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barbvh

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Hi Everyone,

I don't post very often, but do read a lot about you all and am very inspired by your strength and courage.

I had a CT & PET last Thursday. They were watching 2 new nodules & a lymph node found on my 12/20/07 CT. Not good news. In 10 weeks they have grown in size from 6 & 8mm to over 2.8 cm, and there are more new nodules as well. Some lite up on the PET as did a lymph node. I am scheduled for a fine needle biopsy on Thursday to be sure of what they are dealing with.

To say I am surprised is putting it mildly. Ten months ago I was told I had a 90 some percent chance of a cure and now it looks like it is metastatic disease. On March 13 I will find out what they restage it to and what treatment is recommended. From what I have read it looks like it may be restaged to stage 3.

No one wants chemo, but I am extrememly sensitive to medications and this worries me. I deal with an anxiety disorder and I want to keep that in check as well.

Will let you know what I hear next week. I know I am going to need advice.

Thanks!

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Barb-

I am sorry you've had a set back. I hope they can find a drug that will work for you and kill those buggers that have cropped up. There are many chemos now that seem to be kinder to the system. I hope all goes well.

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Hi Barb,

I've been wondering how you were doing since we last met. I'm sorry the news wasn't great- and chemo can sound really scary when you factor in all the possible reactions and side effects, but the other side of it is that there are definitely survivors who have been "there" with little to no side effects.

If you learn about the side effects, there are medications and things you can do to counter-act them before or when they start.

Read around the message board and look for profiles that are close to yours. Connect with those survivors, ask questions and get informed about what may lie ahead.

We have LONG term survivors of stage IIIa/b who are cancer free today. Let them inspire and encourage you.

We are here for you. Please keep us updated.

(((hug)))

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I am sorry to read of your bad news Barb. I have been dealing with anxiety too. I keep a stash of xanax on hand now for the rough spots. I also am on lexapro and it seems to be working. I have 8 nodules that they are watching plus a big arse tumor.

Don m

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Thanks to everyone for all your support, prayers and words of encouragment. I had my needle biopsy today. The radiologist was a walking angel. She spent a lot of time getting as much information from me about my lungs as she could. She went in and got 5 (ouch) good samples and said that preliminary slides show no evidence of malignancy. YEAH!!!

I will get the final report on Thursday. I am much relieved, though I realize they may still recommend treatment because of the other nodules and nodes.

For now, I will relax a bit and give Thanks to God for some good news.

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