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I got Breast Cancer in 2003. I found out when I had my Mammogram. I could tell something was wrong because they were taking more pictures than usual and they took an Ultrasound. I tried to be tough and thought I had prepared myself for it pretty good. But a few days later when the Dr. verified my beliefs I still cried. I went home with all of these thoughts racing through my head and the night before my surgery I came up with this one. I wanted to have a funeral for my boob. So I wrote this. All of the memories I've had that involved my boob. Now lies a tattoo in its place with a real pretty girl with long flowing hair and only 1 breast. The same side as mine. And right below it says 'BREAST IN PEACE'.

Lung Cancer Survivor

I am a lung cancer survivor.
It was the hardest road I have every been down
I will always half be a patient and be watched.
I finished my chemo in june and are going to do
a survivor walk this year. I walked last year
while on chemo this year no chemo!


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Cancer Journey

Cancer has been one long journey, and it is just beginning. The people that cancer has brought into my life are my new heroes, young and old, all different stages, yet all beautiful strong women united in this fight to the finish.

Stomach Feeding Tubes

I have used a "button" feeding tube for 17 years, and it's really a comfortable method of getting nutrition. Don't have to prepare food or wash dishes! Here are a few tips:
1. The best tool for opening a can of liquid nutrition is the large end of a
2 oz. syringe.
2. Burping can remove gas that might slow the flow of liquid through the tubes.
3. The formula will flow more smoothly if it is pre-mixed with water in a container, rather than added to water in the syringe.
4. Liquid flows faster through G-tubes during inhalation. This provides an opportunity to practice proper breathing.

keepnthefaith's picture

There's more...

Since being dx'd in May 2008 it seems my every thought is somehow clouded by this disease. First thing I think about when I wake up and last thing I think about when I go to bed. In fact, most nights I don't sleep because I can't stop the thoughts of "what if". But tonight, as I sit here in the middle of the night, I can't help but think about how it is just one small part of my life - that life continues around me and if I keep on this current course I am going to miss out on a lot of important things. My daughter is expecting our first grandchild and I want to remember every minute of her pregnancy just as I remember my own.

Post surgery complications

I had an esophagectomy w/ gastric pull-up on 6/5/07. Eating was fine once chemo/rad was done. Since April I get ocasional abdominal pains after eating. I have had a multitude of tests and they can't find out why I get these pains. It has been w/ different foods and at different times. I also am having a very difficult time gainig my weight back. Was 191 lbs. pre cancer and now 134 lbs. Have tried high calorie protein drinks but I get too full from them then I can't eat.

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I Did the Deed..............9/22/08

Since my hair has been falling out these past few days, and my scalp has become so sensitive,
I gathered the hair clippers, and did the deed... I shaved my head... Move over Demi & Sinead ..lol Make Room For Irish Whispers

My brother had to touch up a little of the back for me.. but, I must say I think I did a good job! Its not so bad... it feels kinda cool ..

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Chat room reflections: "Achin' with the feelin' of the freedom of an eagle when she flies" 09/22/08

(Kris Kristofferson reference)

I spoke via email with another cancer survivor, one I met here when I first came in to the CSN chat room, and one who is now a seven-year survivor of breast cancer. I will not get into the details of her message to me, although it was a positive one, for reasons most of you will understand.

But it got me to thinking, and, more accurately, got me to doing some reflection and some contemplation and some confirmation.

I had a diagnosis of cancer first in late August of 2005. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and all of that stuff followed, of course. Some time in 2006, I guess, I first came hunting on the Internet for a place where I could do some good. I know that my page on here gives a date, but it is inaccurate: I asked them once to get rid of my page, to erase me, so to speak, and they did, although they were kind enough to ask that I reconsider. Such is the nature of chatroom drama, such is the nature of humanity, I suppose. When I rebuilt my page on the site, that is the date associated then with my joining the site.

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The other day I was visiting the chat room when someone asked me if I had lost loved ones to the beast; I said yes and they asked who, it was then that I realized how much this disease has taken from my family. I have lost my Mother (breast cancer & ovarian cancer), my sister (breast cancer and lastly pancreatic cancer)my sister's husband (throat cancer), my sister in-law (uterus cancer) her husband (brain cancer)and my aunt (breast cancer.) It is as if a serial killer is stalking my family. I wish there were a way to take the beast to court for it's crimes and have it put away forever as is done to serial killers.

TammyD13's picture

Great Support Group

I've been looking around the internet lately and I stumbled across this wonderful site that offers several different types of cancer support groups. You can check them out on www.inspire.com Everyday you can receive an email letting you know what new journal posts were added that day. And you can choose to answer or talk to any of them. You will never find a group of fighters, caregivers and survivors as loving and caring as this group. So pop on over there and see for yourself. You'll be glad you did. :)


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