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  1. Wonderful news!!!!! Gives us all hope!!! Hugs and prayers,
  2. Hey Beth, Thank you for your insight!! It's always refreshing to read your posts!!! About the Dr. Joe thing... I'm not sure what happened, I haven't read the post that has been talked about, but I do know he is an asset to this site. He's been so dedicated and compassionate to so many on this board that I don't feel he will abandon everyone. I'm hoping he will continue to read our posts and when he sees an area he can help or offer advice he may PM the person. I started my chemo today and now I'm just going to sit back and see what side effects, if any, come my way, then deal with them!!! I really hope the lower dose of Tarceva works for you!! You've sure had your share of drug side effects!!! Hugs and Prayers,
  3. Dr. Joe, Please don't leave us... you are needed and very much appreciated. I can understand someone being upset and just striking out trying to find fault and blame in their anguish, but please don't allow that to destroy your relationship with everyone on this board.
  4. Hey Cheryl, I'm so sorry you have to deal with yet another hurdle!! You've have a positive attitude in the past and will find it again. Right now the fears are so new and fresh that your head is spinning. Let it spin, then realize that you're still the same strong Cheryl and will beat this beast. We're all here to pray, scream, cry, and beat the beast with you. What ever you need us to do, we'll be there!!! Hugs and prayers to you and your family!!
  5. Hey Rich, I've had you in my prayers and am glad the bleeding has stopped. It is really scary... don't ever be sorry to share your fears with us.. we've all got our fair share of fears, too, and are here for eachother. Please mention it to your Dr.,tho. It's best to have it checked out and find out it's nothing to worry about, than to let it go and continue to worry. Hugs and prayer to you and your family!!!
  6. Lisa and Tariq My heart goes out to you and your family . Please accept my sincere condolensces on your terrible loss. Many hugs and prayers go out to you.
  7. Hi Peggy!! Relax, take a deep breath, and try to enjoy the rest of the week until Friday. I tried to read my scans and had both lungs full of cancer... I can really read those things. Dr said... a 2cm spot in the right upper lobe, that's a long way from both lungs being full of cancer!! Ill never try to read those crazy things again! Had my stomach all in knotts! You've got a lot people here praying for you and your husband. Just know we are all here for you, and remember the eyeballs!!! That's a real hoot!!! Hugs and Prayers, Paula
  8. I would really be interested in this trial. In fact I went to both URLs and sent emails to the contact person and on both sites the emails "failed". So I guess I'll give them call on Monday!! I'm really dreading the Chemo, but need every edge I can get!!! Thanks for the info!!
  9. Great News!! I'm dreading the scans, too, but looking forward to NED!!
  10. Hi Shirl, I would strongly urge you to talk to your Dr. I had my lobectomy 1 Nov and on 16 Nov I had this pressure in my chest between the ole boobs, that felt like someone just put a boot in my chest. It radiated down under my left brest, out over the top of the left side of my chest. It turned out to be a near heat attack with 80% blockage in one of my artiers and I had to have an emergency proceedure to open the artery and put in a stent. I'm not saying that's your problem, but please take chest pains very serious.... I wasn't going to the hospital, I felt really silly going to the ER for "heartburn", but my son insisted, guess I really scared him!! I'm glad he insisted!! I found out today that I can start my adjuvant therapy in January... My onco said we could wait five months if we wanted and still have the same effect... so hang in there! It can be done. Hugs and Prayers....
  11. What a blessing that the tumors that were previously seen are gone!! Now to tackle the new issue and you and Lucie have beaten this very same tumor before and will do it again!! There's enough love and prayers out there to carry you two as far as you need to go!! Were're all in this with you, thinking of you and praying for you daily. Keep the faith and laughter on going in your hearts and we'll all survive this beast toghter! Hugs and Prayers,
  12. Hi Melissa!! Welcome to our group of people that really don't want to be here, but can give you wonderful insight, strength, encouragement, and a will to fight, fight, fight, and keep on fighting this desease!!!! I'm no help to you as far as the Chemo goes (I haven't started mine yet), but am here to cheer you on and let you know that I will, along with many others on this board, pray for your mother daily that she can handle the chemo and it will be a cure for her!! You and your family members will also be in our prayers as it is so difficult to see someone you love dearly going through the treatments and surgerys. I hope you are able to enjoy the holidays with your mother and rest of your family!! Hugs and Prayers,
  13. Happy Thanksgiving Lisa!!! I hope things have settled down for you a bit so you and your family can enjoy the day. Hope your Aunt is doing fine and isn't in a lot of pain!!! Even tho we are all going through an experience none of us cares to join in, we do have an awful lot to be thankful for. I am thankful for this board and the many caring people that are here that have been a great help to me, and many others, in the mist of their own dispair and uncertainty!! God Bless everyone!!! Hugs and Prayers,
  14. First of all Congratulations Steve and Lucie!!!! I'm so thrilled that you have gotten good reports!! Things here have been like a roller coaster and I have not posted for a while but have been trying to keep up on everyone. As you all know I had the upper right lobe of the my lung removed on 1 Nov. and every thing went fine. I was suppose to go back for a follow up visit last Thurs. 18 Nov. Welllllllllllllll, Tuesday 16 Nov I started having chest pains like a boot was just stomped in my chest and just sitting there, I felt it was heart burn. My son decides to take me to the hospital, but stops at the ENT station and they decide to take me by ambulance to the ER. The ole boot left my chest after one giant burp during the ride to the ER!!! There's a lot involved about how they read the wrong CT scan and told my Prim Doc I had a blood clot in the lung and a few other things... so my Prim Doc came to the ER, looked at the CT scans himself, pitched a fit because they were someone elses CT scans the ER Dr was reading!!! Anyway Prim Doc admitted me, he felt it was heart related, not lung, and I felt really stupid thinking I was causing all this fuss over heart burn!!! Had a heart cath the next morning and they found 80% blockage in the left anterior descending coronary artery, 30% at the origin of the bifurcation of the first diagonal (don't know what that is, but it's on the paper work ), and 10% in the left main coronary artery!!!! I had a stent with cutting balloon angioplasty on the 80% blockage whick left me with 0% blockage there, and they said the other wasn't serious enough to do anything with right now. Just diet change and exercise. They released me in time on Thurs to make it to my follow up appt for my lung surgery. My Surgeon said everything looks really good and it was a cure, but they reccomend a round of chemo as a precaution. He was really upset about my heart problems. He acted like he had made a mistake and said we were blessed during the surgery because I could have gone into cardiac arrest on the table!!! He did every test he could except for a cardiac cath, so it wasn't his fault it wasn't caught prior to surgery. If any of the tests had shown this heart problem, he wouldn't of been able to do the surgery, so I'm glad it didn't show up!!!! He's not sure now if the onco will do the chemo because of the heart, but referred me to them for assesment. Because of the holidays I can't get in until 7 Dec, which may put me out of the four to six week time period from surgery that they like to do the chemo. But you know what: I am blessed!!!!!! This whole ordeal stated with a head cold!!!!!!! God has a plan for me, I'm not sure what it is, but I have sure been blessed through this whole ordeal!!!! Lungs and heart both at the same time and both caught in early stages before any permanent damage is done......... WOW!!! I want to thank you all for all your prayers and well wishes!!! They are still needed and requested!! I'm hangin in there with everyone and pray for everyone daily. I may not be able to post as often as I would like, but know that I'm here with you!!! I'm really tired and must lay down for a bit!! Hugs and prayers!!!
  15. Symptoms? I had no symptoms... just a head cold and a Dr. that insisted on a chest x-ray. I tried to talk him out of the x-ray.. had to get back to work... but he wouldn't listen to me, he must have had another voice talking to him. Anyway, I agree with everyone here, that it's her decission to make about seeing a Dr. I hope she will visit this web site and see that there is hope and a lot of support out here. If you could get her to look at it another way... her quality of life stinks with the coughing all the time. It could be something as simple as uncontrolled asthma... I say simple but that's only in comparrisoin to the alternitive.... but it can be controlled. She needs to at least find out what she's dealing with. Asthma can kill if it's left untreated, and would be such a shame if she has asthma and gave up for "fear" of something else. Just be supportive of her, and encouraging at the same time. It's hard when someone has the fears she has to get them to understand what we are thinking or wanting for them/us..... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife....
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