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pandahugz77
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Going in for surgery on Monday to remove a lump that was found after my last PET Scan on February 10th. It started out just being an abnormality in the lymph nodes in the neck and no lump was found by my Oncologist. Was referred to a surgeon for a biopsy and the surgeon found the small lump in the left/front side of my neck. Trying to stay positive, but after everything else it is really hard to do. Started with a cough back in November and they can't find a reason for it. So I'm prepared for the worst, but still trying to stay positive for my boyfriend and our daughters.

yesyes2
Posts: 461
Joined: Jul 2009

Hi Pandahugz,

I'm so sorry you have to go through another procedure as you have been through so much already. I always try to prepare for the worst and hope for the best also. But I also know that it is sometimes very difficult to do. I'm glad you found us as this is a wonderful place for support. Everyone is very caring, loving and we have all been there and done so we understand what this is like for you.

I will be thinking of you on Monday and praying that everything goes well. Please let us know how you do and what the results are. We are here for you.

Hugs,
Leslie

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allmost60
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Joined: Jul 2010

Same here..
Wishing you well on your biopsy procedure. I had my groin lump removed last May and didn't have any problems before, during, or after the procedure. Hope your weather is nice so you can maybe get out and do something fun to take your mind off of things.
Best wishes...Sue (FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

pandahugz77
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Thanks for all the support. I know everyone here understands. I have a great support system around me, but I find it very hard to talk about how I'm truely feeling. Everyone just keeps saying to keep my chin up and think positively. I'm trying, but it isn't as easy as it sounds. It would be so easy for me to do as I did when we found my first lumps almost 4 years ago and just ignore them and then give up, but I have so much more to fight for this time around. However, part of me just wants to give up again. I don't know why I get like this. I have a lot of friends and family and now a wonderful boyfriend, but the feeling of just giving up is still there.

I even went out last night to take my mind off things and it helped for the time being. I was able to reconnect with a very good friend that I really needed to see. We were supposed to go to church tonight and I really thought that would be good and help, but something came up and my boyfriend was unable to come get us. I guess it wasn't that important that I go.

Hopefully I'll be in a better place once this is over. I will make sure to let everyone know what the results are.

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COBRA666
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Pandahugz77
Just want to wish you luck tomorrow on your proceedure. Keep us updated. John(FNHL-1-4A-5/10)

pandahugz77
Posts: 17
Joined: Mar 2011

Sorry I didn't get on yesterday, but was spending time with my boyfriend after the surgery. We had to be at the hospital by 10:30 am and was taken back almost immediately. Made things go pretty fast. However once I got back there it seemed like it took them forever to get me ready before I could see my boyfriend before the surgery. They let him come back and it wasn't long before they were ready to take me in. The surgery was scheduled for noon and I was in the operating room by noon. The surgery went very well. I thought I was going to have to be tubed and everything, but they just quickly put me under without any tubes. By 12:30pm my surgeon was out talking to my boyfriend, so it took less than a 1/2 an hour. He told my boyfriend that it was very easy. That once he opened me up the lump was right there and came right out without any problems. Hopefully that is a good thing. I was also under the understanding I was going to have stitches, but I don't have any of those either. I was scared about the procedure, but that was the easy part. Now the waiting continues. I should know sometime tomorrow or Thursday if I'm still in remission or if my nightmare starts all over again.

I'm hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst. I won't lie and say I'm not scared, but if it is the worst I'm in a lot better shape both healthwise and mentally than I was two years ago when I was first diagnosed. Meeting my boyfriend back in 09 when I was just going through the treatments has been a major blessing. When we met I was trying so hard to give up, but decided I still had a lot to live for and started fighting right from the moment we met. I couldn't ask for a better support system. Last time I was just getting to know him, but now he says no matter what we are facing he will be with me for everything. He promises, good or bad, I will not go to anything alone anymore.

miss maggie
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Joined: Mar 2010

Hello Panda,

Surgery behind you, and now the waiting. I am glad your doctor's will give you the results by today or tomorrow, Thursday.

I believe God has a plan for all of us. God never gives us anything we can't handle. I have to admit, there are times when we ask God, WHY, Why me, and why is this happening. When this nightmare started for you in 09, under treatment, you met that special one that will be with you through your journey. Does your boyfriend have a name?

We are all with you while you wait. Let us know as soon as you know.

Love Maggie

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allmost60
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Joined: Jul 2010

Hi Panda,
Yeah...the biopsy is out of the way and I'm glad to hear it all went well for you. I do have a nasty purple scar on my groin where my tumor was removed. But hey..at 60...I just consider the scars I've accumulated over the years as "old age beauty spots"..ha! Be sure to let us know what you find out. Love...Sue (FNHL-2-3A-6/10)

pandahugz77
Posts: 17
Joined: Mar 2011

Sorry I didn't get on yesterday, but was spending time with my boyfriend after the surgery. We had to be at the hospital by 10:30 am and was taken back almost immediately. Made things go pretty fast. However once I got back there it seemed like it took them forever to get me ready before I could see my boyfriend before the surgery. They let him come back and it wasn't long before they were ready to take me in. The surgery was scheduled for noon and I was in the operating room by noon. The surgery went very well. I thought I was going to have to be tubed and everything, but they just quickly put me under without any tubes. By 12:30pm my surgeon was out talking to my boyfriend, so it took less than a 1/2 an hour. He told my boyfriend that it was very easy. That once he opened me up the lump was right there and came right out without any problems. Hopefully that is a good thing. I was also under the understanding I was going to have stitches, but I don't have any of those either. I was scared about the procedure, but that was the easy part. Now the waiting continues. I should know sometime tomorrow or Thursday if I'm still in remission or if my nightmare starts all over again.

I'm hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst. I won't lie and say I'm not scared, but if it is the worst I'm in a lot better shape both healthwise and mentally than I was two years ago when I was first diagnosed. Meeting my boyfriend back in 09 when I was just going through the treatments has been a major blessing. When we met I was trying so hard to give up, but decided I still had a lot to live for and started fighting right from the moment we met. I couldn't ask for a better support system. Last time I was just getting to know him, but now he says no matter what we are facing he will be with me for everything. He promises, good or bad, I will not go to anything alone anymore.

pandahugz77
Posts: 17
Joined: Mar 2011

Sorry I didn't get on yesterday, but was spending time with my boyfriend after the surgery. We had to be at the hospital by 10:30 am and was taken back almost immediately. Made things go pretty fast. However once I got back there it seemed like it took them forever to get me ready before I could see my boyfriend before the surgery. They let him come back and it wasn't long before they were ready to take me in. The surgery was scheduled for noon and I was in the operating room by noon. The surgery went very well. I thought I was going to have to be tubed and everything, but they just quickly put me under without any tubes. By 12:30pm my surgeon was out talking to my boyfriend, so it took less than a 1/2 an hour. He told my boyfriend that it was very easy. That once he opened me up the lump was right there and came right out without any problems. Hopefully that is a good thing. I was also under the understanding I was going to have stitches, but I don't have any of those either. I was scared about the procedure, but that was the easy part. Now the waiting continues. I should know sometime tomorrow or Thursday if I'm still in remission or if my nightmare starts all over again.

I'm hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst. I won't lie and say I'm not scared, but if it is the worst I'm in a lot better shape both healthwise and mentally than I was two years ago when I was first diagnosed. Meeting my boyfriend back in 09 when I was just going through the treatments has been a major blessing. When we met I was trying so hard to give up, but decided I still had a lot to live for and started fighting right from the moment we met. I couldn't ask for a better support system. Last time I was just getting to know him, but now he says no matter what we are facing he will be with me for everything. He promises, good or bad, I will not go to anything alone anymore.

pandahugz77
Posts: 17
Joined: Mar 2011

The news is good. I have nothing to worry about. I had them yesterday, but the doc wasn't in till today so I called just to confirm. The lump was negative for malignancy. We are so relieved. As to the question of my bf's name, it is Terry. He has been so awesome through all of this. Now I can say I've been in remission for 16 months. I am very happy. Now that I'm out on my own and we have this good news my mom's bestfriend wants to throw a party to celebrate everything I've overcome in the last two years. My bestfriend even took me out last night to celebrate the good news.

Thanks so much for all your support.

yesyes2
Posts: 461
Joined: Jul 2009

Pandahugz,
That is great news, so happy for you. Glad that you are getting pampered. ENJOY!
Leslie

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allmost60
Posts: 3149
Joined: Jul 2010

Thats great news Panda! Enjoy! Love...Sue (FNHL-2-3a-6/10)

miss maggie
Posts: 929
Joined: Mar 2010

Hello Panda,

You can take a deep breath and enjoy. Yes, yes, party the day and night.

Love Maggie

Michele23
Posts: 167
Joined: Mar 2011

Now take time to smell the roses and enjoy life a while.Always such good news to hear.Take care,Michele Dx95 low grade foll stage3

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dixiegirl
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Joined: Apr 2006

Congratulations Panda!

Awesome news my dear! Way to go, keep it going.

Take Care,
Beth

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