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2 years ago today, the official fight began....

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Today, 2 years ago, I was reeling from the diagnosis of rectal cancer. I also was in pain where the tumor was pressing against my tailbone. I was not aware of my family here yet, and pretty much went it alone. Luckily, the following March, I found you all!!! Luckier still, it was about the time the 'serious stuff' started...resection, then the 2nd diagnosis, breast cancer. I have be blessed with so many wonderful people here that helped me laugh, and one special friend, a 'chatter' who shared my breast cancer, but no chemo, who claimed I looked BETTER with no hair!!!!!

At Thanksgiving dinner, I was asked what I thought made the difference, why did I survive, with such dismal stats against me. "Attitude, support, belief in my treatment, reaching out to the greater spirit, and laughter". That's it. And you all here are a big part of that. Those 3 words said to me 2 years ago are the scariest sentence I can think of...and to do it alone would be tough, next to impossible.

So, I give thanks for all of you here, all of my other friends, my family, the greater spirit that had me on many prayer lists I don't even know about, my treating docs, and my kitties that gave me daily 'cat scans'.

Hugs from a very full heart...and still NED!!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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Great post, Kathi -

Thanks for sharing. BTW, did you get the pix I sent you of your chatter friend we took in Seattle? Since she's an honorary semiColon, would that count as a mini-Palooza?

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Congratulations at surviving cancer two times!!! What an inspiration you are to all of us. Even though I personally am not going through having cancer, I was able to relate to what you have written because I have been through a lot ever since my dad's diagnosis. Thank you for all of the advice you have shared not just with me but with everyone else on this site. This site would be lost without you!!!

God bless,


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Hi Kathi,
Congratulations! What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift. I had no idea that your diagnosis was only two years ago! For some reason I thought that you had your rectal cancer a long time ago, and more recently the breast cancer. I have no idea why I thought that. Well anyway, 2 years ago is a LONG time, right!
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words.
May those 2 years turn into 20 and beyond!
Susan H.

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God Bless Kathi.. keep fighting. Bud

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Congratulations Kathi! It's wonderful that you are NED! Your attitude is great and has really helped me when I've been down.

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You have been an inspiration to all of us. I look forward to seeing your posts. Twenty years from now we will have a big semi-colon palooza with all of us old geezers.


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Congratulations and thanks for sharing your story!!


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hi kathi,
yes i think attitude is a big part of fighting this beast. i know in my situation the attitude and the man upstairs got me thru it.
and yes we all are doing the naked happy dance,
be well
never,ever give up

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Congratulations Kathi,I am very happy for you,I like reading your posts, you have always a great attitute.Praying that you continue dancing with Ned forever.Lots of hugs

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I like the idea of dancing with NED. Kathi and everyone else for that matter, thank you for the knowledge and encouragement. jams

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You rock!!! Congrats on your 2 year with the all-clear. It's a BIG milestone!!!

And thanks alwasy for the mega-watt positive energy you bring to this board.


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I am thankful for your dance with NED, Kathi, cuz without it I would have missed your inspiring encouragement as I go along on my own journey. May you dance naked for many years to come! Woo-Hoo!!!!

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Congratulations on two years! Thank you for sharing and keep fighting!!!


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congrads kath on your 2 year milestone. i am fairly new to the site as you know but your attitude and upbeat personality is awesome. just reading some of your comments brightens my day. i so wish i had this site to go to when i was going through my nightmare. anyways continue to dance with NED sweetie, you earned it.
hugs to you

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Congratulations. Wonderful to hear. Now spill the beans, what's Ned like in the buff?


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Margo, you crack me up!!!!

Actually, he has a few scars here and there, a few dye marks, but a BEAUTIFUL smile of joy!!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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