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    thanks jennt4211. i am collecting encouraging quotes to keep me going. coming here and drop my feeling or two really helps. my colleague said that cancer is a mental battle, much more than a disease.

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    I will try ginger to better position myself against chemo-induced nausea.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090514221920.htm

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      CountryGirl

      I shopped at an asian shop and purchased ginger candy and also bought ginger tea. I didn't like either one. But I hated the mind-numbing nausea medicine more.

      over 7 years ago
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      chloeblake

      Ginger tea

      almost 4 years ago
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    Reiki helped me and relationship with my husband in so many different way!

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    "the longer i run, the smaller my problems become" by adidas - this speaks to my heart - running through many obstacles, but you know it will get smaller as you go through.... i thank Heaven for possibilities every time i get out from my bed.

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      DaveWaz

      I am glad you are getting out to run. You commitment to exercise is inspiring.

      Hoping your up days start overcoming your good days.

      David

      almost 6 years ago
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    I will be leading the 3 day @ Philly in October. Let me know if you are planning to be there.

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      GregP_WN

      Hey makiko, That's great! I hope you have a great event. You might want to re post this in the questions page so everyone sees it.

      over 6 years ago
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    feeling very guilty now not doing my video and upload - but I am here to support and help. i might return this device, so others can have fun with this.

    I just finished a 6k wood run - felt completely out of shape - heavy legs, people passing me. I was dying (felt like it) - then I remember my chemo days - the whole heaven was coming down on my shoulders, weighing on me, legs were on fire and like a dead wood - i was weak and kinda crying as I could not run at all.

    i still have neuropathy and ghost pains - but these are nothing compared to the dark time with taxotere/carbo.

    I learn how to put myself first, at home and at work. HUGE STEP FORWARD. I do not want to thank cancers as I work every day to eliminate them (wish i can kill 'em!), but these is something to said about coming out of the dark woods, a challenge, but made me stronger and brighter.

    my run today was not good, but ignited my competitiveness i thought i never had. so i say

    keep calm and fight on!

    do not think about tomorrow, or next mile, just this step, just now.

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      GregP_WN

      Good morning! You can still do a video of your cancer journey anytime you want to. We have several people doing them, and we will continue to produce video journey's. We have over a hundred videos now getting ready to post a spot on the site so people can start watching them, and using them much like everyone uses the questions page to gather information about what to expect through their own journey.

      I'm glad you got out and are doing some things. It helps to do things you did pre-cancer to show yourself that yes you can do these things.

      Just let us know if you want to go ahead and do your video, or do it later.

      Thanks for being here,

      Greg P
      Team WhatNext

      over 6 years ago
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    WELCOME to those who just joined WhatNext!!!
    It has been a quite journey but each day I find hope and totally new way to heal. Feel free to drop me a line or so, if you want to talk or ask "anything" in your mind. hugs.

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    7 Nutrition Tips to Minimize Breast Cancer
    Found many good ideas, tips and recipes from Dr. Andrew Weil's website.
    http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00669/lowering-breast-cancer-risk.html
    I thought I already know these things - but having a good list of tips in front of me will make it more like habit than when-I-can kinda thing. Also I begin to get more support from my family - (FINALLY!) grass fed beef and organic berries, etc.
    I hope my daughter would never experience what I've been through - and none of her friends....

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    Just made Andrew Weil's Curried Cauliflower soup - it is packed with anti-inflammatory | anti-cancer herbs/spices. I made with regular milk as I could not find coconut milk, but came out great.
    http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/andrew-weils-curried-cauliflower-soup
    Great way to consume tumeric, ginger, and add protein (cashew nuts), good fat to your diet. Especially, you know, when you do not feel like eating...let me know if you find good superfood recipe :-)

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    I did my first half marathon and felt great.
    I saw DetermiNation, and many inspiring T-shirts, running for cure for cancer, running for a memory of love one, and so on.
    Everyone seems to have different objectives, but we had one common goal - run to the finish line!

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      KarenG_WN

      That is awesome - congrats!!!!! You rock, CranburyMom!

      almost 7 years ago
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    Watching Sex and City 2 re-run on TV. Wondering what my life could have been if I did not have cancer....those women look fabulous - but I do not want to take any one of their life styles - nice to have those clothes & shoe collections though!

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    I found Caring4Cancer site useful. I signed up for supplement subject.
    http://www.caring4cancer.com/go/cancer/nutrition/dietary-supplements/ginseng.htm

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    Trying to find ways to boost my hemoglobin level - currently critically low - my doc wants me to stop running...

    :-(

    Did I complain about my side-effects too much? Now I wish I did not say too much about my leg pains..... :-(

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      akiko

      I believe you are right in discussing every detail with your doctor, otherwise how your doctor knows accurately about you?
      My chemo was postponed since the blood test results concerned my doctor.
      BTW I contacted Nana san. We talked over phone. We live very closely so I hope we can meet in the near future.

      over 7 years ago
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      leepenn

      Oh man - I'm so sorry... How are you doing now? If your hemoglobin is super duper low (I hit that)... Just move as you feel able. RUN WALK is always an option... Run for a short tiny bit... walk it off... repeat. Definitely don't over do it - you'll just pay for that later.

      about 7 years ago
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    SOOO nauseous! This is the worst experience - my 4th chemo was last Friday - continue to suffer from the side-effect, so can't go to work :-(
    I will take one of the options my ONC proposed to me, to stop at 4th cycle. can't wait.....

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    Thanks Doc! My next Taxotere dosing will be reduced.
    I am having many side-effects from the current regimen. We found that official clinical protocol in Japan, and my ONC agreed to try with a reduced dosing. Hope this helps.

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    so glad my blurred vision is corrected. Thanks to my colleague, Claritin helps!!!

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    Thank you all for encouraging me to share all side-effects with your doc!!
    I am seeking a new dermatologist for my burning skin condition. My Onc took it very seriously and referred me to see derm right away.

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      leepenn

      That's good news!!!! I hope you are able to get relief! I had a weird skin rash early on in the chemo... A cream totally helped out with that.

      over 7 years ago
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    Oh..Neulasta - I am super sensitive to. My WBC was 1 (critically low) to 37 (within 6 days). I feel ill, like I have flu or sonething, but happy that I can have spicy tuna rolls.

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      CountryGirl

      I think everyone must be super sentsitive to neulasta. On it, I also felt that achy, flu-like heaviness. But, for me, neulasta also made me feel like my bones were vibrating.

      I had strep throat three times during chemo. Not a fun time. My cancer sister (we went through chemo together) was hospitalized and forced to wear a mask when any visitors came to see her. Please take precautions to protect yourself with such low WBC--I didn't go to church, didn't hug anyone, avoided hand shakes, used my own pen to sign cc receipts.

      I remember going to my favorite tea shop after treatment had ended. I touched the counter. I panicked, worried about germs, how many people had touched the counter, etc. I was genuinely scared for a full minute before I realized that my WBC was 3, I'd been out of treatment for six months, and I could even use the cashiers pen to sign my check without fear.

      over 7 years ago
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    I collapsed @ work yesterday, taking slow today. watch out the 3-5th day after the chemo!!!

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      DaveWaz

      Oh no! Take care of yourself. Keep us posted!

      over 7 years ago
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    having scalp pain! my hairs are falling off like dead christmas tree. love my wigs but feel like I am wearing a huge bird nest. any good experience with wigs..??

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