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    Celebration (Finished treatment): When my divorce, and treatments were over, I took a two week vacation by myself to Florida and drove all the way down to Key West and back. I had no prearranged schedule except for taking scuba lessons in Key Largo during the trip. Unfortunately, because of my colostomy, the school I attended was afraid the the wafer/bag colostomy arrangement I had would not seal out sea water so I had to terminate my lessons at the end of the first day. I since found out that there are those who have colostomies that do scuba dive. So it goes.

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    Side Effects (Nausea/Vomiting): I had some hair loss, but not as much as my youngest brother who was naturally loosing his hair. He was disappointed that I was in chemo and still had more hair than he did at the time. After my treatments were over my hair came back which also disappointed my brother further.
    I had nausea and diarrhea with the chemo and the radiation treatments. In order to keep my weight up I had breakfasts of Edy's ice cream, instant breakfast, milk and a couple of raw eggs blended together. Gosh I miss those shakes.

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    Clinical Trial: I was part of a clinical trial and my treatment schedule was dictated by random selection. My treatment schedule of chemo with radiation was found to be the best so before the tria was over, everyone was changed to have the same treatments that I'd had from the start. "Thank you Lord." I was checked for years after my treatments as part of the trial and up till the last year or so, I continued to have annual checkups with my Oncologist.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I had radiation treatments that were preceeded with a concentrated hit of chemo that made me feel pretty miserable. As I began recovering from the hit of chemo, the radiation began wearing me down. I was radiated below the waist and had some burning that made life a bit uncomfortable. I think that the radiation was scheduled to last 6 weeks but I think I ony made it through 5 weeks before the treatments had to be stopped. They said that they had accomplished what they wanted to do in the 5 weeks so it wasn't a problem.