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    Celebration (Finished treatment): We celebrate each visit to her oncologist when her scans look good - and the completion of her treatments. And pretty much just every day.

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    Other Care (CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)): My wife sees an acupuncturist regularly (about once a month) and has had a great experience.

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    Oh No (Cancer is back/Recurred ): After my wife's initial diagnosis, her doctor (whom she loves) indicated that her cancer would be managed like a chronic illness. After her initial treatment, she has received two additional rounds (4 treatments each) and has responded very well. Nonetheless, it is extremely difficult to have the scans every six months. Even when the scans look good, the anxiety is painful and when the scans are not good the reality/uncertainty are incredibly challenging. She is the most courageous person I know and remarkably approaches life and her illness with amazing strength.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (rituxan): My wife has completed three rounds of rituxan treatment over the past five years. No side effects and fortunately she has responded very well. The treatment is given by IV therapy and each one lasts 2 - 3.5 hours. She has gotten one treatment per week over a four week period - except the initial treatment which was eight treatments over eight weeks. She frequently goes to the gym the day after her treatment and has continued to work with pretty much no disruption. (During her initial round of treatments, she even ran a 5k one day after a treatment. I ran with her and cried the whole way.) We have turned the treatments into "picnics" of sorts and have been incredibly lucky to have wonderful staff. Though emotionally challenging my wife has made the experience almost pleasant. Sounds bizarrely impossible to articulate that, but its true. She's amazing. The treatments are expensive - each one is billed at $10k, but our insurance covers 90%.

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