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Glenna M
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Sorry for deserting everyone for so long but I have not been feeling well for sometime now, exhausted both physically and mentally. I think all the waiting was wearing me down as much as the cancer was.

Wonderful news!!! The doctors finally felt it was safe to start chemo yesterday. I know it's too early for any physical changes but this has lifted my spirits so much just knowing that we are finally fighting this beast again. I'm receiving Carboplatin/Taxol every three weeks and will be having a CT scan after the third treatment to see if there are any changes.

I'm hoping to have the energy now to come back every day and help as many people as I can because that has always made me feel wonderful. It's sad to see all the new names lately but please don't get discouraged or give up. There is always hope and I'm proof of it.

Bless you all and keep on fighting!!

Glenna

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z
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I am so glad you are able to start fighting the cancer again, and keep it depleted and disappearing forever. I have you in my thoughts and prayers. Lori

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Glenna M
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Thank you for the special thoughts and prayers, they are what help me make it through each day. First day after chemo and I'm feeling pretty good!!

I will kick it's azz and be stronger and back to normal in no time.

Thank you,
Glenna

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medi_2
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Glenna is coming out of the holding pattern and ready to take off!!! You go, Girl!Kill the beast!
XOXOXOX
Medi!

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Glenna M
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I've missed seeing your smiling face lately :) Yes, I am going to kill this ugly beast this time. I will show no mercy!!

Love ya,
Glenna

grannylove
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Glenna, Wonderful wonderful news! I am so happy for you that you have gotten the go ahead on attacking this beast. My daily prayers and thoughts are with you my friend! I can only imagine how hard it was waiting but I am so glad that you are feeling better and stronger now. You truly are a walking testimony to all on this board! Take care to take care. Blessings to you. Cheryl

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Glenna M
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Yes, it is such a relief to finally be starting treatment, the waiting and postponing were wearing me down mentally and I was becoming quite depressed. That's all over now and the fight is on. I WILL be VICTORIOUS!!!!

Blessings to you also,
Glenna

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NayPaul
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The only thing worse than bad news, is waiting!

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Glenna M
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Thankfully the waiting is over and I'm praying for no bad news. I hope you and your gorgeous wife are both doing well.

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Hondo
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So very glad you were giving the go ahead to start treatment. As you know it will not be easy but you can do it just like before, and we will all be here to lift you up and support you all the way through.

God bless
Hondo

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Glenna M
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Thank you for the words of encouragement. I know I can always count on you to keep me in your prayers.

God bless you also,
Glenna

sleepless in jersey
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Im so happy your right to start to kill the beast!
Continue to keep your head up kiddo.
Good to see you back :)

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mamacita5
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I am praying hard for you Glenna. I have been taking a little time out too. More lurking than commenting lately. I am a month into my Tarceva to treat my bone mets. Bone scan next month to see if its working. Keep us posted sweetie.
Anita

grannylove
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I am so glad you posted. Since I have not seen any of your posts for awhile, I thought you might be having some trouble with the Tarceva. You are in my daily prayers Anita, as well as my thoughts. You and Glenna are true warriors and an inspiration to me. I will be lifting you both up in prayers. Stay strong! (((((HUGS))))) Cheryl

Dan620
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Glenna, Great having you back, you have been missed. You beat this devil once and you will do so again. My chemo was also Carbo/Taxol had very good results with it and little side-effects. Will keep you in my prayers..... Dan

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Glenna M
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You are always in my prayers and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I guess we will be the "local lurkers" until we get some of our strength back.

Praying the Tarceva is working and your bone scans are great next month.

Please stay in touch when you can so we will know how you are doing also.

Your friend always,
Glenna

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Glenna M
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I think my body is finally ready for the fight, I know my head has been for a long time now.

Stay strong,
Glenna

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soccerfreaks
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Hi, Glenna! Welcome back! As you have read on the head/neck cancer board your presence has been missed.

Like Dan, when I had the carbo/taxol treatments for the lung, I experienced virtually none of the nasty effects I had with cisplatin (for the head/neck). I would say that I sometimes felt like I had a mild flu. As you very well know, it is different for each of us, but I hope that your experience is the same or even better.

I DID however, require occasional neupogen shots for low white blood cell counts, and the infrequent 'holiday' for low platelets, giving them time to rejuvenate on their own.

Keep fighting, my friend.

Hope and Humor, as always.

Take care,

Joe

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catcon49
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Hey, glad you're back. Wishing you everything you need to beat this.

cathy

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Glenna M
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Thank you for the welcome back. Hopefully I won't be away for as long again, just need to get some of my strength back.

Hope you are well,
Glenna

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Glenna M
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It's so nice to finally be back!!! I was trying to keep up with the posts on the head and neck and lung forum each day but never had the strength to reply. Who knew that typing was so exhausting :) I think a lot of this was caused by depression, I was really starting to let it get to me that I couldn't start treatment yet.

Now that I have had my first chemo I am doing so much better emotionally and I know that helps my overall wellness. I'm only on my 3rd day post chemo but so far so good. The Taxol/Carbo combo has been much easier to tolerate so far, much easier than the cisplatin from 2 years ago. My oncologist was going to give me a shot of Neulasta the day after chemo because they had been concerned about possible pneumonia but he is holding off to see if I actually need it.

Thank you for always being here when I need you and for always knowing the right things to say.

I will always keep fighting and I have plenty of hope and I know you will always help me with the humor :)

Stay well, my friend,
Glenna

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soccerfreaks
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Thank you for the kind words, Glenna.

Re the neulasta, I believe it is the stronger version of the neupogen I received. I was advised that they could make you really sick, but I had a number of neupogen shots and recall, again, a flu-like effect, but of the kind where all of your bones hurt. And I guess neulasta could be a bit worse from what folks here have said in the past.

I do recall noting in my blog that when OncoMan discovered the carbo/taxol combo wasn't making me dreadfully ill, he opted to add some neupogen shots to see if they would get me there :).

It's all good, Glenna, if it helps.

Take care and, again, welcome back,

Joe

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rocket baby
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You go girl! Fight the good fight. I will keep you in my prayers along with the rest of the folks that post on this board. Together we can kill the Beast!~ Michele

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Glenna M
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Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. They mean a lot to me.

Yes, together we can kill this horrible beast!!
Glenna

Dan620
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I had a Neaulasta shot the day after my 3rd and 4th chemo sessions for low white cell counts, no ill effects at all (zero) it really worked for me. Wishing you the best.... Dan

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Glenna M
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Thanks for the encouraging news on the Neulasta shot. My onco was going to give me one after my first infusion but is holding off to see if I will need it or not. His biggest concern was they thought I had pneumonia prior to treatment and was afraid this would lower my white cell counts. Fortunately it's not pneumonia, unfortunately, they still don't know what it is :)

Stay well,
Glenna

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