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(21 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Sandie....that is so awesome and I am so happy for you! Create  a million memories and enjoy!!
Melinda

Thanks Catherine....I am going to get it right away!

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(12 replies, posted in Good News / What's Working)

Nancy,
Congratulations on such a great milestone! I love the hope you bring to others and I agree wholeheartedly with all you say!! Keep up the good work and keep posting the great news!
Melinda

Dear Sally,
Thanks for the update on your sister and I am so happy there was no growth. Continue to enjoy living life with her everyday and enjoy the next 3 months without chemo!!
Hugs and prayers,
Melinda

Hi Vicki,
I hope that your scan went well and that your results are awesome! Work through all the options with Dr. Javle and know that it is good to have a couple of options to choose from! Thinking of you and sending prayers your way!!
Hugs,
Melinda

Hi Vicki,
I hope that your scan went well and that your results are awesome! Work through all the options with Dr. Javle and know that it is good to have a couple of options to choose from! Thinking of you and sending prayers your way!!
Hugs,
Melinda

Sending you hugs and strength. Thank you for sharing this post with us and continuing to help others in this position....you are one amazing daughter!
Melinda

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(8 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Congratulations!!! STABLE is so awesome!!! Keep up the good work......and by the way aren't we all supposed to gain weight in the winter??? That is my excuse...anyway! Hugs....Melinda

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(42 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Dear Sammie,
Thank you for sharing the beautiful story of your father and the love you have for him. I truly felt it coming through your words as I read this thread from start to finish....blessings to you! You are an amazing daughter.....thank you so much for sharing.
Melinda

Dear Silverkitties,

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother.....and for all the pain and hurt you are going through. As a mother of six children and fighting this cancer....that has always been one of my worst fears...leaving my children feeling sad and hurt. I know things happened fast for you, and that you really didn't have the time to process all the traumatic medical changes, where as my children have been dealing with my fight for the past five years.

I know that I would not want my children being so hurt, angry and sad. I would want them to know that I loved them with all my heart and soul.....and that I will always be with them and a part of them. I would want them to be happy and have joy in their lives. I would imagine that your mother would want the same for you.....please find a way to heal, forgive, and move past the "what ifs". My heart hurts for you and I will be thinking of you and sending prayers to you for peace, strength, comfort and joy. .....hugs to you.
Melinda

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(11 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Anne-Marie,
I also want to welcome you and thank you for sharing your incredible story! I will be keeping you in my prayers for good results. I hope you have had the chance to slow down and catch your breath with a second resection and a wedding all going on! I am a 46 year old 5 year survivor....never lose hope! Stay in touch and keep us posted.....take care!
Melinda

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(95 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Dear Matt,
Sending you encouragement, good thoughts and prayers for a clean scan! Hoping you can have some peace and calm leading up to it......that darn scanxiety gets the better of us all at times!! Hang in there....I will be thinking of you and looking forward to your excellent report!
Melinda

Carrie,
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Sending prayers for you and your mother for strength, peace and comfort.....lots of hugs.
Melinda

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(10 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Judy...
Sending my prayers for you and Ron for peace, comfort and strength. We are all with you in spirit to support you in this difficult time. God Bless.....Melinda

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(19 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Bea,
I am so glad you are on top of it and paying attention and seeking answers. I would guess that I have the same hearing loss as you describe......my kids laugh at me because we have this thermometer that beeps when it is done taking your temperature and I can't hear it at all!! But, in the big scheme of things, this is definitely something that I can live with. As Marion mentioned this is the response of the cisplatin and other platin drugs. My biggest complaint is still the neuropathy in my feet....but once again, I can live with it!! Take care and please keep us posted! Hugs to you!
Melinda

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(6 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Dear Kirsty,
I too, am so sorry for the loss of your husband. Sending prayers for you and your children for strength, comfort and peace. Love and hugs to you.....Melinda

Kris....that is great news! 19 months on one drug is amazing and STABLE is even better! Keep up the good work! I don't know how I used to work full time....there is not enough time in the day for everything!!
Melinda

Jean Marie.......I am sorry. I have been thinking of you and Jeff so much. My heart hurts for you. I know the love you have for Jeff is so strong....praying for your comfort and peace....all my love to you.
Melinda

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(7 replies, posted in New Developments)

Julie,
When I go back to NIH for checkups, I have both a CT and MRI. I remember asking why both but for the life of me can't remember the answer. I am sure one views a little different than the other so both can be beneficial for different areas??? Anyway when I go back in February, I will ask again.
Melinda

Christopher,
Welcome to the cc boards and thank you for sharing your amazing story. You have had some great blessings along the way! I always wanted twins!! Please keep us updated on your progress and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.  Hugs to you....Melinda

I second what Duke said....Amen to that!

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(5 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Hi Carrie,
Welcome to this site....I am glad your father was able to enjoy the Thanksgiving day parade with his grandson...how wonderful is that!!

When I was first diagnosed....I also had right shoulder pain and back pain. My tumor was quite large as well and I was told that the pain was "referred pain" from the liver. I hope his pain is alleviated soon and all is well. Please keep us posted. Hugs and prayers to you and your father.
Melinda

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(19 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Dear Bea,

What you describe about your ears being blocked is exactly what I get when I am in crowds or anywhere there is a lot of background noise. In those situations it is very hard to hear someone who is talking to me.  That is really the only time I can notice a deficit in my hearing. Please let me know what you find out...thanks....Melinda

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(19 replies, posted in Introductions!)

Dear Bgeo,

Welcome to this site. I am glad you are tolerating chemo so well with good results! I too, had the gem/cis combo for about 6 months. I developed the ringing in my ears as well, also slight hearing damage which I still have both to this day and it has been about 4 years since treatment. I am glad you onc was on top of it to lower the dose right away.

It is definitely comforting to have options...glad you have had some genetic testing done. I celebrate my 5 year mark today thanks to an immunotherapy trial at NIH! All my best to you and please keep us posted on your progress.
Hugs and prayers,
Melinda B.

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(13 replies, posted in General Discussion)

Dear Heather,

You have not offended me or anyone! I and the others totally understand. I am 46 also, I have 6 children. ....I know the emotions of fear, anger and all the other emotions you could fathom! Please feel safe to vent here...we all just care and want to help in anyway we can.
Melinda