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    Celebration (Finished treatment): I celebrate every day that I am alive. I finished the horrible chemo, I came really close to quiting half way through, I really didn't think I could take any more. I had just finished chemo a year and a half ago, and it was rough. But again I made it through it and I am doing very well now, just battling the anemia, but no cancer so far, it has been a year since the last breast cancer was removed and 8 months since the ovarian cancer was removed. My CATScans are stable, with no changes, so I Celebrate every day to be alive!!

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    Side Effects (Anemia, chemo brain, miner depression/ansiety, fatigue, hot flashes, flue like symptoms, low blood cell counts, nausea): I had many side effects from the last chemo. I am still battling anemia, hoping it is possible to correct it with B-12 or iron, but there is a possibility that they may want to do a bone marrow biopsy to see if the 3 chemo procedures I have gone through has destroyed my bone marrow's ability to regenerate blood cells. Hoping for the best on this one.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): Had the 2nd of 2 chest ports placed. My original port, from the 2nd breast cancer occurrance, was removed, because we thought we were done. But unfortunately we were not, so had the chest port placed and during the Ovarian Cancer surgery, they placed a port in my abdomin to do chemo there too.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Ok, so now time for round three of chemo!!! I really didn't know what to expect. Because they were treating both Ovarian and Breast cancer together, it was different than I expected. I basically had to have 3 treatments in one week, every month for 6 months, 18 treatments in all. Keep in mind that I had just completed chemo about 1 1/2 years ago, so my mind, body and sole were not ready for this again. I had lots of issues during these treatments, but I did finally get through it, after 7 months.

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    Oh No (Misdiagnosed): When I went through genetics testing and found out that I carry the BRACAII gene, I went to see a Gynological Oncologist to discuss going ahead and having my ovaries removed, for precautionary reasons. They did a CATScan, and wanted to schedule surgery to remove my ovaries, without sharing the results of the CATScan. Because it was only precautionary, I decided to put it off for a few months because we could not get it in for that year's insurance anyway, and because when I asked them if there was any reason I needed to go ahead, they told me there was no hurry to do it. So we didn't do it. After the 3rd breast cancer, I found out quite by accident that I had a 12 cm tumor when they did the CATScan originally and they did not tell me. My reconstruction doctor asked me why I decided not to have the tumor removed, and I thought he was mistaken, but he got the new CATScan results and saw that the tumor had grown from 12 cm to 15 cm and had begun to spread. You can imagine my shock!! All I ever got from the Doctor about it was a message on my voice mail saying he was sorry. So obviously I went to a different doctor, who turned out to be a miricle worker.