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    My journey with Cancer began and ended 20 years ago. I am 41 years old today with 6 kids. I deal with some of the long term side effects of having to take all those meds for so long. But I am alive! I have been able to watch my son grow up, he was the 1.5 yr old I was raising at the time of the diagnosis, and have been blessed to have more kids and see them all grow up. Staying positive through out your battle is the key to fighting back and winning the war. Don't ever just give up.

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    Celebration (Remission): I was placed in Remission status at the end of the year of 93. But being so skinny at 5'3, still was concerning. My body ached alot and I didn't like being in public because of the hair loss. I looked like a 14yr old boy. On the other hand, I had just survived the most difficult trial of my life. I was proud of myself for fighting and not giving up, and anxious to be able to move forward from this journey into the next.

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    Side Effects (Fatigue (tiredness)): I had more then just fatigue, I lost my sex drive, which my young husband didn't understand, my ability to be alone with my little boy, because of the fatigue. Loss of appetite, but the prednisone started to help with that.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I did my radiation in Auburn, after some meetings at different centers. They created a block for the area they would radiate. Each daily treatment took about 10min to complete, but after wards I always felt like someone had plugged me into a machine and drained every bit of energy out of me. Eating afterwards always helped. I mostly slept the day away once it was over.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I was so overwhelmed at what I had been told, throughout the month of November I began having difficulty breathing, swallowing simple things like soup, water, with out choking on it. We kept calling the Dr. and telling him and he would tell us that I should sit up better when I ate, and not lay back down so soon. Incredibly. The Dr. believed I had a slow growing mass, so I didn't meet with the Oncologist until December 15th, 92. By the time I got in to him, I was sleeping sitting up on the couch and barely able to eat anything. Upon his exam of me, we discovered the mass was rapidly growing and spreading across my chest, it was now covering my entire sternum bone and basically was suffocating me. I couldn't even lay flat on the table for his exam, due to the fact I couldn't breathe when I did. I was told I was dying, I was at stage 4 of the disease. My dad set up my treatment plan. We started with Chemo first. Twice a month, for 7months, then Radiation for 4 weeks or so.