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    Other Care (Recommended follow ups): I still see the oncologist every 6 months....and have for the past 10 years, though he said....he would probably change that status to annual after my next follow-up appointment.

    There is life after cancer!

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    Decision Point (Decided to live my life to the fullest.): After chemo. and radiation therapy......I continue to see the oconologist every 3 months for 2 years......then went to every 6 months for the past 10 years......I am hoping when I see him at my next appointment....he will drop me to yearly. The radiologist I continued to see every 6 months for 5 years....then she discharged me. My Oncology surgeon also followed me closely for 5 years then discharged me because she knew I would continue with the oncologist. It was a long road to travel......but I made it.
    During this time, I decided to live my life to the fullest....while I still had one. I must admit....the thought of dying was overwhelming at times....I wasn't ready......so I fought back. I traveled more, enjoyed summer time boating, going out with friends, winter snow skiing....I kept active and ultimately cleared my "bucket list"....just in case. Now, it's coming up on 11 years.....cancer free.....and I have my life back.

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    Loss (Body part/function): The lumpectomy left me with a scar and indentation on my right breast which has always bothered me.....it's a constant remainder everyday of what I went through.....and every year on "9/11" when they show the scenes of the twin towers collapsing.....They say...."We will never forget"....and it's a constant remainder to me about what I went through on 9/10/01.....I will never forget either.

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    Celebration (Finished treatment): After my radiation treatments ended. I was given a "certificate of life" from the staff at the radiation treatment center. I was finished with chemo. and radiation...............Thank God!!!

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