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Old 02-14-2009, 07:20 AM   #1
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Cool Hi Everyone, update on my diagnosis 3C uterine cancer after the radiation

After months of radiation I was finally done with my 38 radiation treatments and I can tell you it was rough. Burns to my navel and loss of hair. Mine was an agressive cancer that was there apparantly for years. I am lucky to still be alive. I thank God and all of the people that wrote to me on this board. One especially, Diane. She has been with me from the get go and I appreciate her so much. Find a good friend and gather your family around you. I was so lucky to have a sister that called me from Arizona everyday twice a day to make sure I was okay. Sometimes I wasn't and that is normal. It is a hard thing to go through and you need to choose a good dr. If I had it to do all over again I would pick a female dr. The dr. I had was more worried about his teeth and his baseball games. Mis diagnosed over and over and told not to worry I had to ask finally for a hysterectomy where I was misdiagnosed again. Next day I suddenly had the cancer I feared. I went into the normal depression, and lost 54 lbs. in the process. That was the good thing the weight loss.
Anyway, through it all you need a good group of friends and prayers to get you through. I was put on prayer lists from so many people and friends. The lady that did my mammogram sat with me and held my hands while she prayed for me and I cried like a baby. God has got to be in your heart that is for sure, because without him what do we have. I am so thankful to everyone that has stood with me through all this. I know that it can come back, but hopefully I will be stronger by then.
I have taken some things from the health food stores that have helped me out. I believe. I drink a lot of pomegrante blueberry juice too, get a good brand with only the fruit sugar in it.
I am so happy right now, and am looking forward to a great summer. Good luck to anyone who has to face this terrrible disease. All you people that are looking for the cure please hurry. We need things for the little kids that have it and suffer so much. Thank you all that have read my blog. santee

 
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Old 02-14-2009, 08:48 PM   #2
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Re: Hi Everyone, update on my diagnosis 3C uterine cancer after the radiation

Hello Santee,

You do not know me but I have read many of your posts.... I have vulvar cancer newly diagnoised and have been on the cancer boards looking for some help. I came across your posts which I found very informative and touching.

I just wanted to wish you a full recovery......God Bless you. Oleander

 
Old 02-15-2009, 05:17 PM   #3
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Hi Oleander,

Thank you for wishing me well. I have had so many tests and personal embarassing things done to me I can't count them. Then the fight with the insurance companies so they will give you the best treatment. I know exactly what they do to people that don't have much fight left in them and have to argue for a certain test to be done. The other day I argued with them over a pet scan, I was refused and I was allowed to have a cat scan instead. I am not sure that it is the best. I think you are only allowed a pet scan if you are having surgery according to them. I told the woman on the phone, that since she was herself a woman that she might have to face something like this herself someday and hopefully her insurance would cover it. Other countries like Australia treat their women like queens, they pay for their treatments and even put them in hotels after treatments. Our country is way behind on any new treatments that might work. I asked my dr. about stem cell and he said it was all political. I don't believe that, it would put the drug companies and the drs. out of business. I can't believe that they would withhold any kind of cure especially since famous people are now showing cancer in their bodies.

I believe in prayer and I have had so many wonderful people talk to me and pray for me that my whole outlook onlife has changed. I know now who is taking care of me with my help. It has been one of the roughest things I have ever faced in my life and I don't know whether or not it will come back, but hopefully I will be strong enough to fight.

I also received news yesterday that my mammogram came back clean. The tech said that everything was benign. I was so happy for that. If you need to talk, just buzz me here and I will gladly talk to you. I don't know if you had radiation or chemo, but either one is just terrifying to talk about. I did 38 radiation treatments and I just didn't want to do the chemo. I am saving that for if it gets worse and I am hoping that they will find the cure soon. A lot of famous people have it and I know that Ted Kennedy has offered 25 million dollars for a cure. I think if they had one they would jump at that offer. But, also someone might have found a cure for him and only him for that price. The drug companies probably make that in a day so it isn't worth it to them. I saw a show on tv that showed how they are experimenting with people in India and I think that is a crime. That is where most of the drug companies are located now for their testing and developement on new drugs. The people are treated like lab rats and I think there should be laws to protect them.

Anytime you feel the need to talk to someone just feel free. I hope you do well and I hope you will be healed completely. I will keep you in my thoughts and my prayers. Believe me this board and some of the people on it have been a real help to me. I went to so many message boards before I found this one. I am taking b-17 which is an apricot seed ground up, it is nasty tasting, and just drinking pomegrante and blueberry juice mixed from northland. I feel inside that it is working and if it isn't oh well we have to try something to fix ourselves. Also try a veg diet and fruits, natural stuff, try to find organic if you can. The pesticides on our plants is what is getting us sick. My husband is a farmer and I know that is what is happening. He sprays everything. In the winter he brings his old spray in the house and I smelled it every year, it leaked all over the basement and I didn't know where the smell was coming from. So I believe that is where I got it from. We have to stop contaminating our foods. I hope the govt and the farmers will stop it. I nag him everyday to stop spraying. My grandfather was a farmer and he culivated over and over barely using any chemicals that I can remember.

Feel better, I hope any treatments you get will be easy on you. Mine were pretty rough, but I made it. I was weak and did not get out of bed for a month only to go for treatments. That was a bad thing for me. Keep yourself as busy as your body can handle and keep your faith, my sister told me that God only gives us what we can handle. I believe that to a point, it is hard to believe that God wants us to have something like this. I pray everyday for all the people out there with it and with the other diseases like MS. There are so many now. Hey docs how about getting going on the stem cell treatments they talk about so more people can live longer and can take care of their families.

remember if you need anything this board is great and the people are helpful. I hope I helped you a little santee

 
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Re: Hi Everyone, update on my diagnosis 3C uterine cancer after the radiation

Hi Santee I've been reading here as well as on the cervical cancer board and wanted to say hello !. I'm glad you are finally done your treatments and feeling better. It's strong women like you that make me tell myself that having mild cervical cancer (CINIII), is a walk in the park compared to what you have been through!. You give me strength and hope in the days ahead. I've opted for a full hysterectomy (I'm 29) because I dread going through anything as painful as you!....

Take care and keep us posted as to how you are doing
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:36 AM   #5
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Hi Jess,
Hey, I am proud of you. You go get that hysterectomy. In your case you probably can have it done laproscopy. I wasn't that lucky, I had to have the smiley cut lol. When they say the word cancer to a woman their whole world falls apart. It doesn't matter how the words come out of their mouths, you get a feeling of dread.

If you have had your children already why not go ahead and be done with it. In my case I had already been through menopause and it wasn't so bad for that. You will have hot flashes and mood swings, but they have medicine for that. I didn't take any, I had a good excuse to yell lol.

I don't know what my out look will be for the future, because it can come back. I don't even believe them now with my diagnosis anymore. Especially since they wouldn't give me a pet scan. You have to have faith in God, friends and your family. I had so many people praying for me including the girl at the mammogram place. Just wonderful people out there.

If I can hang on till the cure is finally found I will be so grateful to whoever finds that cure. I am hoping that they find that cure especially for the little ones out there. Has to be especially bad for the parents.

I hope your surgery goes well, and I think you have made the right decision. Don't take any chances with this stuff. If I had gone to a
better dr. I would have had a better chance. If you believe in your dr., and you should, you will do great.

I am praying for you now kiddo and you will be on my prayer list.
Good luck and keep me posted when you are well enough to get on the computer. Thank you for writing to me. If we can get the word out to enough women to go get tests done maybe we can all hang in there until we outnumber the statistics. santee

 
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I agree fully!. You will be fine with an attitude like that . Thanks for putting me on your prayer list, I will do the same!. It doesnt hurt to have positive thoughts from others and prayers, studies have shown that it WORKS!.

So many people here have been so kind. Complete strangers have reached out to help and give my knowledge and to help set expectations for my surgery and what to expect/next steps. It's funny how complete strangers will do that and I don't exactly feel like discussing this with my best friends or family.

This board is amazing and like you say if enough of us get this and they find a cure @ some point there wont have to be so much sorrow and pain for ladies,men and of course the little ones.

I *think* I get to keep my ovaries, pending them cutting me open, which they are going to do VIA the abdomen because like my doctor said i just dont have enough room to work with to op vaginally!. I wish!. It's not like I plan on posing naked for Penthouse anytime soon, and my husband who's not all that picky is the only one who sees that part of me anyhow LOL!.

My doctor is a South African Dutch fellow who you would think from the way he treats you that you were closely related. I think sometimes that doctors trained in other countries are a bit less idiotic than some of the guys here. I do fully trust him and he will ALSO be my surgeon which is a total plus because I know him, he knows me and lets face it any doctor that asks you if you would like a hug before you leave is excellent. He even shows you to the waiting room himself and spends the better part of an hour answering my questions....He is an angel to have through this .

Please keep us updated on how you are doing .

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Old 02-19-2009, 12:34 PM   #7
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Jess,
You will do great. I am lucky myself to have a family dr. who is from India that would just do anything for me. Not the surgeon though, he is afraid he is going to be sued for all the mistakes he made. Wow, it is snowing here again. I hate snow. I am going to go play bingo tonight, might get snowed in over there and have to play bingo all night would be great.

I think I would rather have a foreign dr. anymore. They love their family and their older family members. They treat them very good, not like here like they are something to be thrown in a nursing home as soon as you can. although my mother is in a nursing home it is the best place for her. I was too ill to take care of her and the rest of the family is too far away. She is taken care of very well, and she doesn't want for anything, I got her a phone and she can call me anytime she wants to.

I wanted to tell you that my sister had cerivical cancer stage 111 30 years ago and she is still here with me. They did take out everything on her, but she almost died from a hemorhage after the surgery, she laid down on the floor at home and when she got up blood was just pouring. She is one of those people that doesn't listen to the dr. If you don't need to lose those ovaries good for you. We need them as long as we can keep them.

Yes, there are a lot of wonderful people on here. I can see that a lot of people have read my story. I can say the best thing to do is keep going back for checkups. I have to have pap every 4 months, don't know why, but I will go. What ever they say I am going to do. We will get that cure, there are a lot of wonderful scientists out there that have mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers and one day there will be a cure for all of us.

Keep us all updated on your surgery and how you do and we will keep you in our prayers. santee

 
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Re: Hi Everyone, update on my diagnosis 3C uterine cancer after the radiation

Really pleased to hear your good news Santee. Will now keep in touch with you for the next ten years plus. Deal?? I am very interested in the varying ways of treating this so may I ask some questions? Radiotherapy. Over a period of months. How many? How many sessions a week? Front and back?
Did it knock out any lymph glands?
How long between acceptance that hyster was necessary to op?

Hope you don't mind.

 
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Hi,

Thank you for your good wishes and yes it is a deal, I am determined to fight for as long as I can. I believe in my heart that we are close to a cure for all cancers. I believe that it is in stem cell treatments. I have seen a lot of it on tv and just on the doctors show they showed how a woman had such a bad back, they took bones from a cadaver and put the stem cells inside the bone or discs I am pretty sure it was disc. This woman could barely walk without pain. My daughter is going through the same thing right now and she is very young. Only her back is bad at the top of her back where they can't operate without the possibilty of paralysis. She has a young son and doesn't want to risk it right now. Anyway,..... No I don't mind if you ask me anything you want.

First, I had to get my mind around the late diagnosis. That was the tough one. I wanted to sue the dr. because he just wasn't thorough enough. Letting me go for so long before operating on me. I decided after all to just get on with living, I had come very close to giving up, very close. I was so down that I didn't care if I ate. I couldn't eat because the radiation made me very sick to my stomach. In all I lost 54 lbs. Which was okay because I was overweight anyway. I decided to put it all away in my mind and to just make sure that I let everyone know that they should stay clear of this dr. That is good enough for me. I have heard things about him since the operation that have happened with other people and this person. I wish I had gone to someone else now.

I was first diagnosed with polyps he said or just menopause or whatever, never really knew, just did the standard tests and told don't worry about it. That should have been my first clue. The best thing that ever happened to me was this computer. I knew in my heart that I should not be bleeding at 61 years old and had been through menopause.

After a D&C, and a previous ablation and endometrial biopsy I finally asked him for a hysterectomy. I really didn't think he would do it. I should have been firmer a long time ago. There is a history of female problems in our family, out of 6 girls I was the only one left with my girl stuff. I was afraid of surgery, so I just let it go. When the bleeding started I knew something was not right. When I asked him if I could have a hysterectomy he said yes, he made sure he wrote in my history that I was very adament about having it. I think to cover his butt. Surgery was not scheduled for a month. I thought it was because it was a new surgery wing. My sister who is a nurse told me that they only do so many a week and he is the only gyno in our small town. So there you have it a month more of it growing inside me.

You all know that he diagnosed me after the surgery as being cancer free, but the next day came in and told me there was cancer. I fell apart. My worst fear in life is cancer. The word alone is scary enough.

After surgery went home in 3 days, first diagnosed with stage 2 encapsulated. Unfortunately that was not true. After pathology got through it was stage 3C. Oh my world rocked then. I cried so much. The surgery was nothing to me. I was allergic to some kind of an antibiotic they gave me and a pain medication, but after a few hours was better, although I didn't know what day it was when I woke up.

I left the hospital in 3 days, usually you are out in 2, but they decided to keep me because of my diagnosis I think.

I went home and crawled into bed and that was where I stayed for weeks, alternately crying and not eating. I didn't see the point. I went for a second opinion at the cleveland clinic and they all concurred with the dr. Not much hope for me. So, after crying nonstop and feeling very sorry for myself, I did the only thing I could do and that was fight back. I went to see the specialist and he reccomended chemo and radiation. I told him that I wasnt going to do chemo, I would do the radiation. I was scheduled to go start radiation within the week. When I got there, the dr. did an exam to see how I was healing. I had everything taken out except the vagina. They said it hadn't spread to the cervix, or the ovaries either. It had of course gone in to two lymph nodes. I was frantic at that point and went back to bed and wouldn't answer the phone. What was the point? When you are given this diagnosis no one seems to know you anymore. I felt very alone that is for sure. Then I found this board and all the wonderful people that are just as scared as I was. I met a wonderful person on here and we talk back and forth all the time. The more people that found out about me especially my family that lived farther away. They put me on their prayer lists and just did non stop praying for me. That is when I found God. He was there all the time, I guess I was too wrapped up in my own selfishness to see it. I figured if strangers and people I didn't know cared enough about me to pray for me that I would leave it up to him. I am not overly religious either, in 2006 I was coming home from a family picnic and I saw some thing in the sky, it was a cross over our farm. I couldn't believe it. I just cried it was so beautiful, lucky me I had my camera with me and it still had the time and date on it. I know a lot of people have seen things in tacos and rocks and believe that they see Mary or Madonna or Jesus. I never saw Jesus, or Mary, but that cross was there. I spent 20 min. taking pictures. I goofed up a little, zooming in and out, but I got some good pictures of it. A lot of people explained it away as jet streaks. I never saw jet streaks go up and down like a cross. I showed that picture to a lot of people and they were in amazed at it. I said I think that I was meant to show it to people and that is exactly what I did with it. I don't know how to show the picture on here, but if anyone wants to see it, I could probably stick it somewhere and you could go see it, I am not very computer savy though.

Anyway, back to after the surgery. I went in for radiation approx. 6 wks after surgery so I had some time to heal. The first visit was a nightmare. They told me I didn't need anything for nausea because the radiation wouldn't make me sick the first time. don't believe that for a Philadelphia second. I was so sick I had to go to the er with a bucket under my chin. I was lucky my sister was visiting from Arizona. I had radiation everyday, I had so much trouble just going in the place, it was brand new and just opened up and the smell of the carpet and the glue and the paint on top of the sickness from the radiation was rough. I had radiation 5 times a week for 6 weeks, plus 8 extra radiation treatments to the abdomen where the lymph nodes were. Front and back radiation and it burned my belly button area most of all. I lost my hair, some on my head not much and the rest down below. 38 treatments in all. After that was over I was left alone for 4 weeks, they do give you medicine for the sickness from the radation. They don't give it to you, hopefully your insurance will pay for it. They paid for most of mine.

When I went back to the dr. he told me that I would be having pap smears every 4 months and breast exams and mammograms. The mammogram turned out okay and the pap test too. I thought that was odd to do pap smear when there wasn't much left.

A couple of weeks ago I was given a cat scan, I wanted a pet scan, but you know the insurance companies, cheaper for a cat scan. I waited and waited for the results, finally my daughter couldn't stand it anymore and she called them. I told her not to tell me anything till the next day, that I needed a day of nothingness for myself. She called me at 5 p.m. when I was going to go play bingo and told me that no cancer showed up. I was so thrilled. I don't know what the future will bring, but I am not going to give up that is for sure. I want to live and I want to hug the dr. that finds the cure for all the diseases out there, not just cancer, especially for all those little kids that haven't had a chance at life yet. So that is why I come here and talk to anyone that will read or listen to me. My one word of advice is find a good dr. I wish I could have found a woman that knew what she was doing. men do not understand a womans body. Especially the one I was going to. don't let them bully you in to waiting, go get the tests, I was so afraid of a stuid pap test, but I found out later that it wouldn't have shown uterine cancer, but if the dr. had typed it in his browser he would have know what it was.

I don't know what is going on with the lymph nodes, they didn't remove them in surgery because they didn't believe anything was wrong with me. My dr. said to leave them in there and don't take them out, he said let sleeping dogs lie. He is from India, he is a really nice guy, this is the guy that is taking care of me now. He seems like he is afraid of women lol. I think I have a little lymphedema or scar tissue, he said to just rub it. that doesn't work. Also he has given me dialator to insert once a day so scar tissue does not get in the vagina. He said they can't get a good test if that happens. He said it would be glass and it is plastic. Go figure. I am not going to stick plastic inside of me when who knows what kind of poison will leech off of that. I am currently tired of going to the dr. but still going. Feel free to ask me anything you want, I won't lie and I won't cover anything up. I am the weakest person I know when it comes to anything medical, and if I did it so can anyone else. Thanks for hanging with me. Santee

 
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Hello .......I was just thinking of you, and how you were feeling. Hopefully well, and healthy ....

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Hi Jess!
Thank you so much, I tried to private message you last night, I don't know whether it went through or not. I am hanging in there, just sometimes it gets tough, they tell you that the cat scan came back okay, but you still don't feel up to par. Side effects from the radiation or something else you just wonder. Thank you for keeping me on your prayer lists. I know what you mean about not having enough room to operate on ya, I am overweight and lost 54 lbs after the diagnosis and the surgery and the fact that my husband is not a feed anyone else but himself type. I decided to just give up anyway. I had a lot of support from people on here and if strangers cared enough about me to write and give me encouragement why not give it a try. I am happy with how I am doing right now. I have a lot of trouble with the elastic around my waist, it makes me hurt and I had to get bigger underwear lol so it was looser. I hope you do well with your surgery, sounds like you have a wonderful dr. My dr. is from India and he is good, but he tells it like it is and since it went into the aortic lymph nodes no one knows what will happen. I think he was happy with what has shown up so far. Whatever happens God is in charge and I know that, I believe he has saved me for a reason and one of the reasons is to reach out to everyone that needs comfort for something like this and encouragement to go on and try for a cure no matter what the dr. says. They are not always right. You have a great outlook for you and you will do well. No matter how they do the surgery. We are women and we rock!
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I second the "we are women and we rock" bit!. Sometimes I feel like I'm simply standing and staring rather than being a powerhouse, but I'm a farm girl and if i learned one valuable lesson from my upbringing its to have thick skin and get up when you fall off with no tears!.

That radiation stuff stinks!. No doubt about that but I'm sure as time goes on you will feel less and less of the after effects and start feeling more like you!. I'm hoping to avoid the radiation bit or chemotherapy, but if I have to oh well right!. Being positive is half the battle my dear, and you are winning that just by being an angel that I can ask questions about things no one else would have 1/2 an idea about eh!.

How big was your uterine tumor or was it multiple tumors?.

I just know this warmer weather will help to brighten our spirits and landscapes. I hate having the windows closed all winter and not being able to walk in the fields, water my flowers or feel the grass on my bare feet lol!...

I know what you mean about the husband part! LMAO! My husband is an old fashioned typa guy who pays the bills and cuts the grass typa thing, the most cooking he does is a hot dog in the microwave or Chunky soup from the can. I think I'm going to buy some of those microwaveable dinners and make a big bowl of salad to come home to or I shall starve and he will be cranky ...

Perhaps you will the big pot @ Bingo, and have a man servant named Wilfredo to cook you up nummy foods and rub your achy bones hehehe!........

***Hugs***

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Jess,
I am a farm girl too, both sets of grandparents and now live on farm. We had to get rid of our cattle, they got out too much and we can't really chase them by ourselves. Kids are grown and gone and busy, they visit, but don't want to chase the cows. We farm about 400 acres, last year we had some people from Colorado stop by and want to set up a test tower for wind. They put it up, but we won't know if we get a wind turbine till next year. As far as I am concerned they could put up ten of them. Anything to take off our dependence on foreign oil.

I am happy to help anyone out with anything they have going on in their lives. I am hoping that it is not just a remission, but that I will be cured. I am hoping the govt. will okay stem cell transplants.

You probably won't have to have the radiation or the chemo part. My sister didn't have to have it. She is well and as ornery as ever after the 30 yrs. You just need to make sure you have your checkups, I have to have them quite often, but it is a small price to pay if they find anything quickly and can take care of it. Any questions you need answers too just let me know.

I never got to see my tumor, so I don't know much about it. I do know that it was 2 cm big and that it had broken through the uterine wall which is not good. It also had attached to the outside of the colon and it had metastisized to 2 lymph nodes. The radiation blasted the nodes, but I do have some swelling in my abdomen and I worry a lot about if it has spread. I just got the cat scan results and they said I was okay, but I am so sorry to say I don't believe any of them anymore. I put my faith in God the minute I found out. I have been put on a lot of prayer lists and I am pretty sure that is what got me through. I have gone to 2 diff. drs. for second opinions, and they both just shake their heads. One told me that I had to have a positive attitude. Actually what I need are the stem cell treatments. I would like to try them. They don't give you a deadline, just checkups. I have a lot of family that keeps my spirits up although my kids don't really want to talk about it. I am doing a clean up in the house so that if I have a relapse I can just come home and rest. I want to have a big garage sale this summer and sell a lot of stuff so I can go to the casino with my sister in Arizona. I want to have fun for a change.

Your husband sounds like mine, with one exception, mine won't feed me if I am sick. I lost 54 lbs. after I came home. I got a piece of toast once in awhile. But.... he fed himself lol.

Well, Jess anytime you need to talk, just buzz me.

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Hi Santee!

Just checking up on you .....Hope all is well..


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Smile Re: Hi Everyone, update on my diagnosis 3C uterine cancer after the radiation

Hi Jess!

Thank you for asking about me. I am doing pretty good right now, and I am very optimistic. I have taken matters into my own hands and am juicing, and taking the b-17, apricot Pits ground up and put in capsules, I can't chew them, and I added essiac. I am planning on doing the hydrogen peroxide food grade thing next. I still see the dr., he said that I am in remission, but have to have blood work and pap tests forever every 4 months.

I did develop lympodema from the radiation killing off 2 of the lymph nodes in my abdomen, but since I started taking the essiac it is not as bad as it was. I am grateful for that, because it was touchy painful if you know what I mean. Abdomen got hard and blotchy feeling and I didn't know what it was. When I went to the dr. he told me it wasn't as bad as he thought it would be. Duh! They never even told me that I would have it in the first place. I can tell you they won't offer you any extra advice. Or, even any hope. They just get a sad look on their faces and radiate you to pieces. After 38 treatments I just told them I didn't want chemo. It was my own decision and I saw enough people treated with it to know I didn't want it. I figured if I could do my own thing and try the juicing, and the different things out there I would at least feel better while I was doing it. I do like the juicing stuff, but it is a lot of cleanup afterward and I have the Jack LaLane juicer and they make it look like it is a breeze to clean up, I can say the filter part is not as bad as some I have seen, but it is heavy and it needs to go together right. Or leaks happen. One thing I don't like about it is you can't get a container to get right up close to it to catch the juice you can't hold a container and juice at the same time pushing down on the plunger. I think he should make it so you can get a little closer to the thing.

How are you doing Jess? Did you have surgery yet? I hope if you did that you are doing well. I am not particularly religious, but I believe that God has saved my life. When I was down, I found this board and wonderful people to talk to. I was just laying in bed all the time looking out the window waiting to die. when I didn't die the first week or the second week, I figured I had a little time to fight back. It took me a few weeks to get my juicer and find the b-17 at a reasonable affordable price. The essiac I got out a catalog, it is a little expensive, but not as much as they want at the online sites. I was so frightened of not the dying, but of the pain. I have terrible problems with pain medications. I will tell you right now that I have only taken one pain pill, a darvocett after I got out of the hospital and came home from the surgery. If I have pain it is usually a headache, anything else is manageable. I hope people will try the health food options and the home cures that are out there. I went to a health food store where one of my friends I knew when I was younger worked and she told me of a few things, she isn't allowed to say much. I tried also the aluminum free baking soda with the 100% natural maple syrup also. I believe baking soda will kill the cancer cells. It is kind of an acquired taste, but after you take it a couple of times and say yuk pooey after you do it you adjust lol. I am going to start it back up again. I don't think anything reasonable anyone is willing to try can hurt. I found out about the essiac, there have been people that have taken it with cancer in different places that got better, a woman that takes care of my mother at the nursing home said her father juices and he takes the essiac, he had cancer 5 different times and he is still alive at 93 years of age. I am not saying that it won't come back. I hope it doesn't, but at least I have some hope and the dr. just doesn't sit there and shake his head. He said also your outlook is what counts also.

I hope I have helped someone else. My diagnosis of stage 3C was scarey enough for me. I don't know if there was a stage 3D, it probably would have been a 4. I hope drs. can do the stem cell treatments and that the insurance companies let people have it. They don't have to kill babies anymore to get the stem cells, they are in our body fat and other places. They (I feel) don't want a cure, they want to keep the money train on the tracks. I hope this goes through to you Jess and I hope other people read it too. I think God has kept me alive to spread the word. If you have cancer, all the things I have told you about won't hurt, add it to what the drs. are doing it might help. It has given me great hope. Talk to you soon. Carolyn

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