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    2ndChance posted an update

    July 4, 2015 it will mark 6 years since diagnosed with cancer but also 5 years of remission!!!!

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      GregP_WN

      5 years is a big milestone, congratulations on that!

      over 1 year ago
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    Side Effects (Pain): Besides having the pain from neuropathy in my hands and feet, I also have the lower back pain where the tumor is located. The tumor is what they call a "bony" tumor caused by the Multiple Myeloma and its inoperable. The tumor is located in my lower back and before it was shrunk with radiation it pressed on my sciatic nerve which is why I was in so much pain and couldn't walk.

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      Rolltidelynne

      Sounds like they caught your MM pretty early:) I have neuropathy in my feet and now carpal tunnel:( lol I've been in remission 2 yrs. they use to call it "stable" but now they said remission:))!! I've got several places the lesions caused damage.. My back is one, both rotar cups in my shoulders, ribs, my hips, etc lol . I had radiation for pain and that helped me to continue walking!! hallelujah :) I am on Percocet and morphine so I function pretty well! The reason I mention my trouble areas is just to share how fortunate we are that we are in remission:)) we seem to both be very lucky we have our team of doctors who have gotten us this far:)) Are you on maintenance meds? I'm on revlimed 10 mg 21 days/ month.

      over 1 year ago
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      jessey

      Thanks again for this site, Rlynn you keep me lifted, thanks for your sharing. 2nd Chance, you've got a lot more chances, ( update: diagnosed for Thanksgiving 2014, 1st chemo on Xmas eve, 90 days, by Easter, got the news that the mm was under arrest. MM lesions on skull, ribs, spine, pelvis, both femors, on top of COPD, Depression/ Anxiety,CAD, high cholesterol and all that stuff that comes with life). Girl make a list of what you don' t have and I promise you a better day. Remember, each day is the present, a gift waiting to be opened. I'll be watching. Yes I do have some F-up days, just a cause to pause..

      over 1 year ago
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      Rolltidelynne

      It's funny there are days I actually forget I'm sick!! If it wasn't for taking my meds I really have days I can forget and kind of be back to my old me:) But I think I'm a better "me" than before!! Ha ha

      over 1 year ago
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    Side Effects (Mouth dryness): I'm still experience "dry mouth", which I thought was only due to my chemo treatments. I'm its also a side effect of the pain medications I'm on. Oh goody!!!

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    Side Effects (Weight gain): I have continued to gain weight after treatments with all the different medications and due to having chronic pain from the neuropathy and the tumor in my back (inoperable) my weight has sky rocketing to 350 lbs. I'm unable to exercise for more that 10 mins because my feet start swelling real bad and its so painful. Although I continue to have eating problems (still don't feel like eating much), usually eating maybe twice a day. After clearing it my doctors I'm going to start making my self drink weight watchers shakes even if I don't feel hungry. I'm told that this is most likely caused by all the medications I'm still on.

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    Side Effects (Depression/Anxiety): I still have depression and anxiety most of the days. Sometimes it seems I just can get away from the "C" word, it will be on TV or I'm dealing with the chronic pain of my neuropathy and the tumor in my back. I get petrified the on my checkups to the oncologist, which is every 3 months, blood is drawn and urine checked, that they are going to tell me its back! I have nightmares that its back and it worse than before. I'm sure everyone feels this way but it really makes me sad and scared.

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    Side Effects (Pain): I was told that I have permanent neuropathy (damage of the nerves) in my feet and hands. I have this pain everyday: on good days my rings fit and there is no swelling in my fingers and feet, but I still get the numbness, feeling like my fingers and toes are on fire, but pain scale will be around 5/6; on a bad day, my feet and hands will be swollen, can wear my rings or normal shoes, the fire feeling the numbness is doubled and on the pain scale 9/10. I have to wear diabetic socks they give me some support on my feet from the pain, there is even times when my feet feel like I have had Novocaine injected into them. Had some type of testing a couple of years ago to determine how bad the neuropathy was for social security purposes and it was determined that my neuropathy goes up to parts of my calves.