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imbkuz
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Donna-lee how'd it go today? you've been in my prayers.
imbkuz

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donna_lee
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Hi there imbkuz...and others who may be interested.
I was holding my breath when I went in today. After spending the previous three summers planning for, having the surgery, and then recovering; well, you get the picture.
They-as in radiologist-feels certain the spot they had found in January was/is a cyst. It's just that it had shown up in January, had not grown by March, and seems to be either stable or not as obvious now. Other nodes that were defined in March have resolved, but I had been fighting a terrible cold all thru February. It turned into acute bronchitis while we were in Mexico and I spent a day in the hospital while in Mazatlan. (I beat the flu by a couple of weeks.)
On this day, the 18th, in 2006, I was meeting with a set of Doctors at Oregon Health Sciences University -urologic surgical oncologist, abdominal/liver surgical oncologist, and medical oncologist - and got the news that they felt certain they could surgically remove what was involved and lift the "7 months to live if you don't do anything" diagnosis.
Needless to say, May has not been a month I look forward to since it was May of 2007 and 2008 that I was told the renal cell cancer had returned in lymph nodes.
Sooooo, now I can work in my yard, enjoy my company this weekend, go visit my daughter and her boys after Memorial Day. (We just wish her husband's residency visa would finally be approved so he can move here.) It really feels weird and exciting to know that I can plan something fun for this summer.
My next batch of email will be to my local Cancer Survivors Support Group, which met this morning. They have been invaluable as friends, shoulders to cry on, cheering squad, and just there for all the highs and lows of the past three years.
To all who read this, keep your mental attitude positive, laugh every time you get a chance, go beyond yourself to be nice to others, stay active mentally and physically if you are able. (Hey, in the middle of all this, I broke an ankle in 3 places.)
We may not all pray in the same way, but my thoughts and hopes for each of you to survive another day-week-month-year are being sent your direction.
Love and Luck, Donna_lee

imbkuz
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You go girl! So happy to hear.Nice to hear that you have plans too. God Bless. I've just been holding my breath. Wish me luck going to oncologist for first time with hubby on Tuesday. Hope he thinks that there is hope and he is a candidate for something to keep my man going.He's Stage IV.Fuhrman grade Stage IV. But he is walking his mile everyday and it's going to be a month pretty soon since his radical nephrectomy.At this point he looks and seems better than my son and me but he is getting down being home and having this out of control feeling.
Babs

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donna_lee
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Babs- Glad to hear your husband is doing better following surgery. It can be a tough recovery, physically - not to mention adding in the mental stress.
On my second surgery at OHSU, I had a nurse who was back on duty 7 weeks after donating a kidney to her father, who had needed a transplant. What a trooper and real hero.
Don't forget to take time for yourself, even if it is to schedule time to read a book and others in the family know they are not to interrupt you during that time...or sit outside to read...or take a walk by yourself. You need "me" time, or you get burned out as a caregiver.
Thanks for your warm and fuzzy thoughts and prayers.
Donna lee

imbkuz
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God Bless

corey50
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DEAR DONNA LEE
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU. NOTHING FEELS SO GOOD AS A "GOOD" CT SCAN!!
THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS REPLYING TO OTHERS POST WITH YOUR JOURNEY. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO OTHERS. I HAVE MY FIRST POST OP SCAN COMING UP IN JUNE AND AM VERY NERVOUS THAT SOMETHING WILL BE WRONG, BECAUSE OF THIS I'M AFRAID TO PLAN ANYTHING FOR THE SUMMER, AND WE HAVE SO MUCH GOING ON. IT SEEMS LIKE WHEN ANYTHINGS GONE WRONG WITH ME ITS ALWAYS AT A HOLIDAY (MY SURGERY WAS 2 WEEKS BEFORE XMAS) OR VACATION OR SOMETHING WITH THE KIDS. BUT NOW I WILL THINK OF YOU AND BE REMINDED THAT THINGS CAN TURN OUT OK. AND WE ALL HAVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.
HAVE FUN PLANNING A GREAT SUMMER. YOU DESERVE IT.
MUCH CONTINUED GOOD HEALTH TO YOU AND TO US ALL.
COREY

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