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Biopsy this next week

GGc0ok
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I'm 72 yr old female. I've been sick over two weeks with swollen glands an infection what I thought type of cold. Went to ER Friday Oct 16 2020. Had numerous test done. Results indicate possible lymphoma. I'm to call oncologist tomorrow Monday for biopsy. Needles to say this is scary but I'm going to fight with all my might. Currently I feel like crap. Have no energy appetite almost nonexistant   I'm my hubby's care giver but things are reversed right now. 

i just needed to reach out and listen to whatever anyone wants to share with me. 
thank you GG

cansur18
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I'm new to this community. Just read your post. Yes, it is scary. Thanks G-D it is treatable. I currenty have no cancer after having had a bone marrow transplant. However, having had lymphoma in 2015 and its return Feb. 2020, having had the biopsy's done helped set me in the right direction. We are not alone. Wishing you a speedy recovery and keep going forward.

 

GGc0ok
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cansur
Thank you for your positive title and encouraging words 

 

ShadyGuy
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comes in many forms. Here is hoping your condition is just an infection. As for biopsy, excisions are generally best for accurate diagnosis. Needle biopsies not so much. Please share when you get a diagnosis. Lots of people on here with experience dealing with the various forms of lymphoma. All lymphoma is treatable but different types receive slightly different protocols. Make sure your condition is correctly typed and staged. That is important when seeking advice. Hope you start feeling better soon.

GGc0ok
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ShadyGuy

thankyou for the information and well wishes

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...lymphoma until a pathology report on the biopsy sample says that it is lymphoma. That phrase was taught to me years ago and I find that it is a formula which helps one to retain sanity. When we grew up, and even into our adulthood, we heard that "lymphatic cancer" was the end. As it turns out, several decades of amazing progress have been made in identifying, treating and controlling or conquering this enemy. Lymphoma of all types is far better understood, i.e. medical science did not even know that our immune systems had T-Lymphocytes as well as B Lymphocytes until 1962. Knowledge, looking back, was quite rudimentary and treatment was the same: bombard it with poison and hope for the best.

Some of that thinking still lingers, but there are so many options now. Some types of lymphoma are simply watched for months, years, even decades. Others are treated immediately and many fall somewhere in between. Lymphoma can be diabolically difficult to properly identify, as it mimics other conditions and vice versa. I strongly urge you to seek a second opionion on the pathology, as mistakes are not unheard of. I found out the frustrating way.

BIOPSY: In cases of suspected lymphoma, it is crucial that an entire lymph node is removed for pathological examination. So-called "needle biopdsies" do not provide a good sized sample of tidsdsue and have a higher chance of a false negative result. As well, lymph nodes have an internal structure ("architecture") that must be examined, as it will be gone if lymphoma has taken the node over. Think of peeling an orange and instead of find peel, segmennts,stm and seeds, inside is only a mass of clay. That is the difference between a normal lympho node and one that has become a tumor. Having a node out is relatively minor surgery. Walk in and walk out. "I" would insist on an entire node coming out, as that is your best chance at an accurate diagnosis.

Your attitude is excellent. For reasons not to be known in this life, I expected cancer and was certainly not disappointed. The blessing in that attitude was that it was not a panic situation, but rather a search for the nature of the disease and for the best and brightest to treat it. There is one area in which you also have experiece: you have been your husband's advocate and now comes the time to be your own advocate.

Do let us know how things go and, as you can see, there are many voices here desiring to help.  

GGc0ok
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po 18guy

thank you for your wealth of information. I so appreciate your kind words. I made my appointment for tomorrow morning. Not sure if biopsy will be done then or not. They have all my results from all the testing I had done Friday the 16th.  My infection does feel better although lack of energy is still here. I continue antibiotics through Thursday.  
Im going in there prepared for the worse and hoping it's not.  I will continue to say my prayers and put one foot in front of the other 

thank you

GG

GGc0ok
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Hello All,

I'll be having my biopsy in the morning. I finished my antibiotic for infection on Thursday. I'm still very tired and lacking strength.  But I am eating. So that's a positive. I'm not scared I just want it over.  Please keep me in your positive thoughts and or prayers. 
Thank You

GG

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I wish to welcome you here also, GG.

I was diagnosed in 2009 with highly advanced HL, and was 'clean' until about two weeks ago....damn the bad luck.  I have also had prostate cancer.

Shady, Po, and perhaps others discussed biopsies above specifically for Hematologic (blood) cancers.  The hematologic cancers are of course Leukemia, lymphoma, and Multiple Myeloma.  All are closely related, and one disease can fairly readily morph into another, but the most common transition (by far) is for lymphoma becoming a leukemia.

I just had my latest biopsy 12 days ago.  My surgeon stressed that the pathologists insist on a complete node today, and repeated that aspirational biopsies ('needle draws') are pretty close to worthless, although in some cases aspirational must be settled for, at least temporarily.

MY pathology group says on their website that most results are to the doctor 'withn 24 to 48 hours.'    I am now in Day 12 of waiting.....    I called pathology directly, and they said that due to the complexity of my node (and my previous diagnosis with a rare HL), they have sent my sample across the country to a facility that they use for second opinions.   I was told yesterday that I may have an additional wait of two weeks, for 'technical reasons'  (probably some people are on vacation).     So, in stead of a 24 hour wait, I am in a 25 DAY wait.   It just happens.

You must drive your care: become informed.  Think of cancer treatment as a drive-thru.  If you are asked to pull over and wait, and do not get anything for ten minutes, go inside and ask.  Most likely, they forgot you were there, or gave your stuff to someone else.  Ask questions, including 'stupid' ones, because if you have an odd question, it is probably because you were told idiotic, wrong stuff in the office to begin with. 

I had a dear friend dying of his 13 year battle with prostate cancer in 2012.  He was admitted as an inpatient for a week, due to horrible blood counts.  I went to pick him up, and asked the discharge nurse "if any of his meds would affect his cancer drugs."  She replied, "I have no indication on his chart that he HAS cancer."   I told her that the very hospital that we were standing in had treated him for PCa for 13 years.   I myself have a Board Certified pulmonologist for lung damage and shortness of breath.  He told me to my face five years ago that my lung fibrosis was from stomach acid, not Bleomycin, which is a drug that can cause fibrosis in limited cases (round 2%).   I had a CT two weeks ago, and the Radiologist wrote that, because my fibrosis is stable (has not changed), it must be from the massive chest trauma that I underwnet decades ago.   I was speaking to my pulmonologist about that report over the phone last week, and asked him a question; I could hear him reviewing his notes, and he said "fibrotic involvement due to Bleomycin treatments.'   I did not even challange him about it -- it is a moot point at this point.  He does  not even remeber his own diagnosis of me a few years earlier.   

The only point is that in a hospital, Nothing is impossible.  Get clarification.  Always ask for OPTIONS, which actually, oncologists are usually pretty willing to discuss and involve the patient in.

 

Good luck to you,

 

GGc0ok
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Hi Max

thank you for your welcome and all your knowledge.  You've been through it all it seems. I agree about asking questions no matter how silly it may seem.  My biopsy was needle I believe I counted 5 or so clicks. Pathologist was there to verify lymph nodes tissues.  I had a breast biopsy years back which ended up being benign. 
My hubby has pulmonary fibrosis as well. Also heart, and diabetes.  I'm his care giver. It's like the blind leading the blind here. But we're managing just fine. 
I most certainly send you my positive thoughts and prayers for your results. You indeed have had more than your share. 
I was also told that my samples may go out to different hospitals. I have an appointment next with with my oncologist.  
i apprecrate all your knowledge, thank you

GG

Confusing22
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I had swollen lymph nodes everywhere including groin, severe exhaustion, low grade fever, no appetitie, night sweats and weight loss. Felt so awful went to ER. Blood work came back low white blood count, neutropenic. They did a CAT scan with dye of pelvis found nothing sent me home told me to see an hematolgist. He sent me for a chest, pelvic, abdomen CAT scan with dye - came back multiple enlarged - particularly axillary nodes one 18mm in size - which is not huge. Had mammogram, and sonogram and they found nodes with thickened cortex so did a needle core biopsy - 3 punches. Came back clear. But I'm still tired, weak and feel "heavy" at night (hard to turn over so tired). Still not hungry. They are making me come back in 6 weeks for more blood work and consider taking out a node to look at the whole thing. Dr's seem to be praying attention but not able to figure out what's wrong

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GGc0ok
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hi Confusing, 

Im sorry that your going through this.  I did have my biopsy on this past Monday, also needle with at least 5 clicks or punches as you called them. I felt pretty good this am when I got up. After lunch I became extremely tired again. Went on the bed a couple hours.  I also lost my appetite the beginning of the month that lasted a couple weeks.  I had no fever except for one morning low grade. No night sweats. I haven had huge amount of weight loss just 8 lbs. But Iam eating but at a certain point I can't eat anymore. Oncoligist said my spleen was slightly enlarged so that's probably why.  I go to Oncologist Nov 2 for results. I'm prepared for the worst but hoping for the best. I just want it bombarded if it's Lymphoma/leukemia 

I know how frustrating this can be but we must hang in there and support one another

thank you

GG

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Last I checked, there were 68,069 known human illnesses and conditions. There are many times that number which are unknown to medical science. You can see the difficulty in making a diagnosis. Just know that of those 68,000+ only 125 are cancer types. Our immune systems are unbelievably complex and there at least 80 auto-immune conditions that can mimic lymphoma. Many conditions are nevrer diagnosed, but end up resolving on their own. All we can do is be patient during the diagnostic process.

GGc0ok
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It's been a week since my biopsy. My Oncologist appointment is tomorrow morning. I'm anxious to get my results.  I'm not scared I just want this to have a diagnosis. Whatever it is I want treatment ASAP.  I just need maybe a pep talk or words of wisdom. From what I've read on this forum so many here have kind hearts with so much knowledge. 
Send me positive thoughts and for those with faith a prayer wouldn't hurt. 
Thank You

GG

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po18guy
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I have heard it said, and believe it, that we should keep very busy with life at such times. Finishing up current or older projects, resuming a hobby, or even taking a new one up. Most such conditions are not cancerous, but the frustrating part is that many of them cannot be diagnosed as they are unknown to medical science. Thus, the symptoms are treated and we just bear with it until it either is identified or resolves on its own. 

If pathology arrives quickly, that is also a doubled-edged sword. It might be correct, or they might have missed something. As Max found out, when pathology takes an exteneded period of time, or must be reviewed by a different lab, it can be good news.  

GGc0ok
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po1

your so right and I appreciate your words. I've been getting back my energy and living my life. Getting into my daily routine. I did find out mine is CLL/SLL. I'll have Pet CT done soon.  Doctors words " I'm not going to tell you not to worry, because you probably will, but don't lose sleep over it". There are positives and that's what I'm concentrating on. 
GG

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Praying for you. The waiting sometimes is the hardest part.

Sandy

GGc0ok
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Thank you Sandy Ray

GG

GGc0ok
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Hi All

I had my appointment this morning. Diagnosis CLL/SLL. I'm scheduled for pet scan which they'll call and make appointment.  Also waiting for FISH biopsy.  All lab was good.  Treatment depending on the later.  Otherwise it's monitoring every 3 months. 
That's it for today. I'm concentrating on all the positives the doctor talked to me about. 

Be well

GG

FLmama
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I am sorry- but if only monitoring, that sounds positive! How are you holding up?

GGc0ok
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Hi FLmama

I'm holding up pretty good. I'm focusing on the positives. Need the pet CT and the rest of the biopsy results.  Once all the testing is done then plan of action will be decided.  I said to him can't they just bombard the F----r.  He chuckled and said this may be a monitoring every 3 months with no treatment at this time.  He thinks I may have had this for sometime.  Which I've read that as well. I've been pretty healthy the past few years with the exception of getting a cold/virus 2-3 years ago which I did bring to the attention of my GP my swollen glands by my collar bone.  But I got better swelling went down. That was that.  He asked me about having night sweats where I need to change PJ's and sheets, I said No, what about a fever of 101+ I said No, what about losing 10% of my body weight I said No. I told him I'm getting some energy back so that I'm able to get some things done around the house. But I still have bouts of being tired. Also currently some constipation. Which I'm taking colace for that. I asked him if coloring my hair all these years could have made me sick.  He chuckled and said No.  

He said I'm not going to tell you don't worry because I know you will, but don't lose any sleep over it.  
So for today that's what I know.  I will continue to put one foot in front of the other get the testing that is needed done.  Then take it from there.  
My biopsy tests have already had second opinions which they concur with diagnosis. 

Hugs to you my warrior

GG

FLmama
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Well I think thatoverall that is truly encouraging news... When will you do the PET? I know that will be next for me as well. I was stunned at the cost! Ranges from 950-3500 with my (sh*tty) insurance! I couldn't get pre-auth for that unti I had my CT scans done. 

My doc said that the PET would be first so they would know what to biopsy, unless it's abdominal that lights up, where I would see an interventional radiologist (I think I've got that right.)

You do sound healthy without too many of the typical complaints- that's got to be good! I too consider myself healthy- never sick, I am not oveweight, I eat right and I am a runner but I do have Hasimoto thyroiditis and some autoimmune issues- I believe that can be a precursor. I'm sure I will learn a lot more about all of this in the months to come...

My scans (neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis) are tomorrow morning. I cried a little today but trying to stay positive for sure. I don't want to hear that that it's lymphoma but I do want to know what it is to begin fighting it. 

I guess I am nervous becuase it's 2 AM and here I am instead of sleeping. Going to try for that now. Hugs right back to you!

ShadyGuy
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In my experience a PET includes a CT scan. The CT is needed to accurately locate the hotspots picked up by the PET. 

GGc0ok
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Hi FLmama

been checking the boards to see if you've added any updates.  Thinking about you. I know you said you were going to have your scans. Hopefully you've had that done. 
Sending you my positive thoughts and prayers.  We got this!!

Hugs 🤗 

GG

FLmama
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I appreciate your positive vibes- I feel them! Okay so I am cautiously optomistic about this...

Had scans of neck, chest, and abd/pelvis done Tuesday and I just checked the patient portal never really expecting to see my results posted but there they were!

Basically, chest had nothing. There are nodes in my neck, abd/pelvis and bilateral groin, but they are all measuring ~1cm and each report said "nonspecific. Patient may be followed clinically. Otherwise unremarkable."

Is it me or does this sound like very good news?? I cried my eyes out but before I actually celebrate, I need to see my oncologist Monday morning... I was dreading that appointment but now I am looking forward to it! On the other hand, if not lymphoma, I can't help but wonder what the heck is going on with me. Blood work looked normal except for an elevated reticulocyte count, but I am anemic so that makes sense. I really just don't know what to make sense of this. On the other hand I do not know what "bad" scan results would say... I think I need to stay positive and wait til Monday.

How are you doing processing your dx? Feeling good? You've been on my mind as well for sure.

Betwee the election and health concern, I have not slept near enough this week. Time to put my head on my pillow. HUGS XOXO

GGc0ok
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Hi FLmama,

that is the best news, I'm so so happy for you.  It all sounds very positive to me.  My Pet scan is scheduled for the 17th. Then the 18th oncologist appointment.  I've shared my news with my next door neighbors.  I cried when telling them but I brushed away the tears and told them all the positives.  I'm feeling pretty good.  Energy level getting better every day. I actually ran a couple errands yesterday and cleaned up our back patio a bit. 
I've lost 8 lbs but it's holding.  No fever or drenching night sweats. 
For you on Monday I'll be waiting for your oncologist diagnosis. Which sounds to be that all is good.  
Sleep does wonders. Have some Chamomile tea try to calm yourself and distress. 
Watch some Schitz Creek and have a good laugh 

We're warriors together

love GG 🤗

FLmama
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That should be your warrior nickname-- strong and powerful. I like it!

I'm so glad you're feeling well and really happy you shared with your neighbors-- I hope they are a source of support and comfort for you. Sounds like you are energized- good for you! And I had just recently found Schitt's Creek myself- what a great show! Much needed laughter :) 

I feel so lucky to have my sisters to talk to, even though they are not local. I told my brother what's going on with me yesterday and it felt so strange to hear the words coming out of my mouth. Sigh. I keep praying the next bit of news I share will be positive. Dying to talk to my mom about but don't want to worry her unnecessarily. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend- hopefully you are taking care of yourself.

Hugs to you XO

GGc0ok
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thank you sweet warrior for the Nick name I'll use the X in your honor 😊

when I heard the words coming out of my mouth I actually couldn't finish saying Cancer I broke down then momentarily.  I have three daughters. Two of my girls are supportive and loving. One of my girls wants nothing to do with me, over the last 5-6 years. Lives right here in the same city.  One of those family falling out. She is the one I was most closest to. It broke my heart still does.  But I pray for her every night as well as my 3 grandchildren her children. 
Like you I want to talk to my Mom, only my Mom passed away in 2006.  I long to hug her hold her hand , I want to here myself say "Hi Mom".  If I were you I'd talk to your Mom. I'm sure she'll have a hug for you and much more. 
In my prayers tonight I'll pray for good news, anything positive for both of us. 
Were watching the last episode of Queens Gambit on Netflix. It's different but it's kept our interest. About an orphan thats a chess player.  Takes us from her childhood to adulthood.  Very Good

You have a good weekend as well.  Hopefully your taking care as well

Hugs Goodnight

GGX

FLmama
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Hey my warrior sista, 

I'm so sorry about your daughter-- I cant imagine how painful that must be. I pray that I will always be close with my kids but it's a 2 way street for sure. Is there no way to repair? I hope someday it will all be mended, especially since there are grandkids involved. I will call my mom tomorrow now that I have more of a complete picture to share with her. She is in NY and I miss her every day-- I lost my dad 2 years ago and I know I have been clinging to her a little more tightly ever since. 

So I just posted this in my original post in response to someone else but here is my update:

I was told today for the second time since all of this started that I am an enigma (great.) I saw my oncologist yesterday and she reviewed the CT scans-- nodules everywhere but my chest-- measuring up to 1.2cm. Apparently over 1cm may indicate malignancy. So she wasn't necessarily impressed-- said we could do a PET scan but she wasn't sure it's necessary (so I reminded her of the $1000 copay for that and if I need it okay but if I don't, LET'S SKIP IT!) Same for biopsy, she said they're all small enough she didn't think it's warranted just yet. SO for now we are "actively monitoring"-- she wants to see me every 3 months unless something changes. She said she cannot rule it out becaus it may be indolent lymphoma and we need to wait and see. Not crazy about that-- I don't get the big sigh of relief of it being ruled out, but I can't be proactive and treat it. Mixed emotions.

Today I saw a GI doc because I am 51 and need a colonoscopy, and honeslty I have always had GI issues. I of course told her about this recent lymphoma concern but also mentioned that I have chronic fatigue and have had chronic anemia for my entire adult life. Had a fascinating conversation-- she said this may all be Celiac disease! Anemia and SWOLLEN NODES can all be related... I am a nurse and had NO idea-- never heard of this before. Hard to believe that no one ever suggested this simple blood work for me before. I cannot wait to get it done! (Sidebar-- there is a link between celiac and lymphoma. sigh. No hiding from this!) But she did say "I really hope this is all realted to celiac. I can fix that."  I am keeping my fingers crossed.

This has all been soooo stressful, but she was so wonderful today- she looked like she wanted to hug me and she kept saying "I feel so bad for all you've been going through." I had to pinch my finger not to cry. It felt good for someone to acknowledge how challenging this truly is. 

I haven't heard of Queens Gambit but I will check it out-- always looking for a good show. I just watched Dr. Foster on Netflix which was unexpected but enjoyable :)

Will be looking forward to hearing from you again... 

{{Hugs to you}} 

GGc0ok
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Hi my warrior sis,

That all sounds so positive, really good.  Let's pray this is all allergies or celiac I mean I don't wish ailments on anyone but to have that verses the L's would be a deep breath changer. 
Awww I'm sure she wanted to hug you. Those times I usually break down myself. I'll have to remember pinching myself. 
Sweetie my oldest daughter is 51.  You could actually be my daughter. That's funny the years go by way too fast without us even realizing it. 
Your post is positive and uplifting. My prayers and positive thoughts ongoing.  
I was so glad to see your updated post.

Thank you for your kind words about my daughter   
We finished Queens Gambit,,, then watched Mile 22 movie both 5*

We Got This!!

Hugs 

GGX

FLmama
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I don't mind you wishing celiac on me, LOL! I'll take it...

I honestly have been feeling better emotionally. Got to have hope, right? I haven't eaten so well in the past few days and have had an accompanying upset stomach- so it really has me thinking. Don't really want to change my diet but will absolutelu do whatever I need to in order to feel better. For example, I have been anemic- and quite frankly- TIRED for most of my adult life...  so while these symptoms fit the clinical picture of L, it may make more sense that it is a chronic issue like Celiac. Trying to not think too much about it though until I get my results back. 

Regarding your daughter-- I just know there is nothing more special than a mother-child relationship. We all have our issues and family cr*p, myself included, but I will remain hopeful that you will work it out. She sure is missing out on time with her STRONG and inspirational mama.  For that, my heart aches for you, and for her too.

I will start Queens Gambit this weekend. Nothing better to do! I had been dating here and there but this has had me so freaked out, I have really just kind of shut down. Haven't been out with friends, or on a date, in months. Maybe soon? Maybe. LOL.

Hope you have a spectacular weekend! You're right, we've got this!

{{hugs}}

FLmama

GGc0ok
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Hi warrior sis, 

Im so glad your feeling emotionally better. That helps you so much. Always have to have HOPE! 
That's OK about my daughter. I don't dwell on it anymore.  Life's too short to have drama that's petty. She knows I love her I pray she loves me.  It is what it is. 
It's definitely hard to have any type of social life this whole year. For Bobby and myself it's been a year now. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, plus has heart, and diabetes,and has had a colectomy. I'm his care giver. But in Oct he was mine. 
My you get daughter is having a baby in Jan and I'm flying to Az to be with her.  She's by herself.  I had mentioned this to my Oncologist that I needed to go to Az for a month. He said he didn't see a problem with that. Also Bobbys daughter will fly out from NJ and stay with her dad for the month. It's all worked out, tickets bought. 

Bobby and I need to find something else to binge watch.  Thank goodness for TV entertainment

Fingers still crossed for celiac  

You have a great weekend as well 

Hugs

GGX

 

Samiam1114
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That could be great news! When are you getting the blood work done for that? Hoping it's nothing serious!

FLmama
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HI Sam,

I had the bloodwork done earlier today. I am PRAYING that it is celiac-- I've never been more excited to give up bread and pasta... I had pizza yesterday and two hours later I had such terrible stomach pains...  really has me thinking. The tech said results in about 72 hours... Fingers crossed!

 

How are YOU?

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This may not help, but celiac, mostly untreted celiac, is associated with an extremely rare and highly aggressive T-Cell Lymphoma: EATL - Enteropathy Associated T-Cell Lymphoma. However, it progresses so quickly that there would be little doubt of its presence. Rather, how about one of the other 68,000+ human illnesses? Gastritis? Colitis? Anxiety? Yes, anxiety by itself can cause over 100 actual disease symptoms, with no disease being present. Far more easily and effectively treated. 64 million Americans - one in five - suffer from some form of anxiety. 

FLmama
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I did actually see that somewhere... but my test came back negative. Back to the drawing board Frown

ShadyGuy
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but dying is associated with being born. I checked and 100% of the people who died last year in the USA were at some point in their lives born! Imagine that - 100%. Birth obviously causes death. Could the trick to avoiding death and its causes be to never be born? Of course not! Anxiety, like most other human conditions, is a primal survival trait. It keeps you alert to danger. The main difference between people and animals as relates to anxiety is animals live in the moment and anxiety goes away when no longer a benefit to survival. Humans live in a weird combination of past, present, future and anxiety can hang around when not beneficial and create problems. The trick is to keep anxiety under control. Nero was probably not anxious while he fiddled as Rome burned. But maybe he should have been.

In my non-professional lay opinion you will be fine FLmama. No need to worry about some weird form of t-cell or for that matter being struck by a meteor. You will be fine.

FLmama
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That made me laugh! (I needed that.)

Got my test results back and I am negative for celiac. Beyond disappointed. 

Still have large, firm glands in my neck but I will wait until I see my oncologist again. She assured me that even if I have lymphoma, no treatment right now. Goig to be a tough holiday season but I will appreciate every moment of it!

Thanks again :)

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