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    Loss (Lost loved one): Nine years befor my own diagnosis, I lost my mother to the same cancer I battle today. Losing my house and other material things will never compare to living my life without the one person I admire most. Through that lose, I have been able to realize that my struggle and my fight will never cease. I will continue this fight for the rest of my life.

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      OvarianCancer

      Tragic ! I am so sorry and I think I understand. I lost my mom when I was 17. She died due to pneumonia contacted in the hospital. They didn't have the technology to diagnose her while she was alive. It wasn't until the autopsy was done that they found the brain tumor. Hang in there and know that you're mother lives on within you and she's there everytime you encounter these very,very difficult times.

      over 4 years ago
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      Oh, BTW, you go girl ! Don't let this freaking monster get your spirit !!!!

      over 4 years ago
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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Targeted therapy): Infusion itself is not hard. Watching a nurse put a needle into my vein became customary. The side effects quickly went from managable to horrible. Diarrhea, vomiting, insomnia, bone pain, fatigue, hair loss, sesitivity to the sun, hot flashes, and weight gain were dealt with nearly everyday throughout my infusion cycles. I still experience most of these effects in addition to short term memory loss and confusion.

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      Oh, yeah - been there with you ! Did you have IP infusions as well ? I felt relatively okay until they started. Everything went down hill after IP treatment began. But, as you say, I'm still alive (sort of) so you take the good with the bad, I guess.

      over 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Hysterectomy): The fisrt surgical procedure performed was a total hysterectomy. This was performed three days after my initial diagnosis. During my first rounds of chemo, zI was sent to a The cancer was back. More chemo...surgery was going to have to wait. I fianlly underwent the double mastectomy last year.

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    Side Effects (Fatigue (tiredness)): More than one year after my last treatment, I still deal with fatigue, confusion, short-term memory loss, pain, neuropathy, insomnia...the list goes on. The bright side is that I am alive.

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      Yes, ma'am ! I'm approaching my one year anniversary post-treatment - I'm totally with you on all of those lingering after effects. In many ways the after effects are worse for me than treatment. I lingered with the illusion that after treatment I would be able to return to my prior good health and stamina. Dah ! Needlees, to say, I haven't acheived my anticipations. That's where I encounter depression. Right now I'm kind of stuck there but hoping for more recovery and less sadnees.

      over 4 years ago