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    Other Care (Continued Vigilance): That was one year ago in February 2010 that my life was handed back to me on a silver platter by my oncologist. I am grateful and thankful everyday for being given a second chance. Yes I continue to get my regular checkups and keep a stink eye out for any possibility of the Big C lurking around any corners. I retired from the Post Office in 11/11 after putting in 30 years of service. I have bigger fish to fry now. I joined the YMCA and have lost 30 lbs since Nov 2011. I continue to do cardio exercises everyday and do light weight training every other day with the cardio. I can't sress enough how staying active and exercising every day has helped me. You feel better, you have more energy and your endurance increases. Yes, one day at a time has lead me to this day, this wonderful time in my life where I get to live, love and enjoy the rest of my life, come what may.

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    Celebration (Being in the 10 Percentile): So after the Stanford appt. I go back to my oncologist for an update on the spleen analysis. At this point I my mind is focusing on the bone marrow transplant to come and for me the spleen analysis results are just a formality. This time when he walks into the room he has this great big smile on his face and he looks like he is getting ready to burst. Instinct tells me it is good but do I dare get my hopes up? He starts to explain that sometimes chemo will turn a cancerous tumor into scar tissue. My heart starts to race. He also states that this scar tissue will show up as a mass on the X-Ray. The analysis of the spleen showed that IT WAS scar tissue and that usually there is only a 10% chance it WILL be scar tissue. 10% ! ! ! By this time tears of joy and relief were streaming down my face. What were the odds that I would be in that 10%. I was so extremely thankful and grateful for this good news. He said I would NOT be needing a bone marrow transplant. I had some how by the power of the universe been able to dodge this bullet this time. I could be normal again.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): After 6 hours on the table with an excellant surgeon I am back in my room and groggily hear him say it went well. I am just glad that I am still alive. The after effects of the anethesia results in the dry heaves which is painful but normal. I just want to sleep now, please give me something to sleep off the anesthesia and stop these dry heaves....lol I am up and walking around the next day be it ever so gingerly. Slow and steady wins the race and eliminates those pesky stomach injections to thin one's blood to prevent blood clots. I keep moving every couple of hours. It helps. OK Stanford, here I come.

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    Other Care (Pending Bone Marrow Transplant): The internet and the visit to Stanford proved to be very enlightening. I was scared s_ _tless. Chemo is a walk in the park compared to the horrors of what one has to endure for a bone marrow transplant. The sad part is after you go through all that there is only a 50-50 chance it will work. Hope springs eternal. Mentally I gear up for the next challenge. I can do this.

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    Oh No (Still There): My oncologist walks into the room with a grim look on his face. I get a sinking feeling & think to my self...Uh oh, this is not going to be good. My MD proceeds to tell me that there is still a small mass there. It has not gone away. I will be scheduled for surgery first to remove the offending mass that has attached itself to my spleen and part of my diaphram. Four days after surgery I show up for an appointment with a doctor at Stanford because that is where I will be going to get a bone marrow transplant. My Oncologist needs to extract some bone marrow from me first to see if they can use mine.
    I knew nothing about bone marrow transplants and everything it entailed but I sure found out quick.