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5/23/07 11:17 P

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HI Jackie. I am Sher. I also had cancer. I was in college 2 years ago at age 54 and while in school I got a bad cold and cough. It lasted for months and just got worse. I went home from school that day and I told my husband It feels like I have phneumonia or my lung colapsed. I went to the hospital right away. They told me I had phnumonia, and then they told me I had a spot on my lung. I had tests and I was told I had malignant lung cancer. Small cell cancer.They rushed to remove 2/3 rds of my right lung. Then I dealt with the degrading chemo. I fought like hell to get through it and I returned to college and graduated at age 55 as a Medical Assistant. I thought I was going to die. When your told you have the "C" word, all you think of is death. But with todays mordern technology, I have been a cancer survivor for 27 months now. My dad passed 3 years ago from lung cancer and my younger brother passed about 10 months ago from lung cancer. My brother new he had cancer 3 yrs ago and told no one. Not even his wife. When he finally got sick it had matastasized (spread) to all his major organs. My mom watched her husband pass from lung cncer, then watched her son pass from lung cancer, then watched me, her daughter, fight for her life with lung cancer. I have been cancer free and smoke free over two years now. Your mon is fighting this cncer the only way she knows. No one knows how to react till they get it and then its their way. We all find a special way of dealing with the "C" word. But you know what? its not the "C" word any more. There is so much hope nowaday... So tell your mom to hang in there. I had to be cut open from under my breast all the way around to my back to open me up to take out my lung. It looks like a sidewards smilie face. lololololol I still have after effects from the dam chemo. My toes are still nimb with nerve damage from the chemo. My scar hurts terribly in cold weather.And loosing my hair was so degrading. I think it was worse than the surgery. I was bald in college but I bought these cute hats and I'll be darn, I kept this smile on my face. I did cry alot though. I cried for about a whole year from everything. I now sometimes feel guilty because I'm alive and my dad nad brother didnt make it. But I get stronger each day. The tears go awaymore. But I am alive and thats all that matters. So.. you tell your mom to hang in there, keep that smile on her face, cry if she wants to it's ok to cry, and do exactly what the doctors tell her to do. I am keeping your mom in my prayers. If you need me I'm here ok? you will go through alot of emotional changes. To see your mom go through this will be very very hard on you. I told my family I wanted them to continue their lives without worrying about me. Easier said than done. So if you need me, please come here and I and others here will be here for you and your mom ok? Sher

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5/21/07 7:06 P

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Hi Jackie... welcome to SP and the group. I just discovered this group as well and have received some very positive feedback. It helps just to know others are dealing with the same types of issues. My husband has had cancer (Lymphoma) for about 15 years and is going thru some rough times now, with deteriorating health, depression, etc. I wish your mom all the best and many prayers for successful surgery. Keep us posted.


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5/21/07 6:59 P

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Im new to Sparkpeople and when I saw this group I was very happy!

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.

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 and up and up and then down again, my entire life. We were all shocked to hear the results, I guess like everyone else is when they get such news!!! After the usually tests and 2nd and 3rd opinions, she is schedulled and ready for surgery! She seems to have a positive attitude and is hopeful about the outcome! Shes sees herself having surgery, recovering for 6-8 weeks and then being back at work!! Lets Pray!!!!

Today was the first drs appointment i went to with her, she has been going with my brother and sister in law (shes a surgeon ~~~what a blessing). It was so scary to hear the word CANCER coming out of a doctors mouth while he has his hands on your mothers belly!

I am feeling like a child wishing her Mommy was feeling better so we can go out and play!!! Its gonna be a long day! Im going to end before I start rambling again! Just wanted to check in and let you all know im here!!! Have a wonderful day!

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Jackie Chatman, MA, NC
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