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my mom is in complete remission from stage 4 lung cancer

phampleman
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this is how my life was turned upside down..my mom had been saying she wasn't feeling well for a while. she always went to the dr.alway took care of herself. march 27Th this year she was told she has lung cancer she never smoked never drank.this is the worst ever the dr.'s has to drain her tummy 2 times with fluid and she started losing weight her normal weight has always been 164.she lost down to 123 in less than 2 months the dr told my family that she was stage 4 that had spread to the abd. and pelvic refused to accept this i prayed so hard and so did everyone i knew. she did the chemo and the dr ordered another kind as well that had a 702.00 copay.i did get help for this from the payment assisit programs. the dr ordered a ct scan.my mom had told me when she was done with the scan that she wasn't afraid.. because she no longer had cancer.i said mom i hope you are right.the dr came in to go over the results and the can not find any sign of cancer anywhere.........god is so great during this time in our lifes she did do 1 more round of chemo only because we know she was a sick lady.we had another pet scan done in sept.still no sign of this devil that had entered her body and our life.prayers are powerful and faith never give up i hope my story helps everyone that reads this .thank god for our great dr.'s and god for all our blessings .this is going to be the best thanksgiving ever..............god bless you all.patty

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medi_2
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...and Happy Thanksgiving to You! What a blessing!
Medi

PBJ Austin
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This gives hope to all, thanks for sharing.

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cobra1122
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Thank you for sharing this great news, it gives hope and a reason for others to keep fighting. May your family have a Great Thanksgiving and a wonderful future, your mothers another example of what can happen if we don't give up and keep going.

Our Prayers and Best Wishes to Your Mom, You and Your family,

Dan (cobra1122) and Margi Harmon

phampleman
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this is a miracle for sure,thak you for responding..god bless,patty

caylaloveshermom
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:) very touching

daughterofanangel
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That was inspirational, we have been fighting lung cancer with my mother and it has now spread to the liver, left arm and leg and lord knows where else. We are praying that God will get this devil out of her also. I pray for a cure with this disease, so that, people do not have to confront this devil. God Bless to all.

pkaz53
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Thank you for sharing this with others it is a powerful message that all is not lost, that hope and prayer are strong medicine and the will to survive are strong, keep fighting don't ever give up -------may God bless--

tartos
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Hi Patty,

My dad is quite ill with this disease and he also never smoked, he did drink though.
I am just curios, what type of chemo did they use?

if you could let me know as my Dad is on his final legs

Aldo

phampleman
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I WILL GET THIS INFO ASAP FOR YOU MAKE SURE HE EATS AND KEEPS HIS SPRIT UP AND FAITH,IF HE DOESN'T FEEL LIKE EATING GET HIM BOOST THAT HELPS ALOT GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY...PATTY

Nicennrml
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Patty, I have just been diagnosed and trying to sort out treatment. What drugs was your mom on during chemo. Your posting was very inspiring for me on one of me very down days. Shirley

phampleman
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SHIRLEY,GOD BLESS YOU AND PLEASE KEEP YOUR FAITH THE MIND IS A VERY POWERFUL THING.WHEN MY MOM DIDN'T FILL LIKE EATING SHE DRANK THE CHOCOLATE BOOST,AND ATE HIGH PROTIEN FOODS STAY STRONG.TRY TO KEEP YOUR LIFE AS CLOSE TO NORMAL AS POSSIBLE.JUST REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT ALONE,MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ...PATTY P.S MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU..WE CAN BEAT THIS DEVIL.

paintedqh
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Yes, please let us know what type of drugs your mom was on. Thank you!

phampleman
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I WILL GET THIS INFO ASAP FOR EVERYONE,IT IS CHEMO AND GREAT DOCTORS AND FAITH,HOPE AND LOVE.I PRAY FOR EVERYONE ,I DO KNOW THAT THE SECOND LINE OF CHEMO IS AVASTIN.I WILL BE TAKING MY MOM FOR A FOLLOW UP APPT.JAN.12 AND I WILL HAVE THE INFO AT THAT TIME ..

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soccerfreaks
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I am sometimes greatly disappointed by human beings. This is one of those times.

THERE IS NO MIRACLE CURE. THERE ARE NO MIRACLE DRUGS. THERE ARE NO MIRACLE FOODS. THERE ARE NO MIRACLE THERAPIES.

Maybe, someday, there will be. Those of you seeking a parting of the Red Sea from this individual should be advised that he/she now appears to be backtracking, perhaps, I will reluctantly acknowledge, from early over-exuberance...perhaps.

Take care,

Joe

phampleman
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HI JOE, I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT COMMENT YOU HAVE TO BELIVE WE ALL DO WE HAVE TO HAVE FAITH.I WORK IN THE MEDICAL FIELD AND HAVE FOR YEARS I HAVE SEEN ALOT OF MIRACLES..JUST KNOWING WHAT MYSELF AND MY MOTHER HAS BE THROUGH SHE IS MY MIRACLE,I GUESS WHAT I NEED FOR EVERONE TO KNOW IS PRAYERS AND FAITH IS STRONG...GOD BLESS YOU AND HOPE YOU HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS..PATTY

carpens54
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Dear Joe,

It saddens me to hear that you heart is harden. Everywhere you look you see God's work at hand. Whether it is the beauty of flowers, sky, or animals God made this all happen. He made you and your wonderful talents..like your talent playing the guitar. These are things that not just happen for they are planned by Jesus Christ our Saviour. As for me I too have stage 3A lung cancer diagnosed in April. It had spread to my right, and left lung and the tip of my trachea. With God's love and guidance with the right chemo it was gone except for my left lower lung. A biobsy was done and it showed a different cancer, possibly a mutation from the chemo. Fortunately, I was able to have a vats surgery to have it removed completely in December. They checked 5 lymph nodes while doing the surgery and found that 1 showed traces of cancer, which they also took out. Praise the Lord every day for all He has done in your life. So far there are no signs of cancer and I will be taking a pet scan to prove this. I believe in God's miracle for He has shown me this more than once. While I was 19 I was also was diagnosed with Hodkgins Disease which is a cancer of the lymph nodes. This was back in the 70's with no hope of cure. I don't put in the doctor's hands but in God's hand for he will tell me when it is time to go. I was in remission for 36 years and then my lung cancer appeared. I believe in God that He will put me in remission for another 20 years or so and I will preach His word that miracles do happen. I believe that things good or bad are a blessings for they make us stronger as an individual. Joe...there is a God...and He does do miracles. You just have to open up your eyes and let Him in.

God Bless,
Maria

DMP
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A little word with such huge meaning. I hope we can converse in the future more, Maria. I believe as you do, God does love us and answers our prayers, albeit, sometimes in some very strange and confusing ways! God bless you.

legendsdaughter
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That is sooo great. My dad just diagnosed w/stage iv nsclc w/met to other lung & adrenal.
Did they give an original prognosis for your mom? Dad told dr to be honest & she told him 1 1/2 yrs, more or less. Not to start chemo for 2 wks. This seems too long to wait to start??? please help , need answers. Also praying a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

phampleman
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THE DR'S DID NOT GIVE ME A TIME ,I KNOW IT WAS BAD ;MY AUNTS KNEW AND COUSINS,I DIDN'T WANT TO KNOW MY FAITH IS STRONG,,AFTER ALL THE TEST WERE DONE AND SHE HAS NO TRACE OF THE CANCER .MY AUNTS SAID THAT MAYBE 1 OR 2 MONTHS,THAT WAS IN APRIL..WE CAN ONLY TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST EVERYDAY AND EVERYBODY,I AM SO LUCKY AND BLESSED,I GUESS WE ALL ARE. JUST KEEP PRAYING AND KEEP YOUR FAITH,I KNOW MY MOM IS A MIRACLE AND WE DON'T TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED ANYMORE;WHEN MY MOM TOOK THE FIRST TREATMENT THEY RESCANED HER 3 MONTHS AFTER [SHE WAS GETTING THE CHEMO AS THE DR SAID FOR COMFORT MEASURES ONLY]THEY SCANNED HER AND AT THAT POINT THEY COULDN'T FIND ANY SIGN.I DID PULL ALL OF HER MEDICAL RECORDS AND WAS VERY CONFUSED AT ALOT OF THINGS I FOUND.ONE OF THE NURSES HAD ASKED ME HOW LONG MY MOM HAD COLON CANCER [I TOLD HER NEVER]WELL LETS PUT IT THIS WAY SOMEONE MESSED UP WITH THAT SHE DOES NOT AND DID NOT HAVE THAT.THEN THEY ASKED ME ABOUT OVIARN CANCER SHE NEVER HAD THAT,THEN ONE OF THE MEDICAL RECORDS HAD SAID THEY COULDN'T FIND HER OVARIES .THEN THE RECORDS SAID SHE HAD IMPLANTED OVARIES WHAT IS THAT?I AM GOING TO MEET WITH THE HOSPITAL ADMISS.TO GO OVER ALL OF THESE MISTAKES IN HER RECORDS.I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD LOOK AT THEIR OWN RECORDS AND ASK QUESTIONS.WE ARE ALL HUMAN...AND WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES..GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY .JUST KNOW YOU ARE NOT ALONE I WILL BE HERE FOR YOU IF I CAN HELP ..MERRY CHRISTMAS PATTY

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stayingcalm
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Please, Patty, your posts are very hard to read when they're all capitals. You might get a more reasoned response if you take the caps lock off so your post doesn't look like a rant :)

phampleman
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thanks

looch969
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I think I remember you as taking Tarceva? If so I have some questions. I just started Christmas Day (6 days today) how long did it take you to get the rash on your face? Are you taking any other preventive cancer drugs? If the Traceva works I will get to stay on it with the addition of Avastin every three weeks. If not I will have to go back on chemo in January. I did get a break from chemo for about five weeks, but as soon as I started getting my energy back it was time for Tarceva.

Please let me know about the rash, my doctor said its a good thing to get the rash?? Confused!!

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stayingcalm
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Hi, Looch,I actually answered in another thread before I saw this - I've been in hospital with my second lung collapse and wasn't able to be online. It was about two weeks before I showed a rash. I'm not taking anything except Tarceva, and my doc and I decided on a 100mg dose for 3 days in a row, then off for a day, then 3 more days, etc. This seemed the best way to balance between the bad rash and the benefits of the drug. Read my answer to your post in the other thread, though, there's other info there :)

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medi_2
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Hi Stayingcalm, Hope you are home now and on the mend!
Happy New Year!
Medi

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stayingcalm
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That I am, both home and on the mend, or at least I hope so. Happy New Year!

DMP
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Your post is very informative, I mean how many mistakes can there be concerning one person with one illness?!?! I will make sure myself or someone with me helps review all of my medical records going into this thing! Thank you for the info and God bless you and yours.

phampleman
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I don't know alot about this stuff.I just think we all should just look and be aware of the big words the dr's use..god bless you ,Patty

netty44041
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Hi Legendsdaughter,i was diagnosed Jan 14,2009 with stage IV nsclc which had spread through out my body,7 tumors in all,but with a positive attitude and my faith in god after my second treatmeat i was in full remission and i have been that way almost 1 year.I received 6 rounds of chemo(taxol and carboplatin)i also get AVASTIN every three weeks which is a target drug not a chemo so i have no side affects.The updated guidelines,decision aid tools,and other resources are available at ASCO.org/guidelines/nsclc.I hope this has been helpful.My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.God Bless.Annette

mercey
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this is what i am trying to reach out to cancer victims..i was given 2 mths to live..Long story short..just like your mom i chose to believe the word of God for my healing..and 21 months later i am still cancer free.God has a plan..if every one would read it and follow the directions..so much would happen..Gods will is to heal..But we have to know it and accept it and believe it.So happy for your mom and your family!!!

Shevis
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Did you do chemo or any other alternative therapies along with the positive attitude? We're looking for what kind of treatment has worked for stage IV nonsmall cell.

phampleman
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yes she did chemo ,also a drug called avastin the fait in god and a prayer line that goes all over the world helps,never give into this devil.....never.we are all stronger than this we have to be here for one another.god bless you,Patty

phampleman
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god bless you and yes i do agree god is very powerful.his word and the knowledge he has givin to the dr's,this is the hardest thing i have ever been through and to keep the faith at the same time is tough but god is great,so happy for you and you family as well god bless you .

phampleman
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god bless you and yes i do agree god is very powerful.his word and the knowledge he has givin to the dr's,this is the hardest thing i have ever been through and to keep the faith at the same time is tough but god is great,so happy for you and you family as well god bless you .

Tina B
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I am desperate for help, my mom has stage 4 lung cancer, it has spread to her liver, both lungs and stomach, the doctor told us she had less than a month, my mom has prayed and so have we, I have asked my church and everyone I know to pray as well, it just does not seem to work for her. I can't sleep and my mom noticed my weight loss. My mom was diagnosed in March 2009, a month before she turned 65. I looked forward her to old age, my grandmother died from lung cancer 14 years ago and now my mom. I never had a father, my mom raised 4 kids on her own, without child support. There is so much going thru my head, I know God does not give you more than you can take, but I feel there is no more that I can take! After my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer in March, my sisters daughter died from MS on July 02 and my other niece is in the hospital as I speak with blood clots and could loss her arm, our family is falling apart! I am desperate for help to keep my mom alive! I pray all the time, every time my mom goes to the doctor, I think my prayers will be answered and it is always the same "more bad new". I can't take much more...I want my mom to live! Is there any other treatment option that has worked? I need fast answers, she does not have much time! I will continue to pray!

phampleman
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hi Tina,I don't really know alot about this cancer stuff and i wish I did so i could make everything better,i will pray so hard for you i know that prayer and faith and don't give into this keep fighting harder than we have ever.they had tryed my mom on this drug call avistin as a second line of chemo and alot of prayers.i will pray for you and your family keep your faith and your strenth that is a must.i make my mom drink boost 3 times a day and she eats spinach with mashed potatoes i make cottage cheese plates with fruit.after her chemo she would only eat soup and crackers with the boost that is a must.keep her strong.i hope some of this helps you as well most important Tina take one day at a time,we can only live one anyway try not to overwhelm ourselfs...god bless you and your your family.Patty

annemarie77
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I just read your messages, I have also recently been diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer and I haven't had any good news yet, all grim. So far I have only received one chemo treatment and am going back in a few days for another, reading your message gives me hope that all is not lost, and I will continue to pray as will a lot of other people. Thank you.

netty44041
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Try to keep a positive attitude and if you believe in god hold strong to your faith.I will be praying for you.God Bless

ChandraM
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I found out about a month ago that my grandma has stage 4 colon cancer. It has spread to her stomach and the tip of her lungs. She told me she doesnt believe in miracles=(. She cant keep any food down and has lost 30 pounds in 2 months.. She has been drinking ensure plus but thats it.. she has tried to eat but she keeps on telling my uncle there is no where for it to go.. She is 79 and has workered her whole life to put my through college.. Now it is my last semester and this is happening. She even told me she isnt coming to my graduation. I am heartbroken with everything that is going on. I believe in miracles but if she doesnt believe, can they happen for her? She has been going through chemo and radiation for 2 months now.

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stayingcalm
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Like your grandmother, I don't believe in miracles, but I do believe in science - Phampleman's mom did the chemo, I don't understand why she/he felt the need to put the credit elsewhere. Even sometimes without chemo, the body is able to reject cancer, and for people who believe in miracles, well, I would call that the 'miracle' of science =)

Has your grandmother had a recent scan? Chemo & radiation don't necessarily show results right away. Take heart, I hear of people who bounce back from stage 4! I'll be thinking of you,
stayingcalm

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My wife and I have this discussion frequently. She is very religious. I however am agnostic. People all the time tell us we r leading people to jesus through our battle..... maybe she is, I'm just trying to keep my wife happy, healthy and alive.

She wants a "miracle" but does not believe god grants those in the traditional sense. She wants a miracle of science, and an exception to sstatistics.

Even though I am agnostic... I believe prayer can have a positive effect... keeps people focused. However my wife and I just don't believe that a two year old with a brain tumor from an agnostic family is any less deserviving of a miracle than my wife who is on multiple prayer chains.

She prays for strength, knowledge and peace...... but hopes for somthing "miraculous."

I try not to judge her or others for their religous views... and wish more people would offer me that same luxury. I have no problem if they pray for her, me or my family.... I just don't do it. I'm not angry at god, nor spiteful, I just don't believe. I do believe you get what u give and that even bad things can have some positive outcomes.

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