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    I guess I am not like most people with cancer. I don't dwell on what has happened I just keep going. I refuse to act sick or lay down and let the cancer take over. I have always thought a possitive additude helps the fight. What kind of life would I have if I gave in. I do not want to lay around suffering. When I was diagnosed and the Dr. said "we can give you 2 more years", I pointed up and told him when God is ready for me he will take me and not before. I have always thought that way. You have to live for today, when we come into this world our days are numbered. The only one who knows when it's our time to go is the Lord. S make the most of what you have. Smile and be happy and enjoy life.

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    Decision Point (Taking a break from chemo): After a year and a hlaf of chemo the Dr. thought he would let my body rest from the chemo. He thought maybe 6 months would be ok for a break. It has been 3 years and I and still on break from chemo. I go for scans every 3-6 months and the cancer is stable. The Dr. says as long as everything stays the same I can stay off chemo. If anything changes then I will probably have to do treatments again. I am monitored every 3 months with blood work and now 6 months with CTScans.

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    Side Effects (Chemo brain): The first round of chemo I could not touch or drink anything cold. If I went into a refridgerator I had to wear gloves. If I drank something cold my throat closed right up. If I felt cold it was like being shocked, a tingling/pin sensation. With the second round I tended to get sick after the 3/4 week of chemo. It got worse as tie went on. It started with just feeling nausea, but being able to function. As I continued chemo it got worse, I not only felt nausea I was tired and week.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): With this round of chemo I got sick more and more. I felt fine at first but as time went on I seem to get sicker and sicker with the treatments.

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    Radiation (External radiation ): Three months after starting chemo for the colon they found that the cancer on my back (near my spine) was growing. So I had to stop chemo and do radiation for 10 days. After the radation I went back to chemo, but a different kind.