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    One year ago on April 6th, I had my first chemo treatment.
    When I look back now, I can see why they call it a journey. You go so far, need to rest, re evaluate your route.
    I've come a long way.
    I'm working again at my job part time. Getting back into a routine and using my skills plus being around people, is great.
    Thursday's have become my "day off". I've started to get out with friends for walking, lattes, lunch, crafts. It enriches our lives to join others and who knows how much they need us, too!
    I've met a lot of survivors, new friends who are precious treasures! The strength and determination is amazing!
    I still need CT scans every 3 months, but so far, I'm clear of the tumors without a primary. Yay!

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    It's been almost a year ago. The day after my birthday, I went to the doctor because I was having symptoms of gallbladder disease. It kept me up at night with pain in my right ribs and also my right shoulder blade. During the day, I was easily fatigued, and had severe back aches. I missed work and weekends I stayed home in bed. I wasn't aware I had lost my appetite. I didn't care for food.... Not like me! I had lost weight.
    My primary care doctor was unavailable, so I saw a new physician. He ordered an ultrasound, and saw unusual spots by my pancreas and liver.
    When he wanted to do a CT scan, I didn't think too much of it.
    When he wanted me to have an endoscopy, I didn't think too much of it. However, the biopsy was cancer, metastatic tumors in my lymph nodes next to my pancreas and liver. But where was the primary?
    Next a trip to obgyn. Then a urologist for another biopsy.
    Gastroenterology....MRI of brain and lungs. No definite primary.
    Not knowing what I had, I was denying that I had cancer. It must be a mistake! I didn't need to keep my appointment with the oncologist!
    It was all a dream.
    It wasn't really happening...until they wanted to start me on chemotherapy as soon as possible.
    I never wanted to do chemo, ever. Not my idea! But it was the only option. No surgery. I agonized over my decision. I prayed for direction!
    I found support from a few friends, my sister, friends at church.
    Just go with your gut. Trust God. Lean on your instincts. Call for input from American Cancer society. Read material on nutrition, find people who are surviving and thriving. Walk, enjoy fresh air.
    Plan on living.
    I've met the most amazing, empowering people! I wish I had met them first!!!!
    Everyone has a journey of special importance. We need each other, no matter what we are facing in life.

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    Just an update. Thursday I see my oncologist for a follow up. My tumors are almost completely gone. I do not want to continue treatments. My immune system is strong. I'm feeling great now and believe I am healed!