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NAKED HAPPY DANCE!!!!

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KathiM
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I went for my mammogram today. My center has the latest technology...digital...so I got the results right then and there....

NO EVIDENCE OF DISEASE!!!!!!! NED!!!! The breast beast has been vanquished!

Thanks for all the support, and I AM getting my 'neck to knee' CT scans done in November for the rectal cancer...(after we return from Turkey).

I am SO dancing naked right now!!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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Oh Kathi.... I am soooo excited for you, you'd almost think it was me dancing for myself!!! I am sooo friggin' (are we allowed to say that here??) happy for you, I could just cry!!

In one of your other posts, you had mentioned that you were 53 yrs. young... and when I read that, two things immediately jumped to my mind:

1) You do not LOOK 53 yrs young!!! If we were to have a guessing game, I would not have put you past 30 yrs... and even then, I would have thought "Am I being mean? If she's 25 yrs, then she is going to hate me for guessing 30 yrs!" :) :)

2) We are the same age... well, we were born in the same year. I was born in January so I'll become 54 early in the new year, but still... it was a very good year for givin' birth to babies :) :)

So, I can so relate to you when you talk about the fears, the scares... and then to find you have been battling a few of these beasts, not just one! And you DID it!! You slaughtered them and made their friends back off. You are truly an inspiration to me!!

I would do the nekkid dance for you, but that might cause an evacuation of my neighbourhood

Hugggggggs,

Cheryl

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Congratulations Kathi...I know how you must feel now.................Absolutely Wonderful !!!!!

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Hey Babs... what prep do you drink for the CT Scan? The only thing they've made me drink is water. 500ml before I leave home and then another 500ml bottle which they give me when I get there.

I haven't had the CT Scans with dye... is the prep stuff the dye?

Hugggggs,

Cheryl

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I HATE this stuff, especially since they are always pushing the bananna!!!

The berry has better flavor....

Hugs, Kathi

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LOL! I can eat/drink pretty much anything when required, but I always actually like the banana smoothie taken with the CT scan! Weird, especially since the first time I had to drink one was shortly after that first colonoscopy and hearing those 3 awful words! I suppose it's so much better, for me, than is the PET, since I am claustrophobic!
Mary

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Babs... the PET scanner is like the CT scan... only a bit longer on the inside. There's an opening at both ends.

If you get claustrophobic during a CT scan, then the PET scan may not be any different. What I would suggest is that when they send you into the machine... close your eyes. Just go off into a little dream world of your own... and don't open them again until it's all over. You may even fall asleep, except the voice of the technician comes in over the sound system to keep telling you how much longer you have.

The scan takes about 30 minutes.

Hugggggs,

Cheryl

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yes, the PET is in between an MRI and a CT. It's longer than a CT, so your entire body can be encased in the scanner without having your head hanging out the end. I suppose if they didn't jam you so darn close up to the top of the scanner it wouldn't be so bad! I take Ativan to relax me and I do just fine. The first time I took one I thought I would be tough, how bad could it be? I spent the entire time in the scanner, which felt like 2 hours, imagining myself freaking out and demanding they get me out NOW! I tried to position myself so i could keep an eye on one or the other of the openings, but you can't move or the scan doesn't work, so it was tough! With the Ativan, I am able to close my eyes and relax, as Cheryl says, and it goes quickly with no problems! I figure we have enough anxiety with this whole beast, I don't need any unnecessarily added!
Mary

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I am very claustrophobic too. I found that with having them turn the music really loud so I could hear it and concentrate on it on both sides that helped. Plus I asked the tech to inform me periodically how much longer. And, of course, keeping my eye shut the whole time. In the first one I had, before I figured out the music thing, I started counting and just kept that up the whole time. Can't remember how far I got but it helped. For the CT scan I found the berry contrast worked best for me.

Dick

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Interesting... I've heard of the CT scans with contrasting dye, but I've never had one. I wonder what the criteria is to have a CT scan with the prep and the ones without? I'll keep my fingers crossed that whatever the difference, I don't need one :)

Hugggggs,

Cheryl

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So happy for you! You have great reason to celebrate. I am glad you are getting the scans done in November----it will give you more naked dancing! Take care...and enjoy!

Faith

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Great news! Celebrate all weekend and then some!

*hugs*
Gail

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Great news, Kathi! I am sure the November scans will be just as joyous!
Mary

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That's so wonderful, Kathi! I'm so glad you're doing well!

November will bring more good news!
Many hugs,
Krista

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Kathi,

I'm so glad for you! Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Claudia

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ldot123
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Great News,

I enjoy your responses to my posts. Keep on rockin!!!!

Lance

kmygil
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Congratulations, Kathi! You are "da bomb" fighter! Naked happy dancing all around!!!

Hugs,
Kirsten

rrob
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Kathi,

Congratulations! Celebrate and enjoy every minute. You are a warrior!

Rebecca

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Super news, Kathi!!! Enjoy your trip to Turkey and don't worry about the CT. It will just comfirm your NEDNESS!!

Hugs,

Kay

jabrown
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Kathi, I can only imagine how you feel. I just had surgery 4 weeks ago and will be starting chemo next week. Congrats! John

hopefulone
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Awww Kathi... that is so totally GREAT! I'm am SO happy for you. GOD BLESS ...and KEEP DANCING GIRL!

Hugs, Diane

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dixchi
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So happy for you and good luck with the scans; it pays for us to be our own
advocates and stay informed of what we need. I am now at midpoint with the FOLFOX
treatments; four more to go and then scans in early December. Hopetful that all will
be clear.

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That's wonderful Kathi. You are like a brigth light for the rest of us. I always look forward to seeing your posts. Have a fantastic trip- just don't do your Naked Dance in Turkey, you might end up in prison (lol).

Dick

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butterfly23
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Whoa what a weight off your shoulders!! Congratulations! You truly are an inspiration for all of us! God Bless!
Karyn

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So glad to hear your good news. I just had my mamogram and received a good report in the mail today. Celebrate in Turkey, and be careful not to fall off any bars there.
Jo Ann

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KathiM
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Thank you, Jo Ann....I AM getting excited about the trip....we leave one week from tomorrow!!!

I just remembered last night that I actually have to PACK this time (when we go to Holland, I have clothes there already)....lol!

Congrats on your good news, and hug everyone in S.F. for me...

Hugs, Kathi

pink05
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Kathi,

So happy to read about the great results from your mammogram!!! I'm sure your next scans will turn out fine as well. Have a safe trip!!!

God bless,

-Lee-

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Great Kathi!

Since I am just at the beginning of my journey, you give me hope!

Vicki

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