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    Loss: It was strange going into the cancer center. I had been a cancer survivor for nine years and expected the results to be the same. I was sitting out in the lobby and remembered my mom coming there and learning that she had pancreatic cancer. She lived four months after that diagnosis and it hit me hard. I cried for her. That same day, I was going back to get my doctor's excuse for work and Dorthy the nurse told me that I was going to have to have some tests because my markers were at 189. I was terrified that it was pancreatic cancer. Instead it was on my bones. I was told that they would stave it off as long as they could. That was a very hard thing to hear but said with love.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Bone strengthening drugs): I haven't had much problems with taking Femara and Zometa. They were talking about putting me on Gemzar which was every eight days which threw me for a loop. I am not quite ready for my quality of life to go that way. I guess no one is. I have to say that so far taking a pill daily and a bone strengther every three weeks is not as bad as the last time.

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    Side Effects (Anemia (low red blood cell counts)): The last two times the experience was mostly nausea, and tiredness. I am taking Zometa and Femara so far and my tumor has shrunk. Zometa usually makes me have symptoms such as fever, and aching but I am doing much better and recovering faster. It still effects me to go in that chemo room. The second time I had chemo, I had nine bouts and it was not fun. This time, even being stage four, for most of the time I am at peace about it. I'm not giving up!