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ButterflyLake
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It has been over six months since my mom asked for any sort of food, or has been able to ingest more than four ounces of liquid or food at a time. It has been a very difficult road, filled with ensure, fruit and vegetable juices, broths, and tiny, tiny, tiny meals (we had a "just take two bites" agreement during her chemo and radiation).

Last Saturday, she asked me to bring her a Chicago-style hot dog and a slice of New York pizza. She got the hot dog on Monday and the pizza today, and ate them both with great joy.

I'm a vegetarian, but I told her that the happiest I've been in months was to purchase, and watch her eat, a hot dog and pepperoni pizza.

Yeah!!!! Please tell your loved ones in the middle of treatment that better days are ahead, and they're filled with junk food and joy. : )

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kanary01
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Joined: Jun 2009

Omg what I wouldn't give for some Chicago food...I was DX in April of 2009 with stage 3 grade2 endometrial cancer..Finished my treatment in NOv or 2009..so I will be 2 years out of treatment in NOv 2011. I have had some scares along the way but thank god no recurrence...My problem is emotionally I am all over the place...Two of my children live in Chicago and one in Hong Kong..I don't really get much support from rught now..and I am very touchy ..I can tear up watching a kleenix commericial..Cancer sucks big time...I feellike I am on a roller coaster waiting to fall from the top...Anyway you did give me a smile today and I thank you..
Mary

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ButterflyLake
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Sorry you're not getting the support you could use. I feel that way some days too.

I think it's easier for me as a kid of a cancer patient because I live by my mom. I'm in the trenches with her. It's hard to be a supportive kid from a long distance. You need to see the day-to-day struggle to understand what a patient needs. You know they love you, and that's what matters.

I'm not a crier, and now I cry at the diaper and life insurance commercials (the ones where the kids say, "My grandma is my BEST FRIEND!!!!"). I'm such a tough broad...

Take care of you, and smile every day. I'm so happy you are in a stable place with no signs of re-occurence. Bless you.

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ButterflyLake
Posts: 44
Joined: May 2011

Sorry you're not getting the support you could use. I feel that way some days too.

I think it's easier for me as a kid of a cancer patient because I live by my mom. I'm in the trenches with her. It's hard to be a supportive kid from a long distance. You need to see the day-to-day struggle to understand what a patient needs. You know they love you, and that's what matters.

I'm not a crier, and now I cry at the diaper and life insurance commercials (the ones where the kids say, "My grandma is my BEST FRIEND!!!!"). I'm such a tough broad...

Take care of you, and smile every day. I'm so happy you are in a stable place with no signs of re-occurence. Bless you.

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pattyanny
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You are doing a great job! It seems Mom has turned a corner - Yippee! I remember not eating, not wanting to, and the smell of food - ugh! So glad she is eating, and it shows, it will get better! Thanks for an uplifting post!

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Hondo
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I believe that would make my wife happy too if she could see me eat like that. I have Jaw problems a side effect of all the treatment and I am not hungry all that much. I am a almost a Vegetarian again I do eat a little fish and chicken sometimes but it is like your mother it is only because I need to eat something.

I love you post thanks for sharing the story about your Mom
Hondo

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ButterflyLake
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You'll get there. You know what your body needs and what it can do. I just said a prayer for you to move beyond the treatment side effects and to be able to eat whatever your heart desires.

The pizza was her last meal. I was never so happy to see someone eat a big greasy piece of pizza. : )

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