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    Julianna asked a questionCervical Cancer

    I have a Doctor's appointment for a high fever and rash. If I land in the Hospital today I'm going to be crushed.

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      Julianna

      Thanks everyone for your advice and thoughts. It was an infection, but I didn't have to stay, yay! I got to go home with instructions to stay away from sick people. Funny, since I'm sicker than most of everyone else. It will be a good Christmas!

      2 months ago
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      cllinda

      I'm glad you didn't have to stay. But if things get worse, call the doctor. Hopefully, things will be a bit better for you and you will be able to celebrate a little bit. Maybe not as much as in previous years, but a celebration is good for the soul. God bless you and Merry Christmas.

      2 months ago
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      Lynne-I-Am

      Glad you are doing better and you can enjoy Christmas with your loved ones. Take care of yourself, and no more infections!

      about 1 month ago
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    Julianna asked a questionCervical Cancer

    Just curious about how much chemo a person can stand in their life, how many treatments have you had and are you done?

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      GregP_WN

      28 years ago I had chemo for two diagnoses, if I remember right I had 12 sessions of one type, then again for the second dx, that's not much compared to some I have talked to. One lady I know has had 60 or more treatments and will continue to get them for the rest of her life, or until something better is developed. We are tough people!

      3 months ago
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      Whitey61

      Agree with Greg, I also have heard of folks that have been treated with chemo for a lifetime, good news is advances are being made everyday , especially with immunotherapy, which is non toxic and will eventually be a supplement or replacement for the conventional Cut/Burn/Poison treatment that currently exists...I am on immunotherapy at moment with remarkable clinical response, but again being new cutting edge treatment we really don't know what the long term affects will be, but I'm still here and thriving today and that is all that really matters...with cancer it's not about the cure, it's about prolonging survival till the next great discovery is made.

      3 months ago
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      LiveWithCancer

      I have a friend who has gotten chemo off and on for 28 years. She is doing reasonably well, even after so many years of chemo. I think she's gotten docetaxol for the last year or more.

      2 months ago
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    Julianna asked a questionCervical Cancer

    I have a niece that has never had a pap smear test. I am on my soap box preaching that she needs to go get checked,

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      GregP_WN

      I have a sister-in-law that smokes and she was helping us take care of our Mother when she was in hospice, dying from lung cancer, she was a 60-year smoker. Even though she watched Mom go through what she did, she will not even talk about quitting.

      What's that saying about leading a horse to water, but you can't make them drink?

      4 months ago
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      She's may want to go, but like many patients, she dreads the lecture she feels is forthcoming.
      I always praised patients for the smart choice they made by coming in. No need to berate someone over something they can't change. Being that she's your niece, maybe an offer to schedule an apt. with your provider & offer to go along would ease her fears a bit. If so, and you are in familiar terms, relay to them (confidentially)that your niece may feel awkward that she's delayed her pap, etc...A caring, competent professional will understand and should be more than happy to accommodate. Also, maybe a female NP/PA/MD ( if preferred) would be less intimidating, perhaps. Also, please tell her that even healthcare professionals can be foolish when it comes to their OWN health. As an APRN specializing in OB-GYN, I'd performed countless paps /pelvics over the years. I'd been married for 30+ years with no personal history of HPV or abnormal paps. It was 2012, 6 wks before Christmas, I didn't think that much about letting my OWN pap slide a bit, figuring a few months was no big deal. I was w/o symptoms when my cancer was found during an A&P repair. CKC Biopsy during my bladder repair: Invasive Adenocarcinoma of Cervix. 1 month later I had a Radical Hyst. & staging was: 2A. I had 22 pelvic lymph nodes removed as well & was diagnosed with Bilateral Lymphedema in my legs. I had 3 Chemos & 28 RAD+ 3 Brachy. Biopsy revealed JUST 1 TUMOR CELL among 22 nodes dissected. I thank God everyday that I went for elective bladder repair. I could beat myself up for not going in when my annual pap was due, but would a few months have mattered? Would I have been spared Bilat. Lower leg Lymphedema (Stage 2 now) if less nodes were removed? Maybe, but that didnt happen and Im alive today. Im thankful, as I know sadly, that many are not. May God bless you both & good luck!!

      4 months ago
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      She masy be afraid of going because of what you found. The more you push the more she may dig her heels in. Try sitting down with her and find out why she is afraid to go. Not knowing her age masmasybe she isdisd afraid because people think she is still a virgin and she isn't, there could be the pain fear, etc. Yes it is important, but again, don't push too hard.

      4 months ago