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    Other Care (Other): After getting on Medicare in 2012, further diagnosis revealed that a few cancer cells had moved in and taken over the lymph node on my left side. Because it started as vulvar cancer, it was considered the same type, but it is very much like a lymphoma. It caused my left leg to swell to balloon tightness and later my right leg, too. I cannot walk on them, and the fear remains that I never will again. This time I am going to radiation and therapy at a wonderful clinic suggested by my new doctor. I am in the last stages of radiation and may be done with chemo (doctors need to confer). This time it is internal radiation, so very little discomfort at all. The chemo has been a blessing in disguise as it introduced me to massage therapy that has helped the circulation in my legs and gives me some hope that the swelling will one day go down, and I can wear shoes again and be the independent soul I have always been.

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    Decision Point: Cancer was on hold for months.

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    Loss (Other): A part of the female anatomy that I didn't need anymore was surgically removed.

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    Celebration (Other): Because my 100% coverage ended before I could fulfill followup appointments, I did not speak to those doctors again. I still had no medical plan in place and could not afford the return visits.

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    Side Effects: It did take me a long time to recover. Tubes were sticking out of my sides and I was on a catheter for weeks, too. Eventually life went back to "normal" and I put it all behind me.

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    Clinical Trial: All services at OHSU were covered 100% by them. I don't know if that is because I was a very willing patient or what. I submitted to every request they made: Can we take pictures and possibly use them as teaching guides? Will you take daily surveys that will help us monitor your care? And others along that line.