Topic: Tomorrow's The Day

Hey All:

Just hoping y'all will all send good thoughts my way as I have my first CT scan in six months tomorrow. Fearing the worst but secretly hoping for the best (relatively speaking, of course.)

Courage to all,

Irene

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Sending good thoughts and prayers your way, Irene!

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Irene.....You can count on it.  Tons of good wishes coming your way. I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed for the best news, ever.

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Hi Irene - we always hope for the best!  Good luck with your scans.  Remember, knowledge is power.  At least you will get a better idea how to proceed with your care.  Take control of this thing, don't let it control you....

- Suzanne

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All good thoughts going your way for great results.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Thank you to all -- the good feelings and the spirit are much present and needed.

Courage,
Irene

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Dear Irene,

My hopes and wishes for a great scan are with you, Irene. 

Love,
Sophie

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Hi Irene,

We're thinking of you, let us know how things go. Warmest wishes and lots of positive thoughts and energy your way!! smile

Danielle

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Good thoughts and prayers coming your way, Irene - fingers and toes crossed also!

Joyce C.

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You've got it. Good thoughts for the best out come on your scan coming your way.

Darla

"One Day At A Time"

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Many great thoughts, prayers & energies coming your way Irene! We're crossing our fingers and hoping for the best for you too!

-Tess

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Will light a candle for you tonight and sending you all the postive vibes I can!!

Chin up girl.

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

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Praying for the best results!!!!

I lost my incredible husband Dave to CC February 13th, 2011 after a 2 year battle.  He leaves behind a legacy that will never be forgotten..I will miss you forever.

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just hoping the BEST for you Irene....ron

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A thought and a prayer and all the good vibes I could muster have been sent your way.

Marjo

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Hello All:

First -- I want to thank all of you again. I truly believe in the power of good thought and spirit and I think the vibes were of great help to me today.

So here's my update. The bad news is that there is now a second, tiny tiny (less than a cm) tumor also in the liver, sort of off by itself, nowhre near a wall, a vein, or a node. There are also three lymph nodes of increased size, which clearly tells us there is node involvement. (At my last check in October 08 the nodes were identified as "probable" involvement but now they are bigger and the situation seems more clear.)
The good news, however, seems to be fairly good news: while the tumor has grown, it has grown only 1/2 cm (it went from 6.5 in October to 7.0 today). Doctor was very clear that this is what they're calling a "lazy" tumor and he said "growth was slower than we'd expected."
Doctor did suggest chemo which I again declined -- at least for now -- but he was much less insistent, and said it was something we should talk about again when he does the next scan in 3--4 months. Also recommending Gemzar only as opposed to the three-drug cocktail he strongly wanted me to be taking last year.
Overall, the news was good (relatively speaking, of course) and in fact the doc said I may have 6 or 12 months before I start to see serious symptoms. This may not sound like a long time, but I will tell you all that last summer these folks had me dead in a year. I fully expected that I would not make it to my 45th birthday (which is in September -- and hey -- I like watches!) and now it sounds like I might just make it there, and then some.
So...obviously the presence of the second tumor is bad bad bad, and the growing lymph nodes bad. But overall I am esctatic at the fact that the primary tumor is so d*mned lazy (my tumor takes after me -- how sweet!) and that as of today, my liver function remains perfectly normal.

So -- it's a mixed bag, but I'll take it, and will try to honor the time I do have left.

My deep affection -- no, make that my love, to all you. We struggle, but none of us strggles alone.
Courage,
Irene

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Irene......yes, for lazy tumors.  I am happy to hear that your liver functions are perfectly normal and that you are feeling well.  There is nothing more encouraging then when the predictions are proven wrong.
Hugs to you,
Marion

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Irene,
Been thinking of you and wondering how it went.  Thanks for the report and so happy things are looking ok.  I know you will see your 45th birthday and many good days ahead.   
I agree about not being alone in this battle..  People are amazing here on this site....Take care of yourself Irene.   Love,  Hollie

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Dear Irene,  so glad that you are ecstatic and calmer and glad for that lazy tumor.  You certainly are a courageous woman, Irene.  Would you sprinkle a little of that courage on me?

Love,
Sophie

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I love lazy tumors...in fact I want one! smile
Glad your news was mostly good.

Kris

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

36 year old patient with buckets of hope

21 (edited by Jamie D Thu, 30 Apr 2009 23:52:52)

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Hi Irene,
My birthday is in September also! When I was on chemo I was on Gemzar and Xeloda. When I was diagnosed in Oct 07 I was told I may not make it until my daughters High School graduation in May 08. Well I was there, ended up getting a resection the next week after being told I was inoperable, and will bring her home from college tomorrow after she finished her first year!  Let's keep proving these docs wrong. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.
God Bless,
Jamie

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Dear Irene,

You have a wonderful attitude and I think that is so important.  What you said is all so true. It is a mixed bag, but take it and live your life to the fullest. From our experience with this cancer & what I have since learned from everyone here, I fully support you and the decisions you have made. You are a very courageous lady.  You are so right, with this site & everyone on it none of us, patient or caregiver, are alone in our struggles.

I am hoping for only the best for you in the future.

Love & Hugs,
Darla

"One Day At A Time"

All of my comments and suggestions are just my opinions and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.   You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers.

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Hi Irene,
I love your attitude (and I wish Jim's tumor was lazy...).   Regarding the lymph nodes, Jim was told he had lymph node involvement and then later on adrenal gland involvement but both cleared up on subsequent scans. Regardless, your attitude is inspiring and  it 's amazing what hte body and spirit can do.
Warmest thoughts to you,
Danielle