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treatment decisions

daisy366's picture
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Joined: Mar 2009

I pop in here and it's hard to deal with some of the news I learn. Linda's story etc. I will have a story soon after I get my tests next week. My brother-in-law just got his news this week - that his small cell incurable cancer is no longer responding to the chemo and there are no more options for him. Essentially he has no immune system thanks to the treatment. I just learned they think he has 1-3 months.

It's hard to think about all this. I'm giving positive thinking, diet, and other alternatives my best shot and pray I don't have to decide about future chemo.

My best to all. Mary Ann

kkstef's picture
Posts: 706
Joined: May 2008

Mary Ann,

Have been wondering how you are doing. I am so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law..certainly not the kind of news you were hoping for!

I agree there is some news that is unsettling (and that is the reality of this beast) but when I look at the number of sisters here who are doing so well, I am encouraged! Just stay focused on positive thinking and healthy eating and exercising...that is the best you can do right now.

I am sending positive energy your way in hopes that your tests are good news next week and anxiously await your update.

BIG HUGS for you!


jazzy1's picture
Posts: 1385
Joined: Mar 2010

Mary Ann,

I know you're on a roll with the good eating, exercising and mental positive psyche. We do what we can, as this is our control and the rest in the hands of the higher power.

Saddened to hear of you BIL, and hope he can come to peace with his news....not easy for anyone!

I agree with Karen, the number of sisters who are doing well, does encourage us. I do what I can and try to enjoy each moment of every day.

Best to you and know I'm thinking of you!!

Posts: 99
Joined: Feb 2010

Hi Maryann,

I'm sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. And I understand the anticipation of getting your tests next week.

I think you're doing great taking care of your "terrain" as Servan-Schreiber puts it. It IS worth something.

You're in my thoughts.

Ro10's picture
Posts: 1579
Joined: Jan 2009

Sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. May his last months be comfortable.

Wishing you the best results for you tests next week. You are doing all you can with your positive thinking, diet, exercise,prayer and other alternatives. Keep up the good work.

I too hope you do not need to make any chemo decisions at this time. Your body has had time to recuperate from your other treatments. Hopefully it will have more time to recuperate, too. In peace and caring.

Cindy Bear
Posts: 570
Joined: Jul 2009

Hi Mary Ann. I am hoping and praying for good test results for you I have everything crossed including my eyes. :)
I am sorry to hear about your BIL. This isn't the former marine is it? I lost my BIL Dan a few weeks ago to Esoph. cancer. He was diag. last year same day as my mom, Feb. 13th (FRI the 13th) They told him he was terminal and estimated 6 mos. but he lasted 18 mos. He was a strong man with a fighting attitude. Cancer is cruel and esoph. cancer is one of the cruelest. We'll be waiting for your good news.
Hugs and prayers,

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Joined: Apr 2010

Sorry to hear about your Bil. This must be so difficult for you. Please try not to stress too much, you know that is not good for us. May your Bil be one to beat the odds. Peace and comfort to you and him. Hope everything goes well next week. June

california_artist's picture
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Joined: Jan 2009

I hadn't been to the board yet when I emailed you earlier. i am just so sad that your brother-in-law is feeling hopeless. You mentioned about the treatment destroying his immune system. i was absolutely flabberghasted when i found out about that. you would think that some doctor somewhere would take the time to mention Oh, ah, by the way, we're going to give you this radiation and then you'll feel oodles better for a bit, but then you won't have an immune system that's up to par to fight what's left of the cancer.

Some things just aren't right. Do call me, eh? you know i am holding my breath til you get your good news.

love, warm smushy hugs and thoughts,

your friend,


What DQ by the stream?? I wanna go too.

Posts: 126
Joined: Jul 2009

I am so sorry to hear about your BIL. Life can be so difficult at times like these.

Try to take it all one day at a time. And I hope and pray you won't have to make any chemo decisions at all!

I have my CT this Fri in hopes my lymph nodes have decreased. My husband had his last Fri and we are hoping being off chemo for 3 months, nothing new has popped up. He's been in alot of pain recently.

These are scarey times, huh.

Will keep you on the top of the list with my prayers!


jazzy1's picture
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Joined: Mar 2010

How did your doc appt go last week? I was thinking of you this morning and just had to comment.

I wish you nothing but the best, and sending out positive vibes...get 'em?

((( hugs )))

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