numb inside becuase I don't know exactly how... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 16:51:26 EST Holidays I wish everyone "Happy Holidays". Be healthy and safe while having a good time. Sat, 13 Dec 2008 22:35:04 EST New Facilitator. Hello I'm Esther. I just became your new co-leader. I'm Care giving for a family member with cancer. I have a understand of what you're going through. Have any questions spark-mail me at Healthybear24 Sun, 7 Dec 2008 20:31:41 EST handling the holidays hey folks, hope your thanksgiving was a good one. i know it's tough to be thankful sometimes, but we have to look at the positives in order to get through the bad times. <BR> <BR> my turkey day was actually pretty good. my aunt is doing really well right now. the chemo is working (her tumor markers are down to 8 from 47!) and she doesn't really 'look' sick. once she has her wig on, no one can tell that anything is wrong! she gets fatigued a lot, but that's the worst of her problems. we... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 13:05:35 EST New here Hi, I'm Lainey, 29, full-time non-traditional student. I lost my Grandma E to old age at the end of August. My older sister just started chemo for Hodgkin's this week. The same sister is a Basal Cell Carcinoma Survivor. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I found SP this week! Hope this reduces the stress. I've been kind of zombie like, and without appetite for the last three weeks (during my sister's round of tests leading to Hodgkin's diagnosis). <BR> <BR> I've gotten behind in my studies this qua... Fri, 14 Nov 2008 14:58:34 EST just found out husband has cancer we just found out my husband has rectal cancer. <BR> he goes on the 17th to get a port put in place to start radiation treatments , then he will go through chemo and finally surgery and more chemo. <BR> it's a very scarey to me. <BR> his tumor is 4 inches long... will find out soon if it has spread through the walls or not. lungs are great . <BR> thanks for starting this team... GOD BLESS YOU. Thu, 13 Nov 2008 22:13:35 EST Hello My name is Nancy and my husband has cancer Tue, 4 Nov 2008 23:43:58 EST Cancer fighting tips for YOU as i mentioned in a separate post, i thought it would be a good idea to have a thread where people can post tips on ways to fight cancer NOW, so you can stay healthy in the FUTURE. so please, share with us what you have learned and what you know and add some tips for early prevention! <BR> <BR> here's my first one: <BR> a very good friend of mine is a genius biology major. he participated in a study on green teas effects on cancer cells. it seems that when green tea is introduced to cance... Mon, 3 Nov 2008 12:15:50 EST For my daddy! hello all. <BR> <BR> Two weeks after my 17th birthday my 45 year old father died from colon cancer. <BR> <BR> Because of how advanced my dad's cancer was, how young he was, and how relatively healthy he was otherwise, my siblings and i are at a 1-in-3 chance of getting the same cancer. <BR> <BR> There are three of us siblings. That makes me, you could say, nervous. <BR> <BR> So to fight statistics and I starting now, at 20 years old, to fight my own cancer before it ever has a chance t... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 18:23:21 EST hello there! Hi everyone i just happened to come across this board through someone else post, glad I did. <BR> <BR> My sister in law just passed away from pancreatic cancer about 2 weeks ago. I'm still in the stage of is she really gone?? then when i realize, yes she is I can't stop crying. It has gotten a little better this week...then again it is only Tuesday LOL <BR> <BR> But anyways glad I found another great team on SP!! Boy they think of everything don't they?!?!? <BR> Tracy Tue, 28 Oct 2008 13:23:15 EST let's check in hi all, i just wanted to check in and see how everyone was doing? <BR> <BR> i'm doing okay. i have a lot going on with my job, still not making as many friends as i'd like, but progressing well with my eating habits. <BR> <BR> my aunt is on her second round of chemo, now abraxane, which, so far hasn't been as bad as we thought. she had her latest brain MRI on wednesday and they called her back in yesterday morning. turns out that while most of the tumors are either gone or significant... Sat, 25 Oct 2008 15:16:49 EST Husband diagnosed with cancer Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just found this while browsing so decided to join, learn, stop in and say hi. My husband turned 50 in January 2008 and was just diagnosed with prostate cancer in Sept so we are now in a bit of turmoil as we try to figure out what all the alternatives there are and feel a bit overwhelmed as we deal with all this. <BR> <BR> The options the doctor gave us were freezing, radiation beam and radiative seeds but all those (from our understanding) would only work in the d... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 17:53:03 EST New here!!! Hello everyone! I'm new to this team and fairly new to SP. Thought I would join this team because my mother has lung cancer. She is undergoing to treatment at UCLA, they have a wonderful program there. Hope to hear from you all! STAND UP TO CANCER!!!! Sat, 20 Sep 2008 18:07:25 EST Become a Bone Marrow Donor and Save lifes. If you are reading this it is because you are close to someone who has been diagnosed with Cancer. People all over the country are diagnosed every day with cancer. Cancer does not discriminate against race, gender, or social status. Cancer happened to us. It could happen to you, too. Cancer doesn't just happen to one family member. It happens to the whole family. It affects parents and grandparents, and it affects siblings. With one diagnosis a whole family's lives are changed forever. Cance... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 11:58:19 EST Catching cancer from your parents or grandparents My mom survived non-Hodgkin's lymphoma when I was young (mid 1970's) by going into a clinical trial. In those days it was rare for people to survive cancer and in fact she was one of the few in her trial who did. <BR> <BR> A couple nights ago I came across a NOVA program, "Ghost in your genes". New studies of disease in twins and families have shown that you not only have your "static" DNA that can only be altered in your body by radiation or other extreme measures, but there's also an a... Tue, 9 Sep 2008 17:35:02 EST Relay for Life On September 19th my team and I will be participating in the Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society. <BR> <BR> Too many of us know first hand the devastation that follows a cancer diagnosis. The pain and helplessness you experience are paralyzing. But we have to keep going and do our part in trying to find a cure. Cancer does not discriminate and we are all at risk. <BR> <BR> I am walking in memory of my grandfather - William Reisen- who lost his long and painful battle w... Thu, 4 Sep 2008 10:50:54 EST My Recent Loss Hi! I'm a new member to both spark people and the cancer Spouses/Families team. My 31 year old best friend Christina passed away this past April from cancer (squamous cell carcinoma of the head & neck). She left behind a husband and baby boy...not to mention a heartbroken family & group of friends (including me). I'm getting by...but I certainly miss her like crazy every second of every day and will never make sense of why she's gone. It's nice to find a group of people on here who also ha... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 20:04:19 EST New to the board. I guess I'm really joining this just as an outlet for my emotions. I really hope you don't mind me ranting... <BR> <BR> My mom has stage four cancer. It started in her breast (found in 12/05) but has since moved to her kidneys, lungs, and has been found in the fluid around her heart. The breast cancer was inflamitory (sorry if I am spelling these things wrong) so you could see it on the skin on her breast. Even after both breasts were removed, the redness and strange skin texture slowly star... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 12:54:21 EST Newbee Here I've have cancer in my life since I was a little kid. So many fights, so much death, so much pain and some survival stories. Cancer is my big fear, it always has been. A few years ago my dad got diagnosed with colon cancer and that's been the most recent, ongoing, fight. He's "cancer free" as of the moment, but effects of the fighting have made him weak and listless. I posted a question in the general forum. Please read it and let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks! Fri, 6 Jun 2008 12:27:17 EST Advice for my dad on weight gain? My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer several years ago. After the whole 9 yards of treatment, an extra surgery (most don't have to have) and a heart problem relating to treatment; he's still going and so far "cancer-free." The problem is that he can't gain any weight and he tries so hard. He has the exact opposite problem of my mother and me. I was just wondering if any of you have had a similar experience and am looking for suggestions on healthy things he can eat that are also good weight... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 12:10:46 EST I miss my mommy Hello to all. <BR> <BR> I am new to this team and to sparks and just wanted to say hi. My mother passed away from Leukemia 5 years ago tommorow (4-17-03). To all who have gone through this and all who are currently going through this, I send strength and hugs. Wed, 16 Apr 2008 15:54:42 EST My 5 year old has cancer he has been battling Leukemia for over 1.5 years. He is an amazing fighter. <BR> <BR> Since he has been sick I have packed on the pounds. I am doing my best to get them off so we can be healthy! Fri, 11 Apr 2008 00:47:35 EST Anybody home? This team seems terribly quiet, is it still active? Thu, 10 Apr 2008 13:20:26 EST Do something for someone else. That sounds so ridiculous when we are struggling with our own pain, doesn't it? When my aunt died of cancer her daughter got involved in making chemo caps and asked if I would be interested in joining her....I did. It seemed to help me with my own grief, but after making a dozen or so, I lost interest until I received a letter from the Headhuggers group along with an email from a lady who had received some caps. I decided then and there to begin again. Now that my Father has been diagnose... Sun, 6 Apr 2008 13:07:02 EST Hello to all Hi There. I am new to the site and the group. My three year old has stage 4 neuroblastoma in his chest and abdomen. He has been through 5 rounds of chemo and in a week goes in for surgery. I am struggling right now emotionally and also struggling to find a way to take care of me. Those of you out there who have had to spend extended periods in hospitals with loved ones, how or did you find a way to keep yourself healthy and did you find a way to exercise? Wed, 2 Apr 2008 23:59:06 EST New to this team Hi, I've been with Sparkpeople since February but new to this group. My Father was diagnosed with first colon cancer and now liver cancer. In the past I've shared the terminal cancer experience with friends and distant family members, but having it hit this close to home is very difficult. I feel totally lost, frustrated with the medical system and near tears every time I think of loosing him. I'm hoping to find a good source of support here amongst you all who're either going through the ... Sun, 30 Mar 2008 16:39:17 EST Attn: Sisters of Women with Breast Cancer <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> I am new to SP and this Discussion Board, but I hope you will forgive an announcement to the attention of women who may have sisters that are or have battled Breast Cancer. <BR> <BR> <em>303</em> <BR> <BR> I wanted to alert the members of this team to a vital research project that I just learned about today. The Sister Study: Breast Cancer Research. <BR> <BR> Since I have had two sisters who lost their battle to this terrible disease, I have signed up for the... Sat, 29 Mar 2008 16:50:26 EST hey all hey all my name is val and my husband is starting to go round with his third bout of cancer. he has brain tumors and has already had two opperations. now the doc. calls and says he needs to start chemo again because ther has been some growth in the last six months. how do i stay strong. i have four young kids one in now old enough to figure out what is going on. i eat when i am depressed and that is not going to help either one of us. he is going to the oncologist on the 25th so we will figur... Mon, 17 Mar 2008 12:02:47 EST prostate cancer does anyone know about prostate cancer spreading into the bones and how effective hormone therapy is. I know every person responds differently and there is always hope but any positive experience would help. <em>220</em> Tue, 11 Mar 2008 09:02:48 EST Hey!!! Just wanted to say hello, I am new to spark people. My mom is going through chemo right now. Wed, 5 Mar 2008 15:39:21 EST New to the Team Just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I am glad I found this team especially today. My dad was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in September of last year. In October they found 3 lesions on his brain. He had the Gamma Knife Surgery for the lesions and we thought that they caught it all. He got his MRI Scan back today from last week and they found 7 new lesions. Please keep him in your prayers. Mon, 3 Mar 2008 21:25:59 EST A really interesting article that offers hope Hey, everyone-- <BR> <BR> I just read an online article by a guy named Steven Jay Gould. If you know that name, fine; if you don't, it doesn't matter. He had just been diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer, and began looking at the statistics--and came to some very interesting conclusions. If you or your loved ones have been struggling under the weight of having the doctors say, "The median length of survival is about 8 months" or something similar, go to the link below and read a bit m... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 10:56:22 EST husband just found out my husband may have cancer. He is going for ct and bone scans thursday. pray for us. The doctors are pretty sure just need to find out where. Wed, 27 Feb 2008 07:52:11 EST Breast cancer at 30 My best friend who is pretty much my sister, as we have been friends since age 7 was just diagnosed with breast cancer at 30 years old. She went from healthy and happy to having cancer and needing chemo and radiation and surgery and I am sure many of you can relate to this. <BR> I am having a raffle to help her with expenses as her husband left her and her divorce was final the week she was diagnosed. <BR> If you would like to read about her go to <BR> <BR> <B... Fri, 1 Feb 2008 01:19:48 EST Nutrition for post-surgical spouse My poor hubby lost 16 pounds following his surgery. I'm having a slight problem in planning his meals. It seems his taste buds have changed for some reason. Things that he used to enjoy eating aren't appealing to him. He was never one to complain, but now he's become so picky. Did anyone else encounter this or something similar? I know it will take time, but it worries me to see him so emaciated. Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated. <BR> Lois Wed, 7 Nov 2007 15:31:27 EST Stubbornly Grateful I believe that being grateful has helped me balance the pain in the past and can do so again. I don't see this as a Pollyanna, everything is ok denial, but an attempt to control what I can control (my attitude)when I'm in the eye of the hurricane. Please join me in finding one thing to be thankful for, one thing to laugh about, one time to smile in the midst of our pain. "Courage is fear that has said its prayers." Mon, 22 Oct 2007 07:05:10 EST Greetings from Australia Good afternoon all. My wife has been on SP for a while, and I have just joined. She has metastasised BC in her femur, and is doing really well, with tumour markers falling well into the "normal" range. <BR> <BR> I thought I'd join this group to receive and hopefully give some support to others in similar situations. Mon, 17 Sep 2007 22:24:39 EST what do you do to fight the feeling of no control? hi. everyone here sounds so strong, it is really refreshing and amazign all at the same time. <BR> <BR> i wonder: what do you all do to help that feeling of being totally out of control with cancer? my dad was diagnosed recently with a not-good prognosis and the part of it being so uncontrollable, just makes me feel so helpless....wondering what others have done to help this sinking gut feeling w/ no escape? <BR> <BR> lately, i've been hitting the gym alot & trying to breathe & exercise...... Tue, 11 Sep 2007 13:15:05 EST I have a question????? I had a cancer scare about 6 years ago, with cervical cancer. I'm doing great due to my gyno catching it early, and I keep seeing her yearly. But my question is, since my Dad died of lung cancer and I've had the cancer scare should I be screened for lung cancer. I don't smoke, have been smoke free 5 years. And as far as I know my Dad and myself are the only ones who have had cancer issues. Tue, 17 Jul 2007 14:27:06 EST Medical Marijuana??? I watched a special on Showtime last night called "IN POT WE TRUST". It focused on the federal stance vs. the state stance on medical marijuana. It also highlighted the many medical conditions that can be helped by the use of marijuana. It was a very informative program. If you havent seen it, you should. <BR> <BR> Being from California, a medical marijuana state, I am very open to the many uses of medical marijuana, too many to list here. I am also horrified at sick people facing possible ... Thu, 12 Jul 2007 12:21:43 EST lung cancer and copd (get An yearly xray!!!!!!!) I am a 57-year-old, and my experience that began in December 2006 when I insisted on a lung x-ray during a routine yearly physical exam. "My mother had passed away from cancer -- my mother's cancer was far into stage 3b because she skipped a chest x-ray one year. It had progress too far for a cure I didn't think they'd find anything, but I wanted to be checked anyway. There were some changes in the x-ray from my last year they wanted a ct scan and sure enough there was a golf ball sized t... Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:18:49 EST When Its Cancer!!! As some of you know, my mom was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. She had surgery last Monday and come home yesterday. She is healing well and seems to be feeling better, although, she has a tendency to minimize and avoid uncomfortable subjects so I’m not 100% sure of how is doing physically or emotionally! <BR> <BR> I didn’t realize how many people were effected by cancer in my daily life until I was faced with it in my own family. I also didn’t realize how difficult getting informa... Mon, 11 Jun 2007 17:55:47 EST WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE??? Well we got thur the surgery and now we are looking at the next step. I am so overwhelmed with all the information or lack of information I have. The doctor came to see me after surgery. I was the only one there when the surgery was over so I got the report. I tried to listen to what he said but everything went blurry after he said she did well during the surgery and she didnt need to be in intensive care. I also heard the liver was not effected. I didnt realize that the fluid he as spea... Tue, 5 Jun 2007 18:16:02 EST LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD BY DONATING!!! I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday weekend! I spent the day cleaning out my closet! <BR> <BR> I decided there was no need to hang onto clothes I will never wear again. I wouldn't call myself a pack rat but there were some clothes in my closet from, oh my goodness, the early 90's and before. Wow, how sad is that! I just hate to throw things away. Hmmmmmmm!! Maybe that is a key to my weight loss roller coaster??? Time will reveal more I’m sure! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I ended up with 4 h... Wed, 30 May 2007 09:08:05 EST Brunch Was Excellent !!! Thanks for the Support!!! First and foremost I want to say thank you again to all the ladies who took the time to respond to my Brunch menu challenge! Your ideas were so helpful! And a special THANKS to Terri for the e-mail this morning!!! It was great to have a positive frame of mind before I walked out the door! <BR> <BR> Lets get the food out of the way~~~I order the portabella mushroom, roasted red pepper, basil and goat cheese sandwich, no oil no mayo on the bread! I had the salad with lemon shallot vinaigrett... Sun, 27 May 2007 21:30:38 EST Inflammatory Breast Cancer! This is my first post on this team. My sister, who is 22 years younger than I and lives in a different state, has IBC. Most of you have probably never heard of it and neither had I until my sister was diagnosed with it. IBC usually does not show up on mammograms and usually grows in nests instead of lumps. It's also considered to be the most rare, most aggressive, and the most lethal of the breast cancers and there are a couple documented cases of females as young as 12 getting IBC. Like ... Thu, 24 May 2007 14:32:51 EST Getting Ready for Mom's Surgery! Im new to Sparkpeople and when I saw this group I was very happy! <BR> <BR> My mom, who will be 62 this Friday, is having surgery on 6/4/07 to remove the right side of her colon. I dont know the technical names for the procedure but i do know its the right side of her colon and whatever else they might find needs removing. <BR> <BR> She went in for her 1st colonoscopy about a month ago. She has always been "healthy", if you dont count her weight going up and down and up and down and up ... Mon, 21 May 2007 18:59:29 EST Any other care takers I know I'm new, but I'd like to know if there are other care takers out there, and how do you handle it? Thu, 29 Mar 2007 23:13:32 EST Introduce Yourself I would like to welcome all the new members. Please stop in and say hi. <BR> <BR> Linda Wed, 21 Mar 2007 13:00:53 EST How is everyone doing? Hi all. So, how is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> I'm doing OK I guess. I lost a few pounds, but I attribute that to the prep for my colonscopy. I'm going to take it though, and try to run with it. I'm down 4.4 pounds. <BR> <BR> The weather here is {{{{cold}}}. I've been drinking a lot of tea, to keep warm, and I find it's helping control my appetite. I've been drinking some green tea too. It's supposed to be very healthy. It took me a while to find one I like. Stash's is very good. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 8 Feb 2007 09:30:05 EST New here Hi there, my name is Michelle. I am glad I found this group. My dear, sweet mother in law, whom I adore, has terminal lung cancer. She was diagnosed last March and did well the first few months, but we are most likely entering the last few months of her life. We are a close knit family...she lives just a few blocks away from us. My children adore her and she is the only grandmother they have. I fear my husband is going to have a hard time dealing with her death. He is in complete denial... Thu, 1 Feb 2007 20:17:27 EST Update We went to the doctor friday and Connie's psa is still down. It's fluxuating between 0.06 and 0.08. Thats great. Poor guy had to get the shot in his butt again. They have to get it in the muscle, so they use a long needle and it's sore for a day or two. <BR> <BR> We asked how long for the treatment and he said a total of 13 months. That should take us to July. He said at that time we'll talk about, IF, we have other options. <BR> <BR> The fatigue he's been feeling is a side effect of the ho... Mon, 29 Jan 2007 10:14:42 EST Did you drink your Water today? This is what I have the hardest time with. I don't know why. I was leaving some water bottles in my car but it's gotten so cold out that they froze. <BR> <BR> I do drink alot of fluids, but not water. So do you have any tips on getting all your water? How many waters have you had so far? <BR> <BR> I've only had 2 so far but I'm working on it. <BR> <BR> Linda <em>91</em> Thu, 25 Jan 2007 13:13:11 EST weightloss is 90 % mental I read this in a post on another team and thought I would share it with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weight Loss is 90% Mental <BR> FREE DAILY DIET TIP <BR> By Jennifer Gruenemay, ACE-Certified, LifeScript Staff Writer <BR> Thursday, January 4, 2007 <BR> <BR> While a personal trainer is definitely one of the best coaches you can have in your weight loss journey, a positive attitude is also an excellent coach to have in your corner and it won’t cost you anything extra. While the science behind ... Sun, 21 Jan 2007 19:54:17 EST HI there Im Jessica and am mom to one of the bravest kids i know. <BR> <BR> My son was diagnosed at 10 months with neuroblastoma. The tumor ran from his neck to his tummy right by his spine,down his back. The tumor grew into his spine which caused compression and is how I knew something was wrong <BR> <BR> He was not wanting to crawl and when he woud he fall face first or when he would sit he fall to the side. For days he was irritible. <BR> <BR> I took him to his ped and the ped assistant told me... Tue, 16 Jan 2007 17:17:45 EST Hi, all My dad has cancer, He started in his bowel, had that removed, then it was liver, half that removed, next was lung, now he is on kemo ( tabs ) <BR> Its hard because he is in england and Im in Australia. <BR> Guess im just here to say Hi. Fri, 12 Jan 2007 18:22:22 EST Good News . <em>244</em> Connies psa levels are down. They started at 38, went down to 6 and now they are down to .06. The Doctor used the term "almost immeasurable". <BR> <BR> Connie just loves that phrase. He keeps repeating it to everyone. I like it too. <BR> <BR> The Dr. says he'll be on this treatment for a year and then he'll take all the scans again and we'll see then if we have any other options. <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone for their good wishes, thoughts and prayers. That and for just lis... Sun, 29 Oct 2006 11:53:48 EST Put on a Happy Face Easier said than done sometimes. I'm always trying to be cheerful and do lots of little extra things to make sure he's happy but it's always in the back of my mind. <BR> <BR> I must say though that by forcing myself to smile it usually turns into a genuine smile. I think we both appreciate each other a lot more now. <BR> <BR> I've noticed that he makes extra efforts to make me happy too. <BR> <BR> Let's just keep on our happy face and try to pass it on. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Oct 2006 03:00:21 EST Cancer and Nutrition Since I found out my husband has cancer I've been doing research. I found out so much that helps and hinders the growth of cancer cells. Soy is great. It actually slows the growth of cancer cells. I'm trying to incorporate this into his diet. I make him soy smoothies every morning. <BR> <BR> Pesticides found on fruits and vegetables actually feed cancer cells. They thrive on this. I now only buy organic. <BR> <BR> Also meat is very bad. Not only because of the fat but because of the hormo... Mon, 25 Sep 2006 12:59:52 EST Hi and Welcome Just want to say Hi to anyone to come. My husband has advanced prostate cancer. I'm sure there are a lot of people who have spouses with cancer. I thought it would be nice to have a place to talk to others who can relate. <BR> <BR> Thu, 7 Sep 2006 17:37:29 EST