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    Reach out. Don't go it alone. Stay positive, especially if there seems to be no reason to be. That blows peoples minds. Let people go that are an anchor to your rising balloon. Smile even if you're under the blanket laying on the sofa feeling crappy. Believe in the doctors, nurses and a reason to Keep Going ( Joesph Marshall III book).

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    Side Effects (Allergic reaction): Here's what else happened....I grew allergic to Chemo. They had to give me Benadryl before Chemo. I broke out in red blotches and the nurses went nuts!! The Doctor said....give him some benadryl and finish up the chemo. Love Dr. Soori. I had nausea. I was weak. My hands burned when I touched anything frozen. My feet are numb on the bottom. I'M ALIVE!!!!
    The year I had cancer I also gave my van back to the bank, went thru bankruptcy and divorce, moved out and to top it off, I got laid off. SO 2008 is a mark in surviving. I made it and so can you.
    My friends in the music biz around town had a benefit to help with my bills. I wrote a song for them to say thanks and I have appeared on local radio for colon cancer awareness month and I played this song in the studio.....You can hear it at:
    http://stephenmonroe.com....the song is called THEY SAID YEAH.
    We can't do this alone and there is no need to.

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    Decision Point (What was next...what to do): I decided that I would do whatever it took. I decided to not be down. I decided to believe in the doctors. I decided to think of my recovery over any other influence....making someone else happy over my recovery. I decided to live a normal life no matter how long that was.
    I never waivered in my dedication to do what they told me to do. I cried in private. I prayed a lot. I got an overwhelming feeling of I was in the right place doing the right thing with the right people and I never let that feeling go.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): After I recovered enough Chemo started. It was tough. It was doable and the nurses and doctors are angels. Not easy to walk into a room full of cancer patients but YOU MUST DO THIS and that's all you need to know. My weeks were like this....go to Chemo on Wednesday. You spend several hours getting weighed, taking blood to see if your red blood cells are good enough to take chemo. I missed a couple of weeks due to a low red blood cell count. I told someone its like getting kicked in the crotch but after each kick you have one fewer to go through...so you basically knew it was coming but knew you were closer to the end. So after Wednesday they gave you the coolest fanny pack which went out of style right after Elvis died to wear for 46 hours....sleeping, working, walking, sitting, it became part of you. The steroids they gave me at Chemo usually kept me up for a while. After I went back to work, they switched me to the graveyard shift so that was Chemo during the day....then stay up all night with the pack cranking the juice to me. I never had a problem with the pack. It always worked and I figured out how to manipulate life around it. After it ran out I had to go back on Friday to get it taken off. The port that they had put in worked mot of the time but got a bit clogged towards the end. After Friday I started a low slide into nausea and fatigue it got worse as the weekend went along. I learned to sit down and rest when my body said so, eat only what I could. Malts worked real well with a stomache turning. Then when I got better, it was CHEMO TIME again...one less to go through. After Chemo the bottom of my feet are numb. It burnt the nerve endings off and it nearly 5 years and it will be that way the restof my life. I have buried friends that didn't survive and my feet remind me of hoe fortunate I am and continue to be.