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CherieLW
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We got the results of my dad's petscan last week, he is 100% cancer free! I'm so glad to announce that!  Thanks to the James Center at OSU he received some of the best treatment and thanks to docs for catching it early enough that it could be treated.  He still has his peg tube, but is eating much more each day! Had dinner last night with him and mom, he complains that a lot of food is too salty...but seems to have a lot of tastebuds working!  I hope everyone is hanging in there!  To all the newbies, this site and the people on here have been so wonderful to help me and my fam through this nasty experience! <3

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cherie, that is awesome!!  i'm do'n a happy dance and i hope u and ur dad did too! 

God bless.

dj

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Thanks Debbie!  I sure did do a dance, plus a dance for dad.  I can't put my finger on it...he seems to be depressed somewhat but is doing better.  Maybe its just the lack of appetite...or tiring easily.  I don't know.  I'm sure you saw on fbook my mom was out of town so I went over each day -including today to spend some time with him.  I just hope his outlook on life improves soon.  3 more months he goes for a routine pet scan and to see if he can get peg removed.  He's lost a lil bit of weight, but he did have a few extra lbs to shed.  I'm so blessed and so is my family!  Hope you are doing well, glad we are fbook buddies! 

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that you Dad is good to go.

We are doing the same dance this week. 

Sandy

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Thanks so much Sandy! I'm doing the happy dance for you and your hubby.  That's such great news to hear! Love it! :)  Hope life is treating you both well!

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awesome, happy, fantastic and wonderful news!!  Tell him I still feel like I have a salt lick in my mouth most of the time :)  It's normal.  Red meat is WAY too salty for me...I stick to chicken :)  Veggies are great and no salt need be added! haha

Congrats to you all, and give dad a hug! 

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Thanks so much Tracy!  I hope you don't mind but I shared your pics of your jaw replacement with dad... I think when he gets down, I have to show him look...some have it worse and are still keeping such a postiive outlook.  You are an inspiration to me and always have been since day one of following your progress.  Thanks so much!!!  Thanks to everyone for all the support... I think I would have gone crazy if not for you all.. 

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Share away!!  I posted it in hopes it may help someone :)  

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That is so wonderful - so inspirational - just great!!!  I wish him the best of recovery and living life!

Steve

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Thanks Steve! (my dad's name is also Steve!) I appreciate the kind words...I think everyone needs to hear when there is good news! I shout it from the rooftops!

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Doing the happy dance for you and your dad here in IL!!!!

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Thanks so much Jamie!I love hearing whenever anyone has good news to share like this!  It helps ppl get through their worst!

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Thanks so much Jamie!I love hearing whenever anyone has good news to share like this!  It helps ppl get through their worst!

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Cherie,

Way to go Dad, we knew you could wing it.  Next step is popping the PEG (since it is just hanging around).

I love the taste of salty food; it lets me know I am moving in the right direction.

Best,

Matt

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Thanks Matt!  you've been such an inspiration and a help to me and dad.  I'm ready for that PEG to go!  I think dad relies on it sometimes bc it is easier...when he doesn't have an apetite. 

 

I made him some egg salad yesterday since mom was out of town.  He promised to eat some and he did, but he told me no sugar.  Do most sweet things taste funny to you as well?  He is about 3 months post treatment.

 

Hope you are doing well :)

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Thanks Matt!  you've been such an inspiration and a help to me and dad.  I'm ready for that PEG to go!  I think dad relies on it sometimes bc it is easier...when he doesn't have an apetite. 

 

I made him some egg salad yesterday since mom was out of town.  He promised to eat some and he did, but he told me no sugar.  Do most sweet things taste funny to you as well?  He is about 3 months post treatment.

 

Hope you are doing well :)

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Cherie,

I am so glad to hear the news about your dad.  My brother gets his first scan post tx on Nov. 7!  I am suffering from a bit of scanxiety, but he is not!  Go figure!  I hope to be sharing the same good news a week from now.  May God bless your dad with continued NEDs.

~Shawn~

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Thanks so much Shawn!  It's nice to hear from you btw!  I too suffered from scanxiety for dad, but he seemed to handle it well.  We got his results two days later and he was in the clear!  I hope hope hope and pray that your brother gets the same great news!  Please keep us posted!  I was a little scared not knowing if the chemo/radiation was doing its job but I am hopeful that you're brother will get the NED results we all want to hear!  Praying for you guys.  How is he doing??

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That is GREAT NEWS. I am so happy for your dad and your whole family. You're one hell of a daughter in standing right beside your Dad during his fight. Ther is now an unspoken special bond, trust me I know.

That salty thing is perfectly normal. Even when I ate ice cream (with no pretzels) I had an overpowering salty taste in my mouth.

Enjoy the day

      Jeff 

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Thanks Jeff, all of your posts have made me cry today...I just feel so sensitive...maybe its all the stress built up over these past seven months or so...but it's just amazing to have all your support and kind words.  I have been with dad each day this weekend as my mom was out of town.  He changed my oil so that kept him busy awhile and I made him some egg salad.  Friday we watched Stepbrothers together.  he giggled quite a bit and that was so lovely to see. 

 

I hope that dad recovers from the salty thing...he loves ice cream and I know he is wanting to eat things that he still trys but cannot yet. 

 

Hope you are having a great day as well!

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was the first taste that came back to me, it will eventually fade to normal...the faith with which you stood by and encouraged your Papa is so touching. I'm a veteran of The James also, their care and dedication is awesome..I go on the 23rd for my 2 year check-up, I feel like it's going to be NED again, but, there's always that little area of doubt ( devil get out of my head)

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Grandma,

Thanks for the kind words.  I have high hopes that you will be NED, you will have to keep us all posted!  The James is wonderful... I would recommend it to anyone.  While my dad was going through all of this, the nurses were so kind....they would constantly ask him and my mom if he was having any depression, how he was feeling etc.  They are just so great and me and my family were so blessed to have my dad get treatment there.  I simply cannot say enough nice things about them!  Glad to hear that that salt taste will fade...hopefully sooner than later!  Thanks again!

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That is absolutly wonderful news!!!!!

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CherieLW
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Thanks Ben!  I hope that this good news can inspire some that are going through this that there IS hope! 

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Glad to hear the good news about your dad, take care of him and hug him every time you see him. I love when I am with my grandchildren, I sit down on the floor and just play there games. Holding them and loving them thanking God that I am a part of there lives.

 

God Bless

Tim Hondo

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CherieLW
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Thanks Tim!  That I gladly do everytime I see him...even prior to cancer.  I have always been so close to both of my parents... they are just wonderful people who would do anything for anyone...even ppl they don't know! They are absolutely hands down the best parents I could have ever asked for!

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Oh so grateful!  Let the good times, grand life and healing begin!  Cherie,  I am so happy for you aNd your family.  May you each be incredibly blessed.  You've been such an intricant part of this for your dad.  Hope you too are doing that dance with your Dad!  

Christie

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CherieLW
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Christie,

Thanks so much for all the kind words!  I have done the dance about ten times!  I'm tickled pink!  I wish there was a way to repay all the people that were involved in my dad's recovery process!  Best of luck to you!

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Cherie,

I truly love the saltines of foods, mostly a good steak.

Ice cream is one of the most missing tastes for H&N veterans.  I have taken to buying vanilla cones quite often so I’ll know when they are back on line.  I did have an Orange Cream Milkshake at Carl’s Jr. and it was very good (the taste buds are working overtime to be in working order).

At 19 months post I taste improvements all the time and I eat anything I want.

Good luck Cherie’s Dad!

Matt

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Hi Cherie,

 

I'm glad you dropped in for an update. Always nice to hear back from those who have been to hell and back. Sounds like your dad is doing well and cruising on the recovery road. As you have experienced, improvements come more slowly but they do come along and add up over time.

Just recently something happened to me, something not discussed all that much here. About a month after my first clear scan (end of August), I had a strange emotional experience where I felt overwhelmed by something. It was a brief incident and took a few days to sort out what happened. It was the realization the cancer was dead and I was going to live. Over the course of the next month post scan, my focus and vision was able to look and plan further ahead. Even though I had convinced myself I was going to be fully cured, there must have been some doubt lurking around the subconscious and it took awhile even after the clear scan report for it to bubble and dissipate. Just mention this as healing takes place both in the body and the mind.

Sorry to hear about the delay in graduation but after all you have been through you are very close to a major milestone in your life. Best to you all. don

 

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That's the best news ever!!  Congratulations sweetheart to you and your family.

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Cherie,

These posts are so fantastic to read !  I'm almost 2 yrs. out, and spices (salt and pepper) ect. still kick my butt !  Tell your Dad wonderful job !  Hugs sent !  Katie

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