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Yesterday I got a call from onc saying he wanted to see me to discuss cat scan report of Monday.
I told him I had appt for the next day (Wed). He said he didn't want to wait that long. GULP!
Called my husband at work to meet me there and cancelled my massage (darn!)
Onc told me I had 2 -4 tumors in the brain. I usually just get abd, pelvis and chest ct, but was experiencing headaches and a little disequilibrium.
So, like Fran (FRANTIC-see her message below)I'll be starting radiation treatment to the brain. Mine will be 5 days per wk for 14 treatments.
Oh yeah, and the lung tumors grew, but that has to be put on hold til I finish this treatment. Not sure what we'll use yet since we've done all the typical treatments already.
MY husband and I are in shock. We had a good discussion last night so that was a good thing. Talked about things both of us are thinking of everytime we get bad news (which seems to be all the time), but never discuss.
Oh! and more good news. Cancer still hasn't spread to liver. Yippee. Thanks for all your words of support in previous posts!

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Mary I am so so sorry and I'm going to tell you the same thing I told Fran and that is never give up, again look at Lance Armstrong, cancer everywhere, including brain, and he's totally fine today. I will keep you in my prayers, just stay strong and beat this thing with all you have.

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Oh Mary! So sorry to hear about what you are having to go through.
You and your husband getting on the same wave will make a lot of difference in your mental attitude. I am so glad you have his support. Reminds me of the saying "when a door closes, God opens a window."
Lance did it, you can too.
Jo Ann

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I love your spirit. You know it will carry you through this new status. Do not lose hope, ever. EVER! I will send warm wishes and positive thoughts your way every day until you are back on the healthy side of happy!



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You sure will be in my prayers. It's so good to have your husband and family as support and to talk to.

Keep up the good attitude, even though it maybe hard. That's where you need to spend your energy! Right!

thinking good thoughts!!

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I'm so very sorry about the bad scan. My prayers will be with you as you get thru this battle and then I'll say somemore prayers for your next one. Stay strong I feel your pain I wish it would just go away!

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I'm so very sorry you have to go through this. Hang in there and stay positive.


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I honestly don't know what to say. I am wiping tears as I write this. Even though we have never physically met, I feel a bond to you. We have similiar cancer stories and were diagnosed around the same time. My heart goes out to you.

You have a great attitude and that will help get you through this.

Livestrong. As always you are in my thoughts and prayers.


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I'm so sorry to hear about your news. Keep on fighting, though.
Best wishes,

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So sorry to hear your news. But like all the others you will be in my prayers and don't give up, keep a positive attitude and stay strong.


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This disease stinks, and it stinks that you have to go through this. I hope that you and your husband continue to support each other as you knock down this beast. More prayers and positive thoughts coming your way. Judy

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Dammit Mary,

I am so sorry for you and your family but also know if anyone can beat this you can!! I have grown to admire you and your fighting spirit so much and thank you for teaching me the true meaning of determination. Keep the faith and please let us know what we can do and do keep us posted as you kick the ******* cells bootie!!!!

Lisa P.

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OH, Mary....I am sending good, strong, healthy vibes to you.
And many, many prayers!!!!

I HATE this beast!!!

Big, warm, fluffy Hugs, Kathi

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I just posted this to Fran also. that a friend we met at my husband's chemo--also a stage IV colon cancer patient for 3-4 years recently found a brain and spinal tumor. He has had surgery and radiation and now chemo. The doctors were also surprised it spread to his brain. Please keep up the fight...You are in my thoughts and prayers!!


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DEar Mary: I cannot believe you had this mets to the brain also. I am shocked of it all. Tomorrow
(Friday) I have to get an assimulation to prepare for radiation. DO you have to wear a mask over your face?? I am so scared. I will try to fight this disease but it has taken a toll on me just like everybody on this board. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I will think of you when I am going thru these treatments also. Your friend
FRan from LOng Island.

goldfinch's picture
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I am wearing a mask when I get the treatment. The treatment doesn't last long. I found it somewhat relaxing actually. It is a bit confining, but i don't have claustrophobia issues. When they are making the mask for you it actually almost feels like a warm facial initially. Quite nice. Unfortunately that only lasts for a minute or less before it hardens as it conforms to the face.
My prayers are with you. I don't have the pain issues that you have, so I feel lucky about that. I'm sorry you are going through this.
I remember how well radiation worked on my rectal tumor, so I'm holding on to the belief that it will work just as well as it did then.
May that be true for you too!

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Dear Mary,

I am so sorry to learn of your newest challenge. You have been through so much and I feel so sad that you are having to battle so hard. However, your spirit and determination will serve you well. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers.



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Mary -

I am so sorry about your rotten scan, but of all the people I know, you have one of the best attitudes. SO, fight this damn thing (as I know you will). Looking forward to hear success stories from you.

Take care,

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Mary, Just want you to know you'll be in my prayers as you are in everyones. Keep us posted .
God Bless and sending you a big hug. Keep fighting .


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