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zsazsa1
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We all have so much to deal with, I thought I'd start a "good news" thread.  Can be medical, or not.  I'll start (since I'm bursting with it).

My youngest got accepted to Harvard this past week.

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EZLiving66
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That is wonderful, zsazsa!! Let's see....I went to the doctor's on Wednesday and all my tests came back normal (even my Blood Glucose was better) AND I lost three pounds!

 

Love,

Eldri

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Armywife
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Wonderful news, Zsa Zsa and Eldri!

My good news is that in three more days, I will (God willing) see my actual desk that's been buried under paperwork for months, and that I'll be done with all the baking and have delivered goodie trays to my elderly neighbors. Even alone this year, I'm so relieved that I'll be done with all the busy-ness in time to appreciate the real reason for Christmas What a blessing that we are all here to share our good news with each other.  I grieve the ones we've lost this year, and am praying fervently for those we haven't heard from in a while.  My best news for the year continues to be this group and the valuable part of my life you are.

Maxster
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I am glad to hear about your son, Zsazsa and your good results, EZLiving66.  I too had a good exam this month and a CA125 of 5.6! But my best news was the 9/12 birth of my grandson!  Much to celebrate in spite of cancer and Covid!

Fridays Child
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So happy to hear your good news!  I got them to push my CT scan until next month because it makes me feel so bad and I don't have time for that right before Christmas, especially this year, as my good news is my grandson who was born last month!

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Thanks, zsazsa1, for starting this thread. It's very nice to hear the good news each of you have had recently. I also had a clear CT-scan and MRI last month. But I'm even happier that a second condo that I've held onto for a couple of years until the major road construction adjacent to the building was finally completed after a long 2 ½ year wait, sold in one day last month, for the full listing price. Closing is early next month.

I was unsure about listing the condo so late in the year since November isn't usually a good time for housing sales, but my realtor/friend encouraged me to get it on the market as soon as I could because real estate is selling very well right now. I guess the low mortgage interest rates are benefiting those whose work remains steady in this otherwise challenging time. 

zsazsa1
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This is fun!  So nice to hear about GOOD things from each other.

Afoste3
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Hi all, I don't post but follow everything, you have been a tremendous help.  I'm here to support my mom, my good news is her sixth and final chemo will be 12/28!  Her doc was thinking she might only make it through four cycles because of neuropathy.  He thought I was crazy with the icing (which I learned about here) but now he's a believer!  He will change his standard of care for his new patients receiving taxol, so you have all made a difference to many more women than you might have thought Smile

 

 

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So many things in your post to celebrate - finishing the full 6, spreading the great news about icing, and paying it forward!  It's a red-letter day for sure!

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I'm with Armywife. So glad that you shared the good news about your mother finishing her treatment soon AND the impact you've had on your oncologist's knowledge about icing. Thanks for letting us know.

Afoste3
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Thanks cmb and Armywife! After I posted my good news I read about CheeseQueen's passing, which causes me such sadness.  I have a close friend who has a lot of cancer in his family; his advice was to really savor the "up" times because it is inevitable there will be very low points, including maybe losing the person you love.  

zsazsa1
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This is true about everything in life, not just cancer.  We have to take joy in the good times, because they don't last forever.

 

zsazsa1
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So, after bragging unashamedly about the 17 yr old son's getting into Harvard, the next piece of good news is that I finally managed to kick the brilliant 24 yr old son's butt through his associate's degree at the community college, and get him admitted as a junior to the flagship state U!  Now let's see if I can somehow manage to push him through to his bachelor's.  But hey, it's a milestone!

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I haven't posted in a while, like a lot of us who get busy living.  December 22, I went for my 3 month checkup, I was diagnosed September 2018, had a hysterectomy in October and finished chemo and radiation in March 2019.  My gyno/oncologist was very pleased with my blood work and ct scan, I have now been "promoted" to checkups every 6 months. While I feel with having UPSC I will always be aware that this sneaky cancer can reoccur, I'm quite happy for the time being.  I no longer live in fear every day, I am just living my life.  My best wishes to you all.

Molly110
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What wonderful news, Quilter! I had UPSC also and my last chemo was a year ago today. I look forward to the day that, like you, I will no longer be living every day in fear of a recurrence.

 

Molly

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Congratulations on your graduation to 6-month checks! When I changed to those longer checks, I felt nervous at 3 months, thinking how long another 3 months felt after such close surveillance for a while.

I was diagnosed three years ago this month and just had one of my 6-month PET scans and checks this week. Got the news yesterday: All clear, nothing showing up on the scan and the mets in my lungs continue to look completely dead. There is a little abdominal stranding that's been showing up since the very first scan, and it's in a region I occasionally have some sharp pain, but it hasn't changed and they're watching it closely. My gyn onc was thrilled by how good my scan and blood work is looking. So last night we celebrated!

Tamlen

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Oh Tamlen, I'm so happy for you.  May we continue on our path of wellness for a long time, so much life still to live.

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I love this thread. I've read it twice because it is so cheerful. I plan to read it again at the next weekend.

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I agree, such a happy thread.

zsazsa1
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Quilter and Tamlen, that is great news for both of you!  Molly, here's hoping that you will be in the same boat, NED after two years, soon.  You're already out a year from finishing chemo.

Molly110
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Thank you, Zsazsa. It pains my family and friends so much if I even hint that a recurrence is possible, so this is the only place I feel comfortable mentioning it. 

It's such a pleasure to read people's happy news, cancer-related or not.

 

Take care,

Molly

 

zsazsa1
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I understand completely.  When I was first diagnosed, knowing I had UPSC and knowing I'd had symptoms for a year, before surgery, I assumed the absolute worst.  But I had to stay upbeat for my family.  Here, I could be truthful, and I found companionship and support.  

 

SF73
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I LOVE this thread. Keep it coming ladies. Congrats on all the good follow ups, milestones, scans, and successes of your kids.

I want to contribute to this thread with the following news:

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-01-09/pfizer-moderna-mrna-vaccines-could-vanquish-covid-today-cancer-tomorrow

"The better way to fight cancer, Sahin and Tureci realized, is to treat each tumor as genetically unique and to train the immune systems of individual patients against that specific enemy. A perfect job for mRNA. You find the antigen, get its fingerprint, reverse-engineer the cellular instructions to target the culprit and let the body do the rest.

Take a look at the pipelines of Moderna and BioNTech. They include drug trials fortreating cancers of the breast, prostate, skin, pancreas, brain, lung and other tissues, as well as vaccines against everything from influenza to Zika and rabies. The prospects appear good.

 

Progress, admittedly, has been slow. Part of the explanation Sahin and Tureci give is that investors in this sector must put up oodles of capital and then wait for more than a decade, first for the trials, then for regulatory approvals. In the past, too few were in the mood.

 

Covid-19, fingers crossed, may turbo-charge all these processes. The pandemic has led to a grand debut of mRNA vaccines and their definitive proof of concept. Already, there are murmurs about a Nobel Prize for Kariko. Henceforth, mRNA will have no problems getting money, attention or enthusiasm — from investors, regulators and policymakers.

 

That doesn’t mean the last stretch will be easy. But in this dark hour, it’s permissible to bask in the light that’s dawning. 

zsazsa1
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SF, you are right!  The research on mRNA vaccines will now RACE ahead.  That could mean making a vaccine against specific proteins on our cancers, which could destroy them everywhere in the body.  Hmmm, wondering if there are specific target proteins on UPSC cells that are not shared with any other cell types?  After all, we've all had hysterectomies already.  It's not as if we're going to have the side effect of our remaining reproductive organ tissue being killed by the vaccine - that would be the GOAL of the vaccine!   This is in fact encouraging news, and may be a welcome result of the pandemic.

Fridays Child
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My good news of the day is that I still have stable disease.  No change.  Of course, that also means no  improvement, but for today I'm going to take what I can get!

Sunrise19
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So glad to read this thread, and happy to add to it! Just returned from Mayo for my checkup. It’s been a year and nine months since treatments ended. Checkup was good and next one will be in May. Also, I have not had a thyroid check since that surgery last year, and so will need to make appointment but feeling good! My doctor tells me that many of her  cancer patients are handling this pandemic in stride because we have gone through many of the emotional steps so sheltering and mask wearing is familiar. My doctors are encouraging the vaccine ASAP, but not yet available in this rural area. Has anyone had the Covid 19 vaccine yet? Maybe that is a different thread

ConnieSW
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Have an appointment for the 26. Really lucky-my husband was checking the NY state site and appointments went up for 2 pharmacies less than a mile from us.  We learned later that they were all gone within 20 minutes.  Good luck , everyone. I just wish I could give it to my teacher daughter. I am handling being a homebody pretty well and she doesn't have a choice. 

Molly110
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Sunrise, congratulations on the good check up. I had the first shot of the Pfizer vaccine about 10 days ago. Nothing to do with having had cancer; it was occupational. Feels good to have had it, and I'm eager for everyone else to get it as soon as humanly possible.

 

Molly

SF73
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Congrats on the good check up, Sunrise!

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Was my surgery.   Today I am 2 1/2 years NED.   I had an early, very early, serous  endometrial intraepithelial carcinoma.   But as we know that serous word makes recurrence a possitiblity.  So I just realized today is my anniversary.  I am dedicated to helping other women who are diagnosed with this disease.

ConnieSW
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Of course, every day is a celebration but I am looking forward to celebrating another milestone with you in 6 months. 

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I had my first injection of the Moderna vaccine on the 14th. Only side effect was a sore arm that night. No soreness since and no other side effects. Second injection is scheduled for Feb 11. I think I'll be able to go see my sister mid March. This is my good news!

zsazsa1
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When I got an email from the state health dep't asking if I would work in the immunization ramp up, I thought, you know, I'm feeling really pretty good right now (no recurrence of UPSC and the rituximab which kills all my B cells is keeping the lymphoma in check).  If I were immunized, developed a protective titer, and were able to get the proper protective equipment, I COULD be doing whatever they need from me in a vaccination site.  So I went ahead and signed up to be immunized.  Got the first dose about a week ago, Pfizer, had a little arm soreness.  Second dose in first week of February, assuming it's available.  From what I've heard, even people with lymphoma on rituximab had a strong reaction to the second dose - headache, low grade fever, body aches, extreme exhaustion.  So I'm kind of expecting that will happen, and hopefully it will mean that I've developed a titer.

The new administration is working frantically to ramp up a mass vaccination campaign!  That's good news for all of us.

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As Armywife recently wrote, it's been a long winter, so I wanted to bring this topic back to the top of the list so that we can continue to share the good news that is still occurring, even during this time.

As for me, I had my six-month checkup with my gynecological oncologist last week. Since my CT-scan in November didn't show anything, I wasn't expecting anything to pop up during the exam and, thankfully, all is well. It's now over four years since my surgery in December 2016 and almost 3.5 years since treatment ended. Still NED.

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I could not be more delighted!! So thankful for this wonderful news, C!!!

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Love this kind of news!

Jan

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I'm so happy for you! Thanks for sharing such wonderful news with us.

ConnieSW
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I am delighted to share in your celebration

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Congrats CMB! I'll celebrate my check up with you as well. Had mine a couple of weeks ago and all is well. My GYN said this is a big deal - 5 years. She also said I'm not out of the woods but this is a big deal. She also was debating on having me get a CT scan since it has been 5 years. She decided to check my CA125 and if it is still normal, we will skip the scan for now. I am now officially on a yearly check up! She gave me the option of staying with her or moving on to a regular GYN. Of course I'm staying! My doctor is wonderful. 

 

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Oh, what a blessing! I love this kind of news and am so happy for you!!!

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Cindi - the five year mark IS a big deal, so to reach this point is definitely cause for celebration. Thanks for sharing this news. And many thanks, also, for your continued contributions to this board. Understandably, some members drift away once their cancer experience recedes further into the past. So we especially appreciate women like you who stay engaged with us here after their own period of treatment has ended. 

SF73
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Congrats, CMB! How wonderful to hear about these milestones. Zsazsa, are you working with the state health department on ramping up Covid19 vaccination? Jan9Wils did you get your second dose? I read that the body's reaction to the second dose is a bit more severe. Hope you are all doing well!

ConnieSW
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Am a little tired, a bit achy but that just a good excuse to curl up with my library book, CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson. It took nearly 3 months to get from the library.  I wish I had bought it so I could highlight it and write notes in the margins. I used to think that was an awful thing to do but there are so many things I'd like to reread. I mark up cookbooks now too. 

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Connie, glad to hear that you've completed the vaccination process. I'm sure it's a big relief. My hospital system just sent me an email and now I'm set for my first shot on Friday. The only upside to having diabetes is getting in line earlier, I guess.

I have to admit that I've switched more to ebooks in recent years - they're easier for me to read now with aging eyes. I'm not in the habit of making notes in most books, although the Kindle app does allow for that. However, my cookbooks are full of post it notes.

Enjoy the read.

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I got my 2nd moderna shot just before the big freeze hit Texas. I had a fever and a headache for about 30 hours and then it went away! I'm going to go see my sister in Florida next month and I am so excited.

Jan

SF73
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Enjoy your trip, Jan. Traveling to anywhere but especially to some place to see loved ones - sounds so wonderful. 

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