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Rhonda 58

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Rhonda 58 last won the day on March 23 2016

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  1. Hi Mary, Glad to hear you recovered from bronchitis and enjoyed you precious grandson, nothing like them!!! Yes, I did a lot of researching and there really isn't a lot of significant benefit for Stage IB to get adjuvant chemo. Just turned it over to the Lord and if it comes back, which LC kinda has a tendency to do will just assess it then. So glad you are doing well Mary!!! God Bless You! Rhonda
  2. Hi everyone, I saw my oncologist today and this is what he said. I am cancer free right now. He said that they don't do low dose follow up chemo. My 5 yr survival rate is 65%, so 35% chance of recurrence. He said I could do a round of 4 infusions, 3 weeks apart with full dose cocktail of Carboplatin/Paclitaxel. He said my benefit of doing this would only increase my survival rate by 7%. He said if the cancer comes back within the next five yrs it is considered incurable, either way, whether I take the chemo or not. He said I had a lot of positives and told me I only had two negatives 1) my ce
  3. Hi Tom, Yes, you are right, I had severe allergies moving to Texas from Illinois last July. I am not taking any chances and anytime I am going to be outside I will be wearing one of my face masks, they are lightweight, have disposable filters inside, hoping this will be enough. I sure need the walking for exercise to keep that one and a quarter lung working well. I'm sorry you are having these ongoing issues and I know you are also taking precautions when outside. I remembered what you said about the fact of one microscopic cancer cell being left behind. After the ordeal of the surgery I wa
  4. Hi everybody, Just a update to say I'm doing well, first day off narcotics, Yay!!! I started Neurontin yesterday for the nerve pain so just taking that now with Aleve, so far so good, pain, yes, but tolerable. I saw my Pulmonary Dr yesterday, lung sounds good, breathing is good, he told me I needed to follow up with my oncologist because the surgeon will tell you since he got the cancer out you are cured. My pulmonary Dr said he has seen his share of people that believe that and have more cancer pop up because microscopic cancer cells were left behind or had gotten into the bloodstream. I d
  5. Hi Mary, Whoa!! I can't even imagine ribs being broken and removed and the post pain from something like that. I'm sorry to hear this still affects you 4.5 yrs later. My pain seems to be related to the lower lobe wedge resection, severe pain starting late in evening and lasts all night long waking me every two hrs because of pain. Nerves maybe??? I have minimal pain from the upper lobectomy. Since my pain level is not severe during the day I started on Aleeve today and will use prescription meds at night, this is what my PA suggested the cut down on the amount of Tylenol I have been taking
  6. Hi Barb, Yes, this being Thu I just don't think I will make the summit Sat will be 11 days post op and although I am recovering, it is slow going. I am still just working on my building up my walking inside for now, trying to get more stamina for a real walk outside. Don't think I'm even ready for a walk around the W...... store yet. I'm disappointed I won't make the summit this year, I do want to say I am so thankful I found this site and for all your support and encouragement. It was all of you that saw me through my fears, calmed me when I needed it and answered all my way too many questi
  7. Hi Barb, I'm not sure if I will be up for it, still having a lot of pain in my back shoulder blade area, feels like pluresy. I only slept two hrs last night because I can't find a position to relieve the pain. I'm better during the day when I am sitting up so going to try sleeping in the recliner tonight. Thank you so much for your generous offer, I live in Justin and will be coming with husband so we will just drive there and back. The back seems to be the worst of this but I just can't past it yet, using a heating pad, taking my meds. I'll just have to see how the rest of the week goes Ba
  8. Thank you Tom, I sat outside on Friday for about 10 minutes because it was so nice and just wanted to feel the sun. Before I came back in I had already lost my voice, I just thought it was post op, now I know to watch out. I have a very good soft face mask with filter I had already planned to use when I can get out and start walking but will now use it anytime I am going to be outside. Thank you!!! Rhonda
  9. Thank you Barb!! I am recovering very well, my breathing is better now than before surgery, room air Sat 96/97. I had to call about my pain management this morning though because they just sent me home with Tramadol and I am having severe pain under ly shoulder blade, the other pain is not severe. The PA told me my lower lobe was really adhered to the back wall and they had to cut a lot of pluera tissue away to get the lung to release so now I know why severe pain. She adjusted my meds and I am now more comfortable. She reminded me that the pathology report from surgery was a preliminary repo
  10. Thank you Donna, I am doing pretty well today. I was able to take a shower and wash my hair, boy, that was exhausting but sure feel better since I did it. My breathing is pretty good, I have a nebulizer at home now since I had the pneumothorax so able to use it as needed every 4 hrs. I used it once today but going to try to not depend on it. The more I'm able to walk around and do my breathing exercises the better my breathing is. I have 5 incisions including the one one my neck and when my husband removed the dressings he said they all look good. I had a low grade temp this am but that's
  11. Thank you Tom!! I didn't know they were going to scope me either, found that out when the doctor came to talk to me in the surgery holding room?? He said he was going to do that first, if any of the lymphs in the mediastinal area were positive, he was not going forward with the lobectomy. Guess he felt my treatment plan would have been different at that stage. I thought it a little weird to not know that until I was prepped for surgery but it all worked out, the best outcome I could have had under the circumstances. Blessings for your continued health!! Rhonda
  12. Thank you Tom!! I didn't know they were going to scope me either, found that out when the doctor came to talk to me in the surgery holding room?? He said he was going to do that first, if any of the lymphs in the mediastinal area were positive, he was not going forward with the lobectomy. Guess he felt my treatment plan would have been different at that stage. I thought it a little weird to not know that until I was prepped for surgery but it all worked out, the best outcome I could have had under the circumstances. Blessings for your continued health!! Rhonda
  13. Hi Everybody, I made it and am back home today. So here is how it went. When I first got there the doctor told me me they were going to anesthetize me the first do a CME, where they make a incision in your neck and scope to biopsy my mediastinal lymph nodes. If they had been positive for cancer that was as far as they would go, no lobectomy. When I woke up my family relayed to me what the doctor said. All lymph nodes were negative. He did a complete upper lobectomy. He also did a lower wedge resection because the PET showed a suspicious nodule, it was benign, so no cancer there either.
  14. Barb, I love your humor!!! I try to keep mine too, it helps the family cope better, especially my 38 yr old son who was just devastated. My dad died @ 65 with LC and my mom @ 59 with LC, so that has been the only experience my son has had and all he could see was losing his mom. No, it don't sound like you breezed through your surgery at all, OUCH!! I am so thankful you were a candidate like me for surgery, so many are not able to have surgery, also that your surgery was a cure for you, what a blessing!!! I am also very blessed in mine being found early. I am sure going to take your advice
  15. Thank you Barb for the prayers, I am starting to feel the anxiety. I will be at Medical City Hospital, Dallas, Mitchell Magee is my surgeon. He said VATS so I guess that is what it will be. Yes, I hope to still be able to attend, I'm really looking forward to it. I know everyone is different, some breeze through surgery and some have unforseen complications. I am going to just be positive and pray for a good outcome. I think my biggest fear is what he may find in the lymph nodes as my stage will change at that point. One day at a time, one minute at a time. Take care Barb, God bless you, Rh
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