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    Celebration (Remission): After surviving the last three years I feel I have earned the right to celebrate!!! I have guardianship of two grandchildren 11yrs and 10yrs old. I finally feel excited to participate in all the oppurtunities that our community, schools and church have to offer! It's time to enjoy life!!! We walked "The Walk " this past Spring and my grandchildren proudly wore their "Caretakers " ribbons!! How awesome is this bond of love and commitment!

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    Decision Point (I had to make a decision to continue working full time with insurance or work only a few days a week without insurance.): I felt as though I was emotionaly and physically worn out. I made a decision to go for the part time work; work 20 hrs a week and rest the other 20 hrs. I realize I am taking a chance, but I felt I needed time to rest and give my body a chance to heal.

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    Other Care (I had other health issues): In August of 2011, I also experienced a mini stroke. While having an MRI, I went into anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction to the gadolinium (dye). I recieved CPR, life saving intervention with intubation (ventilator was installed with ICU treatment. It has taken me over one year to feel somewhat recovered from this trauma.

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    Side Effects (Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, sweats)): I also had difficulty urinating due to the BCG injected directly into my bladder which caused irritation.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I was given BCG treatments once a week for six weeks. I had one week with barely any side effects what so ever. Then I had several that made me very sick, with flu-like symptons; aching, fever, unable to particapate in life. Fortunately, the worse part of the symptoms only lasted a few days and then I was at least able to get to work, although I wasn't very productive. Once again I only lost two days from work, but if I had it all to do over again, I would be much kinder to myself.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): The tumor was so large that two surgeries were needed to remove the entire tumor. I believe I rushed back to work quicker than I should have. I took three weeks off with the first surgery, about ten days with the second. I recieved treatment the entire summer of 2011, but still had a small spot reappear in the fall of 2011, which sent me back for another surgery November of 2011. For the third surgery, I again took only a couple weeks off from work, to recupe.