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    Hey Stage5Guy - Just wanted to check and see how you're doing. Hope you're holding together okay.

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    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among every ethnic group in the United States. It causes 1 out of every 3 cancer deaths, and it claims more lives than breast, colon, prostate, liver, kidney and melanoma cancers combined.

    Although I will never claim that lung cancer is a gift, the insights I have gained from having it are. Even so, I wish I would have gained them in a different way.

    A hearty thanks to all my supportive cancer peeps. Life can be good. Even with cancer.

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      Fasten-ating. Hope you never have to do that again.

      about 4 years ago
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      RuthAnne, I had some sort of SpiderMan mask put over my face and head that was shaped to fit my face and head before radiation. Then they put that on me each time and pinned my head down to the table so I couldn't move. Is that why you had to wear that, to keep you still? And did it bother you to be held down? Some people get nervous or go antsy by this.

      about 4 years ago
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      Hi Greg - Yes. My understanding is that the beam of radiation that they use is highly concentrated and so they need to make sure you are absolutely still. I had always prided myself on my ability to sleep through long MRIs with no feelings of claustrophobia because I figured I could get out of the tube if I absolutely had to. But this was a little different. You are in a huge room attached to a huge machine all alone. You can see no one and there's no way to get out. I had visions of some sort of disaster where everyone flees the hospital leaving me bolted to this machine. So I had to talk myself down a little. I did a lot of deep breathing...

      about 4 years ago
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