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TexasCharlie
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   I have been scheduled for surgery on the 21st. All chemo is done for now. They will do a mastectomy and a lymphectomy on the right side. The surgeon said the lymphectomy is for insurance. The cancer was barely detectable in the lymph nodes and it is gone now, however, they are coming out just to be sure. She also wanted to do the left breast but all things considered, I said no, let's just do the cancerous side and considering what an anomoly this was, the left side should be O.K. and she was cool with that.

  My surgeon and oncologist are just the greatest and I feel so blessed to have them on my team. They are both women and that made a world of difference to me. I must admit, I was apprehensive about having women doctors but I am converted now.

 

  My cancer was classified as stage IV because it had penetrated the nipple and caused bleeding and an open sore that would not heal. That sore is all healed and the lump is about 1/3 the size it was before chemo started. I have faith in my Lord and my physicians who I feel are guided by His hand that the beast in me will be conquered.

sbmly53
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Have you heard about the pink bus? It is headed your way with a bunch of rowdy women - and a fella or two - to support you.

 

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DebbyM
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Good luck with your surgery.

 

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salls41
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Keeping you in my prayers Charlie.. glad chemo gave you good results!! I will be on the bus!

Sandy

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SIROD
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Dear Charlie,

You can count me in sending positive thoughts to you on the 21st that your surgery will go smoothly and recovery will be quick and uneventful.  It will be spring and time of renewal of life probably more so in Texas than in my part of New England.  I know that mother nature knows it's spring even when it snows and old man winter is trying to dig in his heals.  He will loose.   That is a good date for surgery, one more step forward in this journey no one ever wants to go on.

Your teams sounds great and that is a big plus too.

Take care,

Doris

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Gabe N Abby Mom
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Oh yea Charlie!!  Chemo is done, that is a huge milestone!!  Congratulations on that huge accomplishment!

As you've said...on to the next step.  I'm glad you are so happy with your docs...it makes surgery much easier.  And I think, purely my own theory, that we heal better and faster when we have faith in our docs. 

I wish for you no surprises in surgery and a smooth speedy recovery.  I will be on the pink bus cheering for you and your docs.

Hugs,

Linda

 

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aysemari
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This calls first for a celebration of the pink crazy kind - CHEMO DAYS ARE OVER Uuuuuho Yeah

I am so happy for you. So glad you have a good medical team, it makes all the difference going through this experience.

And now Ladies and Gents, we are boarding for the pink bus!!! Please have your hopes and good vibes ready and be

prepared to hold his hand. Charlie, the 21st will be our wildest ride yet, are you ready for us?

 

Ayse

disneyfan2008
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IF YOU book tghe pink bus, May I ride along!

 

Thinking of you...

 

Denise

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Ritzy
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Wishing you a successful surgery with a quick recovery!

Sue :)

disneyfan2008
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IF YOU book tghe pink bus, May I ride along!

 

Thinking of you...

 

Denise

telecomjd
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Definitely boarding the pink bus for this one.  Go, Charlie, go!

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Christmas Girl
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Will be hoping for the best possible outcome for you on the 21st. So far, so good.

Kind regards, Susan

gagee
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and hope all goes well. Good luck. You will have many on the bus with tons of faith and strength for you to draw from.  Diana

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TexasCharlie
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I am Sooooooo ready for this. This is the culmination of what I have been waiting for, the total removal of the beast. I can use all the support Y'all can give.

Thank You ever so much

Charlie

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VickiSam
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your climb up the mountain has been hindered by debris, dangerous animals, rocks, mudslides and wild wicked weather --   You've made it!!!   You've Survived! All you can see the trail to you 'NEW NORMAL' below -- it is overwhelming.  You just want to jump on that mountain bike and get down the mountain as fast as you can --  take a few minutes to appreciate all that you've accomplished -- over these past few months.  You endured drugs, appointments, tests, scans, multiple Specialists .. YOU DID IT!  Job well done, my dear Brother in PINK.

I am empathetic to your sorrows, and fears.

Take a few moments and appreciate YOURSELF .

Gentle hugs, My brother in PINK.

Vicki Sam

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Megan M
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Wishing you good luck with your surgery Charlie on the 21st!

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aysemari
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We are drumming up all the pink sisters and brothers for Charlie's wild ride. Who's on board?

Let's give him a ride to remember. 

Charlie, counting down the days with you and waiting for that post, that goes

something like - aaaah home sweet home, recovering on my couch that was some ride.

 

Hugs,

Ayse

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smalldoggroomer
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Good luck with your surgery, I will be on the bus with you.

Speeding you way.

Kay,

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VickiSam
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Our Pink Support Bus .. is gassed up and ready to go!!   Bringing my pink driving gloves, and appletinis. 

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VickiSam
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double post ...  sorryUndecided

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mommaellen
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I will be on the bus.  Sending prayers to you.

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Double Whammy
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Some of the people on this bus can get pretty rowdy.  But all the positive energy that comes out of it is very, very effective.  Just be aware that we aren't quiet and we do enjoy being together on the bus.   I, of course, am a perfect lady.

Good luck on the 21st, Charlie.  We'll be right there with you.

Suzanne

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TexasCharlie
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My date has been moved to the 28th, a week from today so Y'all need to reschedule the pink bus.

 

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SIROD
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Date so marked!   I'm certain it will be no trouble to the ladies to change their schedule.

I'm free and will be on the Pink Bus on the 28th.  Texas here I come!  Lovely state, was there only once but wish I had spent more time there.

Best,

Doris

 

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