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    Beginning in 2008, we have participated in the Relay For Life of Menifee... Many of the folks from our support group when my daughter was sick have stayed with us and become part of our Relay team. We have walked, cried, celebrated and raised over $45,000 in the fight against cancer!!!

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    Celebration (Remission): Just about 3 weeks after her final treatment, on Halloween, we found out that she was in remission! Praise God, our prayers had been answered!!! Now, 5 years later, we will again surprise her with a party to celebrate her CURE!

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    Side Effects (Depression/Anxiety): Depression, anxiety, low white blood count, constipation, metal taste in mouth, nausea, etc... Some days worse than others, many of these manageable with oral and injectable medication. A tough road for someone 23 years old!

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    Procedure or Surgery (bone marrow biopsy): This is a tough procedure for anyone --- especially a scared, young lady! She was in the oncologist's office, and they wouldn't let me stay with her. She was so scared for this procedure, but she made it through, and we were blessed with a clean biopsy!

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): She finished treatment on October 10th, 2007. We planned a surprise party in her honor that Wednesday night. 50 people showed up on our doorstep, rang the doorbell and came in with food, drinks, balloons & gifts! A strong support group is so important when going through this journey...

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): The day after the egg harvesting, chemotherapy started. She had to have 6 rounds, divided into 2 treatments each. She had to be in the chair for 6-7 hours with an IV. Her oncologist decided against a port, as the risk of infection was too high with her immune system compromised by the chemo and the type of cancer. The first couple of treatment produced some mild side effects, but the effects and anxiety grew as the treatment continued. At one point, just over half way through, my daughter decided in her mind that she wasn't going to do any more. After being convinced that she had to continue, the only way it happened was after taking some really strong anti-anxiety medication. She completed all 12 treatments, with many shots and blood tests in between.