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ditto1
ditto1 Member Posts: 660
Yes tommorrow, 8-10-2012 my final RAD treatment 33 of 33. Wow to say it was a rough road to travel would be a bit of an understatment, but I have to admit (for all the newbies about to go thru it) it was not as bad as I anticipated. Redundant thats a different story. So as I type this my neck is Bright Red, and slightly on fire, Doc says it should bounce back quickly after RADS. Thoart is hanging in there survived so far with no peg, lost about 18 pounds but I was good up to 25 in my opinion. I have one more Eributux on Monday, total of 9 and then I will try and regroup and wait for the day of reconing of my 1st Scan. But that is later, now I just want to spend my last 15 minutes with the Mask and move on. So tommorrow about 10:50 I should be ringing the BELL, I will ring it 3 times. 1st for God and his grace to get thru this, 2nd time for Diane and Emily my care takers, and 3rd for me and the fact that I did what at one point I thought was undoable. And thats where you all come in, you made it doable for me and Diane. I feel like I have a very large family on this site that never failed us at any time day or nite when we needed a lift, a push or a shoulder to cry on. The Wisdom and Humor you all have shared with us in priceless. And we truly appreciate each of you. So Im releasing the brakes on this old bus and heading down the road.
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  • Greend
    Greend Member Posts: 678
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    Happy for you
    Ya done good. I know it is a relief.


    Denny
  • CivilMatt
    CivilMatt Member Posts: 4,723 Member
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    one more
    Hi ditto1,

    Seems like yesterday you were learning to fly, now look at you. Congratulations and the best of luck as you continue on your journey. Remember the Silver Sulfadiazine Cream works great for neck burns. I also went through the Erbitux and radiation (how’s the rash).

    Now I have a reason to ring my bell tomorrow morning.

    Best,

    Matt
  • phrannie51
    phrannie51 Member Posts: 4,716
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    Oh Mr. Ditto.....I am SO SO happy
    for you and Diane!! Isn't it an amazing feeling to be looking at the very last time you ever have to don the mask...that instead, tomorrow you'll be carrying it out of there under your arm...never to be worn again!?

    It's also wonderful that you have your last chemo right on the tail end, so you can begin to heal in earnest when you recover from that.

    We've ridden this bus together for months now, do you suppose it will continue to tour once we are all done, and take us to our favorite restaurants? :)

    You have accomplished a significant feat, you know. I think back on the whole mask thing, getting from point A to point B took so much courage...

    Get your dancing shoes on, I'm gonna dance you around the kitchen tomorrow :).

    p
  • boardwalkgirl
    boardwalkgirl Member Posts: 269
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    Congrats! I know how
    Congrats! I know how exciting that day is for you! Now on to recovery. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. And I second the using of the Silver Sulfadine Cream. It works wonderful.
  • katenorwood
    katenorwood Member Posts: 1,912
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    Wonderful news !
    ditto1,
    This is such good news. You have been such a trooper through all of it ! Ring that bell with pride and a huge smile ! Congrads ! Katie
  • Billie67
    Billie67 Member Posts: 898
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    Wonderful news !
    ditto1,
    This is such good news. You have been such a trooper through all of it ! Ring that bell with pride and a huge smile ! Congrads ! Katie

    WooHoo!
    We haven't chatted much as I'm relatively new to this site but i am so happy for you! I had my last day 7weeks ago tomorrow. Ring that bell with everything you have in you! My husband actually bought me a bell too to hang on my wall at home and it's called "billies Bell" we now ring it on special occasions. You can bet at 10:50 tomorrow morning my time (California) I'll be ringing my bell for you.
    Good luck and happy healing to you.....great job!!!!
    Billie
    P.S. I'm also an Erbitux girl, hope you didn't get too bad of the rash
  • Sam999
    Sam999 Member Posts: 319 Member
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    Billie67 said:

    WooHoo!
    We haven't chatted much as I'm relatively new to this site but i am so happy for you! I had my last day 7weeks ago tomorrow. Ring that bell with everything you have in you! My husband actually bought me a bell too to hang on my wall at home and it's called "billies Bell" we now ring it on special occasions. You can bet at 10:50 tomorrow morning my time (California) I'll be ringing my bell for you.
    Good luck and happy healing to you.....great job!!!!
    Billie
    P.S. I'm also an Erbitux girl, hope you didn't get too bad of the rash

    Great news! Been there just
    Great news! Been there just a few weeks ago :)

    It will feel so good to sleep in and not worry about the mask!

    Sam
  • Vikeman10
    Vikeman10 Member Posts: 62
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    Way to go
    I finished mine 1 month ago, and now it seems like forever. Wish you well on recovery down the road.

    Randy
  • Vikeman10
    Vikeman10 Member Posts: 62
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    Way to go
    I finished mine 1 month ago, and now it seems like forever. Wish you well on recovery down the road.

    Randy
  • Skiffin16
    Skiffin16 Member Posts: 8,305 Member
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    Schweeeet....
    Congrats on a job well done.... Oh, sorry I guess I shouldn't say "well done" with your neck in the condition it is...bawahahaha...

    I can only say that because most of us have been there done that, and now so have you.

    Don't get too discouraged if you don't "bounce back" as quick as you MD suggests..obviously most of them have not walked the path we have.

    But.....you are done, and even though you might take two steps forward and one back...soon there will be more steps forward and a lot less back.

    Best to you and the mrs...
    John
  • Greg53
    Greg53 Member Posts: 849
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    Vikeman10 said:

    Way to go
    I finished mine 1 month ago, and now it seems like forever. Wish you well on recovery down the road.

    Randy

    Congrats
    I thought I was dreaming and hearing bells. Must've been everyone finishing up those rads! Congrats Ditto.

    Greg
  • Tim6003
    Tim6003 Member Posts: 1,514 Member
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    Greg53 said:

    Congrats
    I thought I was dreaming and hearing bells. Must've been everyone finishing up those rads! Congrats Ditto.

    Greg

    Whoooo Hooooo
    Great news Doug...so very happy for you...ring away man, ring away!!!

    Best,

    Tim
  • Pam M
    Pam M Member Posts: 2,196
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    Wonderful!
    Even though things may take longer to recover than you'd hope (and I hope you're out of the ordinary, and start improving right away), it's really good to know you're not doing anything else to damage yourself. Hope your recovery is quick, and boring from the doc's point of view.
  • Tonsil Dad
    Tonsil Dad Member Posts: 488
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    Pam M said:

    Wonderful!
    Even though things may take longer to recover than you'd hope (and I hope you're out of the ordinary, and start improving right away), it's really good to know you're not doing anything else to damage yourself. Hope your recovery is quick, and boring from the doc's point of view.

    Yeah!!
    Congrats on the last Rad Ditto1, hope your recovery
    will be free of any side effects.

    God bless
    Tonsil dad,

    Dan.
  • Laralyn
    Laralyn Member Posts: 532
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    Congratulations!
    That's great news! Now you can get some rest and focus on healing and recovery! :-)
  • Tim6003
    Tim6003 Member Posts: 1,514 Member
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    Laralyn said:

    Congratulations!
    That's great news! Now you can get some rest and focus on healing and recovery! :-)

    I heard the bell, I heard the bell all the way over here !!! :)
    Just kidding ...but today was the last day and I hope you got to ring that bell like you planned... :)

    Tim
  • hwt
    hwt Member Posts: 2,328 Member
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    Tim6003 said:

    I heard the bell, I heard the bell all the way over here !!! :)
    Just kidding ...but today was the last day and I hope you got to ring that bell like you planned... :)

    Tim

    Enjoy the moment
    Happy for you and your family!
  • fisrpotpe
    fisrpotpe Member Posts: 1,349 Member
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    Bell
    Another bell ringer means another survivor moves on, congrats.

    john
  • jim and i
    jim and i Member Posts: 1,788 Member
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    Big sigh, everything is
    Big sigh, everything is looking up now. Pray your recovery is fast and an easy one.

    Blessings,
    Debbie
  • Crazymom
    Crazymom Member Posts: 339 Member
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    Rads over
    Congratulations! Life is fixing to get better. I am 5 months outfrom last RAD and just spent a week on vacation with my kids in Florida on the beach, swimming with manatees, and scalloping. I cannot believe how much better I am. The two weeks after my last Radiation were the worst. Good luck!

    Ann