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Gabe N Abby Mom
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I'm just checking in to let you know that I am ok.

My left eye is still a problem, so I have a limit on my computer time. If I go beyond my limit I get some pretty nasty headachers. I will get back on regularly when that eye is better.

I'm back on chemo, navelbine. That's been fine, a little diarrhea on day two. And my energy is coming back, even though my daily nap is still a lovely thing!

At one point in this mess, my husband brought up his worry about my mental state. I explained how hard it was to be without all of you, and that it would get better when I could get on line with all of you again. I have truly missed all my friends here.

For the newbies and those of you I don't know so well, please know that my heart is with you. This is a difficult journey and you have my support, thoughts, positive energy, good vibes, powerful mojo, and more.

I can't wait to get back regularly,

Hugs,

Linda

heart-in-hand
Posts: 92
Joined: Sep 2012

I have been missing you and wondering why you had not posted since coming home. So glad to hear that you are doing better! You have been missed. I know what you mean about the mental state being better after coming here. We are spiritual friends.

Warm hug,
Kay

PS: I just warmed some farm apple cider in a mug. Want to come outside and sit on the deck with me around the wood stove? Cyperly speaking of course...:-)

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sea60
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Joined: May 2010

I don't get to come on here daily, maybe weekely but I try to keep up with what's going on. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Keep that lovely nap and feel better fast! You'll be back soon enough sweetie!

Hugs,

Sylvia

mom62
Posts: 600
Joined: Mar 2004

Linda,

Glad to hear you are doing ok. Sorry to hear you are still having problems with your eye. We miss you here on the board as well. I always look forward to hearing from you. We have been riding the bus on your journey and pary fo ryou all the time. I just have to say I love the new picture of your children. I can't believe how they have grown since the picture on the couch. You must be so proud of them. Wishing you well and looking foward to hearing from you soon.

((hugs))
Terry

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Jean 0609
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Joined: Jun 2010

I am so happy to hear from you dear sister! Thanks for posting. You continue to be in my thoughts & prayers. We do miss you. Take care of yourself. I love your new avatar picture. Your children are really growing up before our eyes!

xoxo,
Jean

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LoveBabyJesus
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Joined: Jan 2011

Linda -- Thank you for taking the time to check in with us. I hope you feel better and better each day. It is important you rest daily so you can come visit us more often. Happy to see your post. Please know you're in my prayers.

May your recovery come quickly. And I pray for no side effects.

HUGS to you sister!

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missrenee
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Joined: Apr 2010

Thank you so much for posting. I've been worried, but have continued to keep you in my nightly prayers. Hoping you do great on the chemo and continue to improve and feel better. Stay strong--we're counting on you and sending you a ton of positive energy.

Love and hugs, Renee

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ladyg
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Joined: Apr 2010

Gald to see you feel well enough to post. Take your time getting back up to speed. You know we will be here for you anytime.

Hugs,
Georgia

Frankie Shannon
Posts: 457
Joined: Oct 2011

So glad to see your post and that you are coming along slowly but surely,just don't over do it.
Hugs Frankie

New Flower
Posts: 3944
Joined: Aug 2009

Hi Linda
I am glad that you feel good enough to proceed with Chemo
I am sure you have been feeling happy to get back on Chemo. How ironic it is being glad of Chemo treatment.
Wishing you minimal SE and get your energy back
Hugs

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lynn1950
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Joined: Jun 2008

Just want to say hi and let you know how good it is to hear from you. Hope you keep feeling better and better!

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CypressCynthia
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Joined: Oct 2009

Your battle with cancer and the shingles has been an inspiration. And, I knew, that you must have been suffering to not post. But I did very selfishly miss you! I am praying for a swift recovery and sending happy cyber thoughts. I don't have the warm cider, but cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde...well come on down!

P.S. Your children are so beautiful! The photo makes me smile :-)

disneyfan2008
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Joined: Oct 2010

good to hear from you..

Denise

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weazer
Posts: 440
Joined: Mar 2010

Your eye is still bothering you (shingels) Do they know when or how long you will be having this problem?
Miss You and please get well soon.
Hugs Karie

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CypressCynthia
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Joined: Oct 2009

The usual course is 2-4 weeks, but there is great variation in how an individual heals after the shingles virus.

For example, the first time (age 54) I had shingles was on my left thigh, I caught it before the rash broke out and had little pain. The second time (age 59), I had it on my back and it started with writhing pain and I don't think I ever would have figured out what it was if the rash hadn't emerged. That time, I had pain for about 3 weeks.

Know the symptoms, especially if you are >50. If you even suspect that you have shingles, call your physician asap. If you take valtrex BEFORE the rash emerges, you will be much more likely to have an easier course.

"Early symptoms of shingles include headache, sensitivity to light, and flu-like symptoms without a fever. You may then feel itching, tingling, or pain where a band, strip, or small area of rash may appear several days or weeks later. A rash can appear anywhere on the body but will be on only one side of the body, the left or right. The rash will first form blisters, then scab over, and finally clear up over a few weeks. This band of pain and rash is the clearest sign of shingles." http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/shingles-symptoms

I sound like a broken record, but, if you can afford it and/or your insurance will pay for it, please get the shingles vaccine. We are immunocompromised and we will be the ones to get a more severe case and, as in my case, we will also be the ones to get it more than once! The current vaccine reduces the occurrence by 50% and also reduces the incidence of post herpetic neuralgia. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate. I will be 60 in 6 months, so I am going to cross my fingers and wait, because my insurance will not reimburse me until I am 60.

"Herpes zoster usually clears up in 2 to 3 weeks and rarely returns. If the virus affects the nerves that control movement (the motor nerves), you may have temporary or permanent weakness or paralysis.

Sometimes, the pain in the area where the shingles occurred may last from months to years. This pain is called postherpetic neuralgia.

Postherpetic neuralgia is more likely to occur in people over age 60. It occurs when the nerves have been damaged after an outbreak of shingles. Pain ranges from mild to very severe." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001861/

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