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FIRST DAY WITHOUT PAIN KILLER!

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lp1964
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Dear Friends,

Yesterday was the fisrt day that I did not take pain killers in 2 months. The Xeloda and the radiation seems to be working really well. Sofar I have no side effects after 11 days, besides a couple of borderline diarrheas. I have been on a almost vegan diet for 2 months, juicing, occaisinally I eat eggs, fish and shrimp. I take 800mg/day of cimetidin, because I heard and read so many good things about it. I also take a supplement called Aveultra, which is a fermented yeast supposed to boost the immune system and I really believe has something to to with my father inlaw's 15 year survival of a inoperable prostate cancer. He is 85 and still going strong, which is a miracle.

Thanks God I'm still able to work fine sofar without much problems. I do get tired by the end of the day and I take naps. I get a little feverish which the doctors can't expain, but I don't mind since some say that hyperthermia helps chemo, because it opens up the blood vessels, so the chemo can get everywhere.

Probably the side effects will show up eventually, but sofar so good and I am very gratefull even for this imrovement.

Thank you for your support and all the best for eveyone,

Laz

danker
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That's great. We always like to hear good new in this forum!!  continued good luck.

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herdizziness
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Our elders must have great genes, or it's because it's the slow growing prostrate cancer.  My father-in-law was diagnosed 22 years ago, they offered surgery or some sort of radiation thing, he choose neither, He still has the prostrate cancer and doing very well. He's 87 now, he's never taken a supplement, and  since his wife died of lung cancer, 15 years ago, his diet went to heck, he eats out a lot, drinks one shot of whiskey and one glass of his homemade wine each night (He's done that over 45 years) We've attributed his long life with cancer due to his strong homemade wine, LOL.  

Glad you are doing so well.

Winter Marie

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lp1964
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In my opinion things like genes, diet, lifestyle only increase or decrease the chanse for an illness. Just because George Burnes smoked all his life and lived to be 90 something doesn't mean that smoking is not bad for you. It just increases your chance for getting lung cancer. People who never smoked get lung cancer too, just less frequently. There is nothing we can do about our genes and taking vitamins, good diet, good lifestyle can only increase your chance of not getting sick or recovering, but it is certainly not an insurance.

Also let's not forget that today's old folks are the best of the best. Because of the lack of modern medicine a few decades ago all the kids with disadvantageous genes or circumstances died early and only the strong survived to live today.

I wish I had more awareness earlier in my life, especially about putting myself first in every conflicted or compromized situation. I always stressed about everything, avoided conflict and put myself last. This sress was the greatest contributor to my cancer I believe. Well, I'm still trying to make corrections.

Laz

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Miss Cindy L
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I am so happy for you....you seem to be doing so well!! I'm sending positive vibes your way!

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annalexandria
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Hope things just keep going in the right direction.  AA

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lp1964
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Last night I had some pain that kept me up. I didn't want to take pain killers since I have been taking a lot for 2 months now. So I put some ice on my butt and thanks God it relieved the pain so I slept through the night. 

All the best for everyone and have a great weekend.

Laz

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lp1964
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Last night I had some pain that kept me up. I didn't want to take pain killers since I have been taking a lot for 2 months now. So I put some ice on my butt and thanks God it relieved the pain so I slept through the night. 

All the best for everyone and have a great weekend.

Laz

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lp1964
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This cancer is so complicated, it's so hard to figure out. I'm still mainly without painkillers, but sometimes from out of the blue I get bad pain.

Is it something I eat, something I do? I don't know. Need to pay attention to these things and maybe some food brings it on.

I had 2 part time jobs, one with a really long commute and with a sore butt that's no fun. Thanks God at the place in town they offered me an extra day so as of the 17th of July I don't have to commute any more.

I get to spend more time with my daughter this summer since our relationship, which got messed up during our divorce is slowly improving. Her mom still feeds her that I'm pretending to be sick so I don't have to pay child support. That's a crazy thing to deal with too.

I start my 3rd week of Xeloda and radiation. So far not too bad. My stool is on the soft side, but not diarrhea. My anal area is a little sore, but my skin is ok sofar. I need to keep my hands and feet mosterized since they get dry. As a dentist I wash my hands 50 times a day and wear gloves all day.

Let's hope for the best for all of us.

Take care,

Laz

 

 

Chelsea71
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You should keep track of what you eat. Someone recently posted that their rectal tumor responded (oozed etc....) when they ate sugar. Have you cut out sugar? A lot of people here do. It's been quite a hot topic off and on through recent months. Steve and I recently saw a new onc. He oversees all the clinical trials in the province of Quebec. He said off label use of meds ie. Cimetidine and Metformin etc... would not do any good (we are keeping up the cimetidine regardless). He said that if Steve wanted to help himself live longer through lifestyle he should first of all, limit processed sugar and "exercise exercise exercise". He specified a minimum of one hour a day. With regards to his sugar advice he said, "eat as much pasta (carbs) as you want but skip the chocolate bar. We take it all with a grain of salt. For every onc you talk to, you get a different opinion.

It would be interesting to know if what you eat is affecting your pain.

Chelsea

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