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GiGi's Anal Cancer Story - "I believe"

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Hello, October 28, 2012

My name is Genevia but affectionally known as GiGi. This is my story of anal cancer diagnosis. For me, finding this site has been a blessing and I want others to know my experience and that they are not alone. I'll update this post as the future unfolds. I appreciate your prayers.

Me:
I'm a happily married 45 year old, caucasian female. My husband and I have a blended family of 6 children and 10 grandchildren. Of our children, I have 2 grown sons, 27 and 23 and one grandson, 6. We live near Nashville TN and I will have all my treatments at Sarah Cannon (that's Minnie Pearls real name) Cancer Center.

How This All Started:
If you've just happened to this site doing some research or newly diagnosed then understand that anal cancer is a cancer where terms like pee and poop are talked about often and openly so prepare yourself to let go of any feelings of embarassment. Life is what matters..not where our cancer is located or the process of treatment or recovery.

So, sometime late 2011, I had started noticing some red streaks in my poo but it was bright red so I wasn't too concerned, knowing a prior colonoscopy showed an internal hemorrhoid. My poo also had what I call a divot in it..as it if was passing by something solid on it's way out. My doctor agreed and basically said to eat more fiber. In early 2012, I started having some discomfort when stool would move into my rectum. Upon telling him about it, he referred me to a gastro doctor who did nothing other than hear my story and again, advised me to eat more fiber. I continued through the summer with increasing red streaks and pain. On August 27, 2012 after hurting all weekend with what felt like bad constipation (through I was going regularly) and bloating, I had a BM where it was totally covered in red, some dark red blood. I knew something had to be done and was honestly quite frightened at what I saw. I went immediately to a walk in clinic and that doctor scheduled me for another colonoscopy. That was Sept 19, 2012. The surgeon told us that it was not a hemmy but instead was likely cancer. I was devastated. That's all he would say other than he had done a biopsy on a tumor of 3cms and it was early and very treatable. On Sept 21, 2012 (two days later) he called me to confirm it was cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma Anal. I had a CT that same day which showed nothing else unusual and the multiple doctor scheduling and visits began. Another surgeon on Sept 28 2012. That visit consisted of a digital rectal exam, the intelligent finger exam and conversation about treatment. Likely, chemo and radiation only. Surgery is typically not done unless chemo and rad fail because of the risk of removing the splinter which would result in a coloscopy bag for the rest of my life. Oncologist on Oct 2, 2012. He explained everything..what is squamous cell, the treatment plan, side effects, survial rate (mine is 90% after 5 years). What he didn't explain, I asked from a list on my phone that I'd compiled over the last month. More appointments were scheduled. PET (that's the scan which requires a radioactive IV injection which makes any cancer glow), the radiologist and more oncologist appointments. I was scheduled to start chemo on Oct 22, 2012 but it was delayed because the radiologist wasn't ready yet. They want to start the treatments on the same day. The chemo extensifies the radiation while done at the same time. If it helps, I'm in.

Treatment Plan
My PET showed no spread in lymphnodes or otherwise which if I'm correct makes me a T2NOMO. Chemo is Mitomycin in the oncologist office and then I'll be hooked up to a pump for 96 hours infusion of 5FU (Fluorourial) for week 1 and same chemo repeated in week 5 or 6. 30 treatments (not days) of radiation, done M-F, 5 days a week for 6 weeks. I also had a Bard power port installed for the chemo. I start everything on Oct 29, 2012.

Things to know:
Trust in the Lord - He has the authority over all things and will be your fortress if you believe in Him.
Be informed - equip yourself with information and don't hesitate to ask questions.
Find a doctor that cares and will explain everything.
Know this cancer is curable
Surround yourself with positive minded people
Prepare yourself for friends who will avoid you because they don't know what to say or do. They are scared too.
Prepare yourself for people you hardly know to reach out to you in a way you'd never expect.
Prepare list before treatments. If you're not sure what those are, post your request here and folks will reply because everyone is different and what works for one will not work for others.
Have someone with you during any doctors visit. They say so much that you don't remember everything and that support person can help you later.
Register on this site because there are lots of people here that will help you and guide you through everything.

Emotionally
Cancer is never an easy diagnosis and the helplessness I've felt can be overwhelming at times but not all the time..know that. I've surrounded myself with positive people but honestly that wasn't hard because I live my life that way to begin with. My church family has surrounded me and we've had special prayer for me and my family a couple of times at church. I also know prayer warriors are approaching the throne with my name. For all these things, I'm grateful beyond words. A couple of very dear friends are at my beckoned call (not that I've called) and ready to help me at a moments notice. I may need them later..for housekeeping, meals, doctor visits, etc.

Work:
I work for a great company and we have great benefits. I've taken off work and will be off for about 10-12 weeks. I will then work from home for a while after that. I commute about an hour so until things are healed and under control, I don't plan on making that trip everyday. Again, a great company that I'm so grateful for.

I hope this helps someone searching for information and relieves some stress surrounding anal cancer.

I can't say enough how important my faith is for me during this. The Lord is my Saviour, my provider and my defender. He is or can be the same for you if you believe.

God Bless and I appreciate your prayers.

AZANNIE
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I wish you all the best as you begin your cancer treatment!

Ann

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You sound like you have wonderful family, friends to surround you and help you through this. You are so fortunate to work for a company who cares. I agree with you on faith. Although not all anal cancer is curable (I was diagnosed at stage four so my chance of survival is only 12-18%, although surgeon feels my liver resection should increase my chances 20%). I know prayer from many people, most I don't even know, has kept me alive this far. I was diagnosed in August 2011 and am still in remission! Thank you God!!!!! Since being diagnosed last year, my mother and husband have passed away and I am raising two grandchildren alone. God has carried me through all this and continues to be my provider, my savior. If it weren't for faith and prayers I don't know how I would have survived this last year.

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I will be thinking of you today as you begin your treatment. Your post above pretty much covers it all for those who may be entering this journey soon. Very well said. May God bless you and watch over you in the days and weeks ahead.

eihtak
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Your faith will carry you through the stormiest times! We are all here to help 24/7 but is surely good to hold the strongest hand. Good luck to you as you begin treatment, and wishing well for all others in treatment or recovering now.

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sorry you are here but your words will help a lot of people. God has blessed me and he will you , also. hugs sephie

Marynb
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Stay strong in your faith. Count me as one of your prayer warriors. What time do you have your radiation? I would like to pray for you during that time.

God Bless!

Mary

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Thanks Mary. This week they are at 10am then to 245pm next week and forward. Thank you for your prayers. God is able!!

Marynb
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I hope that you can feel God's presence healing your body at those times. i will be praying!

God Bless You!

Hugs. Mary

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Day 1 has been just as doctor described. Arrived with labs first, small talk, pick a chair and sit down. Then the power access needle for the first time. Not fun at all but was quick and passed instantly. Got two meds first, Amend and something else. MIT pushed through then saline. The entire process was about 2 1/2 hours. 5fu strapped around me and off to radiation office across the hall. In quick, lined up with laser precision and 8 minutes of click and rotate. I felt nothing. Then I got my tattoo's. Yes, the permanent kind. 3 small blue dots to line me up with before each treatment. I'm tired but feeling ok overall. No sickness. Dry mouth already using Biotene gel lots of water. That helps. Thanks again for all your prayers
GiGi

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Thanks everyone for your kind words, encouragement and prayers. I'm resting at home with my new fannie pack and lots of water. God is in control.

Quick question. I've noticed this afternoon my skin looks pale. I don't recall any posts about that. Any thoughts? Assuming this is normal for chemo patients just surprised its happened so quickly.

Marynb
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Hi Gigi,

I think looking pale is par for the course, but I would ask your doctor what she thinks. Are you eating? As you progress through this, your nutirition will suffer and that could make you look a little pale too. Don't worry, they will keep a close eye on your heart rate and blood levels.

Have a restful night and know that you sleep in the palm of God's hand! All will be well soon!

Mary

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I'm glad your first day was uneventful! As for accessing the port with the needle, if they didn't do this, have them spray the area with numbing spray before the stick. I'm not sure what the stuff is called, but perhaps someone on here will know. Also, you can use lidocaine cream on the port about an hour prior to access, which will numb it up good. You may need to ask for a script for that. That's what I used and it really works!

law522
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I will remember this I will be getting a port too

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I'll ask for a prescription for that because they don't use the numbing spray at my onc office any longer. What should I expect the removal Friday to feel like? Any thoughts?
Thanks mp

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I'll ask for a prescription for that because they don't use the numbing spray at my onc office any longer. What should I expect the removal Friday to feel like? Any thoughts?
Thanks mp

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It's not a big deal. Just like when you get an IV removed--much less painful than when they put one in. You'll be fine.

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That's good to hear. May have to change from 5fu today due to a skin rash. Then again, I may just stay on Benadryl until Friday. We'll see.

Thank you everyone for your support and prayers. I would have never imagined that one of my greatest support systems during treatment would be people I don't even know. God knows you all and I pray he blesses you for giving of your time to others.

AZANNIE
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The port needle removal isn't painful. If I remember I think I was told to take a deep breath or maybe that was when they put the needle into the port. In fact it's a relief to be unhooked from the fanny pack.

Ann

law522
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I wish you well and i know that GOD will hold your hand through this and SO WILL I!
PLEASE keep me up to date on your progress and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers

WE CAN DO THIS!!!!
GO GET THIS NASTY CANCER!!!!
and a quote I heard on here "weeks for years"
XO Linda

law522
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Thank You so much for your post, I have been all over this board and the posts since finding this board a few days after i was diagnosed--the posts and people here have kept my sanity as I went from a active healthy women to a Cancer patient--I still am in shock! AND I am still active and healthy!!!!
Your story is similar to mine except I just thought I had a hemmy and no other side affects

so far they are leaning toward the same treatment for me as you have just started
May God Bless you through this and
KICK ASS, we can do it!!!!
XO Linda

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Well I learned some things today. Eat when your hungry. I waited until after my shower this morning but in 15 min I was nauseated and light headed. I ate but it took me til lunch to recover . 2nd radiation today. The radiologist added a wet gauze on my lower rump to help with the treatment. I plan on asking more about this tomorrow because the tech said it may cause more burn in that area. This afternoon I've developed a skin rash on my face, neck and chest. I called my oncologist and he said its likely a reaction to the 5fu. Taking Benadryl tonight which has helped but not cleared up totally. I will see my onc in the morning to have it checked out.
Port comment: I was told they are phasing out the numbing spray. Was told it was causing issues but wasn't told what. I'll research that more of course.
Meals: I'm eating good..normal meals. Using Biotene daily for mouth. I had bad dry mouth yesterday..today not so much. Drinking lots of water too.
Sleep: I'm very restless. Lots on my mind I suppose. The black pouch of chemo and IV lines laying all over me doesn't help. Maybe tonight will be better with the Benadryl.

Thanks everyone for your words and wisdom.

Linda..we will travel this road together it appears. I'm praying for you.

Marynb
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You were in my prayers this am and will be everyday this week at 10 while you are getting radiaton. I don't know why they would put a wet pad.....did not do that with me. Also, I did not have a port, I had a picc line. I was told that the port would have stayed in the entire time of treatments. When I had trouble sleeping during treatment, I imagined myself snuggled up in God's hands and it worked like a charm. I also said the rosary, being a,Catholic. I hope you sleep well. Hang in there!

Hugs.

Mary

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is the port coming out or just the chemo bag being unhooked. if this is your first round, they keep the port (or picc line) in for the last round of chemo... good luck ... you can do it.... hugs sephie

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I was just unhooked. It's still there and thank you for your support.

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Try this for tomorrow morning if you can. Make yourself some plain jello tonight (or buy the pre-made kind). As soon as you get up in the morning, eat some jello. It will help with any early morning nausea you might have, plus it puts some additional fluids into you. I believe that routine kept me from having serious issues with nausea. I always had a big bowl of it in the frig, especially during chemo weeks, and would head from bed straight to the frig first thing in the morning and eat some right out of the big bowl. I think just having something on your stomach early in the morning is key to keeping away the queasiness.

No problem about the numbing spray no longer being available if you can get a script for the Lidocaine cream, which I mentioned previously. Rubbing a little of it over the port area about an hour before they stick you will numb it up just fine.

I hope you can continue with the 5FU. Perhaps if you can continue on the Benadryl, you can make it to the end of the week without any major problems. Keep us posted.

Marynb
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It really is a good idea to eat something first thing in the morning. For me, organic cinnamon toast, dry was the best thing. I avoided all chemicals and treated mornings the same way I did when I had morning sickness in pregancy. Whatever works to settle your stomach first thing in the morning is a great idea!

Hang in there!

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I understand what you are saying. I woke up this morning craving crackers..just a simple cracker. I put peanut butter on a few and that was breakfast. It worked..I was satisfied.

Thank you so much for thinking of me.

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Hey MP,

I made it through the full week with the 5fu. The Benadryl kept me asleep most of the time and I've been totally exhausted. I know everyone understands the feeling. I love your jello idea. I'm going to get some tomorrow and keep it ready.

law522
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you made it through the 1st week!

XO Linda

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I'm so glad you have week one behind you! Have a restful weekend and enjoy the jello!

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My first week of chemo..DONE!! I developed a skin rash with the 5fu but stayed on Benadryl every 4 hours and I made it.
I was constipated all week. Was taking stool softeners and wasn't in any pain so I didn't do anything else. Things started happening last night and now I'm regular.
5fu pump removed today. Disconnect from port was nothing..didn't feel a thing.
Did get a bag of saline to help hydrate me. That helped I'm sure.
I haven't had much of an appetite and didn't eat a lot. I think that may have added to my nausea though so I plan on finding foods for quick consumption. Like jello, toast or crackers.
Lots of rest with the drowsiness of Benadryl. I don't see how anyone could work doing this. I'm amazed at those who have.

God bless each of you. I'm praying for a quiet weekend in Tennessee. May you have a great weekend too.

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You will have a couple of days off from treatment to rest up and get ready for next week. Try to eat when you can, especially some protein. Have you tried any of the protein drinks? They can vary in taste, but some are very good. Also, Instant Breakfast made with whole milk is good and you can even add powdered milk to it to make it even more protein packed. Please let us know how your weekend goes.

Marynb
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Gigi,

So glad you are getting through this. Soon, your cancer will be a thing of the past! I am praying for you and just know that all will be well! All will be well, very soon!

Keep those saltines and peanut butter handy and don't forget to be drinking lots and of water. I also drank ginger ale a lot. Keep a bottle of water with youat all times!

I am glad you are getting lots of rest. Stay positive!

Hugs.
Mary

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I'm doing really good. No hair loss and my counts were normal on Monday, Nov 5, 2012 (day 7 after MIT and 96 hour 5fU previous week) which is good. Will meet with dr each week to keep an eye on them during the radiation treatments. My onc and rad are across the hall from each other which is awesome for me.
I've felt almost normal the days 7,8. The first weekend I had to take 1 Imodium pill and 1/2 a nausea pill once each day. I slept alot too..just from being so tired. I have some tingling in my fingers..nothing major..dr said that is a chemo side effect and should go away. Having some legs trembling spells but dr said to push through those and they too will go away. The skin rash cleared up 3 days after the 5fu was removed.

No radiation effects yet. I found some lotion online, Audrasina which I should have tomorrow and supposedly it is designed specifically for radiation (thermal) therapy patients. I'll update later how it works. I've seen some onc/rad offices online that recommend it. If you have any knowledge of it, please share.

Thanks for your continued prayers and I'll update likely at end of week or over weekend.

GiGi

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I'm so glad you are doing well! It sounds like you're in very good hands and handling the side effects just fine. I hope you continue to have a smooth journey. Hugs!

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These days have been pretty much normal except for minor diarrhea and some minor nausea. I started noticing some anus discomfort around day 12. It's kind of a raw feeling and similar to that you would feel after a day of diarrhea and wiping. No burning though..not like you would think when you hear burn anyway. Some anus itching which was very intense but has let up some over the weekend. This is personal but if it helps someone then so be it. After a couple of days of feeling raw, I stopped using toilet paper and started doing this. I have a sprayer nozzle on my shower/bath combo so everytime I "go", I simply sit on the side of my tub and use my sprayer to clean myself. The water is refreshing and I've noticed a significant improvement. I got the idea from others on this site that did something similar. My own homemade bidet I suppose.

Take care everyone and I'll update after this week's treatment which is week 4.

Marynb
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Hi. I am so glad that you are doing well. I used the handheld too! I was told from the start not to use toilet paper, so I didn't. I used baby wipes for sensitive skin.....alcohol free. They worked quite well. You might want to give them a try. I used the handheld a few times a day for pain relief and it worked quite well.

You remain in my prayers. Keep the faith.

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I was warned about tp too but I didn't think much of it until the rawness started. Then, I understood..lol. whew!!
I have some wipes, alcohol free which I tried but I really like the water..so refreshing!! I warned my husband that our water bill will likely go up. lol

And thank you for the prayers. It's amazing how I feel the Lord's presence and healing hand upon me right when I need it. I'm blessed upon measure and forever grateful for it.

Talk to you soon.

Gigi

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Gigi,

Thanks for the updates. It is comforting and awesome news to hear that you are well! I am thankful that God has given us each other to walk through this together at the same time. It is a short week for us due to Thanksgiving. I am scheduled for rad early on Thanksgiving day and get Friday off. I am taking my daughter with me that day, since she is coming home for Thanksgiving, so she can see where it is I go everyday for treatment, and what it is like so she can feel like she is involved even though she will be 450 miles away for most of it. Talk to you again after Thanksgiving. Have a blessed week my friend.

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I'm glad we met here and glad, like you, that we are traveling together. I think of you often and think of myself like a big sister, being a just a step ahead of you, guiding the way.

It's funny you mention taking your daughter to see the facility. I did the same last week with my husband and today with my dad. Both kept asking "what is radiation like?" and "does it hurt?". Its important to me that the people I love feel reassured too. I think my dad thought it was a little weird that I have little blue tattoos to mark my alignment though. I'm still his little girl even at 45 and I like it that way. :)

Oh, my counts were up today!! WBC went from 3700 last week to 5400 this week. Red from 147 to 167. My doctor asks me what I had done to get such a boost. I answered "We prayed!!" He agreed that faith is the strongest medicine he knows of. And, I agree!!

God bless you Joy!! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!

Much love,

GiGi

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I don't know how to delete a post so I'm just changing it.

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About the itching...mine was more in the groin area. I had read horror stories about itching (being worse than the pain) and was very worried when mine started. I read on this site though about Zyrtec. I got a small bottle to try and it WORKED! Even the small bottle lasted me a while. I think I just took one a day. Once I started taking Zyrtec, I did not itch at all.

Also, it did not make me drowsy. A small dose of Benadryl knocks me out, so I didn't try it, but I have read that it has helped some people. Anyway, Zyrtec worked great for me.

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Hey there,

Zyrtec? I remember reading a post of yours about Zyrtec but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder. I'll get some the next time I'm out. I'm like you in that I don't want to be drowsy and knocked out all the time either unless I'm in pain then by all means, knock me out!! lol

God bless. Take care of yourself too!!

GiGi

AZANNIE
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I so remember the itching, but mine was on the front side about two weeks into radiation. When I told the nurse she said it was too soon for side effects...if they only knew... Anyway, wish I would thought of taking antihistimines like others have. Cortisone cream didn't even help. Yes, water is refreshing...

Ann

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I was treated for a Y infection in week 2 but wondering if that might be a part of this. Mine is sometimes in the front as well. I hate side effects!!

God Bless

Gigi

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Hello everyone,

I thought I would update my progress into mid week 5. I'm doing amazing. The anus pain is only noticable with I "go" but that passes within minutes. It's basically a raw feeling, feeling of raw skin being rubbed. Well, I guess that is exactly what is it!! Duh..lol. Using Aquaphor which really helps . The 'v' (genital) outer skin is highly inflamed and very sensitive to touch but comfortable most of the time with the Aquaphor. I really only feel that when I bathe before treatment or when I'm initially sitting down. I realized this week what the "peeing razor blades' phrase meant. It's urine flowing over the inflamed skin in that area. I told my doctor about it and he prescribed a medicine given for bladder infections that has a numbing agent in it (turns urine orange). I took one and the pain was gone all day. Another God sent. I have no groin burns or rump burns. My doctor shared with me that I should be experiencing some skin burn at this point but I have none!! I credit this to specific prayers I prayed early on. The Lord tells us to ask for "what our heart desires" and that was it. Mild side effects from radiation. I also feel a lotion a friend referred to me has been a God sent. AndraSina. You can check it out online if you're interested.
I have my week 5, 5FU pump on now. It will come off on Friday. Some mild nausea with these but nothing major. I had a skin rash last time but nothing noticeable yet. I also had tremors (shaky legs) and that returned yesterday. Jelly legs I called them. In other words, I can dance like a rapstar standing still. haha. WBC on up to 6500 and RBC up to 197k yesterday. And, the port stick was almost pain free this time which was another "PTL".
I have 9 more radiation treatments after today so I'm definitely in the home stretch. My Lord and Saviour gave me confidence in His healing early on so I'm just here for the journey of His healing on my body. He has a purpose for me being here and I accept that purpose with all I am..on the good days and the bad. i'm also so grateful for the friends embracing me on this site. I appreciate you all from the depths of my heart.

God Bless
Gigi
Psalm 121:3 NIV - "..He who watches over me will not slumber"

Marynb
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God is good! I am so glad that you are doing well and that you are in the home stretch. Your faith will get you through this. I believe with my whole being that it was prayer that got me through with very few side effects. Of course, the skilled doctors had a bit to do with it....lol. You are still in. My prayers! I was never given any medication for the burning when I urinated. What I did was used a sport bottle of Poland Springs at room tempature and squirted it on the skin during and after urinating. It worked pretty well. I never even needed tylenol. Prayers, prayers and more prayers.

Another little strategy that I will confess. I just saw a report on the efficacy of this, so I guess it isn't unique to me. I used Angry Birds! It is a game that my daughter loaded on my ipad! Lol. It took my mind of any pain. Now, mind you, I never played games before in my life. All the waiting in the hospital went by quickly. If you get to the point where your skin is burnt, or your blood counts get low, you may want to give it a try for the fun of it.

You are in my prayers. We are truly blessed in so many ways. You will beat this and soon you will be cancer free!

Hugs.

Mary

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This is such great news. I was wondering how you were doing now that you are over the 1/2 way mark. So glad to hear you are doing amazingly well. Im sure that your prayers and positive attitude are key. You are my inspiration these days. Im not exactly sure when my treatments will start but Im hoping soon. I saw the radiologist last week and I see the Medical oncologist on dec 4. Hopefully, it wont be too long after that. I just want to get it over with. Im sending you positive vibes over the next couple of weeks.
God bless,
Britta

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It sounds like you are doing great, all things considered! I'm very happy to hear this! Hang in there--soon you'll be done!

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I'm impressed! You are doing good girl! Let us know how you are xxx

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