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Completed 3rd round of Chemo

light42day
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Joined: Mar 2012

I finished my 3rd (and last!) round of Taxol/Carbo last Monday. I feel pretty good now and am past my "bad" days. The bone pain was a little worse this time, as I thought it might be. I have to get my nadir test today and see where that's at now. Then I have my 3 month pelvic exam tomorrow-my first one since my surgery.

My husband says that now I can just go on with my life and forget about cancer. The problem is that I really can't. You can't forget about it that easily. And I'll never forget about all of you ladies who are still fighting it either! I know that my Endo cancer was only Stage 1a and not as bad as what most of you are dealing with but I still want to be a part of this forum.

I've learned a lot about myself through all of this. I consider myself a survivor now, too! Of course I'll have the reminder of my bald head, in case I ever start to forget! Then there's the appts every 3 months where "Cancerhead" comes up. I know I'll never be the same as I was before. I wake up every morning and thank God for a new day! I just wanted to share these thoughts with all of you.

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txtrisha55
Posts: 424
Joined: Apr 2011

It was a good feeling to finish treatment. I know that it is a relief nto having to go through it again. Here is praying that it never returns and you remain NED and then in 5 years can say you are in remission. I just never know when you get to say it though. Is it 5 years after DX, after surgery, or after the last chemo treatment?

No you will never forget it and I think a lot of people do not understand that. Those that have not had to take this journey do not understand it, you cannot never forget and every new little twinge in your legs or stomach area makes you stop and think: "Is it back?" I know I think it anyway.

I know what you mean about learning about yourself. I was not lucky enough to be a 1A but a 3C but had no radiation just 6 rounds of carbo/taxal. Did go bald and have hair now, which I am keeping short because it is real easy to take care of. Wash -n- Go. I will keep you in my prayers. Good Luck on your new day and your exams. trish

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jazzy1
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Joined: Mar 2010

This has to be a wonderful feeling...now get out there and kick up your heels and get back to enjoying life. Lucky girl with only stage 1, as I'm stage 3.

One thing I will comment, so many of us complete treatments and think life will continue where it left off...not exactly! I have been part of a therapy group from start of treatments in '09 until today after being in NED. Have learned we never truly are back to the good old days, but now we have a "new normal". I found it was quite helpful to talk with others in a therapy setting if you have the chance, and if not, come on back to this site and still post. We'll learn from you, as well you'll learn from us....all winners!

I found unless one has walked in our footsteps thru this journey, they'll never understand how we feel. My husband is a perfect example, he's so sure I'm cured and will never see cancer back, therefore, I shouldn't be talking about it. Dah...not really how I feel. So...off to my group I go and speak with others who have a similar situation and can deeply understand my feelings.

Wishing you much success with your new journey...

Enjoy life, it has an expiration~~
Jan

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