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  • 3 Jul 2015 - 11:14
    lɛftəʊvə's picture

    Blood test results show an increase in PSA and I sat there wondering why at the doctors office after a 2 hour wait to see what the results were/are.

    Walked back home after chatting to partner and called Cancer Nurse who relieved my anguish by telling me that is usual. The increased level is due to the Prostate cells dead/dying cancer giving off PSA. May be another 6 months before things settle down.

    Then why bother with getting blood work done at 6 weeks?

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  • 1 Jul 2015 - 07:57
    Cannistra's picture

    hi my name is jasmine I'm a 48 year old woman married with 2 kids and i was diagnosed with appendix cancer
    In February 2014 since then I've had 3 major surgeries and still undergoing
    Chemo and other treatments. I have a wonderful support from my family and feel blessed to have them
    My husband is fantastic and we are Lucky to have a family business which allows my husband to come to all my treatments and appointments. Sometimes though I need to talk to somebody who understands what I'm going thru. I would love to hear from anybody who has a similar cancer or anybody who just want to talk.

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  • 21 Jun 2015 - 19:00
    AJ18202's picture

    I have researched grief so many times, generally to assist my friends, my colleagues and to assist me in my career. I knew what to expect when I was to go through it myself one day. I even spoke to my family and friends about the fear I held of experiencing it, whenever that may be. I am generally quite an emotional person. I cry when I am happy, I discuss why I am sad and I make I make it quite clear when I am angry. This grief process's a whole new ball game. It's a rollercoaster of emotions that bounces back and forth and can hit at any given moment of any given day.

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  • 21 Jun 2015 - 16:58
    Karina31's picture

    What does it mean to live with fear on a daily basis? How does one live always waiting for the other shoe to drop? I remember being young and facing what I perceived to be terrifying issues. I used to writhe in them, wondering how to be in the world around me. I felt helpless and unknowing of the world. What was it to belong and fit in? How to be a part of…Was my hair okay? Was I wearing the right brand jeans? Did I weigh the same as everyone else, did I fit the mold? Looking back at it all now, it seems so lovingly sweet, so delicate and fragile.

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  • 20 Jun 2015 - 21:42
    Paulpwtierney's picture

    Having successfully completed the prescribed treatment of 35 radiation sessions and 2 chemo ( last one cancelled due to low white blood cell count )I am waiting on the scan for the all clear. The oncologist is confident the lymph node is cactus despite it still measuring 1.5 cms at week four. She said only one or two cases still have a lymph node after this treatment and the next step would be to operate. Has anyone had throat P type cancer ( due to HPV virus not smoking ) and still had a lymph node after treatment ?

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  • 20 Jun 2015 - 20:24
    JLO's picture

    I am a huge believer in "Everything Happens For A Reason".........

    The story I am about to share is a perfect example that there is a blessing in everything in life.

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  • 18 Jun 2015 - 16:46
    JLO's picture

    It was the 1st of June when I received an emotional phone call from my mother in law saying a cyst had been discovered in her pancreas. That night we went to RPA for further CT scans. On the night of the 2nd of June she was given the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.

    The last three weeks have been an overload of information, several tests and scans. Her chemotherapy treatment is scheduled to commence on the 24.6.15.

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  • 4 Jun 2015 - 16:47
    Paulpwtierney's picture

    I have two concerns now. First is re-starting eating and I am imagining food continually but the taste is different. Second is whether the PET scan in mid August will be clear. The oncologist has already said if there is any remaining cancer in the lymph node that surgery is the only remaining option. I am stressed.

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  • 21 May 2015 - 17:07
    Paulpwtierney's picture

    Chemo 3 cancelled due to low white blood cell count. Some small respite but still one stubborn lymph node. After one week at home I am still seriously fatigued and no sign of eating. I had morphine a couple of nights and am mixing it up with panadol. I am still unable to face mouth wash etc. Strangely I prefer suffering. The bite on the bile is strong . I thought I was getting better but after venturing out today for a short walk realised how ill I am.

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  • 5 May 2015 - 12:58
    lɛftəʊvə's picture

    Happy Cinco De Mayo as Day 37 has been a long time getting here. The last of the radiotherapy treatments is in 2 hours time.

    Packed up my bags, booked my ticket home and the 600kms trek begins in a day's time. Back home to reality.

    Cannot say it is going to be easy as there is the unemployment problems looming over my head and that hassle has been there for 2 years. Head off to the employment agencies as I think I have more chances of getting a job then the dole.

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