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    Decision Point (Positive thinking and a new lifestyle): I pray a lot about all of this that has happened. I feel I have been led to read two books that have helped me live a better life. The first book is Anti-Cancer Lifestyle by Dr. David Servan Schrieber. I have learned so much about eating well, exercise and thinking in a different way. I have also read The Secret which confirms that positive thinking can make a diffence. I feel strong, I feel positive and I am living my life! I also decided to continue my treatment in the form of taking a maintenance treatment of Avastin every 3 weeks. I'm not sure how this will all turn out but I know that right now, I am still me.

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    Oh No (Cancer is back/Recurred )

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): My first round of chemo was a difficult one because I started chemo very shortly after I got home from the hospital. My first treatment was done intravenously as I hadn't yet had my port put in. The fatigue, loss of appetite, dizziness, jitters and over all feeling of just feeling sick was not as I had expected. I had very little nausea but still felt terrible the first five days after treatment. One thing that has continued to surprise me is the emotional feeling I continue to have about having a port. I had it put in right after my first treatment. The surgeon told me it would feel like a bruise. He was not correct. It hurt like XXX! Now I have come a long way but still feel almost violated every time the port is accessed. The sensation I feel whenever it is flushed is something I can't get used to. The taste is gross and stays with you for a while. The port is better than an IV but ...
    Last winter my cancer reared it's ugly head against. I started chemo again and this time I was able to work through it. As a teachers, that was very important to me. This time chemo was easier as I was not recovering from major surgery as I was last time. I still needed 3 - 4 days to recoup but I felt stronger and led a typical life. I attribute this a lot to my faith and to exercise at the insistence of my loving husband. Both times I underwent chemo, my husband stood beside me holding my hand, every treatment, he was there. Then after a few days, he was also there, pushing me forward getting me to exercise so I will be stronger in the long run. It really helps!

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    Procedure or Surgery (Debulking surgery): I had a wonderful surgeon who explained everything. I had a huge aurgery including a complete hysterectomy, an appendectomy, a splenectomy and removal of part of my colon. A week's recovery turned into a 3 week hospital stay before I was ready to go home. It was a rough go and I had a lot of pain for a while but I got through it with the help and encouragement of my family and friends. My faith in God helped me hang on when I thought I couldn't go on.