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Coloncancerblows
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Haven't been on the board in a while but just wanted everyone to know I"m halfway done with my treatments!  Got unhooked on Friday and today I'm starting to feel Abby Normal (Mel Brooks reference) again.  Session #5 was terrible with the nausea but this one (6) was pretty mild.  Just tired a lot which I'll take.  Some neurapathy in the feet but it's been in the 80's here so I've been able to wear flip flops which is nice.  My onc seemed to think that the rest of my sessions the symptoms should stay about the same.  I sure hope so.  I was able to go into work on Thursday with my lovely fanny pack on.  Oh, and I have great news.  I've been taking vacation for my chemo sessions (50 hours so far) but just found out thru my H/R department that I'll get reimbursed for all my vacation hours and will get paid for all remaining sessions.  Don't have to use vacation.  Whoo hoo!!!

 

Cynthia

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Annabelle41415
Posts: 4265
Joined: Feb 2009

Half way is always good.  You've been through it this far and now can count down to 0.  Hoping that the symptoms don't get worse for you but subside and are minimal.  Good job on keeping with the plan :)

Kim

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AnnLouise
Posts: 276
Joined: Mar 2013

You have had such a positive attitude.....hope the second half goes well. Will be thinking of you ...~Ann

Deena11
Posts: 193
Joined: Nov 2012

This time last year, I was about halfway through.  You do have a great, positive attitude.  It may get hard sometimes but you will get through this.  A year after my "half way through", I feel great!

Hugs to you.

Deena

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Coloncancerblows
Posts: 296
Joined: Feb 2013

Thank you all.  Sometimes its hard keeping the positive attitude but I will get thru this!  I'm walking a Colon Cancer walk this Saturday and have already raised $500.  Very excited to have my family walking with me too.

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devotion10
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Joined: Jan 2010

beautiful smile again.  I know you are relieved to be halfway through and also to have such good news about your vacation time. Getting used to the fanny pack takes a bit of time but sounds like you are adjusting well. All the best to you. ~ Cynthia

 

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Coloncancerblows
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Joined: Feb 2013

Well to recap, come to find out I won't get reimbursed for my vacation and will have to use vacation for the rest of my sessions.  Stinks but I guess I should be grateful I have vacation to use rather than no pay.  Stinking company I work for!!  Yell

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devotion10
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Joined: Jan 2010

I am going to post some info on a new post Cynthia. I don't know the size of the company you work for, but maybe the information will help you, or others in a similar situation.  You may be utilizing the FMLA already. ~ Best from one of the other Cynthias

 

 

 

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Coloncancerblows
Posts: 296
Joined: Feb 2013

Thank you Cynthia.  My company is pretty big so FMLA is an option but in order to do that, I have to use up all my vacation first.  The way it stands now, I should have enough vacation to last my 6 more sessions.

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annalexandria
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Joined: Oct 2011

And it's great that they will be paying you back for the time you've taken off.  It's kind of adding insult to injury when you have to use vacation days to do chemo.  When this is all over, you should take a nice trip!  Hugs~AA

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Coloncancerblows
Posts: 296
Joined: Feb 2013

Ann,

We already have our vacation booked in September to go to Sedona, Arizona.  Absolutely beautiful place there and I can't wait!!

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YoVita
Posts: 541
Joined: Mar 2010

Now you can start counting down.  As others have said, great attitude and smile.  Hope your remaining treatments and side effects are tolerable.

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wawaju04976
Posts: 316
Joined: Dec 2012

Terrrific!!! I will have my 11th tx Friday and feel great!

 

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Coloncancerblows
Posts: 296
Joined: Feb 2013

That is great!  congrats to you!!

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Maxiecat
Posts: 524
Joined: Jul 2012

Woo hoo!  You are half way there!  You can do it...the rest will be easy.

alex

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marbleotis
Posts: 491
Joined: Mar 2012

You are at the top of the hill, now coming down the other side.  Half done is terrific!!!!!

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