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    Loss (Relationship ): No one ever wants to talk about the personal stuff, but I will. During my battle with cancer, my spouse of nearly 15 years, decided he was no longer in love with me. He has since left our family and the hardest thing for me has been just one thing...WHY? He once told me, Where were you?"...and my response, "Fighting cancer!!!"...that apparently wasn't the right answer to him. I have learned (slowly) that is was not my fault, it was his choice to do the things he did and the way he did them and I cannot change that. Only he can right the wrongs he's done. He can take that up with God himself because, I do not want to hear excuses!!! I was strong enough to hold up my entire family while sick and fighting for my life...Forgive me for strength??? No....I am a FIGHTER and I FIGHT ON!!! So the moral to this rank...take care in following your intuition...because its always right! Mine was!

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    Finally working and my hair is starting to come in nicely. I thank God for this second chance at life...

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      Congratulations on the next phase of your life. You will find so many "new" things that were there all along.

      over 3 years ago
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    Radiation (External radiation ): I was one of the lucky ones....if lucky is what we can call it. I was given 17 rounds of Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT). The treatments were relatively painless until the area I was getting radiated got inflammation. The pain was unreal and unbearable. So much so that I was given steroids and treatment was stopped twice during the process over the inflammation episodes. Make sure you find out how your insurance will handle IGRT, I am still fighting with mine to settle up the bill. This is the part that nobody warns you about...how much treatment can really cost in the end. Not a dime left in the piggy bank.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): After I finished my chemo, I really thought I had this in the bag. I said to myself, I have been clean, scans clean since my 6 month check up. Then again when I was scanned after chemo...why would I need radiation? I was told in September that I needed to do 17 rounds of Intensity Modulated radiation (IMRT).
    So on September 13, 2012 I entered the radiation center and began my journey. So far I have had to stop radiation just once after #10 because I got some kind of inflammation in my radiated area and it felt like a knife from the inside to outside. They put me on steroids (whatfun!) and the inflammation when away. It came back again after #4 more treatments and doctor gave me more steroid pills. I have to tell you while I was on chemo I maintained a range on my weight but now during radiation and no chemo with added hunger from steroids...I have gained 10 pounds and I'm trying to keep it at that. Radiation for me has been a breeze even with the complications. While receiving the treatment I don't feel it happening and its pretty fast about a half an hour from start to finish. I warn you the noise from the machine drives me nutz but so did the MRI machine! I have 2 more treatments and then I'm done. Not sure what happens after that.