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johnlax38
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I am currently sitting in my lovely chemo infusion hospital receiving my last chemotherapy treatment. Good o'l cisplatin is a running through me now and later I get my external pump connected for 5HU. I can't believe I made it this far, it seemed to go buy so fast the last three months. Crazy..

Best wishes to all!

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RushFan
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Good news, on to recovery!!!

Noellesmom
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On your last chemo treatment. Are you doing radiation, too, and are you through with that?

rozaroo
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Now how good is that! Congratulation's!

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johnlax38
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I did 8 weeks of rads so far and 5 chemo treatments. Been a journey...

alwaysforhim
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Congrats on getting to ring the bell!

alwaysforhim
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Congrats on getting to ring the bell!

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Skiffin16
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Congrats John, and OH, BTW, hope you are close to the bathroom. As I know you are about near the point right now where you probably have to go every 15 - 20 minutes....they called me the PEE KING.

Been there, done that....like you glad to be finished, but it's the juice to help cure you of the nasties....

Best,
John

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stevenl
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Way to go John! Now on with recovery and the Ned dance and all that good stuff.

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johnlax38
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Yes you know it! I get two liters of fluid, anti nausea meds x3 then cisplatin and another liter. Man I was a pissin horse!

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Dragons7-7-2010
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Congratulations on your last chemotherapy treatment. Only having finished my first round of 3, your words are an inspiration that I can do 2 more chemo rounds then my 7 weeks of radiation given you did 5 and it sounds like you had more radation that I will be getting.

Stay positive and keep us posted on how post treatment is for you.

Eileen Cibil

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johnlax38
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Thanks Dragons. You will do you, you will beat this monster! Just take it day by day and do what you have to, to keep strong and healthy. It's not easy and its ok to be stressed. Let us know what you need! Best to you my friend.

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Skiffin16
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"Just take it day by day and do what you have to, to keep strong and healthy."

Could not stress this enough....day by day, and do whatever it takes to make it through....

Words of experience....

Best,
John

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JUDYV5
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Congrats for making it through all the treatments. It is so wierd how fast those months go by in hindsight. Now it is time for the recovery. Every day will be a little bit better.

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Greg53
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Here's to a speedy recovery!!

Greg

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John,

Congrats on the last chemo!

Now we'll teach you the secret handshake and you'll get your very own secret decoder ring!

Seriously, this is a great milestone.

Rush

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johnlax38
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Thank you everyone for your positive comments. It has made my day much easier. Chemo complete, just need to wait 4 more days for my 5FU to run out and I'm DONE!

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Jimbo55
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John, last chemo is always a good day! Keep it going and stay strong. Hope you start feeling better sooner rather than later. Cheers

Jimbo

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delnative
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Congratulations, John!
You'll be back to swashbuckling in no time at all, matey.
Aaarrgh!

--Jim in Delaware

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Scambuster
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Send the blasted Cancer to the Plank me Matey ! Aaarrrrh ..

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Kimba1505
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That is excellent. Your attitude and what ever is going on around you must be incredible. We found the last week to move in slow motion.
Hope your recovery is as speedy!
Way to go!
Kim

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kimmygarland
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Great attitude... Glad the time went by fast for you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Skiffin16
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I know you can't wait to get rid of that thing... I couldn't stand having that strapped to me...seemed like I couldn't fight on my own with that pumping into me every 30 seconds. Plus it always seemed to have an odor emitting from me with that going into me....

Best to you, and I know you'll be glad to get rid of it come Friday morning....

John

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Pam M
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I can't tell you how happy I was when they unhooked that pump for the last time - and you're almost there. I wanted to hug the delivery man who came to pick up the little machine and take it away. No more muffled "camera clicks", reminding me that I had given my approval for poison to be pumped into my body. So tomorrow, you can say "this is the last Wednesday I'll have the pump" - see, it's a party every day.

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luv4lacrosse
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John, that is great news. Now onto complete recovery so you can get your life back. This is very inspitational for me as I start my radiation on Sept. 8th and Chemo on the 13th.

I will be thinking of you.
You are a tough guy and kick the sh%$# out of the beast within.

BEST!!

Mike

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Hondo
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Way to go John, I too love hearing the words this is your last one

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fisrpotpe
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Congrats on making it thru hell. We are all proud of you.

Today is also the First day of your recovery. No hill for a climber.

John

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johnlax38
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Thank you all for your support it has meant a great deal to me, I cherish your comments and take everything to heart. Today is my first day of my recovery after being disconnected from 5HU yesterday. I feel good, I'm ready to take on the world. I'm not celebrating yet as I am awaiting my two week CT scan coming up soon. Once I get those results I will be back here cheering with good news. I am a skeptic but my doc's have had nothing but good news so far, they can't see it with their instruments nor can they feel the mass with their fingers anymore. So I am keeping positive thoughts....think positive thoughts...

Best to you all!

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Skiffin16
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No more 5FU for you.....anymore.... :)

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johnlax38
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New milestone today, this is my second day not using my feeding tube. I'm on my ensure diet so I am taking all calories through the mouth now. I hate the taste, but it's moving forward and I'm sucking it up. I take it like a shot of tequila, take it all down at once to get it over...I chug it like a beer.

It's just a great feeling to get off of that crutch, the feeding tube. I still rinse it but I don't use it for my diet.

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stevenl
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Hey John,

Do you like beer? I do and wanted to give you some words of encouragement. I had a 6-pack of beer yesterday. Kinda like hydrocodone. When you see that you can at least keep your weight steady, get that tube yanked.

Best,
Steve

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johnlax38
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Oh yeah, I'm a huge German beer fan. I like the dark stuff that sticks to your ribs. Glad you polished those boys off ;)

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Skiffin16
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LOL, not in that order....

I only liked the Strawberry when I was drinking the Ensure....

As for beer, I like the imports as well...especially the unfiltered wheats..like, Hoegaarden and Hefeweizen. Plus, like you don't have to drink them ice cold.

Best,
John

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Glenna M
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Congratulations on your 2nd day of not using your feeding tube!!! Ensure plus was a godsend for me when I was trying to gain weight. Didn't like the taste but if it is ice cold and you drink it fast before it has a chance to warm up at all then it is doable. I tried flavoring the vanilla but you could still taste the original flavor so I just "sucked it up" and forced myself to drink it.

Hopefully you will soon be eating (and tasting) more foods each week and will be able to cut back on the Ensure.

Stay strong,
Glenna

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johnlax38
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I actually have a hard time drinking really cold stuff, hurts for some reason. I drink it at room temp so I'm probably making it worse that it is lol. Thanks for your words of support they mean a lot :)

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JUDYV5
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The smell of the protien drinks bugged me. I use a straw it seems to help.

rozaroo
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It took me over four month's to stop using the feeding tube so you are doing great!I was very sensitive to everything that was cold at first also. Hurt my throat! Then I tried again later on. Now if I am having a not feel like eating day I have my ensure chilled & on ice. Miss my odd beer, tastes like crap to me. Keep up the great progress!

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ToBeGolden
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I remember how good it felt as I approached and then received my last treatment. When I was in the middle of my six weeks (I know this is short for many of you), I was so jealous when some of my peers were ending their sessions. Then in no time at all, it was my turn to stop showing up every day. Rick.

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Irishgypsie
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Happy that you made it Bro!!!!! :)

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