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aspaysia
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i have not been posting lately... ok, it's been a few years but the runner checks in every once in a while so here goes.
i am at the five year point now and my oncologist told me to come for two more scans (once per year) for the next two years since he wants seven before declaring me a *real* survivor. then the chances will be so very miniscule, i will have to live for several centuries before the danger of a recurrance. well, i am not a vampire so i will probably never find out if he is right but i am glad to have made it so far and want to share my good fortune with you all in hopes that it will provide some sort of inspiation.
not that i did anything special as far as diet or exercise (sorry, em) i am pretty lazy as you can see from my slack participaton in this group of late.
i cannot even say that i put up much of a fight. i simply followed doctor's orders which was easy as they doped me up pretty good.
i kinda miss that oxycontin (nice ride) but consider myself lucky to be pain free. i did not really care if i lived or died in the hospital back then because of all the drugs. fortunately my family and friends did not have to suffer my demise.
we have a new baby in the family now. my niece made a special delivery just for me. "if it's a boy, he's yours, auntie!"
she wanted another girl but we are delighted with the new arrival. he is a great sleeper much to everyone's relief.
i should update my profile #$+^&* i just spilled coffee all over my keyboard! oh well, later for that...
stacy mentioned that we should privide a contact to let folks know if we are still alive or what so i hang out on my photoblog at flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/indiewench/
as long as i have breath in my body i will be using my camera preferring to let the pictures speak for themselves.

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jams67
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Joined: May 2006

Thanks for letting those of us still around that there is still hope after all of the treatment. Glad to hear someone made it to the other side. jams

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jsabol
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Joined: Dec 2003

GREAT NEWS, Aspaysia, thanks for the update! Hope you are finding a way to celebrate this milestone!
Judy

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aspaysia
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Joined: Nov 2003

i am celebrating by doing what i do best... nothing!
i have retired and just need to make it outside to the mailbox every month. hah!

AuthorUnknown
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Joined: May 2006

Thank You for sharing your story with us. I am very happy for you.

Best wishes.

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aspaysia
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Joined: Nov 2003

hi eleanor. i just read your profile and you are a champ! you mum is very lucky to have you at her side.
i live with my sister and she took over as advocate negotiating the system for me during my illness. i am alive today because of her.
we cannot thank our caregivers enough.
thankyou thankyou thankyou

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KathiM
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Joined: Aug 2005

I LOVE your sense of time....hope to be there soon, too! 5 years seems a little off in the future for me....only 1 year, 4 months post treatment....
BUT , there IS tomorrow, and thanks for the great story!!!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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aspaysia
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Joined: Nov 2003

my doctors are counting from the date of diagnosis otherwise i would be three years and six months post treatment (last chemo)
i know how the time drags when you are counting but it goes very fast for me now that i am more or less clear.
a volunteer cancer survivor visited me in hostpital and told me to take it one-day-at-a-time. a cliche that makes sense when they are probing for usable veins and testing testing testing! every month... then every three... then four... six... and now only once a year. yeah!
hang in there.

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scouty
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Hey Assp,

You know I have missed you since I have sent email to you, you bum..... But alas I knew you had family stuff going on and I am thrilled that Ava has a little brother and he is "yours".

Hugs honey and the dragon is fine, I have not wrung it's neck off yet but he and Kanort's healing bag goes with me everywhere!!!!!! Thank you sweetie and I still have your NED message on my fridge.

Love, Lisa

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aspaysia
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Joined: Nov 2003

hey, ms lady. my niece and her hubby bought a house and moved to graham. they are out in the countryside near the haw river... not far from you at all.
i may put my lazy bum in our new car and surprise you with a visit one of these days.
xxx ooo

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nanuk
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Joined: Dec 2003

Hey Asp...are any of those folks in the photoblog
you? Bud

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aspaysia
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Joined: Nov 2003

i have tagged all the pix of *moi* but i am always behind the camera so they are mostly reflections in a window or mirror.
what an ego, eh?

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