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Ro10
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Had lab and saw the doctor today.  My last marker was 505 and today it was 554.  So that is less than a 10 percent rise.  Of course normal is less than 35, so it is still high, but not as high as the 3200 when I started chemo last time. 
 
I asked about follow up and he said I did not need to come back for 3 months.  I will not need another CAT scan until the marker rises significantly at a time, or if I have symptoms.  So that was great news today.  I continue to feel good, so I will continue as I have been with my current medicines (aromasin, biocucurmin, and enoxaparin).
 
We will be headed back to Illinois sometime in April.  We have not picked a date yet.  I appreciate all the prayers.  Now I am hoping to make it through the summer without chemo.  I have had 10 months since the last chemo, and I appreciate each day I have.
 
Hope all is well with everyone. 
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Any day with out chemo and being poked and proded is a wonderful thing!  My son recently moved to Decater, Ill and he said it is still ice and snow(we're from Texas so new to him!)so I hope when you get home the weather is warm and your garden awaits...and no chemo!  Best, Debrajo

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You must be so relieved to have kicked chemo into the long grass for a while.  Sounds like the combination of aromasin and curcumin is slowing the growth considerably.  Hoping and praying that you can keep off chemo for a very long time.

Helen

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Lets not forget spring too! Maybe after being outside during the next several months enjoying fresh air and sun will actually kick those numbers down and you will enjoy fall out of treatment too! 

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Glad increase is minimal. Some docs may interpret as no change.  So happy you have had a significant respite from chemo!!  I long to join you...

 Big hugs to you.  Mary Ann

Stabler
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That's great.  Enjoy the summer.

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You got through the winter without chemo so why not the summer too?  Just keep moving that goal further ahead.  Do stay put in florida awhile ,though.  We got about 10 inches of snow here yesterday.  My poor little snow drops were starting to bloom but have had their heads hidden again.  Spring will be nice when it does get here but I'm not wishing a single day away!

Keep it up, Ro.

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Ro, great news!!  Keep doing whatever you're doing and don't rush back to the cool weather in Illinois.  I'm in Missouri and considering today is FIRST DAY OF SPRING, our high temp will be only 37 degrees.  I'm looking forward to flowers and green grass as I'm sure everyone else is too.

Hugs,

Jan

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Darn, duplicate~

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Hi Ro, so glad you got some good news.  And the weather here in NY is COLD!  so don't rush back if you don't have to!

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So GLAD to hear your news, Ro! I hope you maintain your current good health and enjoy the Spring & Summer w/out interference of this disease!

I must agree w/some of the other comments, though, rgarding returning to Illinois. It is freezing here in DE and altho I will deal with the cold weather and gusty winds which make the wind chill factor worse I am so looking forward to my tulips blooming once it gets warm, being able to walk w/out a coat and gloves, and smelling the honeysuckle come June!

I saw a red cardinal today so warm weather must be on the way!

Best of luck! You'll remain in my prayers.

Kathy

Cindy Bear
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Glad to hear you are feeling well and no big increase in CA... hoping you have a wonderful, chemo-free summer...

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Double Whammy
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Good news indeed.  Something is working well for you and I'm happy for you.  Especially happy you feel so good.  Hoping you don't have to go back on chemo for a long, long time.

Suzanne

NorahS
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Glad that you can look forward to the next 3 months unencumbered by doctor and hospital visits.  And, best of all, when you have your next checkup - that will put you at over a year without chemo. 

And as you often say to others,

in peace and caring Smile

 

  

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Sara Zipora
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Wow! Enjoy good news and great summer!

Sara

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sunflash
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This is great news! Enjoy this chemo free season, and hoping it continues for a long, long time for you!

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I agree, take the good news and run with it.  I'm so happy for you.  Here's to a chemo free spring, summer and fall.

You can count on my good thoughts and prayers.

Darlene

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txtrisha55
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That is really good news. Will continue to keep praying for you for good results. trish

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Sara Zipora
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Got good results from Thursday's PET.

first time in. Two and a Half years, Since this nightmare began ,that Pet is Clear!

happy holidays to all!

Sara

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HellieC
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Sara - that is amazing news.  Long may your clear PETs continue. 

HElen

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laura25
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Oh Sara, what wonderful news!!!  Clear!!!!   Celebrate, enjoy .... I'm sitting here with my cup of tea smiling from ear to ear!!! 

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That's me cheering loud enough for it tto carry to Israel.  Rock on!

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Ro10
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Two and a half years is wonderful news.  

NorahS
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Excellent news!

NJZ62
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Good news indeed, Sara!

congratulations!

Nancy

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Sara Zipora
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Glowing from news and allyourpositive energy.smiling!

Needed the weekend to change my mindset from sick to in remission.

wishing you all the same,

Sara

Pat51
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That is great news.  I hope that you have a great chemo free summer!

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Teresa 61
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Such good news Ro! So happy for you, hope you have a wonderful Spring and get to do alot of your gardening.. Enjoy!

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Ro10
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I do appreciate all the comments.  The snow is in IL now, so FL continues to look good.  I am anxious to begin gardening when spring finally gets too IL..  Hope everyone is doing well.  In peace and caring.

NJZ62
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FL beats IL right now, no doubt.

But I live in IL and look forward to seeing my flowers come up and to being able to get out in the garden - tending growing things is very healing, I think.

marieinlv
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Ro, you're such an inspiration. You do, have to be one of the sweetest, folks around. You are a true optomist always. I'm glad to hear you're well. I'm sooo Happy for your Family too. I seem to hear more beautiful stories of us hanging in there or even getting better. My last chemo was 5/11. Glad I'm another that is doing great. We too will celebrate with traveling soon. Enjoy those beautiful spring flowers.

FYI, for the folks comparing info months or yrs from now, my history is UPSC stage 4.

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