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    SullyJackson posted an update

    Follow-up visit Great News! No cancer showing. The only change was some more scar tissue on the lung from the radiation. The doc isn’t ready to say I’m cancer free but close. It’s been 14 mons. since dz.

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      BoiseB

      It is great to hear from you. This calls for a celebration. Open up a pint of Ben and Jerry's

      almost 4 years ago
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      Ejourneys

      Terrific news!

      almost 4 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      Good news!

      almost 4 years ago
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    Found out 2/11/15 I had a lung infection caused by radiation. I have been on steroids, antibiotics and oxygen since then. Finally, 5 1/2 weeks later, I'm starting to feel better but having some problems feeling sad and sometimes disoriented and confused. I think it must be the steroids. In a couple of weeks I will have another CT to see if the infection is gone and I can get off them.

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      VickieK811

      I was diagnosed with rib and lung inflammation and pleurisy. I was on Decadron and pain meds. Had a reaction to the decadron, placed on medications to combat those problems. I continue to have lots of pain in the rib cage and incision site from radiation (finished radiation on 2/13/15) and was told it will take a long time to improve, or may stay forever. If I move my left arm in a certain position or raise it above the rib cage level, the pain shoots through the area. It is very hard adjusting to what I can no longer do because of the pain. I also started using Milkweed cream and rub it directly on the incision and rib area. I think it works, but I also use pain medication, so I am not sure which has been most effective. I did go through lots of depression and sadness while on the steroid. I cried all the time, even in the office at work. Luckily, one of my co-workers is a breast cancer survivor and provided lots of hugs and helped me through the days I was on it. I no longer have the depression or sadness from it as it is now out of my system, but I do have lots of anxiety from scans coming up. Good luck! I hope you do feel better soon. It does take time to recover and I hope yours comes quickly.

      about 4 years ago
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    I've had my first CT scan following chemo and radiation. The good news is that the tumor and lymph nodes have shrunk significantly. Not so good, the tumor is still there. The chances of it being all gone were pretty slim from the beginning. The part I didn't know about is that the tumor continues to shrink. Not sure how long that will continue but will have a CT every two months.

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    Just wanted to share that I have another problem at home. My husband is very ill and I'm trying to take care of him too. He has fallen 4 out of the last 5 nights while I slept. He has end stage emphysema, a morphine pump for back pain, uses a walker and is going down hill from there.
    Currently looking to get help in my home. Don't want to put him in a home. Some days I think a blessing would be for us to just go at the same time. Not that I would make that happen, just sometimes we both think that.
    We have other family that we would never do that to, including a wonderful grandson who still needs us and doesn't need more stress in his life.
    Just being honest. Keeping the good thoughts. sj

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      KimberlynJ

      Hi Sully, my heart goes out to you! What you're dealing with is overwhelming and unpredictable. Ask and be willing to accept help from others. There is nothing good or right or fair about what you're going through. Stay in the present as much as possible and visit this site to unload.

      "You can do no great things, only small things with great love." - Mother Teresa.

      almost 5 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      I'm sorry your husband is having these problems. I know it's tough. We took care of my Mother in her end stage and when she got to the point of not being able to walk it made things much more difficult to handle. How are things coming on getting you some help. Will you be able to have someone there at night with you?

      almost 5 years ago
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      SullyJackson

      We are hopeful that we'll be able to have someone here at night. My neice is trying to come and spend some time until we can find out if his insurance is going to help. He fell again last but no major injury. Just hoping for help before it's too late.

      He recently got a lift chair and some friends came and rearranged our small living room. That was great. Keeping the good thoughts. sj

      almost 5 years ago