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Deanna, I just happened to see your discussion on another site where the internal radiation topic came up. It is amazing how mine and yours were different. I did not have the catheters in the simulation or during the actual radiation. How awful for you. I did have some barrium during the simulation, but other than that I just had the vaginal 'pack' proceedure for the 3 sessions. I am curious if any of the others had such a difference in the proceedure. It is much to degrading and invasive but if it keeps us alive .... bring it on!!... .. God bless us all through the thick and the thin of this dreaded disease!!

Evelyn G
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First you undress from the waste down and are given two hospital gowns--one to close in the back, one to close in the front.

Then you pass by where there are three computers and operators sitting by a large window. All the techs, doc, etc. can see you and hear you during the procedure. Then you go into a room with the table and padded (actually comfortable) leg holders. Of course, they put you in a position like having a pap and keep you covered with a sheet as in a pap. A rod is inserted by a tech. The doc comes in and inserts a yellow covered wire which gives the radiation. Total of three people in the room--the tech, doc, nurse. Then everybody goes out of the room. The entire procedure lasted 35 minutes but the actual radiation lasted six minutes. I could feel the pulsating a little but nothing uncomfortable. Then the tech came in with a geiger counter to make sure all the radiation was stopped. The rod is removed, you sit up for a minute or two and are off on your way.

Nothing scary and no need for medicine, although I do take 5 mg. of Lexapro daily. My belly still is uncomfortable from the hysterectomy on Nov. 19 so maybe I felt some side effects because of that. A slight burning just under my navel that lasted one day. I also felt a bit fatigued. But that was it. My husband drove me but I could have driven myself.

Again, my leiomyosarcoma was stage 1C so I chose to do the HDR bracytherapy over external radiation. I also had three rounds of chemo. My doc told me that if I had external radiation I wouldn't be able to have future radiation nor chemo if the cancer came back. Also less side effects with HDRB.

Good luck and don't be afraid.

deanna14
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Wow... sounds a lot more humane than what I experienced with my internal radiation. It was not at all painful, but definately a little humiliating. I hope that your everyone has a more pleasant experience like Evelyn. Actually, I hope that all of you that still have internal radiation left to do.... demand an experience like Evelyn. I certainly would if I knew then what I know now. I had a simulation prior to the actual treatment. The nurse inserted a catheter into my bladder, then the doctor came in and inserted a cylinder into my vagina, then the tech placed another catheter into my rectum. Then they took xrays and cat scans to plan the proper target for the HDR. That took about 30 minutes, then I went back 2 days later for my first treatments. The first and second treatments were 8 minutes each and the last was 6 minutes and were 1 week apart. There were virtually no side effects except a sunburned like feeling and some burning with urination.

Don't be afraid or worried, but if someone would have offered me Ativan I would have taken it. This portion of my treatment was probably one of the most emotional for me, so far.

Good luck to all of you and God Bless.

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Deanna, I agree this part of the treatment was the most emotional for me too. I didn't have any catheters, God Bless you. Mine was more like Evelyn's but I didn't have any comfortable leg holders.

HUGS and you are all in my prayers.

MIND, BODY AND SOUL!

Evelyn G
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Deanna, what you went through sounds awful although maybe more thorough. I wonder why the big difference in procedures. Guess we can't assume that even though the procedures sound the same, they aren't. How long ago did you have it done? Maybe improvements have been made in the delivery of the radiation. My doc said they had a new machine. This was the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

Cancer is an awful disease but we are fortunate that so many strides have been made in its treatment.

Best wishes to all.

deanna14
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Evelyn, my internal radiation was in December of last year. It really was an ordeal that shook my confidence in the Radiation Center that I go to in Springfield at Hulston Cancer Center. There was simply NO respect for me as a person at all. I am still contemplating what I will do to make an impact, but I will have to do something to let them know how I felt. I get very emotional about this and feel like I have to at least try to do something. I feel very strongly that they need to change the procedure for vaginal radiation. I hate to think of other women feeling the way that I did that day. There is no way to take the intrusiveness out of that procedure, but there are a lot of ways to make patients as comfortable as possible. They did not even try, starting with making my husband leave the room. They could have very easily let him stay with me until they left the room and started using the xray equipment. At the very least, they could have had a nurse there with me instead of just me and one male stranger who was sticking tubes in my orifices! My husband was LIVID... I still don't know how I got him out of there that day without a scene! You cannot even mention it around him, he gets irrate. He still wants to get a lawyer and sue them! I just want to do something to protect other women from having the same experience.
Anyway, I am happy to hear that you had a better experience. Really, it wasn't the procedure that was the problem, I expected it to be intrusive. It was the unprofessional manner which supposed "professionals" handled it.
WOW... off my soapbox now...
If I ever have to again (heaven forbid), I will go elsewhere and would encourage others to also. Even if I have to travel somewhere.

Evelyn G
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Deanna, how awful! I thought there was a law that a nurse had to be in the room. No matter where I go (and I've had several "second" opinions), there is ALWAYS a nurse accompanying the doctor before anything is done internally.

I would start making phone calls to the hospital to find out who the administrator is. If you don't get any satisfactory response, I think a lawyer IS in order.

I also wonder why the x-rays. I would think it's a straight shot. One question I have for my doctor is if they target the same area three times. Do you suppose there is a flat side or something? I was told the area affectged would be 3-1/2 cm. I just don't understand it and the method they used in your case brings up more questions than answers.

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How humiliated you must have felt. I can understand your husband's anger. Nobody should be treated that way. I too am surprised they did not have a female in the room when the male was inserting tubes. I had an xray taken before I started the external radiation and the doctor put a tampon in, that must of had something to show up on x-ray to show the exact placement of the vaginal cuff. Don't know if that was the reason for your x-rays. They do want to make sure they get the radiation in the correct spot.
I too would ask to speak to the hospital administrator and express you concerns. As a nurse you know about respecting patient's dignity. You know that yours was not respected.
I am not looking forward to my internal radiation after your experience, as I will have to be in the hospital for several days with that thing inside of me. I am sure I too will have a catheter during the time the implant is in place. I just hope I don't have to lay on my back the whole time.
Hope you are doing okay after your last chemo treatment with no nausea and no fatigue.
Take care. HUGS to you.

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Deanna, I salute you for what you went through. Did they even warn you what they were going to do to you? Dang that's is just pure humiliation for you. You need a great big hug for that. Are you finished with HDR now?

Lots of hugs to you,
Sharon

deanna14
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Thank you for validating my feelings. I really do need to deal with this and I have been trying to decide who to speak with. I guess the hospital administrator is a good place to go. I considered speaking to the doctor about it, but I did speak to the supervisor in that area of the radiation center, (a man), who tried to downplay the whole situation. I suspect that the rad tech that did this, did not follow policy.

The procedure was explained to me very well prior, by the nurse who inserted the urinary catheter. Yes, I finished radiation in December, but can't seem to shake the feeling that I need to pursue this. I just do not want another woman to feel the way I did that day! I wanted to finish my treatments and think about how I wanted to handle it. The people in the external radiation area were very professional.

Thanks again for letting me voice my frustrations.
Deanna

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I can understand wanting to finish your treatments before you pursue the matter of the internal radiation. Your feelings are so strong now, that you probably would make a better point. Being a nurse you know how it should have been handled. When you get this matter behind you, you can relax and know that you addressed the issue and move on. I am sure it is very troubling to you still. Continue to feel free to voice your frustrations.
Take care of yourself.

Evelyn G
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Hi All,

I hope radiation treatments went well for all those who had them. How did it go?

My third and final bracy treatment was a week and a half ago. I developed a very uncomfortable burning problem. I've been using yogurt with the dilator twice a day and after a week it's finally beginning to clear up. Anybody else experience this? If so, how was it treated?

deanna14
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I too had some burning with brachy. It was not overly uncomfortable, so I guess I just "put up with it." It sounds like yours is much worse. Also, I was not given dilators, but told that I would need them if I didn't remain sexually active.

Evelyn G
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Hi All,

Finished the three brachy procedures May 1. Then we went to Florida with my daughter's family. We had fun but that yeast infection dragged on the entire time. I tried to see a doc in Orlando but no one would see me. I called my radiation doc at home and was told to use yogurt. So I used the dialator twice a day with the yogurt. It still didn't go away entirely so we came home a few days early to call the doc again. He prescribed a pill that pretty much took care of it, although not completely yet.

I saw the radiation doc Tuesday and he said everything was fine. This coming Tuesday I have a date with radiology for the full body scan and an appt. with my chemo doc on Friday. Seems all I'm doing is going to doctors lately.

My hair is about 1/2" long now and "sisters" recognize the look and I wind up hugging complete strangers. I'm surprised how many of us belong to this unique "sisterhood" and what an immediate connection we have. There is some good that comes from this after all!

Blessings to All.......

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With my internal radiation coming up in a couple weeks, I just have to ask: Are you just EATING the yogurt, or do you actually coat the dilator with it? A nutritionist suggested that I eat at least a couple tablespoons of yogurt every single day of cancer treatment, and I have been faithfully doing that. I can just see myself squeezing a 'Go-gurt' yogurt tube up there, when you simply meant you were to EAT yogurt. So please clear that up for me so I don't do something insane! (blush)

deanna14
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I have had a lot of problems with yeast infections over the years and have used yogurt to help combat them. I have never had a doctor tell me to use the yogurt vaginally, but I know that some people do. I eat the yogurt, but you have to make sure you are getting the kind with acidophilus and live cultures. You can also buy an OTC supplement called AZO Yeast that seems to help with the symptoms of yeast infections. I'm sure that there is no harm in using the yogurt topically, I just haven't heard of it.

Evelyn G
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LOL!!!

Unbelieveably, you slather PLAIN yogurt onto the dilator and hold it in place for 10 minutes three times a week. It helps build good bacteria levels in the vagina to help prevent a yeast infection. Unfortunately, I didn't buy a yogurt with high enough live cultures in it when I first used it at home. Plus, I didn't take the yogurt with me to Florida. Just the bacteriostatic Surgilube, which could be used but not as effectively. It didn't work as well and the infection blossomed. After calling the doc at home from Florida, his recommendation was to use yogurt. I found a Greek yogurt called Chobani and used it twice daily. It's "all natural plain yogurt with five live and active cultures including probiotics." It cost $1+ for 6 oz. That seemed to help more than the plain yogurt I bought at Aldi's at home. But my infection had gotten so bad that I needed a prescription when I got home.

Moral of the story is, buy a plain yogurt that is natural and has high active cultures. It will save you a lot of pain and troubles in the long run.

Good luck with your treatment. Don't be afraid. It's much easier than chemo but does have a few side affects. Hugs and blessings.....

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Hi All,

I couldn't help but chuckle about the yogurt. What a strange road this is!! I've been gone for awhile. Took a family trip to El Paso. Before leaving friends urged me to check about the wisdom of a trip with the swine flu scare. My chemo nurse laughed - she said "if you can get through chemo, you can take a plane ride". We do get strong with all of this, don't we."

Ro, I'm glad you got the brachy behind you. And Deanna, I hope you get your chemo behind you.

I finished chemo at end of Feb and have enjoyed my new silky shiny white hair with an invasion of gray. But on Sunday as I was getting ready for church I was shocked to discover mASSIVE spread of soft light gray hair on my neck and my FACE- I looked like a 70's guy with muttonchops - or a fledgling werewolf!! Immediate trip to SALLY Beauty supply and got depilatory cream which helped somewhat. I've been using it often to get more off. I thought - "I'd rather be BALD than to have hair on my face". I finally read on another discussion board that this is not uncommon about 2-3 months after chemo - and that the soft baby "fur" does go away. Caulk another new experience up on the cancer journey.

I do agree with all of you that PATIENCE is a lesson that I am working on.

I finally had the long awaited CT/PET scan and am awaiting results of that and my CA 125. I imagine I will find out next week. Trying not to think too much about it.

Glad to catch up with all of you. Hang in there sisters.

Hugs and prayers. Mary Ann aka Daisy

deanna14
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Mary Ann, I laughed out loud reading your post. I am not yet finished with chemo, but have noticed the fuzzy white hair on my face! It reminds me of the lanugo hair that babies are born with. Very soft, fuzzy and white. I have quite a bit of soft fuzzy hair on my head as well. I have always had fast growing hair and I guess with the couple of weeks delay, my body had decided to get a jump start on growing hair. It's okay with me, but I suspect it will fall out after I do finally get my last treatment.

I do hope you enjoyed your trip and felt well during your travels. Sending positive thoughts about your test results. I know how hard the waiting is. Hopefully you will know something soon and have good news to celebrate. Keep us posted.

Stay Strong!
Hugs,
Deanna

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It's so funny that you said that about the dense white peach fuzz on your face! I thought maybe, after being so completely totally hairless for so long, that maybe I used to (pre-chemo) have this soft fuzzy white facial peach fuzz and never noticed it, and that now it is coming back. But I don't remember being this fuzzy! You're right, Deanna; it's just like baby hair. I'm so grateful that it is almost transparent, and mine isn't so noticeable that I feel the need to do anything about it, but I am definitely fuzzy.

The little new hairs on my head are super-soft and fuzzy, too, soft like my bunny's fur but MUCH more sparse. Another wierd thing: my eyelashes came in more than TWICE as thick as they were before, although they are still only half the length of my pre-chemo lashes (which were never anything special). And my eyebrows, which are 3/4 of the way in now, look so WIDE/thick compared to how I remember them, although I don't have the heart yet to tweeze them when I have waited so long for them to re-appear!! My hair is still so thin that my head shows through everywhere and my semi-baldness still screams 'CANCER' and would never be mistaken as a fashion statement. But I love rubbing my soft fuzzy head and wearing mascara again has done wonders for me, making me look so much more like ME again. (For reference: my last chemo was March 26th, so this is 2 months later.)

Evelyn G
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I'm so glad to hear of everyone's hair growth. My last chemo was Feb. 9. I only had the three rounds but all my hair was gone and my eyebrows and lashes fell out even after treatment was stopped. My hair is now 1/2" long and I'm being told how elegant it is. It's dark brown with more silver than I remember and thicker too. (Of course, I've been using Loving Care for many, many years.) I even had to trim around my ears! My lashes and brows have come back as well. Because of the toxicity I experienced, I was looking like a monster. It feels SO GOOD to look human again.

I didn't get the peach fuzz on my face, but those darn chin hairs have grown in more than I remember--courser and white, too! Those grow faster than the hair on my head!!!

I pray we are all on the road to recovery.

Evelyn G
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Out of curosity, were any of you taking Prempro? I took it for 12 years.

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What a way to start a Monday morning. Funny... I too had peach fuzz all over my face. Once I shaved it off it never came back.

Questions, if you don't use a dilator do you slather up your husband with yogurt? Hahahahaha!

Thanks for the laughs and God Bless you all...

MIND, BODY AND SOUL!

Hugs.

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Oh, my God! I read your post to my husband and he ROARED!!! I like the way you think, Marge! Every one of us will be giggling when we hit the dairy aisle! I'll never be able to shop for yogurt with a straight face again! HAHAHAHA!

Thanks! I needed that laugh!

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How funny you are. What husband would not laugh at such a thing.

After my internal radiation they told me I would only need dilators if I was not sexually active. So I did not get any dilators.

My frequency of urination is much better this week. I still had nausea over the weekend and had to take some compazine. Still have a few softer bowel movements, but not diarrhea since I got home. I still drink my cran-apple juice everyday though.

deanna14
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I'm glad to hear you say that about the dilators. I thought maybe I had made a mistake by not getting them. They called me the day after my last radiation appt and said they had forgotten to talk to me about dilators. I told them that I could come back in if I needed to and they told me that if I was sexually active that I really didn't need the dilators. So I didn't get them and as far as I can tell... no problems! LOL I do notice there is a little tenderness if it has been too many days in between.

I know my husband would laugh if I brought a cup of yogurt to bed!!! LOL

Ro, I am glad to hear that you are feeling better and each day should get better with the BM's. It didn't take me long to be able to eat whatever I wanted without getting sick.

Take care and hugs to all!

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I never had any problems at all with menopause, but in the early days of pre-menopause, my gynecologist prescribed a VERY low-dose Prempro for me, thinking that it would help with bone-density and heart health. When the studies came out showing that Prempro did NOT protect the heart as they had thought it did, I phoned her and went off it after being on it only 18 months. By then I was through what might have been the worst of full-blown menopause, with very little of the menopausal night sweats and mood swings you read about.

From what I have read, the less time you ovulate in your life, the lower your chances of getting uterine cancer, statistically. So if your periods started early, and menopause came late, and you never had children or took birth control pills, statistically your chances of getting uterine cancer are higher than those who ovulated less. Of course for me, menopause came early and I had 2 children, so that stat didn't hold true for me.

I don't think that uterine cancer is like lung or vulvar cancer, where if you were a smoker you can kick yourself. There's probably nothing at all that you DID that contributed to your getting uterine cancer. It's just a stroke of very bad luck, lousy rotten bad luck. In my case I think it perhaps cosmic-ly balances out all the wonderful incredible blessings, joys, and perfect health that I've enjoyed the rest of my life, in a wierd way, and I am at peace with that,....at least most of the time.

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I was on Prempro for a little over a year- it was helping me with my menopause symptoms but the day I heard the news about the Women's Health Study on the radio I immediately went off it.

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I took prempro for about 5 years. When the information came out that it was not good for you I too stopped it.

Evelyn G
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No quickies allowed!

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My hubby ask if we have sex does he have to leave it in for 10 minutes I told him that he hasn't gone 10 minutes in years. But I like the idea of yogurt So Funny.

cookie1948
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You wonderful women are cracking me up. Linda, u are right, i'll always laugh now when i go in the dairy aisle.
I DO want to say that a friend of mine's daughter was a missionary and when she had some yeast infections and/or burning, they would use plain yogurt as no meds were available but they managed to get hold of some type of plain yogurt somehow and it worked for burning and other issues.........................
too too funny!!
Cookie

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I met with my radiation oncologist after getting my treatment this morning. I just have 6 more external pelvic radiation treatments left now. They'll be giving me a week off, and then I'll have the 3 brachys 1 week apart: 6/17; 6/24; & 7/01. So it looks like 7/01 should be my 'gradiation day' from my initial treatment protocol! I asked about the catheter and marker in the rectum: YES-sir-ee. (UGH!) I will get a special 'positioning' CT-scan (no IV-contrast needed) during my simulation when I get 'fitted' for my vaginal tube. So it sounds like I'm getting the kind of brachy that Deanna got, although I hope it will be more sensitively given. He said we'd talk about the dilators on the 24th. (I can't WAIT to bring up the YOGURT theory to him!! HA!)

Additional tidbits from my appointment to share: Apparently the length of time you have to lay there actually getting brachy radiation depends on how 'old' the radioactive material is that particular day. The 'half life' of the radioactive material gets longer as they store it, and if they have a NEW batch, it doesn't need to stay in you as long as it has to if the batch they have that day is older. Wierd, huh? I asked about side effects. He said my diahrea may get worse during the 3 brachy weeks and a few weeks afterwards; and that I may notice more urinary frequency and some burning. I asked about long-term side effects: he said they are possible, but not probable. He said it was important that I do the brachy as the best protection against a recurrance at the vaginal cuff. I am resigned to doing it.

I ask about my next diagnostic CT-scan, which he said would be some time later in July; that they like to wait a full 3 months. He still thinks the tiny 2.7mm 'nodule' they saw on my lung in my last CT-scan is nothing, but said that if it has grown in my next CT-scan, it could be treated with more chemo, or targeted radiation, or VATS surgery. I hate to even think about additional treatment and a recurrance so soon, before my initial protocol is even over!! (understatement) That would mean that my cancer is VERY resistant to treatment and that would be really really bad. I keep telling myself that my CA-125 kept dropping even the week of that last CT-scan, and wouldn't it go up if something new was growing?? I hate it that this little doubt is ruining my joy at having just 1 more month of treatment left. I just have to believe that it is NOTHING, just as both my oncologists said. But saying it is 'nothing' in one breath, and then discussing treatment options if it ISN'T 'nothing' is pretty disconcerting.

(Sorry. I took a fun discussion thread and made it all sad. Didn't mean to, but had to share.)

deanna14
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You are so close to being finished with your treatment... yeah! If you are like me, I had less side effects with the internal radiation that the external. I did have some vaginal burning and burning with radiation for about a day after each treatment. No diarrhea or nausea. I am glad that you are going ahead with the internal radiation. At least from everything that I was told, this is an important insurance policy against reoccurance in the vag cuff.
I so wish you did not have to worry about that last CT scan! I pray that your doctors are correct and that it is nothing. I won't say don't worry because I know no matter how far you push it back in your mind, it is still a concern. The best thing is to pray that the Lord helps carry that burden. Then stay busy with living over the next few months!

Love and Hugs,
Deanna

Evelyn G
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Linda, as we all know, treating cancer occupies most of our thoughts, energy, and time. I'm glad you have your schedule, so you have an end to this ordeal in site. I pray that everything goes well for you and that you will soon be posting NED.

I had my full-body CT scan yesterday and get the results Friday late afternoon when I see my doc. I could call, but if it's bad news, I'd rather hear it in person and find out what we have to do rather than getting just the results on the phone. It's been since mid-December that I had a full-body scan and four months since the upper body scan. Both were clear.

Blessings, prayers, and hugs.......

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Hoping everything goes well for you. I hope this CT scan turns out as good as the other scans. HUGS to you.

Evelyn G
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Scan was clear and everything looked good. Next check up is in 3 months and another scan in six.

Thanks for the prayers.

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So glad to hear your scan was clear. Hope the next one is the same. Celebrate.

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It's amazing the JOY and RELIEF that good test results bring! ENJOY! CELEBRATE! I;m so happy for you.

:D

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I think I heard that sigh of relief all the way here at my house. :) Dancing with you!

MIND, BODY AND SOUL!

Hugs.

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Thanks Marge for the great visual!!! My husband heard my laughter from the other room and asked what it was about.

Hang in there, Linda!!

Mary Ann

Evelyn G
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Hi Girls,

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday!

I have a question. Did anyone elses hair grow back in tight curls? My hair is about an inch long but it looks like I have an old-fashioned perm--a $500,000 one at that! I'm thankful my hair is growing and that I'm healthy again, but is there any way to relax the curls? How long does this last?

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Yes, my hair is VERY curly..it is 6 months since my last chemo.When the humidity is high, it is even more curly. I am so thankful to have hair that the curls are not bothersome to me. My beautician told me that from her experience, the curls go away in 6-12 months...back to its usual appearance. I have opted to just keep my hair very short until things get back to "normal"....if they ever do. My friend also had very curly hair when her hair grew back and it straightened out after about 6 months.
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