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    Loss (Other): I think you have to know when you are going through this that you have little control in your life. Between doctors, treatment, side effects, etc you pretty much feel like you are hanging on to the knot at the end of the rope. But.... after it's over you look back and think WOW. I did it.

    And it's always in the back of your mind it might come back. And it might. You have to stay in the 'One Day At A Time' place. Hard sometimes but it lets you feel like you are in control somewhat.

    It's easy to creep into solitude and seclusion during this time but try to fight it. Reach out, cry, be sad, what ever it takes to survive.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): I finished treatment in October of 2010. So an anniversary is coming. I didn't mind being bald. And not shaving my legs was definitely a plus but it was nice to get back to some normalcy. During my treatment it was summer and temps were pretty much always over 100 degrees and that sucked.

    And as I mentioned before during radiation I had to move. The support system I had created among my friends broke down. It's true, you learn who your true friends are. That part was devastating to me. Sometimes still think back and wonder why. They say things happen for a reason. I guess....

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    Side Effects: Thanks to the anti-nausea meds they have now my nausea was kept to a minimum. I always felt like I had the flu or something with nausea but did not experience too much vomitting.

    I have these indents in the arm used for chemo. They are weird-my doctor hasn't seen them before but I think the chemo (Taxol) just fried the veins.

    With radiation just tiredness and management of skin breakdown. Once again, kind of gross but doable.

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    Clinical Trial (None): Unfortunately no clinical trials were available for me. I would have been happy to participate.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): I hated the radiation. With chemo I had a week between treatments. I did radiation 5 days a week for 8 weeks. The side effects were accumulative. Very tiring. Developed skin breakdown that was not painful but pretty yucky. Went back to work AND had to move during my treatment. My spirits weren't the greatest at this time but I did it.