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Suzanne Gibb

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  1. Tomorrow I am starting injections for 7 days to boost my white blood cell count. I have just finished 4 days of radiation to the chest and my second cycle of chemo. Is low white blood cell count common so soon?  Side effects are aches and pains in the pelvic area. Any pain killer suggestions? Or wait and see attitude? Thanks everyone. Suzanne

  2. Thanks so much for your responses. I learned so much. I did not know that the about radiation and small cell so that makes me feel so much better. (Just to have the info) It is in my books but it doesn't really hit home until someone has gone through it. I am doing chemo at the same time for three of the days and am aware that chemo may make me nausea later on  but I am trying to take one day at a time and not go crazy worrying. I am sorry Tom that I do not come to Texas, I am in Ontario but I would just because I feel so much calmer after reading what you say. I have been on this website since February but I must have entered this topic with a new kind of letter. Thanks again both of you. Suzanne


  3. Hello everyone,

    I have been diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and I have just completed my first cycle (3 days) of Cisplatin and Etoposide. I am not suffering any nausea just an out of sorts kind of feeling which I find disconcerting but my floors are washed and the house is tidy., The doctor said to stay active. I was told on Friday that I will have 15 radiation treatments (weekends off) and this news has kept me awake. Has anyone gone through this amount of radiation. Is this a large amount of radiation or standard treatment. Side effects? Thanks for reading. Suzanne

  4. Thanks everybody. I had a bone scan this morning and that went well. I have discovered that I prefer right now to go on my own to appointments because I absolutely hate keeping people waiting even the volunteer drivers. I know that I have to work on this because I find that I do not want to ask the doctor questions because it will extend the time I am keeping someone waiting for me. This makes me very tense almost more that what the doctor is saying. Any tips on how to accept help?

  5. Hello,

    I have met my radiation oncologist and my nurse on my team in Oshawa. Both were wonderful. I mistakenly thought that I would have radiation treatment first but he told me that I would have chemo first. I meet my oncologist on Monday next and she will talk to me about chemo. I am registered with my region's Community Care and my access to volunteer drivers has been confirmed. Luckily my first driver was the husband of a friend and we had met before. Great conversations on the hour long drive there and the drive back and not about cancer. I am blessed. I am receiving calls right, left and center booking appointments. I need an MRI, a PET scan, a colonoscopy and a Pulmonary Test. Never been on the phone so much but very grateful that my doctors are working so quickly. I was given a bag of booklets to read but as I was reading them I realized that a lot of the information I had already learned from this website. Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences and expertise. More next Monday I think.

  6. Thank you so much for the tips. My doctor ordered a bone scan today. I am not sure if that is a PET scan or MRI. You are all so reassuring that I feel that I can make the best of this. I have written down your suggested questions so that I will not forget to ask when I see the oncologist. I have learned so much from all of you already. Suzanne

  7. Just a follow up to my initial diagnosis I met with my doctor this afternoon and he gave me the results of my biopsy. I do have small cell carcinoma in the lung and the chest wall although the doctor told me that it has not metastisized? Spelling? I will hear from the oncologist this next week coming and will be able to get more information. Most cancer patients hear from their oncologist within three days. It is a mandate. He told me that he was worried for me but I am going to wait to see what the oncologist says before analyzing that statement. I do have a change in my voice and sharp pangs in my chest  and arm on the right side. I am still walking at least two miles a day with my dogs  but I have definitely noticed a drop in energy and weight. I have been reading other postings and know I have discovered a warm and welcoming place. Is anyone allowed to answer someone else's post? Suzanne

  8. Thank you for your warm welcome and your explanations. Information is always good.  First morning after my biopsy and I am feeling tired but basically fine. I need to call my doctor on Monday for a follow up appointment. He will know when he will get the results so it should be a week from now appointment. I am glad that the doctors are double checking but I guess my tumour was big enough  and in the right spot to biopsy. My family doctor has already talked to me about my oncologist team and where my treatments could take place so I think he is pretty sure of the outcome of the biopsy. He says that he wants to move fast. I have not told my large family yet and I have been feeling guilty but at the same time glad that I am taking a wait and see approach. We lost my second youngest sister to small bowel cancer just three years ago so I want to be sure of my condition before I share it. I am the second oldest of 10 children. We are all in our 50s and 60s and busy with grandchildren and some are still working and not retired like I am. I have never married, am on my own and am an aunt to 21 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews-all wonderful of course. I have always had good health, been very active walking and playing sports and being outdoors. I journal every day and purposely looked for a site where I could read what others are going through on their cancer journey. I am inspired by others and am a pretty good listener. I am currently knitting a blanket, and like to listen to the games of my nephew who is a professional hockey coach. I have two very active beagles and take them to our local dog park every day. I do not drive so the walk there and back and around the park tires all of us. It is a beautiful park. I am so lucky to live so close to it. This site is wonderful. I was able to read so much before my biopsy. Thank you to the people who contribute. This site will make my experience so much more endurable. Suzanne

  9. My name is Suzanne and I have just had my lung biopsy this morning. My family doctor has already told me that I have cancer but the doctor today told me that the biopsy is to find out if I do have cancer. I have already accepted that I do have cancer but apparently I need to wait a week for confirmation. Does the biopsy tell you other things also? I was expecting a needle through the front of my chest but the doctor did it through the back with me lying on my stomach. It was painless except for one time where I thought the need went through to my breast. Weird feeling I must say. Everyone was very warm and caring at the hospital. They even serve a lunch once a patient wakes up. I will write more once I figure out that this is the right place to place my introduction.

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