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Reflections

What a decade it has been for my household, we lost a mother a father and two sisters. We gained a son in-law and three grand children. Once again for the third time I survived cancer and continue to thrive (as much as I can thrive LOL). The cycle continues, life is good and I am glad I am here to share it with all of you. Over the past six years many of you have become my friends, thank you for that as friendship is one of the best jewels life gives us. Happy New Year to everyone I hope the coming decade brings much happiness, good health and an end to cancer.

♥ RE ♥

lucretia1946

In May, 2009, I was diagnosised with serous pappillary uterine cancer. I have had a complete hysterectomy,uterus,ovaries and tubes,cervix,and omentum removed. the doctor did not remove lymph nodes. I have had three sessions of chemo using taxol. the doctor says three more sessions and possibly radiation, both external and implants. I was devastated at first. The more I read about the disease the more depressed I became. I finally came to grips and decided I must do what ever I can to fight this. A nurse told me that I will have to fight this disease the rest of my life. I was thrilled to find other women who I can relate to.

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"I almost cut my hair today"

(Crosby, Stills & Nash reference)

Actually, I did cut my hair, or at least got my hair cut by someone else. I did not let my freak flag fly.

I had a coupon for a relatively new joint in town, one where they have multiple television screens, all showing the popular sports broadcasts, the place decorated like a sports bar with pennants and team-related trash cans and posters and the like.

I did not see Virginia Tech anywhere, except on my own jacket, and I did look.

Still, it was not a bad place to get a haircut, if you are willing to pay a couple or four bucks more for the so-called ambience (I may prefer the 'ambience' of my usual barber, who is cheaper and doesn't feel like a conversation is required when I don't want to talk ... I'll get back to you later on that one, as it is somewhat complicated by the fact this new joint is populated by stylists wearing sports stuff and being beautiful, in some cases, which my barber is assuredly not, and to that he will agree).

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I can't stop

This last Saturday, I was feeling very good and just had to do something so, in my chair, I got the mower out and mowed the lawn, then weed wack the edges. But I paid for it, drove my wife nuts, got lectured by the Hospice Dr/Nurses and was down for 2 days.
But I feel if I stop trying to do things than I am giving up, yes I pay a heavy price, but I feel somewhat useful and alive. I just can't stop doing things and sit in front of the TV in bed as Hospice and everyone would like, but then I think what if I am doing something that is going to cause serious complications, am I wrong for wanting to do things, am I being selfish? I don't want to be selfish, but I want to feel alive. Sometime I feel I am being more of a stressor on my family than they need. But I just can't stop, is that wring???

Uterine Cancer

Diagnosed with Uterine Cancer in july 2008. Had hystorectomy and lymph nodes removed. Told by Dr. it was Satge 1, contaained to the uterus, no signs or evidence in surrounding areas. Cancer has reoccured in the L1 area and extending over to the iliac wing.? Going through radiation and then onto Chemo. Any one else with a similar story.?

Thyroid Cancer *Recurrance

I am 34 years old and I was diagnosed with Papillary Carcinoma on October 7, 2008. I had a total thyroidectomy, vocal cords scraped and was told that they got it all. I decided not to get the I-131 because I want to have a child and it is my understanding that the iodine will reside in the ovaries for a year. I now have another small nodule and the doctor is really pushing the I-131 on me. I still don't want to "take the poison". Does anyone know of any alternative treatments. I would rather not continuously put myself through surgeries and other treatments that are going to take time away from my family and my life.

The Beginning

I never would have thought that I'd be joining a Cancer Survivor Network. Please Help me to focus on the Survivor portion of this group. I was just diagnosed today and I'm very frightened. I have Neuroendocrine Carcinoma. After finding a mass impinging on my left kidney on Nov 14, I had surgery on Dec 23. I had NO symptoms. I went to the doctor because I have had a couple of kidney infections and the back pain I was having seemed like another infection was brewing. I thought that a quick urinalysis and some antibiotics would clear it up just like before. Well, the UA was negative. They decided to do a CT Scan to check for kidney stones.

hoping to meet friends

hello, I am joining this site in hopes of meeting people and making friends with people who have had to deal with cancer in their lives. I have lost my mother and father , my brother and my only aunt to this devasting disease,

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"Livin' and growin' and learnin' like all of the rest"

(Eric Anderson reference)

I'm told that this is the end of the first decade of the new millenium. I watch the boob tube and see list after list, regardless of where I turn: the top 10 sports-related moments, the top 10 news flashes; the top 10 quotes; and so on.

And on and on, ad nauseum.

But it does make you think.

Ten years ago tomorrow evening at midnight, I did not have cancer. I had no notion of the mere whiff of a chance that I might remotely within the decade be diagnosed with cancer, not once but twice.

No smoke, no aroma, no scent, not a whiff of a notion.

Ten years ago tomorrow evening at midnight, I had a pretty good job with a fairly good company and had no idea that within a year or so I would be moving to a larger company with a larger role to play, making more, much more money, and enjoying much more responsibility for others than I had experienced for some time.

radiation rx

My dad has stage IV lung cancer with mets to bone. Diagnosed Nov. 23, 2009. Bone scan revealed tumor at or around T 11. Nowhere else -thankfully. He had radiation to the back for pain. Chemo will start in the next couple of weeks. He has a lot of pain 10 days post radiation rx. He describes it as "flare up" kind of pain. I was wondering if anyone can tell me if this is normal? I had hoped that he would feel more relief by now. Maybe this is it.?

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