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     I have stage IV Kidney Cancer and I was diagnosed as stage IV on August 3, 2011.  I have been through alot of surgeries and I am still here fighting.  I had scans and MRI on July 31 and get results on August 10, but this is by far the worst scanixety I have been through yet!

   When I first came to this sight so many helped get me through and still are, but I could not fight back the tears when hearing about Neil and Djinnie.  Neil was so full of facts and helpful ways to fight this awful disease and Djinnie was just so kind and "strong".  We have lost quite a few since I have been on this site and they all helped to make me realize that I needed to continue living and not concentrate on what might be!

    I want to thank everyone for all their support and love, we really are a big family! I will post regarding my scans, praying everything is good and I will be NED once again!

                                                Love to all,

                                                 Brenda

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Brenda, your story is very inspirational.  You have a terrific sense of humor and outlook.  As my long, silly screen name implies, I am a believer that attitude and a sense of humor can doa lot to conquer demons in life.  You give everyone diagnosed with stage IV perspective and hope to not give up, keep living, and keep fighting.  Treatments are getting better every year.

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You keep living and we'll keep trying to copy you

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Well, my dear, this is spectacular. You are truly amazing. And your surgeries you mention were amazing. Everyone here should read your bio instead of any online statistics. Amazing! 

I had lunch with Ned yesterday (my husband's best friend's nickname for no apparent reason is Ned). I think that's a good sign!

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You have gone through so much you deserve some good news. I hope your scan results are excellent. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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It's great news to hear of a fellow stage 4 survivor hitting another anniversary.  Keep 'em coming.  I like these stories.

Best wishes to you for more of these special days.

 

Dutch

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was a Las Vegas bet, I would put all my money on her. Good work Brenda!

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Brenda,

 

Keep the NED"s coming. They get easier as time goes by.

 

 

Icemantoo

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Good luck with scans! We are expecting NED on 10aug! As said above, you bio is really the best inspiration!

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Always glad to hear good reports on NED good job , keep it up many more years to come. Brenda , you are strong girl.

 

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Brenda,

Yoy're a fighter, and positive. I remember how you told us you're going to have another brain surgery by adding fun to the news! It's great to have people like you around, wishing you NED for this scan and all future ones.

Forough

 

 

 

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Dear Brenda, I am so happy for you. I just had kidney surgery and it has gone to my lungs.  I have clear cell renal carcinoma.  Don't really know what that means.  I have to have a brain MRI and a bone scan next week.  Also, I have to have a lung biopsy done because I just finished treatment in June 2014 for anal cancer which the treatment was successful, but they don't know wheather the lungs have anal or renal cells.   I went for my year check-up for that cancer when they found the kindey cancer.  Not sure what kind of treatment I am having and do not know much about the different types of chemo they use.  Any info about your treatment or type of cancer would be helpful.  I am more afraid of this cancer then I was for the anal cancer.

 

Thanks, Kathy

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YAY Brenda for 5 years!

Sorry you are having anxiety, understandably.

Do you know the Serenity Prayer?

I am sending you a warm, caring HUG!

Jan

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Kathy,

     You are already so amazing to have made it through one cancer and now to have to deal with a second!  My first year of having kidney cancer was just a blur to me.  I have had right kidney removed, bottom portion of right lower lung removed, and had 2 brain surgeries.  And life is wonderful! First and foremost do not stop living, keep making plans, and keep coming to this forum.

   I wish you the best of luck and have a 100% faith in you that you can also beat this awful cancer!

                                     Prayers for good health for us all,

                                      Brenda

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It is very inspirational to see how long you have been dealing with stage IV....especially after the latest loss of our dear friends, DJ and Neil - when it is so easy to get discouraged.

You have been a wonderful example to us all. Thank you for sharing, and always encouraging the rest of us.

We will be anxiously awaiting the results along with you....and cheering you on! Hoping it is a champagne experience for you!

Big Hugs

Jojo

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Brenda, you are very inspirational! You have been through rough times and you always come back.  You will be fine.  The waiting is the worse part. Praying for good results. Hugs...

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Prating for a perfect scan.

I am alive
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You are one tough cookie who has been blessed! Try not to allow your understandable scanxiety to overshadow the joy you have earned at this juncture. Your hard-won experience has taught you that you are strong and can ride this wild wave of uncertainty that we are all on. It's okay to be happy. Try to keep really busy between now and Monday!! Getbout of the house! Take in a move! See friends. Go out to dinner. Take a ride in the car. Start a crochet or knitting project (that's my "therapy"). Be around people. I have found the "busy" strategy to be very helpful in dealing with scanxiety. That and compartmentalization - a fearful thought pops up, throw it in a drawer & intentionally slam it shut. Then go DO something. TV binge-watching works too. This is the weekend to binge on all the episodes of whatever you like - Breaking Bad, The Wire, whatever. I will be thinking of you this weekend and sending you my very best wishes.

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Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary. May 28th was my 3 year anniversary. Best of luck on your next scan results (my next scans are on Aug 12th).  Take care - BDS

 

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     My scans are all clear, and my Oncologist thinks that what we have accomplished is just amazing!  Thank you all so much for the well wishes and prayers, I am a firm believer that they do aid in the process of healing!

I do need to clarify that my 5th year Anniversary is actually Aug 3, 2016, I am now working on getting to that 5 year mark! Doc thinks we will have no problem hitting that 5 year anniversary and then we will begin on the 10 year!

                             Thanks for always being here, love and prayers for good health to us all!

                              Brenda

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That is wonderful news and I'm so thrilled for you! What a great word to her :) May you continue to hear it for many years to come.

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Awesome News! Laughing

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Fantastic!  So glad for you !!! :-)

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So happy for you!!!  Keep NED up!

I am alive
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So happy for you!

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