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KathiM
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I had slipped into the background here, having not much to offer with my diagnosis 10 years old...and all was fine.  I have been lurking, however...

 

So now:

A week ago, I was rubbing my left shoulder and felt one of the subclavial lymph nodes had grown to the size of an almond.  This lymph node could be something major....or something minor.  With my history of 2 primary cancers (rectal and breast), it could be either one of those, or potentially a new (!!!!) site.....or even Leukemia....I'm suddenly finding myself chanting "3 is a crowd!".   

BIG kudos to my oncologist and her N/P......they are taking this VERY seriously, and scheduling many things STAT, including blood work, an ultrasound of my neck, and a biopsy of the node that is enlarged. 

I will keep you all posted as I find things out....Dam terrorist cancer!!!!

Hugs, Kathi

Fight for my love
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Dear Kathi, I am praying for you and hope nothing serious. You are a warrior. You were active when I just joined the forum in 2009 when my husband got  his initial diagnosis. You have been always our inspiration. Best luck with everything. Hugs.

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KathiM
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I am also hoping and praying!!!

Hugs, Kathi

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I pray, pray, pray that this is nothing but an ordinary enlarged lymp node.  We are quite happy to have you here posting as a double survivor and nothing else. 

I am holding you in my prayers that all is well, friend. 

Sue - Trubrit

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Thank you, dear Sue....your prayers are appreciated!!

 

Hugs, kathi

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   I have no other words of wisdom. With us it just comes down to good luck //bad luck. I'm hoping for good and if not may it be esaily removed and treatable. Best wishes Ron. 

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I could not agree more...sigh...it's a lifetime struggle with this terrorist...sigh...

 

Hugs, Kathi

janderson1964
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I am sorry to hear about the lump Kathi, I hope and pray it is nothing, but you have the right attitude to face it and deal with it ASAP no matter what it is. Please keep us posted.

 

Jeff

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KathiM
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ASAP is happening....I am grateful for my oncology staff....I was one of their 'poster girls' for survival...cannot let them down now, 10 years later!!!

 

Thank you for your warm words!  I will keep you posted!!!!

 

Hugs, Kathi

dorookie
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It will be nothing, just you wait and see my friend, keeping you close to my heart and always in my prayers. Please keep us posted, love you Ms. Kathy!!

 

HUGS
Beth

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KathiM
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I have you in my heart and prayers always, as well, dear one!!!

 

Love you, too!

 

Hugs, Kathi

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is right! From now on every little bump and pain has our minds racing, it's not fair but part of the new normal. I truly hope it's nothing and try not to do the 'what ifs' before you know anything. Best wishes and good luck!

Easyflip/Richard

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KathiM
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I agree...every twinge we wonder.....but this also caused me to act quickly....I only first felt this a week ago...and was on the phone making an appointment with the oncologist....

 

Thank you for your warm words!

 

Hugs, Kathi

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You are very much in my thoughts and prayers and I sure hope it is nothing of concern.  Prior to my surgery, I had a couple enlarged lymph nodes that showed up on the CT that the surgeon was pretty sure were going to be cancerous (though he didn't tell me this BEFORE the surgery).  Thankfully, they were not (confirmed by both Roswell and my second opinion at MSKCC).  Apparently my body was just pissed at...something.  Probably being poked and prodded so much :-P

Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience that there *IS* the possibility that it's nothing of concern.  I sure hope it will be for you!

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....It means more than you know....

 

(Of course, as I always insisted last go-round 10 years ago, the N/P yesterday gave me every possibility....and managed to scare me stiff!!!  *smile*)

 

Hugs, Kathi

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I just came online and saw your message. I so HATE that you have discovered this lump. Hopefully it is just an infection, but glad that you and your medical team are proactive. I think of you and you beau often and hope he is doing well.

I continue to heal slowly from the shock of it all.

Keep in touch.

Luv Ya,

Wolfen

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I have thought of you so often...and wish that at some point we could get together for a coffee!!!  When you are up to a trip, we would love to see you for a visit in The Netherlands....there is a bright and cheery guest room just waiting for you!!!!

 

Hans is doing amazingly well....this 20-something year old heart beating in his chest seems to be tireless....he out-runs, out-walks, out-bikes me and my 50-something heart!!!

 

I will post as things are unveiled.  Of course my fav Nurse knew that I liked to have all the possibilities, even the scary ones....and then, after listing everything it could be, she said "Or, it could be a passing thing....nothing to worry about.  But with your 2-cancer history, we must be sure!!!!"

 

BIG hugs to you, my dear friend!

Kathi

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thoughts and prayers. It seems so unfair that they can't remove the fear of cancer gene with the cancer. I'm praying it's nothing to worry about. 

Yolanda

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I hope it's nothing. Cancer is a life sentence even if it never rears it's ugly head again because of the worrying. I used to think people were paranoid when they'd have something weird going on health wise and worry that it was cancer. Now I'd be the first one to encourage having things checked out. Almost 50% of people will get the diagnosis. The numbers are shocking and early detection is key. 

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You speak wise words!  It IS a life sentence....I compare it to a large bird of prey, flying just out of sight behind me.  If and when it soars close enough for me to see, as is with now, I take action....

Years ago, before cancer, I would have shrugged this 'bump' off as being a muscle strain.  Now, I know it is a node, what node it is and in what group....and know that it can spell trouble....

 

Hugs, Kathi

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I like your idea of fear removal....it's just such a terrorist, cancer!!!

 

Hugs, Kathi

jen2012
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Prayers and positive thoughts for this being just an upsetting scare and nothing serious.

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I am grateful for your prayers and thoughts!!!!

 

Hugs, Kathi

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Sending love to you Kath and hoping to hear some good news.  So glad your docs are so on it!

 

Aloha,

Kathleen

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There are a few things good about tussling with the beast before...I am taken seriously by my docs!!

 

Love back to you, dear friend!

 

Hugs, Kathi

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Here is to hoping it is nothing.  For what it is worth, I have sensitive lymph nodes from time to time, way (meaning decades) before cancer and nothing to do with cancer.  Just something that happens for me from time-to-time for colds and other things.  

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It is a weird place for a node, in my humble opinion...and 'normal' me (before cancer) probably would not have even thought twice about it....

 

So I guess I should remember that....and keep up the positive thinking that this is nothing!!!!

 

Hugs, Kathi

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Everything that was once normal seems to be potentially not.  But sometimes a Zebra is just a Zebra :)

Wishing you the best.  

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A Zebra just a Zebra!!!  My new mantra!

 

Hugs, Kathi

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Sealed

Luv2lunch
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Hi Miss Kathi,

Just wanted you to know that Mom and I are thinking and praying for you to get some good news. I hope this is not anything serious. We are pulling for you.

Please take care.

Love you,

Linda and Mom

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KathiM
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I am hopeful that it is just a minor thing....maybe even an injury due to a very heavy purse...

 

But I am feeling blessed from all the prayers and wishes from you and all others!!!

 

Hugs, Kathi

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That is just such devestaing news to me.  I'm praying that it is something minor but thankful that you are on top of things.  I'm wishing you well for everything ahead of you and hoping that your boyfriend is doing well also.  You need your yearly travels so this little blip just better be a little blip.

Hugs!  Kim

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Yes, one of the few good things cancer has taught me is to be very vigilant!

 

My beau is doing incredibly well, thank you for your thoughts!!!  In July, he celebrates 2 years with his new heart, and he out- runs, walks, and bikes me!!!!

 

We have arranged for a summer 'country switch' and hope that this thing is just something small...

 

Hugs, Kathi

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Hoping for the best, test for the rest.

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KathiM
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I LOVE the saying....it goes on my fridge now!!!

 

Hugs, Kathi

hippiechicks
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Me too!! I think I will most definitely put that on my fridge! 

Any word yet Kathi?  You are in my thoughts daily ... hoping for just a swollen something that is nothing.

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But so glad for you that your team is taking it seriously.  I've been so impressed with your attitude over the years - making the most of your life with travel, etc.  Best of luck to you.  

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dear Kathi, like you I'm a lurker, not much to offer, 4 years NED now. But when I saw your smiling face I knew I had to read. So glad your other halve is doing great.

yes, we all fear the worst when we have a bump, lump, pain, anything out the ordinary . Good for you to have it checked, better save then sorry later. I'm a firm believer in positive thinking, do I'm sending positive thoughts and lights your way.

i might fly to Holland in September , I have not been back for over 15 years and since my stepdad is still with us it is time to cross the ocean one more time.

scared out of my wits, because of unreliable bowel problems. Never know when it flares up and then to find a bathroom  THAT minute, lol,in holland. If I go I would love to meet for a coffee. I will be in the Utrecht Area, Den Haag en also Leeuwarden. Are you anywhere close to any of those locations?

hugs and positive vibes, Marjan

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KathiM
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....and we will be in Holland in September....LOVE to see you!!!

 

Don't worry about your toilet troubles...there are toilets aplenty!!!!  You can look me up, we live in Zwolle....right in the middle of the country...

 

I posted a new post on my news...it's good!

 

Hugs, Kathi

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Hey Kathi, sorry to hear about your node. Let's hope it's something simple like a pesky thyroid issue. I have one and my neck is always swelling.

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ahhhh Kathi.....so sorry this bump issue has raised its ugly little head......hoping for the very best for you......

sending love from the olde timers club........mags

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