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    Celebration (Hair is back): Hair finally grew back after the transplant, curly instead of straight like it was... lol... I like it ::-) and remission!!!

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    Side Effects (Anemia (low red blood cell counts)): Took a long time for my white blood cells to fully recover, it was kind of depressing when I was going in two or three times a week for blood draws and nupogen shots... but eventually it picked back up and I've been in remission for almost 3 years

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    Radiation (External radiation ): near the end of chemotherapy it was decided that the Lymphoma in my bones (none in any tissue) could not be determined to be effectively eradicated by chemo, and a bone marrow transplant was needed. So I spent 3 weeks at OHSU getting whole body irradiation, super chemo to kill everything but me (had harvested bone marrow after my last treatment of chemo) and underwent a bone marrow transplant. Side affects are pretty horrific, but I survived :::-) Dr. Hayes-Lattin is awesome!

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Not sure the type of chemo but did 18 weeks with a full day treatment once every three weeks... pain started to go away by the 2nd or 3rd treatment and bones grew back where they were at risk of colapse. Insomnia and upset digestive tract throughout treatment, but worked full time throughout as I was out of sick leave due to the previous useless surgery on my shoulder by Dr. Vela

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Dr James Hayden did shoulder replacement surgery at OHSU Oct 2 2008 and it went extremely well... diagnosed cancer Oct 14 2008 started chemo right away

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): Went to my doc for severe shoulder pain in 2007, referred to an orthopedic surgeon in Corvallis, Luis Vela. Diagnosed as ACL issue, even though I insisted it did not feel like ACL pain, but like bone pain. Surgeon never did an MRI, I didn't know he should at that point, he just took an xray and performed ACL surgery December 2007, and even in his notes indicated he saw nothing that would cause the pain I was referred for. I went through PT and graduated from said PT, still telling the PT that it should not hurt has bad as it does. Surgeon was reluctant to see me, woke up in unbearable pain one night in June 2008, called the surgeon repeatedly, he initially said to take ibuprofin and ice the shoulder, finally agreed to see me after several days and FINALLY did an MRI for the first time, referred me to OHSU and I never saw him again. Found out the bone was completely deteriorated from Lymphoma, after diagnosis at OHSU, and surgery to replace shoulder bone. PET scan showed cancer throughout, stage 4. It was actually made exponentially worse by the blundering orthopedic surgeon.