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Unread 03-11-2003, 07:16 PM
last chemo

I am having my 6th and final chemo this week ( two more days to go) Today was long. They started premeds at 9:30 and it wasn't over until 5 PM. The doctor said that even though the PET scan i had in Jan showed the cancer is gone it will come back, probably witin a year. He want to do another Pet scan in April and then every 3 months until the cancer comes back. I was really hoping for a better prognosis and I'm feeling very discuraged.
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Unread 03-11-2003, 08:27 PM
last chemo

s Debbie

I am sorry you are feeling discouraged today, especially as you begin your last round of chemo. Allow yourself some time to feel sad, and then work hard to put it in perspective. Concentrate on regaining your strength and then get out there and do some of those fun things you so enjoyed before your diagnosis.
My cancer, ovarian stage IIIc, also carries a yucky prognosis. I am watched closely every three months for a recurrence. But in the meantime, I do not dwell on what could happen in three months time. I have been most fortunate the past 17 months. Still in remission, or no sign of disease. I try to balance my emotions with fact and hope. And each time I have a good checkup, I take those next three months and live life to the fullest.
I have watched your progress closely since the time of your diagnosis. And I am confident you will rebound from this latest bit of unwanted news.
You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Unread 03-11-2003, 09:43 PM
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I know its so hard to receive less than completely positive news from the Dr's but remember one very important thing...

They are basing this on statistics and you are NOT a statistic!!! They have to give you worst case scenario "in case", I don't believe that what they say WILL happen in ALL cases. Too much rides on each of us and our strengths, not to mention beliefs.

So, I'm with Karenann, while it does get old going from appointment to appointment, let go of it as much as you can in between and go do your thing!

Now, on to the celebration on completing the chemo!!!! I'm doing the happy dance for you BIG TIME!!!!!

I hope it goes well and you have minimal side effects. Hang in there gal! You're almost there!


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Unread 03-12-2003, 07:35 AM
Last Chemo and Dr. Gloom and Doom

First, congratulatoins on the last chemo! Over! Done! Hooray!
As for Dr. Gloom and Doom, he's quoting statistics or else is one of those who'll take an umbrella on a 1% chance of rain "because we're going to have thunderstorms today." You are not a statistic--you're a person! Live those times between scans and tests with enjoyment and do what you want. Maybe it WON'T come back!
Unread 03-12-2003, 03:05 PM
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It's great you're almost done with your chemo. You have received good advice as to what to do after chemo. Live and don't dwell on future tests. You're a strong person to go through so much already so you deserve to enjoy life after chemo.

Ruth S
Unread 03-12-2003, 04:46 PM
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s Debbie, I can't add any more than what the others have said. I'll continue to keep you in my prayers...that you be one of the many who beat the statistics!
Unread 03-13-2003, 03:33 PM
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Hi Debbie.

Yes,,, the chemo is over and it will be time to celebrate. How does your doctor know that the cancer WILL come back??? Does he have a magical crystal ball????

I too had stage 3 ovarian cancer and never was I told that it will return...The discussion was, IF it does we will treat it again.

Next month will be my one year anniversary after my hysterectomy and diagnosis. Do we consider that my one year of being cancer free do we wait until Sept. which is when I finished the chemo???/ Either way, I do not care, I am living each day to the fullest, being watched carefully by my doctors, and today, celebrating my 27th anniversary!!

So Debbie,, go and celebrate and I will have a drink tonight for both of us!!!

Unread 03-13-2003, 08:01 PM
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Well, your chemo is done by now. I can see you doing the happy right now! Congratulations! I hope you go and do something special for yourself to celebrate!

I will be keeping you in my 'ers. You have done so well through all of this--try not to let those every 3 month scans get to you. They're doctors--they can't help but look for things that are potential problems. But even IF that day should ever come that they find something, then it's caught early and so much more treatable. Enjoy yourself, Debbie! Right now you are cancer-free. A true reason to celebrate!

Unread 03-14-2003, 02:54 PM
I hope I'm not out of line here..

Though I myself have not had to go through chemo, my DS had a very very aggressive rare cancer at 2 1/2 yrs. My DD was just 4 mos. old. He had intense chemo for a year. I wish it could have been tore me to shreds, I wanted to be the one to take his pain and drugs, but obviously could not. He is now 9! He was followed soooooooo closely until just this year, now he's on a reduced schedule, but I guess what I want to say is CONGRATS!!!! You are cancer free!!!!! And, the Dr. said the SAME things to me, it may /probably could come back , blah blah blah, all the stuff that scares the you know what out of ya. LIVE, LOVE and LAUGH!!!!!!!!!! I have learned to stop being so apprehensive about what MIGHT happen, because I have no control over it anyway, except to keep up with exams, etc. Through counseling, my son has also started to relax about his health, and is living like any other kid. I encourage you to look as much as you can(though I KNOW it's easier said than done) as sometimes, mental state is so important too. I saw so many kids that had no clue what cancer was and they were so up and happy...they had no worry at that age as long as their pain was under was inspiring and deeply saddening at the same time. Sorry to ramble, but want to wish you the BEST life has to go out there and grab it! Love to ya, Cathy
Unread 03-14-2003, 03:19 PM
last chemo

Thanks fo the great advice. You guys are right. The last chemo has hi me hard, but I am going to be glad that for now I am cancer free, keep up with regular check ups and hope for the best. Today my husband replaced the windshieldin my car. For two years I have been peering thru a cracked windshield and now everything looks so clear. Cancer has been like a cracked windshiled that marred my vision of life a but today, thanks to you guys, my vision seems clearer. I e-mailed the Dr. who did the original surgery and said I am ready to have the colostomy reversed. He had wanted to wait until after radiaton, but the tumor board decided not to do radiation. Pretty soon I will have new plumbing and hopefully new hair. Any tips to speed up hair growth. That Miracle Gro works on my plants!

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