Dear Julie,

You go girl!  With that great attitude you can't lose.   I know how hard all of this must be for you both mentally and physically, but you are strong and I truly believe you can do this.  Keep fighting.  You are worth it. 

Hugs,
Darla

I agree with Lainy.  You did all that you could.  We all did the best with the situation we were given and I'm sure most of us have questioned what we could have done different.   I know it's hard to believe right now, but with time things will get better and you will be able to take comfort in all of the good memories you have.  It never really goes away, but it does got better.  Grief is a very personal thing and everyone deals with it in their own way & time.  I am also a believer that although our loved ones are no longer with us physically, they are  always near to us.   Take care Nancy.

Hugs,
Darla

Bridgette,  I'm not real  knowledgeable on  this subject, but think it is called  neuropathy.  Definitely mention this to the oncologist.  There are things you can do and take to help relieve these symptoms.  I'm hoping others will be able to give you suggestions.   You might also search on here for chemo induced neuropathy and see how others have dealt with it.   Wishing you the best.  Take care.  Darla

Dear Julie,

I have been following this and had hoped for a better prognosis.  You are so strong and have dealt with everything so well and now to be hit with this is so unfair.   I am still hoping for the best for you.  Just keep dealing with it one day at a time and enjoy each day as best you can.   My thoughts are with you and lots of prayers, too.    Please up date us on how you are doing when you can.  We are all here for you and truly do care.

Hugs,
Darla

Dear Nancy,

I am so sorry for your loss.  You have my deepest sympathy.  Yes, at least for mom it is a blessing that she is no longer suffering or in pain.    Thinking of you at this sad & trying time.

Hugs,
Darla

Barbara,

This is awesome!  Once again, well done.  smile   Thanks also for sharing the pictures. and also for all that you do in memory of your dear Jacques.

Hugs,
Darla

I agree with Gavin.  This is not acceptable and hopefully will not happen again!

I'm pretty sure that's a good thing Gavin.  wink    Had a nice meal with family and no I did not make it.  We went out this year.   Worked out well and no clean up.  smile  Hope you have had a good day too. 

Hugs,
Darla

But you have something we don't.  Haggis!  wink

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  smile

Dear Bonnie,

No advice to add to all that has already been said, but want you to know I am thinking of you and Gary and hoping for the best.  As Marion said, we are in this together.

Hugs,
Darla

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Dear Theresa,

I  also would like to thank you for you positive and informational post.  Michael's story will bring hope and encouragement to others dealing with this disease.   Take care and keep in touch.  Hoping to hear more positive things from the two of you in the future.

Darla

Hi Teresa,

I too want to welcome you and thank you for sharing  Steve's journey with CC.   It gives hope and encouragement to others dealing with this illness.  I am happy and amazed at how things have progressed and improved in the past 8 years since my husband passed away.   There is so much more awareness of CC and how to treat it then there was back then.  I want to believe that this site and all those who contribute to it have had a small part in making this happen.   We can only hope that this continues and that some day all who face this disease will be able to manage it as a chronic illness.   Your attitude and how you dealt with this will definitely help others. 

Please update us when you can and let us know how both Steve and you are doing.

Darla

I'm doing OK.  Just got to keep going.  No other choice.

I don't eat a lot of fish either Lainy.  Beer batter perch, scallops & lobster.  Maybe shrimp now and then, but definitely not sushi!   

Yes, it has been a long time.  Where does the time go?  I can't believe that Jim has been gone over 8 years already.  Some days it seems longer and others like it was yesterday.

Stay away from that fish & so will I!  smile  Take care.

Hugs,
Darla

Thanks Lainy!  I think so too.  smile

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Ladies,

Thanks for your input on travel.   Very good advice for them and others with the same questions.
Living life as normal as possible is so important.

Hugs,
Darla

I was so happy to see this finally come about.  My thanks to Robin, Anne, Margie and all the others who worked so hard to make this happen.   This is an Associated Press story that has been picked up by a lot of others and has pretty much gone viral!   My husband Jim is pictured in the collage picture.  First one in the second row.  Hopefully this will do some good and if nothing else make more aware of this disease that is killing so many of our veterans.  Good job ladies!  And yes, it is fitting that it came out today, Veteran's Day.

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Hi Katherine & Billy,

Don't have much to add to what has already been said and not sure about the answer to your question but hope others will be on soon to help you out. I'm thinking she should ask her current doctors their thoughts on this.  Just wanted to add another warm welcome to you both.  You have found the best place to be  for support and information regarding this disease.  There are a lot of kind & caring people here ready & willing to help and support you both in any way that we can.

Take care and let us know how things are going.  I'm hoping you will be able to  take that weekend getaway soon. 

Darla

And we are soooooo here for you.  smile  Love you too.

Julie,  I already posted on your other post, but wanted to post here too to let you know that I can totally understand why you are having a hard time emotionally.    Once again, we care.  Keep posting and also let us know how things are going and the results when you finally get them.
Just hang in there. 

Love & Hugs,
Darla

Oh my Julie, what next!  So sorry you seem to be getting hit with one thing after another, but know we are all here to help and support you in any way that we can.  Hopefully this will be it for a while.  Just keep hanging on.  You are a strong woman and with all of us behind you, you can do this.  smile  Take care.

Hugs,
Darla

Sally,

So sorry to hear this.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  Hoping for a miracle.

Hugs,
Darla

Julie,

Glad all went smoothly and hoping for good reports.  I had a similar experience years ago with a bone marrow  biopsy.  They thought I had lupus which it turned out was misdiagnosed.  I agree that it was not as bad as I was expecting.  Mine was taken out of my spine.  I was also numbed up  and all I felt at the time was some pressure and afterwards a bit of soreness.   Much like a bruise.   I agree that it is not painful or anything to be afraid of.   Hoping we can alleviate some fears for others.   We will all patiently await hearing from you on the results.  Take care.

Hugs,
Darla

Gavin,

A happy belated birthday from me too!  My sons are 46 & 48 so you are  like another son to me, too.  smile  Hope you had a great birthday.  I came on here in September 2008.   Close to the same time as you.  Yes time sure does have a way of getting away from us, doesn't it?

Hugs To All,
Darla

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Matt,

Thanks for this awesome update.  So happy for you.  Also nice to see that big smile on your face.

Hugs,
Darla