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  • 24 Dec 2010 - 13:27
    Vicki Anne's picture

    Merry Christmas to you all. I do hope you are blessed with lots of loved ones around you at this time.

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  • 22 Dec 2010 - 14:39
    Phiross's picture

    I had my first 3 month check up yesterday and I really don't know what I was expecting from it, but I really thought I would get some sort of scan or something to appease my mind. I had a pelvic examination and the doc says all looks good, of course it does, that's what the gyn/onco said even after a colposcopy. Wasn't till they cut into me that they could see anything. So this gives me no relief.

    How do I know that I don't have cancer anymore when I didn't even know I had it in the beginning?

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  • 20 Dec 2010 - 18:41
    Bluejandaling's picture

    During treatment I just had to get through it. Shopping therapy was part of getting through it. I told myself, if I get to the other end in one piece, I will have the luxury of paying bills, doing my taxes etc... So now I'm at the other end, and all of a sudden the bills have landed!

    So while I'm navel gazing about life, death and everything in between, the inane reality of living has hit home. And it's nice.

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  • 19 Dec 2010 - 19:24
    Bluejandaling's picture

    I was raised an atheist but have always wished I could believe in God because it would make life easier. During the cancer ordeal, I had to believe that there was a bigger picture and I had to let go of this control I thought I had over my life.
    Getting cancer was like any trauma. At first I didn't feel right using the word trauma but when I thought about it, it was like a serial killer decided to pick me, except the killer was my own immune system.

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  • 19 Dec 2010 - 12:06
    Vicki Anne's picture

    Well I spent half of Saturday in the emergency dept. Started off with a nice little trip by ambulance, lovely guys they are.
    I had pain all night and took alot of drugs early in the night to try to dull it. even Endone was not doing the job. Finally got some sleep around 1.30am. Then about 6am woke with more really bad pain(about 7-8 on the Richter scale). They gave me quite a bit of Fentinel(spelling?) on the way in and that was really good stuff Smile

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  • 18 Dec 2010 - 21:24
    Bluejandaling's picture

    I had a chat with a survivor who was really anxious about secondary cancers etc... Just what has poisoning the body done. Sure she's cured, but at what cost.
    Maybe I'll have the luxury to worry about this when I've survived past the 5 year mark as she has.
    But from where I am now, I just think well there are increased risks but there's never a 100 per cent certainty. I know I am now a 1 in 50 risk for something. That's 2 percent. And 1 in 300 for something else. My odds of getting NHL were not high and I got it. Lymphoma is more common now but still rare.

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  • 18 Dec 2010 - 21:13
    Bluejandaling's picture

    I caught up with a friend who's back in town for Xmas. I know it's only been 3.5 weeks since the last chemo, but I'm feeling really good.
    Going to the beach everyday for a quick dip in the ocean has helped. The cold water invigorates me and I get a dose of vitamin d. I'm careful to not spend too much time in the sun as the drugs I've been on make me photosensitive.

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  • 17 Dec 2010 - 18:27
    Vicki Anne's picture

    My daughter went home interstate today. I cant believe the incredible feelings of sadness that have overwhelmed me this afternoon. I cry at the drop of a hat. I miss her already. this is not a normal reaction. Although I did feel a bit over emotional earlier in the week as well. I think I have just had enough of the chemo. fingernails are starting to look ridgey (is that a word) and red also.

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  • 17 Dec 2010 - 09:59
    <none>'s picture

    Hi All,

    Saw the Onco yesterday and all things seem to be going OK,3 monthly visits for the next year, He is happy with the free flap and i have to manage the Lymphedema with my good massaging techniques, hopefully softer than his hands as he nearly choked me.

    Now all i need is some calm weather so i can get my RC heli in the air and hopefully keep it there.

    Xmas wishes to you and your families.


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  • 16 Dec 2010 - 20:17
    Vicki Anne's picture

    I have 2 weeks to go with chemo. yahoooooooooooo......
    I finish on 30th December. Not quite in time for Christmas but certainly in time for New Year. PICC line comes out and I will be free to a certain point for new year.
    The tumours have not gone away completely and probably never will, but they are shrinking. So it should be contained for a while. I think they were a little surprised at how well I am going at this stage. Fingers crossed it will go even better in the January scans.

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