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    Celebration (Remission): Second year of remission! Hallelujah and praise the Lord! Thank you to my surgeon and oncologist for prolonging my life and to God for giving them the skill to do so!

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    Side Effects (Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)): Moderate to severe in both feet and right hand fingertips. Took 2700 mg of Gabapentin daily then switched to Lyrica. Lyrica was awful and I suffered from weight gain, horrible mood swings and fatigue. I have stopped taking the Lyrica as having the moderate neuropathy is something I would rather live with than to be in a state of lethargy and bad moods.

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    Side Effects (Bowel obstruction): Suffered from moderate to severe diarrhea for two years.

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    I haven't posted in quite awhile but I'm back. It's been a little over 2 years and am still cancer free. I've gained weight and holding at 135 pounds. I look and feel great. The diarrhea has subsided and still have neuropathy but not bad enough to take medication. I struggle with the fear the cancer will come back and I get so scared it's going to take me out. The physical battle seemed so much easier than this mental one. I keep myself busy with my volunteering at the senior center and surround myself with my good friends and of course my husband is my pillar of strength. I hate cancer. I hate what it does to people. But if I hadn't had cancer I would not be aware of all the love and support from others and the inner strength I found in myself. God bless us all.

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      Lynne-I-Am

      Very well said and it mirrors how I feel.I have been in remission only four months from IIIC ovarian.I try not to worry too much but it is difficult.Doing everything I can to inprove my lifestyle and help my immune system.Glad you are doing so well,keep it up.

      over 2 years ago
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      GregP_WN

      I understand how you feel, it's a common thing to think that "it's back"! Every time I feel something or I have another little "thing" pop up I think here we go again. But, to keep my sanity I try to keep my mind off of what I DON'T WANT and on what I DO WANT. A simple to say thing, but hard to do. I wish you the best in moving on and not worrying all the time.

      over 2 years ago
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    Dear Girl,
    I understand your concern. I too am very concerned that the cancer will come back. My doctors tell me this type of cancer has a high risk of returning. Every day I allow time to be scared, angry, cry, and then walk away from the fear. It's not easy and at times it's a huge struggle, but it works for me. I am two years out and cancer free. I still have debilitating side effects from the chemo but I have learned to live with it. What is important now is to live! Surround yourself with family, friends and anything that makes you feel good. You are only two months out and as time goes on it will get easier

    Hang in there. You're in remission. Go out and live.