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  • Birthday 06/18/1972

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    Fundraising for cancer, finding a CURE, playing with my now 5 yr old twins

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  1. I hate that you have to be back here. You will kick the beast's butt!!! You are a fighter!
  2. Hi. My dad has been on Tarceva for a few years .I do have to say, he developed the bad rash and stomach issues. But he has learned to live with it, although unpleasant. The good news it is keeping him alive and he is functioning pretty normal. He does take heavy doses of antibiotics for the rash. Not everyone develops the rash of course. When his rash gets super bad, like scary to be see in p ublic, he stops Tarceva for a week to let it calm down and then goes back on. My dad will be on it for the rest of his life and despite the side effects, it really is an amazing pill. It doesn't cause fatigue or other issues. Just tummy and rash. I wanted to be super honest. If you have f urther questions email me at [email protected]
  3. Thoughs & prayers being sent your way. I believe your way of thinking, what more could have been done earlier, has been felt by sooo many patients & their loved ones. Cancer is such a beast, it is unpredictable & the enemy. Hang strong.
  4. Andrea

    Final Update

    I am so sorry for your loss I empathize with the pain. It truly is horrible. Hugs to you and your family
  5. My mom had EXTREME FATIGUE for over a year after finishing chemo. This was like in 2004. I remember there being an article that chemo effects can last long after. Of course mention everything to the dr!
  6. Thank you for reporting that. I remember him well!
  7. So sorry to hear how rough it is. Welcome back. Please vent to us. Hugs
  8. Please fill us in Wednesday. Hugs!
  9. Andrea


    Dave I am so sorry to hear about your struggles. I have a few choice words about what you described your wife but profanity is not appropriate;) I wish I had words to make you feel better. Baby steps!
  10. Such great news!!!! Welcome to the family!
  11. Yes I agree!! No one will say what they need. People need to do! Even then it is hard for some people to accept it. For example when we rushed to hospital once and a neighbor 9 yr old and the mom took care of my 5 yr old twins I thought of payong them. Then I realized they wanted to help and I had to let them
  12. I thought about what I would do if shoes were reversed and how I would want to help and I would be mad if not allowed. So that made me able to accept some meals watching kids etc.
  13. In 2003 when my mom was diagnosed before social media I made calls. I could barely speak. Then I generated an email list and updated with emails all the time to those who wanted to be on list. I did email when my dad was diagnosed in 2005 When we got the shocking news about my mom in february that it came back and was bad i did not make ANY calls except to my uncle. I could not speak. It was selfish but I used Facebook to alert. After awhile I set up cAring bridge and let people follow. I say it was selfish to use Facebook bc people who loved my mom could have been anywhere when they got the news but that is how I had to handle it
  14. Fabulous news!!!! Thank you for sharing ! It means so much to so many
  15. My dad who NEVER believed in antidepressants (even though I was already on them), started them after my mom's diagnosis. I honestly think they are often needed to make it through. I think the slight effect they have gave us the strength to try to muddle through. Humor helps a lot
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