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    Celebration (Remission): On the 26th of September, I got the news from my G.O that I'm in full remission! My cancer is laaaazy, and went right to sleep as a result of surgery. I'm SO BLESSED! Thank you to all who kept my spirits high, encouraged me and advised me here at What Next...you all feel so much like family.

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      nobrand

      Wonderful news! I think I'll have an orange ice cream to celebrate :)

      about 6 years ago
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      attypatty

      Dear Jeana: Great news!

      about 6 years ago
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      teddyfuzz

      So happy to hear it! And who knew that ice cream could work such wonders!!

      about 6 years ago
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    Hello Kara, I just wanted to stop by and say hello to a fellow Wisconsinite in treatment for the same Cancer I have. I was recently diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer Stage IC, and just underwent surgery on August 15 2012. I'm still enduring the healing process, and would love to hear how you're doing and reacting to treatment. I haven't begun Chemo yet, and won't know if I'll need it until I meet with my Gynecologic Oncologist on the 26th of September. As of now, it looks as though Surgery took care of the cancer for the most part, though there are some lingering cells hanging out in Ascites fluid left in my abdomen! My Cancer was encapsulated in my Right Ovary, which had grown into a 30cm tumor the size of a volleyball. Obviously I got a full hysterectomy, though I never had any children. For some reason I couldn't get pregnant. I read some of your updates, and am so sorry that you are also enduring the menopause misery, especially at your age. Do you have a Gynecologic Oncologist? If not, I would highly recommend finding one, or you could even travel to Green Bay and talk with Dr. Jon Tammela at St. Vincent Hospital. He's my GO and he's amazing! I really hope you're responding well to treatment, and I'll keep you and your family in my daily prayers. Keep on fighting!!

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      Wow we have the exact same thing, same tumor size and same doctor. he will have you do chemo... its the best thing to guarantee that the cancer is all gone. I also was at a 1c, it is rare to catch it early so you and I are very lucky!!! I ended chemo on Halloween and my body is still healing from it but Im feeling myself again. I lost my hair exactly 2 weeks into the chemo so I had my husband shave it and it took about 2-3 weeks after I finished for it to start growing back. That was the hardest part for me.. The chemo is a breeze, they gave me Benadryl every time so I slept through a lot. Where are you from? If you have anything specific questions you can email me @ [email redacted]....You will be ok but you have to stay strong mentally if not then it will be a hard road. My family broke down and that made it stressful for me. My husband was there for me the whole way. we were only married 2 months when we found out, I haven't read your page yet so im not sure if your married or not but there are some things that can be very stressful for you during and after chemo......first always bring someone with you to all your appointments, almost everyone gets chemo brain... its like short term memory loss and its hard to concentrate. Im still having problems with that now. Anyways this was just some of the things that stood out most for me. I wish you the best and would love to keep in touch...cancer is stupid and you are stronger than it!!!!! Don't forget that!

      almost 6 years ago
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    Jeana1975 wrote on Carol-Charlie's wall

    Just a little note to say hello to someone who got me through a lot! You are a most precious individual, and I'm honored to have met you and to have benefited from your wisdom. Because of you, I was able to face my surgery bravely, and am recovering well! Healing is swift (thankfully) and my cancer was caught early (YAY!). It looks like surgery took care of it, but there is the question of some lingering cells hanging out in Ascites in my abdomen. My G.O. isn't extremely worried about it, but wants to meet with me on September 26th to see if Chemo will be necessary. It's my prayer that it won't be. My cancer is Stage 1C :) You're the best!!! *hugs*

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    Jeana1975 asked a questionOvarian and Fallopian Tube Cancer

    Does Cancer Feed On Sugar?

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      nobrand (Best Answer!)

      You enjoy that ice cream! Sure cancer cells live on sugar, but so does your brain! I have had everyone tell me to stop eating sugar.. so much that I even asked my doctor about it. His opinion was "everything in moderation."

      My dad has been the biggest sugar naysayer in my life.. but he doesn't know that I also enjoyed ice cream last night :) If anything, cancer has taught me that life is short.. so I'm not going to avoid my favorite foods for twigs and tree bark cancer fighting concoctions.... after all-- isn't that what the chemo is for?

      (also... orange ice cream.... YUM!)

      over 6 years ago
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      Dear Jeana 1975:
      Here's what I learned about the "cancer feeds on sugar" myth in the nutrition class taught by a dietary specialist for cancer survivors: All cells feed on sugar. That's it. All food is digested into usable nutrients, and glucose is what gives our cells - and thus our bodies - energy. What we (and everyone else, frankly) should avoid is calorie dense foods - that is, foods with lots of calories and little nutrition. Like that candy bar, or that bowl of ice cream, or that plate of fried onion rings. That doesn't mean all the time - eat the foods you like in moderation. And when you eat foods that are high in natural or other sugars, eat it with foods that are high in fiber. The fiber keeps your body from experiencing spikes in your blood sugar levels, which increase insulin levels. As the dietician explained, you can drink a glass of orange juice, which most people consider "healthy" and experience the same spike in sugar and insulin as eating a candy bar. But you can eat an orange (also healthy) and because of of the fiber in the orange, your body will not have the same spike in blood sugar and insulin. The fiber helps the body draw out the sugar over a longer period of time. That's why eating an orange makes you feel fuller than drinking a glass of juice and why that glass of juice is little better for you than a glass of Kool-Aid. So add a few almonds to your ice cream, or sprinkle on ground flax seed. What you really want to avoid is the sharp spikes in blood sugar which leads to rapid insulin production. A constant cycle of these spikes can create an internal microrenvironment that cancer cells like. At least, that's what I learned.
      Fight On,
      Attypatty

      over 6 years ago
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      Jeana1975

      Thank you everyone, I'm so happy you all helped me feel less guilty about my little ice cream splurge. I don't have diabetes, and consistently have very low blood pressure (never gets over 104/67 and has been as low as 99/60. I get that from my Dad's side of the family, as Dad has low blood pressure to. My normal temperature settles around 97.6 on a regular basis lol Other than the cancer and a little scoliosis in my upper back, I'm healthy as a clam :) In fact, through all of this I've dropped 5 dress sizes, and even got to unpack all my skinny clothes yesterday. YAY ME! I love to eat fruit, cottage cheese with applesauce or any kind of fruit is a real treat for me. Sweets aren't something I indulge in regularly, because I don't like how that kind of sugar makes me feel. My Mom's side of the family has a mad sweet tooth, and I did inherit that sweet tooth from Mom, but I've learned over time to reign it in. Like anyone else, I do like to have a treat now and again :) Thanks again, to each and every one of you, for taking the time to answer my question and put my mind at ease. I promise I will enjoy my treats in moderation, and reserve them for special occasions and reasons only :D

      over 6 years ago