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My Dearest loved ones who are currently facing cancer...My father, Charles Cossman, Mom, Bonnie Miereau,father in law,Bill Toth

I am a 29 year old woman and a mother of six wonderful children and am surrounded by my dearest loved ones who are all facing cancer. My dad who has been my world and myself his since the day I was born is fighting cancer throughout his chest and stomach. He has stage three as of now but is unable to go through chemo or do anything to prevent it from getting worse. He found out in Feburary of 2010 and since then has rapidly got worse. He keeps getting infections throughout his body and is in and out of the ICU at the hospital much more than he has been home. Because he keeps getting the infections it causes his heart rate to be extremely high, his blood pressure to be low, unable to walk anymore, and has oxygen 24/7.

Where this starts, no one knows...

Hi everyone who reads this...I'm Skates. Uterine Cancer DX in Feb of 09 and the world got strange right after that. I started adding words into my vocabulary like Chemo and CA-125.

Where the hell did my life go?

It's still around, just a little different. A little over a year later, the bad numbers are going down and the good numbers are going up. I have a life I want to get back to and I have to when I have my stamina back.

I think everyone here has that same hope.

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A 2 Time Survivor Muses & Amuses: Maggie Ruth's Short Stories

This is a story of a nice, middle-aged spinster, who is an artist. She lives in a small house in a small town with her small dog, Q.T. Pie. Her story, like all stories, is a common one, yet still, unique. It begins a few days before Christmas in 2005. Then she was living in the big city and her life was good. On that particular day, Maggie Ruth, while taking a shower, discovered a lump in her left breast.

"What can this be?" she wondered. "My family has no history of breast cancer!"

For the remainder of the day, the worried woman probed and prodded her breast but nothing changed. Each time she felt the same thing: a lump, a bump, something which didn't belong where it surely was.

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Diagnosis -- Prostate Cancer

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on the last Friday in March, 2010. During my annual physical in January, my general physician, an internist, became concerned when my PSA had risen from 3.8 to 4.3 in 18 months and referred me to a urologist.

Knowing virtually nothing about prostate cancer at the time, I scheduled my urology appointment but cancelled it a few times due to conflicting business travel. I saw him in late February. After a normal DRE he recommended doing a biopsy, an in-office procedure that he described as "uncomfortable" but "more a hassle than anything else." A week later I was in for the biopsy and learned that "uncomfortable" was a urologic euphemism for hurts like hell. Although the prostate was numbed, I acutely felt each of the twelve needle insertions and the clip when the core sample was taken. Afterward there was a small amount of blood in my urine and bowel movements but was told to expect that. It resolved itself within a few days and there were no further issues. Not expecting anything, I went on the road for another three weeks and had a follow-up meeting scheduled toward the end of March.

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A little humor sure helps.

So today I had a bone scan, apparently this involves making one's self radioactive for a couple of days...who knew?
Anyway, I spent way too much time out of the A/C yesterday and when I do that I pay the price because my asthma/ allergies really act up ( they were saying at the Dr's office today this has been one of the worst allergy seasons on record in northern NY, figures) and add to that a touch of tumor and breathing can be a chore. So this AM breathing was kind of like inhaling soup and I wasn't sure what I should take if anything because of the chemo...let's just say I went a bit batpoop crazy which only makes things worse....fight or flight and all of that.

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All went well

Surgery was this morning; I feel great tonight. Everything went smoothly, to the point that I'm havingtrouble believing that I had surg this morning. No more cancer found (tho some samples of scar tissue were sent to pathology just to be sure.)

Thank you for all your prayers and good wishes - looks like they were answered!


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Hello to all of you. I am a DFSP facebook member and friends with Pip. Some of you might know me from the site. I have just had my second DFSP tumor removed off my face. I was in surgery for 17 hrs and a week in the hospital. And on day 6 iI found out I do not have clear margins. What they did found in house were not correct. Now I am being told there is a 50/50 chance that it is DFSP or scare tissue that was found closer to the top of the old site. New tumor came under flap from old surgery. So I am wondering is this just scar tissue from last surgery or more cancer. I am being advised to have Radiation Therapy done.

My story - Life changed at 50 years old

My problems started in July of 2009.

I started having problems, visually and keeping things straight at work.
Keeping detailed notes of things I needed to do, and wearing reading glasses became to norm at work.
The glasses sometimes didn't help because my vision was just not doubled but also blurry.

After a week of this a finally got a co-worker to take me to the hospital.
She told me after, that I looked as if I were having a stroke. I did have a very bad headache at the time.

At the hospital, they did a MRI of my head.... low and behold they found a tumor on my pineal gland.

Five additional things I tried along with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery


I had a diagnosis of terminal colo-rectal cancer with a prognosis of six months to live after I had received about three months of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and a surgery. My doctors were very sure that I would die based on the normal outcome of someone with cancer as bad and as fast growning as I had. That was more than two years ago and I'm in reasonably good health. In addition to the radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery I tried five other things. I don't know if they helped or not, but they didn't hurt me, and might have helped. I don't recommend that anyone try these things. But if you have a terminal diagnosis you can decide for yourself if you want to take a chance with one or more of the things. The five additional things I tried are:


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