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    Decision Point (Treatment Options): The original Dr that was recommended to me was out of the country much of the time. It was a month after my diagnosis that I actually had a doctor propose a treatment plan for me. In the same day, I had three different doctors tell me three different theories about the best way to treat my Leiomyosarcoma. There is no standard protocol for this type of cancer.

    I decided to go to a cancer clinic, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, since after my first initial call, I was talking about a treatment plan with a Dr within a week. Not only that, he had at least treated some other patients with the same kind of experience. He also took me through a step-by-step thought process, in the "whys" of choosing a treatment plan for me.

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    Oh No (Diagnosed): I was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma when I was 32. I was in very good shape, ate pretty healthy, and just had fallen madly in-love 3 months prior to my diagnosis. I, and everyone else, were very shocked by the news!

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    Celebration (Breakthrough): 1. Obtained a healthy body weight
    2. In a healthy happy relationship
    3. Anxiety controlled with right medication, and behavioral modification
    4. Made gains in alternate passion career
    5. Reconciliation with critical parent
    6. Had (have) a social support system of family and friends
    7. Quit smoking
    8. Drinking in moderation

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    Loss (Loss of Self): 1. Anxiety
    2. Depression
    3. Low self-esteem
    4. Poverty
    5. Alcohol abuse
    6. Poor diet
    7. Negative self-talk
    8. Tobacco use
    9. Lack of social support and networks
    10. Critical parent
    11. Dissatisfaction with job
    12. Emotionally abusive partners