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ToBeGolden
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Just a quick note to let everyone know I'm still hanging on. I have all the side effects of chemo: nausea, GERD, insomnia, constipation, and on and on. I have a few good moments now and then but a lot of poor times in between. I am also having some eye problems (Iritis), a painful swelling I get from time to time. I can't post anything thoughtfull. Just wanted to let everyone know I'm still hanging around. Sorry I can't seem to post support to others. Rick.

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Skiffin16
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In my thoughts and prayers brother....

I feel for you with the sides...been there with a lot, no fun for sure.

Best ~ John

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Ingrid K
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Hang in there, Rick.

Don't worry about posting...this is your time to rest and just concentrate on getting better.

You are an inspiration to so many others, so Hang in There.

Sending prayers your way for pain free days for you.

 

Ladylacy
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Joined: Apr 2012

Just take it easy and think of yourself for now.  We understand.

 

Sharon

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NJShore
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Rick,

you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday.. Glad to hear you are hanging in, and nice to hear a word. 

Don't forget to eat, drink, and rest lots.

:)

Kari

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Billie67
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So happy to hear you are hanging in there. You've got this and you are going to come out on the other side before you know it. Hang in there and stay tough!!
Billie

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longtermsurvivor
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All of us think you are pretty amazing.  Living life in the little moments of calm is a trait to be emulated that you posess.  I thank you for posting.  Posting anything at all.

Pat

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fisrpotpe
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Rick, thanks for letting us know your hanging out with us. no need to be sorry for not posting, 

prayers continue for the side effects to lesson. 

john 

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hwt
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My prayers for you continue as well. 

Candi

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phrannie51
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I'm sorry you're having a tough time, tho.  We know you are fighting the beast and need your energies to flow that way.  We'll keep the home fires burning until you start feeling better....Again...I am always relieved when you check in....just a "hello" will do on the days you can't say any more.

p

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CivilMatt
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Rick,

 

You have all the bummer side effects hitting you at once.  That you can post at all is a testament to your resilience.  Let us hope that the intruder is taking it harder than you.

 

Hang in there buddy, we are all on your side.

 

Matt

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VivianLee5689
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Rick I totally understand not feeling able to support others. You are going through so much.  Take care of you.

katenorwood
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Rick,

You are a true testiment of what a fellow warrior is !  I am thinking only good thoughts for you, and will continue the prayers.  No worries on the not posting right now.  Just get through the tx's and heal.  We are all here for you and will stand with you always !   Katie

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Tim6003
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You have always been there for us ......I was just thinking how you were doing the other day ....glad you posted .....prayers and best throughts are with you......rest and get yourself strong...and don't talk so much next time you post (just kidding of course ...hope that is okay Rick)   :)

Best,

 

Tim

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Tim6003
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You have always been there for us ......I was just thinking how you were doing the other day ....glad you posted .....prayers and best throughts are with you......rest and get yourself strong...and don't talk so much next time you post (just kidding of course ...hope that is okay Rick)   :)

Best,

 

Tim

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Laralyn
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Don't worry about posting to support others right now. Take care of yourself! We're all thinking of you, and I hope the side effects slow down and give you a break. You deserve it!

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luv4lacrosse
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Rick, I get it as I have times where I don't log on or lurk or reply to only the posts that interest me. I think this is just human nature. Buddy, you are one of the family members that by just checking in and letting us know you are ok is very therapeutic for me. I know you are not feeling well, but you manage to come on and say hi. That's good enough for me, and anything more than that is a bonus.

Positive MOJO headed your way.

Best

Mike

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Pam M
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You just DID post to support others - thanks.

I saw "GERD" in your post, and instant memory-slap.  UGH!  You know we feel for you.  Keep hanging on - hoping you'll be like me, and the early chemo was the worst.

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peggylulu
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Hi Rick , I'm wondering if you are taking anything for GERD ? I was having more problems with it than usual after my Rads and I had been taking one 4o mg Nexium every morning . When I complained to my doctor he gave me a Rx for Zantac 300 mg and told me to take both . He said to take Nexium 30 min before my biggest meal so now I take it before Dinner and take the zantac 30 minutes before breakfast and it has really helped me. Peggy

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ToBeGolden
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Unfortunately, my parathyroids have been badly wacked with the neck surgeries. Therefore, my blood calcium levels are not regulated. I must supplement under a tight schedule. Calcium is absorbed only with an acidic stomach. The potent acid blockers will inhibit calcium absorption. This will lead to arrtyhmias. I've been there; with calcium levels as low as 6.0 (should be above 8.5). Last chemo my calcium was 7.2. So everything is a tightrope walk What fun. Rick.

Noellesmom
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Thinking about you and holding good thoughts, Rick.

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ToBeGolden
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Did not get Taxone last week. WBC too low. Only got Erbitux. Pain, nausea, GERD, constant companions. Also running a 100.4 fever from time to time. Sleeping a lot. Have trouble concentrating. Am still able to eat/drink (Some foods better than others). I'll really try to post at least once a week. Rick.

ditto1
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JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW DIANE AND I ARE THINKING ABOUT YOU AND PRAY FOR YOUR HEALING.  I AM SO SORRY YOU ARE DEALING WITH THE ISSUES YOU ARE AND TRULY HOPE THEY START TO SUBSIDE.  YOUR BOTH AN INSPIRATION AS WELL AS A BRAVE AND STRONG WARRIOR.  GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

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phrannie51
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You're doing good at keeping us updated! Smile  If you're sleeping a lot, then your body needs that.  Sorry about the pain and nausea...that keeps life pretty miserable, but it's GREAT that you're still able to drink and eat.  "Some foods" is the the story of many of our lives these days.  I've been on a homemade vegetable soup binge lately...it's the only thing I seem to be able to taste. 

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D Lewis
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Hoping you have a better day, today. Sending healing thoughts.

Deb

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cureitall66
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Take one day at a time. I know it's tough dealing with one issue after another. Hopefully some will subside. My thoughts and prayers are with you to get through this tx with some ease.

Hang in there,

~Cureitall

luvofmylif
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Just want you to know I support you and you have given all on this site more than your share of support for all of us. It is our turn to support you. You are an inspiration and of course brave beyond words. I wish more good days then bad for you as you go through your treatment. Godspeed to you and your loved ones as you go through this journey.

Joan

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luv4lacrosse
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Rick, thinking of you today. Get some rest and feel better.

Mike

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VivianLee5689
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I am sorry to hear you are having pain and nausea.  That isn't a good combination.  I hope things start getting better for you soon.  I know life isn't fun for you right now, but you have many praying for you and sending you warm positive thoughts. 

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