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Unread 05-29-2003, 05:08 PM
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Just want to let you know that my heart goes out to you.

I just had my first chemo. It was rough and at first I had a bad reaction to the Taxol. Before they started the second time, I had a thought which helped me so much... I reminded myself that God is bigger than any cancer in me and CERTAINLY bigger than any chemotherapy they're going to use to fight this cancer. So I made a decision to put all this in His hands.

And for the short while I've known you, I've learned you've got a beautiful, strong, heart.

God bless.
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Unread 05-29-2003, 07:46 PM
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Just adding my 's and hoping that this new chemo will be just the thing for you! Keeping you on my 'er list.

Unread 05-29-2003, 10:17 PM
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keeping you in thought and prayer every day, and adding a big 2nd to Maureenie's thoughts on your stong , brave heart. Many Blessings to you
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Unread 05-30-2003, 06:51 AM
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I wish the news could have been better, but you sound strong in spite of it. I will pray that the new drugs will kick that tumors butt. I do hope that you take care, and we will all be praying for you.

Unread 05-30-2003, 10:05 AM
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Just wanted to add my very best wishes... will have you in my thoughts.

Maggie x
Unread 05-30-2003, 11:16 AM
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I wanted to add in my about adriamycin and the heart.

Yes, it can have effects on the heart muscle, which are dose-related. Generally we follow those with echocardiograms. However, even with my patients who have seen some decrease in heart muscle strength, it is easily treated and the body eventually compensates for the damage. I did a study once of sets of twins who had received adriamycin in childhood and were now adults. One twin had had cancer and the other had been cancer-free.

Although I could "tell" who had received chemo by their echoes, in no other way was it obvious -- the twins had similar levels of activity and were in similar states of health.

Adriamycin works so well for so many, I do hope it's the answer for're in my ers!

Unread 05-30-2003, 02:57 PM
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Just wanted to add my support to the heap! I'm sorry that you did not get better news, but you have always been a positive force on this board and hopefully we can send some of that superlative energy back to you! You are in my thoughts and here're some more crossed fingers that this new chemo cocktail kicks some bum!!

Unread 05-30-2003, 06:05 PM
had my muga scan today...

Wasn't bad at all. First of all I took a picture of the machine for my scrapbook. then they took some blood 3 cc's not very much.

they put the blood in a vial, then after 5 minutes put some radio active stuff in it, to tag the red blood cells, then put some other stuff in it, she didn't tell me what it was. Then my blood was mixed with these things, and stood there for 20 minutes.

Once it was time, they injected the blood back in me, then they put me on the bed for the scanner. She said that they wait for the blood to go to the heart, since they are "tagged" they can see it and they see how fast it goes through, how much blood goes through the heart with each beat.

All, in all, even with the waiting, it took an hour. She said it takes longer with people with irregular heart beats. Good news was mine was regular. Yippee something regular in me!!

So now, since it didn't seem to be anything wrong with my heart, I guess I should be able to take this chemo. I sure do hope it works, because this pain is driving me crazy. I think it's getting worse, or it could just be me.

My dr already changed my pain med from darvocet to vicodin and it aint working...

I know I can wait till Wednesday though, I will be just popping pills all weekend.... who'd a thought when I grew up I would be a pill popper...

Anyway, just letting anyone who has to have a muga scan know, it's really a piece of cake. You don't have to drink anything yucky either!!
Unread 05-30-2003, 06:17 PM
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s Tammy

I'm glad the muga scan was an easy procedure. And that your heart is looking good. We on CC could have told the doc that for you!!!
Don't worry about using the vicodan. Keep yourself pain free.
Hopefully this next chemo round will do the trick.
I so admire how your sense of humor always shines through.
Keep your chin up and let that scrapbooking continue.

Unread 05-30-2003, 07:08 PM
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Hi Tammy,

So glad you got some good news from the muga scan. I'll be praying that you get some relief from the pain.


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