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Three years post treatment from UPSC

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I have somewhat moved away from checking this site as much as I used to. Yesterday I had my six month checkup marking three years from the end of my treatment. I was diagnosed in June 2013 and after surgery staged at a Stage 3, 3B or C I'm not sure which. I had eighteen chemos and 4 internal radiation treatments. The journey in the beginning is like your going to climb Mt. Everest and  you currently take the elevator instead of the stairs. Now three years has passed since finishing treatment. Seems impossible that so much time has gone by.  Just as a note my husband was diagosed with belateral kidney cancer a month before me and our daughter  breast cancer in Oct 2014. Also my brother that Oct. with non hodgins and he passed away in April 2015. To say that we do cancer is an understatement

So many wonderful women are posting support, a shoulder to lean on and so much knowledge.  I learned so many things and got great support from so many; the hard part is knowing that several of those ladies are no longer with us. I know that I am very lucky to be doing so well. We will not talk about the neuropathy aned bladder problems. They are well known to many of you.

The really good news is that my husband and I leave for Mexico to spend a couple of weeks with close friends on the beach near Puerto Vallarta.  Countdown to departure is 3 days. He is fine -lost one kidney and had tumor frozen off the other kidny and our daughter is doing fine also. At times when the bad news just kept coming it was overwhelming but we just kept going. That's what you do. To this day I am more compassionate and try to be a better wife, mother, grndmother, friend. They were also so supportive and there for me. 

For those at the beginning of this journey, know there are women here to help you. I know I'm not out of the woods yet but have always been positive that I have the upper hand on this cancer. Four more checkups and my incredible oncologist will kick me to the curb.  It will be here before I know it

Take care




derMaus's picture
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Thank you for checking in and best to you and your family. Enjoy your trip!

beccabtown's picture
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Thank you for posting, Joanne. Your story gives me hope and comfort. Have a great trip!



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Thanks for checking in and giving us an update.  Glad to hear your recent check-up was good.  Enjoy that trip to Mexico!   Please check in again and tell us about your trip.


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Great news Joanne! The life we all hope for!

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Great post Joanne! Thanks so much for the inspiring words. Enjoy your trip.

Love and Hugs,


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So nice to hear from you, Joanne.  Go enjoy yourself in the warm sand.  

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Thank you SO MUCH for coming and checking in and sharing your wonderful news.  So glad your husband and daughter are also doing well.  Sorry about your brother.  You really had a long haul of this stuff!!!  Have a GREAT vacation- enjoy (((HUGS)))

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Lou Ann M
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So glad to hear your good news.  Have a wonderful time walking on the warm beach.

Hugs and prayers, Lou Ann

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God knows we all enjoy hearing positive news! Have fun in the warm water and sunshine!

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Thank you for your great news and words of encouragement! Enjoy Mexico! 

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It's always wonderful to hear great news like this!

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Double Whammy
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Your success is so encouraging to all.  I hope your husband and daughter continue to do well. Thank you for the positive post.


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Excellent update, Joanne! Thank you so much for posting. Let us know how your trip went! Kim

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