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Re: Moving Forward with Cancer

Post by Sue Short on Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:34 pm


The news media doesn't media doesn't help either.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:08 pm

TV movies don't either. I doubt anything on tv is close enough to the reality of dealing with cancer.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:25 pm

Very Happy
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Re: Moving Forward with Cancer

Post by ARNIgal on Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:19 am

My mother and her friends have been the biggest believers of how cancer patients are portrayed in the entertainment industry. This was quite maddening in the beginning when I was first diagnosed! Mad
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:17 pm


I can imagine.
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Post by bpaquet on Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:16 pm

I imagine they've come to expect what's normal for you, right?
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Post by fiffur on Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:00 pm

I can imagine how frustrated you were.....I hope they've come around now to the reality of what it's like?
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Post by ARNIgal on Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:44 pm

As for her friends, I avoid them whenever possible.  Their offers of help are appreciated, but its weird still... Along with their offers of help, they'll tell me to call anytime because they're retired and not doing much.  I don't want to be the thing that keeps them occupied!  Yesterday, I actually had a decent visit with my mother.  She came over with my sister Gretchen to drop something off that I left at Gretchen's place.  The only complaint she made was not wanting Beans to sit on her lap because of her claws.  This visit was actually pleasant.  Usually, when I see my mother, I'm constantly defending myself which is horribly stressful.  

This behavioral change of hers might be due to the latest spread of my Cancer.  The latest scan revealed a spot on my left breast which Dr. K couldn't feel upon examination.  I still feel perfectly normal and wouldn't even known about the latest spot if not for the scan!  An evaluation on what to do next will be made at my next appointment with Dr. K in six weeks.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:35 pm

OhMy....I hope they can get rid of that spot as easily as the ones in your head were.

I bet you're right too: mom's nicer because she's finally realizing this condition is serious and she might lose you.

I strongly hope you are around for many good years to come (without pain).
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Post by ARNIgal on Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:28 pm

Kinda feels like I will be! Smile
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Post by fiffur on Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:08 pm

Good! Very Happy
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Re: Moving Forward with Cancer

Post by ARNIgal on Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:04 am

I thought I'd drop in today to say I'm feeling fine despite the questionable spots or tumors that show up every six months.  Most of the time I don't talk about having Cancer just because it bores me so!  Crazy, huh?
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Post by Sue Short on Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:34 am


No, it's not. Thanks for checking in. I know you on FB but I love the coziness of the forum
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Re: Moving Forward with Cancer

Post by bpaquet on Fri Apr 03, 2015 9:39 pm

Me too. I think your feeling great is a terrific sign. What is it all about anyway? Feeling good, right?
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Post by BobCat on Sat Apr 04, 2015 4:40 pm

Feeling good is very important for your outlook, and I think one's outlook is crucial to a proper recovery.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:32 am

Not crazy at all....you're too busy living life to the fullest. Happy to hear you feel good.
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Re: Moving Forward with Cancer

Post by ARNIgal on Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:32 pm

And still, I am.  Yesterday, Dr. K. confirmed that the spot found in the PETscan did turn out to be a tumor.  Since it is quite small, he hopes to keep it under control with the current chemo I'm receiving. Otherwise, I feel 100%!
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Post by fiffur on Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:03 am

Maybe the chemo will shrink it into non-existence? Still, it's good you feel 100% no matter what.
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Re: Moving Forward with Cancer

Post by lovekitties on Fri May 22, 2015 4:09 pm

hope everything is well, Arni
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Post by ARNIgal on Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:35 pm

Everything is fine still, although my last visit to the hospital was for brain surgery.  Considering that particular part of the noggin controls ALL the muscles, I was quite surprised to be discharged in four days directly from the Neuro-ICU! The transporter who was taking me to my mother's car thought he was being pranked! Smile
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:34 pm


Welcome back. I can imagine. Still that was a good kind of prank.
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Post by ARNIgal on Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:06 pm

Yes, indeed! Very Happy  In a conversation he had with a co-worker (transporting another patient on the elevator, in a bed) said he had to call up to the Neuro-ICU, to verify the transport order as it was his first discharge from an ICU  Smile
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:32 pm


Well if anyone could pull something like that off it would be you. Keep it up.
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Re: Moving Forward with Cancer

Post by ARNIgal on Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:24 am

I plan to do that very thing!  Smile
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Re: Moving Forward with Cancer

Post by fiffur on Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:58 pm

I agree, if anybody could pull that off it would be you! Now those guys can't say they've never transported someone home directly from ICU. Only 4 days after surgery.....fantastically fast recovery IMHO. Bet the doc was amazed too.
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