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  1. Hi Cindy! I'm a bit late... I think I watch myself for other kinds of cancers more than my doctor does. I remember a couple of years after my surgery, I went for a bone scan because I had a big bump on the bone under my knee. The Orthopedic doctor told me that it was fine after the scan, and I apologized for taKing his time confessing that I was afraid I had become a bit of a hypochondriac. He said to me -- Deb, I read your file, and with your history of lung cancer, you NEED to be a hypochondriac. After that I had no apologies, ever, for anything I thought needed to be looked at.
  2. Kasey & Fred- My sympathies and thoughts are with you during this sad time...
  3. My sympathies to all on the loss of Connie.
  4. Hey Linda - so good to see you!! I have been so busy and with the 'invention' of Facebook, find it hard to 'fit' everything in sometimes! This last June was 7 years from surgery and I am doing wonderful. I know that every day is a gift and try to make sure that I remember that each morning when I wake up! Will make an attempt to stop by more often!
  5. Now THAT's what I'm talkin' about! ))) Wasn't David all about the blonde jokes?
  6. LOL - I LOVE it Becky!!! )))) I think we need some BLONDE jokes up in here... anyone have any????
  7. Cindy, My twin - you are one of those people that I don't talk to often, but it gives me so much comfort that you're there with me out in this world. Congrats on the 7 years - we have made it girlfriend - next time I'm in Chicago I am going to MAKE time for lunch and dinner and we will celebrate together. Maybe I'll even drag you out for a tattoo. So glad to read this.
  8. Debi

    Cancer Free!!!!!

    Melanie, So glad to hear that you are cancer free!!!
  9. so..... any updates on Melanie?
  10. So good to hear Linda!!! I have been thinking about Melanie and am glad she did well!
  11. Wooooo Hoooooo Muriel!!!!!!
  12. Melanie, Am glad to hear that this is happening soon... not only do you want to get that thing out but it gives you less 'waiting' time! Someone told me once that having surgery feels like an entire fleet of trucks hit you, but every day after that there is one less truck!!! That sounds extreme, I know, but the analogy really helped me- if I felt bad, I knew the next day I would feel one truck better. And you know what? I always did- sometimes 2 trucks better!! Like I said before, I am the worst chicken in the world but the recovery wasn't as bad as I imagined. Keep hitting the pain
  13. There is late and then there is WAY late..... Congrats Jamie---- so happy for you!!!!!!
  14. Linda - Sorry, just read this post and I know its resolved but I had to say I'm proud of you - question question question!!!!!!!! Just to add--- I always get my CTs without contrast as I had an allergic reaction to the dye years ago and although I eat shellfish now, I don't want it intraveneously pumped into my body. However, I can't tell you how many times a Tech got annoyed with me because I told them no contrast. A few of them have told me "well, we're at a hospital in case you have a reaction, we'll have help". I have asked several doctors and radiologists if I am hurting myself
  15. Crap Val, I missed it!! Hope it was wonderful and filled with warm memories!!
  16. Melanie, Glad to see everything is moving along for you... The epidural and catheter are not bad - when they insert the epidural into your spine, you feel a sharp tingle - sort of like a small electric shock - at least I did, and then you feel nothing. The catheter doesn't hurt at all - although I have to admit, I couldn't wait to get that out most of all, even more than the chest tubes. I just wanted to pee again. Not sure if I mentioned this before but think pillows - lots and lots of pillows. I got home from the hospital and had my daughter and friend go out and buy me 4 more pillow
  17. Debi

    5 years ago today...

    Thrilled for you Carol... Congrats!!
  18. Melanie - I'll be looking for your update after you visit your surgeon!
  19. Melanie - I just wanted to add my 2 cents about the surgery.. I ended up with my upper and middle right lobe removed, and it was my first surgery ever- I was terrified!! However, it certainly is doable, the pain isn't that bad since you have pain meds, and although its certainly not on my top ten list of things to do again --- it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Wishing you the best- keep posting!!!
  20. I'm a little late Mike with the congrats, but it's never too late for a big WOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! So happy to hear....
  21. So sorry to see that Rich is gone. I almost feel like this post should be in Inspirational because that's what I think of when I think of Rich. I remember talking with him about the Boston Walk and he was just so nice. He was just a quiet, non-assuming man who was truly inspirational without ever even trying to be. He was a true hero. Rest in peace Rich.
  22. Hey Pam! I'm going through the same thing - not sure whether to get it or not. I would like to think it can't hurt but still not sure if I need to. I know I'm not a help, but wanted to let you know that you are not alone (as always) in your indecision.
  23. lily, Just came on here and saw this. To let you know- I have been posting a fact a day on FB about lung cancer- thought I would forego my status updates for the month and instead post lc facts and occasional tributes. I'm sure by the end of the month I'll be 'unfriended' by some since I'm like a broken record but of course, they would not truly be my friends then anyway, so good riddance.
  24. I was going to write down Oprah and saw that Becky already has... I'm not an Oprah fan, but it seems everyone else is and when Oprah talks... people listen.
  25. With mine, my boob hurt for eternity. And what didn't hurt, was numb. I think I'm still numb in spots. I couldn't sleep on my right side for 6 months, and couldn't wear a bra for 6 months, I wore layers of clothes to work. Then I got a sports bra, 2 sizes too big and then a regular bra 2 sizes too big, then grandma bras my size and now FINALLY 6 years after the fact, I just bought a NORMAL, NICE bra from VS with underwire. I just can HEAR the angels singing... But I digress... You may be feeling more pain now because the shock and numbness to the nerves are wearing off but I agree with
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