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    Other Care (Home care): Great homecare nurse who visited to help me with my ileostomy. She suggested I get my calf checked for DVT when I mentioned the pain. She was right! I did have DVT.

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    Oh No (Money): I worked throughout my treatments but side effects left me unable to work. I stopped working in August 2012, and spent the next 18 months waiting for SSDI to be approved. I nearly lost my home (exhausted my small retirement fund to keep the home).

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): I had lower back surgery in Nov. 2012 in the hopes of reversing the severe peripheral neuropathy I developed the previous year. It was not successful, and the cause of my PN was at that point attributed to the radiation treatments I received.

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    Other Care (Skin surveillance every 3 months.): Numerous spots are frozen on my hands at almost every visit. I have had two subsequent biopsies which were both negative.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Wide excision surgery): Diagnosed with SCC on base of thumb, wide excision removal.

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): Xeloda in conjunction with radiation.