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    Celebration (Finished treatment): Every May 26, I celebrate the day I went into remission by going to dinner with my family. I've celebrated 3 years thus far. At 5 years, I'll have a huge party because I'll be considered CURED!!

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I received half the dose they would usually administer but I went for 71 days. I had nearly all the side effects I "signed off" on but the way I felt when I getting chemo was worse. Plus, getting radiation allowed me to finally figure out a career path. I am currently pursuing a degree in Radiation Therapy!

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): The actual receiving chemo wasn't hard. They just tap your port and you're good to go. Side effects for me were nausea, fatigue, constipation (just at the beginning...probably nerves), hair thinning (never fully lost it all). I'm sure there were other but I don't remember them all. The two shots they gave me for blood cell production gave a HORRIBLE bone pain for about 2-3 days after the shot (which was given to me the day of treatment). I also had a very chemically odor to my urine. I used to pee with a towel around my nose.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): I loved my port. Your veins will live it too!! I also had a biopsy on the mass in my neck.

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    Decision Point (Do you want kids? Where do I take my treatments? Do I take a leave from work? Etc. ): I was asked to harvest my eggs if I ever wanted to have kids since chemo could ruin my chances in the future. I prayed long and hard about it and my decision was that if I was meant to have a baby then I would regardless if it were natural, adoption, or married into a family. After speaking to my gynecologist (I also had a huge benign ovarian cyst that I had to talk to him about too), he made me feel good about making the decision I made. He said a harvested egg wouldn't last near as long as a fertilized egg and that the procedure to gather the eggs is pretty invasive plus, the increase in hormones could cause the cancer to grow. My decision on what treatment center to used was because I live about 15 minutes from the nations biggest cancer hospital, MD Anderson in Houston. The center that diagnosed me was an independently operated treatment center that my general physican referred me to. After meeting my oncologist, I wanted to run! He was awful. But, his sweet nurse convinced me, with solid proof, to stay. My oncologist now tells me, without a second thought, that I am his favorite patient. As far as work goes, I was able to keep working the majority of the time.