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"Graduation Day" for the Bigfuzzydoug

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Bigfuzzydoug
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Just to let you all know that I'v ereached my first milestone on my way to recovery and cure: Today was my 35th and final radiation treatment. I've graduated, my diploma:

http://www.caringbridge.org/tres/images/photos/2/0/2/9/202994/l.CvLqkECqbuZaCOcg.jpg
(There's supposed to be a dot-jpg after 'cg' instead of the ********. I don't quite understand the html coding on this site.)

Now it's several weeks of recovery, a follow-up with the ENT and Radiation Oncologist in 4 weeks and the next big milestone... The PET scan in 8 weeks.

But at least I made it through the 7 weeks of getting 'nuked'.

D-Byrd
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Joined: Aug 2010

Grats Doug, you are on your way to recovery now, the radiations still takes effect until 6 weeks out. Stay well hydrated and keep your thoughts positive. God Bless you!!!

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sweetblood22
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Awesome! It's such a relief to no longer be getting zapped. Wishing you well thru this next stage of recovery.

Sweet

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Glenna M
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Great news!!! You are finally done cooking ;-)

Stay well,
Glenna

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Bigfuzzydoug
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"The microwave timer's going off! Whatever you're cooking, it's done!"

"...Oh yeah, that would be me."

WOOT! :-D

Noellesmom
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Congratulations, Doug!

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adventurebob
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Congratulations! I'm about 7 weeks behind you. Happy for you.

Bob

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Irishgypsie
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Awesome news! happy For you!!

Charles

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Skiffin16
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Congrats...did you graduate "Head" of your class....LOL

In all sinceredity though, congrats...it's tough I know. In a few more weeks you'll be well on your way to departing any sides you might still be having.

You could always post your diploma in your expressions page also....

Best,
John

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delnative
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Joined: Aug 2009

That's a wonderful milestone.
Congratulations!

--Jim in Delaware

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fisrpotpe
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That is great news to hear no more Rads. Congrats. I remember this being an unbelievable feeling.

Next milestone we will be waiting for more good news.

Celebrate with some relaxing time.

John

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Larla
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Doug,
Wonderful news, I know how relieved you feel.Now you can start healing your body back to health.
Larla

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Hondo
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You are now a Survivor

friend of Bill
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Joined: Mar 2010

Terrific! You stayed the course. Awesome.

Vince

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JUDYV5
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Joined: Jun 2010

It feels so good when it is finally over - Congratulations.

DJG1
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Joined: Jun 2010

Congrat Doug.
Glad you completed your treatments. I know you made it through with strength and determination. You have some great post. For those of us going through the treatment today, can you tell us what your symptons and side effects are today. It is always great to hear different stories. Helps us look forward to grad day.
Thanks, and good luck to you

Fire34
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Joined: Feb 2010

Way to go, I can remember mine like yesterday. my last week I started a countdown and the techs couldn't stop laughing. Again congrats Wishes & Prayers
Dave

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RushFan
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What a great feeling! Now on to feeling better.

All the best to you "healing up".
Chuck.

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miccmill
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You're done!

Hope is fast-forward for you now.

Lisa

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Joel4
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Congratulations Doug!

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Kent Cass
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Excellent to hear of your reaching the end of the road- of treatment, and starting on a new one that's one heckuva lot better than the one you been on. Oh yeah.

kcass

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staceya
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Congratulations! Sometimes there is a little bit of a blue period now, I am not sure why.
I had it and so have others, maybe it is expecting things to recover faster than they do??
Glad it is over!
Stacey

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D Lewis
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Doug,

Congratulations upon your matriculation, so to speak. Sending healing thoughts your way, and hoping you heal quickly and well.

Deb

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Scambuster
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Ahhh like dude, they did actually turn the rads machine 'on' didn't they ?

Glad to hear you walked it in Doug. Amazing. Now off to train for your 'Tour De Life'.

Scam

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Greg53
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Great news Man! Here's to a speedy and dull recovery!

Greg

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luv4lacrosse
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Doug, great news, I can only immagine how much relief you and your family must feel. How did you fare with the side effects?

After today I have 13 Radiation Treaments left. I am having horrible side effects that caused me to have to work from home and only home starting almost 2 weeks ago. Very thick mucous, 2 or 3 huge sores on my Tongue and Mouth, daily low grade fevers, I sweat all day with or without a fever,Teeth pain, ETC.

I can still swallow as I am on 150 MIC's of Fentanyl, and Oxycodone Liquid as needed. I also get a Liter of NS via my Catheter every day. I have accepted the fact that a PEG is probably on it's way as the only nutrition I can tolerate by mouth are high calorie shakes and Ensure or Boost.

I literally live day by day right now as I am just miserable.

Your post of making it through has inspired me. At least for today!

Any suggestions for more comfort with the side effects??

All the best

Mike

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Bigfuzzydoug
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Even though she's an excellent Certified Hypnotherapist, I didn't have my wife make me self-hypnosis CDs. We just bought them from Health Journeys, Belleruth Naparstek. I don't know why and I don't know how and I can't prove for sure... but I believe with all my heart that listening to a CD every day before I would take a nap really helped me to handle the side-effects much better than most people. I have the Radiation and Fight Cancer CDs.

http://www.healthjourneys.com/category.aspx?mcid=7&catid=13

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Jimbo55
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Way to go Doug, sorry for the late post, but I've been away for the past week. Here's hoping your recovery is smooth. Cheers

Jimbo

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