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    I am updating what has been happening. Tuesday I had (what I thought) routine scans. I got home from the scans around 2:15 I had a bowl of soup and laid down. I fell asleep and slept until around six around 7:30, my phone started buzzing telling me, I had voice mail. My doctor had seen the scans and I was to go to the emergency room because I had blood clots in my lungs and I needed to start medication. Well I called my son and off we went to the ER. I thought that they were going to give me a shot and send me home with some shots and I would come back and start pills. Well no they wanted me to stay in the hospital for two days for observation and go through a lot of tests. Then the ER Dr. said the scans were dirty and there was a shadow on the appendix. So my oncologists has requested an MRI. OK everyone think negative. I am assuming that the MRI will be negative. I will keep everyone posted

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      BuckeyeShelby

      Oh good grief! You've had quite the adventure. Good thoughts that everything just turns out to be a hiccup in the scanning machinery.

      3 months ago
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    I have finally settled in at my new appartment somewhat. The internet man set my internet up Christmas eve, mine was his last setup before going home to enjoy Christmas eve. My son took me to church on Christmas Day and my friend came down from Redmond and took my son and I out to lunch. So all was extremely pleasent
    Southwest Airlines broke my walker so I am pretty much confined to my apartment and to walking with a cane which isn't very far. Southwest just emailed me that they denied the claim so now I have to go through a lot of paper work the compensation
    I have a beautiful view of a grove of trees from my window. But I am saddened by the view because among the trees are 3 homeless tents. I feel so sad because I know how cold these people are. I have decided to turn down my heat to save on electricity and donate what I save to help the homeless. I also want to find a way I can get involved. Sadly nothing can happen until I get the walker settled.

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      BoiseB

      Sorry I haven't gotten back the day after Christmas I got the flu which really knocked me out

      7 months ago
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      Carool

      BoiseB, I'm sorry you had the flu. I know it's awful. I'm glad you're on the mend. Hugs -

      6 months ago
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      Terri

      You are so compassionate, Boise. I wish I knew the answers. I am in charge of breakfast next week at my churches homeless shelter. I wish I could say I did more. It is such a tough job and the same people do it.

      6 months ago
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    I have not been on WhatNext because the day after Christmas I came down with the flu. In the confusion of the move, the concussions, and new cancer, I forgot to get a flu shot. I also misunderstood the insurance agent and didn't sign a document. So I am sick and without insurance. An agent is comming next ween

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    Signing off WhatNext for the next 2 weeks until I get to Olympia WA.

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    I had surgery yesterday still rather painful today

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    Surgery to remove the skin cancer is scheduled for October 30 I am so lucky that the Dermatologist has a friend from medical school who is in Olympia and can do the follow-ups Tomorrow I start Physical Therapy for intense shoulder pain.

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      BuckeyeShelby

      Glad you got the surgery scheduled. Hope PT isn't too bad and helps with the pain.

      10 months ago
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      BoiseB

      Thanks Shelby I have even better news the surgery has been rescheduled for October 24 so I have even more days to heal before the move.

      10 months ago
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      BuckeyeShelby

      Good. Mom's MOHS wasn't too bad, and she had what looked like a mole, but the size of a large egg. Granted, she had aides, as she was in a long term care facility, but still. Not a lot of pain or anything. And it healed up well.

      10 months ago
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    Yep I have squamous cell skin cancer

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      BuckeyeShelby

      Did you really need another one?! Oh Boise... I'm sorry. My mom had squamous cell -- had the MOHS surgery to remove it. Don't know how things would have gone with that as she passed away due to a stroke 8 months later. Totally unrelated to her cancer. Are they going to do surgery to remove that little bugger?

      10 months ago
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      BoiseB

      I am just waiting waiting for the dermotologist to call for the next step. Today I have to dee the Dr. to have my bandage changed. And I have to have something done about the neck injury. I am ashamed to admit that there are pain tears in my eyes. I can here my mother saying ladies don't cry. Because I am dealing with a concussion and neck strain. I am sort of numb to anything else. Odds are still death from fatal fall 95% death from cancer 5%

      10 months ago
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      BuckeyeShelby

      Were you a basketball in a previous life...? I'm sorry you are hurting. If I could do something to make it stop, I would. At least stop trying to be a basketball until the skin thing is done -- no bouncing! Feel better. Hugs!!

      10 months ago
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    Just found out that I have Squamous Cell Skin cancer.

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    Update maybe. When the Dr. cut the infection out of my arm cut she said it looked suspicious so she sent it to the lab for a biopsy fingers crossed that it is now cancer.

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    Fall update. I saw my PCP yesterday and they x-rayed my neck, no fracture. The final diagnosis is a heafty concussion and whiplash. I need to rest and have patience and stay hydrated. I will have physical therapy starting next week. And above all I must be careful,

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      Terri

      You didn't need this!!! I hope the PT helps! be careful!!

      about 1 year ago
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    Eight years ago today, I was told I had an inoperable esophageal tumor and had about 4-9 months to live. I got a second opinion and found a surgeon doing a new type of surgery. I was a tough fight for several years. I even got another cancer. But it was worth it
    Survival is doable and worth it,

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      BuckeyeShelby

      Well, you best hurry! You don't want to be berated by a kitten!

      over 1 year ago
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      Vivbob

      You are a very strong lady, even though I don't know you personally. We all must be strong to fight the Big "C". Thanks for sharing.

      over 1 year ago
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      BoiseB

      I am not really strong, I am just stubborn and very, very ornery.

      over 1 year ago
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    BoiseB posted an update

    Victory Garden VII launched today. I planted purple petunias today I am planning impatiens for the flower beds and herbs for the pots.

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      geekling

      Im so happy for you, BouseB, that you are well enough to take on this both demanding and rewarding project!!

      over 2 years ago
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    Today I am 4 years Cancer Free. Four years ago my Dr. told me that one or the other cancer would return within 18 months. Guaranteed 100% . My answer was "wanta bet" In January my Dr. quit clinical practice to do pure research. I think he might not be able to face the Best April Fools Joke EVER.

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    Had my visit with the new Dr. I am CANCER FREE . I saw a new Dr. who was very interested in my case. He asked me all about the entire history. He seemed to be fascinated by my medical history.

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    Two days ago I received a letter from my Dr. (aka Dr. Doom) saying that he is leaving clinical practice to accept a full time research position. Seven years ago he didn't know what was happening in the neighboring state and he could care less. Now he is devoting the rest of his career to research. I might have a slight responsibility for this. Four years ago I had a slight slip of the tongue. When he told me that I had my cancer was incurable and I would likely be terminal in 18 months. I wanted to say are there any clinical trials. But instead I said are there any grants out there to study these cancers. He came back the next month and talked about several new therapies that were probably going to trickle down to EC. Well I guess he found a place where he can do research full time. I am very happy for him and I wish him success.

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    Yesterday, was interviewed on the phone by the surgical team who preformed my esophagectomy six years ago, about my quality of life. It seems I have become a statistic. They said that the information was to be used for research and teaching. WOW .

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    I went to the Dr. Wednesday for a follow-up for my surgery, I seems I am progressing as well as expected(Dr.'s expectations not mine) . I had to go in yesterday for a test to see if there was a urinary infection. Will know about that today

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      BuckeyeShelby

      Glad you are recovering from your surgery. Hope you don't have a UTI -- you don't need that noise! Also hope you are feeling better.

      almost 3 years ago
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      BoiseB

      Thanks Shelby, I am doing my usual recovery Cha Cha two steps forward one step backward Cha Cha Cha . Today is a crash day. But that is my way just can't do the one step at a time thing.

      almost 3 years ago
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      BuckeyeShelby

      Well, cha in the other direction, please... : ) Hope you can do some resting, relaxing & recovering over the weekend.

      almost 3 years ago
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    I'm Baaack. I woke up at 2 am Tuesday with intense stomach pain and barfing my guts out. As soon as her office opened I called my PCP no one in the office could see me until late afternoon so they found a UC nearby that had no waiting. I went to the UC expecting to be told that I had "what's going around" and the Dr. would give me a prescription to stop the nausea and settle the stomach and tough it out for 48 hours and I would be fine. Instead the Dr. said " I am sending you over to the ER for a cat scan. We left the UC with a supply of barf bags and headed to the ER. I am not usually worried about cat-scans but when one is doubling over in pain and spilling ones guts into a weeks supply of barf bags cat-scan is a pretty scary word. Thank God it was only an obstructed small intestine due to scar tissue from the hysterectomy. I had surgery on Thursday and was discharged this afternoon. Why don't the Dr. tell us about these things?
    Thanks to all who wrote on my wall with concerns.

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      Bug

      So glad you're back, BoiseB.

      almost 3 years ago
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      janec0488

      Thanks for sharing - I had no idea that scar tissue from hysterectomy (had one 10 yrs ago) can cause obstructed small intestine, nausea etc. Were you doing anything unusual (yoga...?) for the obstruction? Here is to your speedy healing process and to this happy ending.

      almost 3 years ago
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      BoiseB

      Jane there are a whole things they don't tell about the late effects of cancer. In January, I had a very large (2 inches in diameter) hernia that caused my colon to go up into my chest and shut down one of my lungs. I was fortunate that they were able to remove the scar tissue with out removing the intestine. It seems that Bonnie and Clyde left a few landmines in my body.

      almost 3 years ago
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    Today marks the sixth anniversary of my successful esophagectomy. I released all my medical records, videos of the surgery and tissue samples for research and teaching. Thank you awesome surgical team and thank you God for six years of life.

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    I had a retake of my blood work for Dr. Doom. I also had a an annual exam for uterine cancer. Great exam all clear in that department. But when I got out of that exam I found that Dr. Doom had scheduled an appointment for next Tuesday BOTHER