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Hi Friends,

Well, I now have surgery scheduled to remove the remaining lobe of my left lung. A new tumor has been discovered. Thank God for second opinions. One surgeon who has been "watching" this for a year was wrong in thinking that it was "nothing." We are praying that the lymph node is not involved. It is swollen on the CT scan, but did not light up on the PET scan. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. I go on Nov. 25 for pre-op work-up and then Dec. 2nd for surgery. I will have to follow up with chemo for 4 cycles. Wonderful timing for the holidays, huh?

I hate this damn disease. It took my husband 3 1/2 years ago and now I'm fighting for my life as well. I think the worst part for me is putting my family and friends through this. I put on as positive a face as possible because I think that will help them get through this - particularly my mom. But, sometimes, when I'm on this board and reading these messages, it breaks my heart that there is so much suffering in this. I look forward to the day when nobody has to sign up for the "New to this Board" section or when the "Good News" section is longer than this section.

I remain very grateful to all of you for listening, praying with me, and just being there. I will try to update you all after my surgery when I am able.

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Dear Cathy,

You're right about the timing. They will come and go and before you know it will be Jan 1 and this year will be behind you. I'm looking forward to the new year as well. You beat it once you can do it again.

I wont say I know what you are going through because I dont, just know you are thought of and I hope for a smooth and quick recovery.

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That hand you just felt holding yours is mine. We'll hold hands together as both of us begin yet another journey of treatment for this ugly disease. I expect that I will be starting my treatment for liver mets the same day as your surgery. I will be praying for you as I get my treatment and will also say a prayer for all the others we share lung cancer with.

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Best wishes for an uneventful surgical recovery, Cathy. You've been there before, and that gives you an advantage. Remember to do those breathing exercises, use the pillow, get up and out of bed, and take the pain med's. Looking forward to seeing you here once you feel better, Teresa

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Hi Cathy,

Good luck and definitely praying for you. Peace take care and God Bless.



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How do I begin to thank you for all the good wishes and encouragement?

It means more than I can express.

I had the pre-op today which went fine. For those out there that have never had a lobectomy, I had my first one 2 years and 3 months ago. I now have 90% lung capacity. Not bad at all for having a missing upper left lobe. I am known as the karaoke queen of Culver City, Ca. so I think all that crooning helped! I'm set for a 7:00 a.m. surgery Dec. 2, and I am going to just hope for the best. I have wonderful support, a strong will, and "warrior" mentality.

Just had to come back on the boards to thank you all. By the way, the first surgeon whose office dismissed my last scans as "probably still nothing" called me Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. to apologize and let me know that his associate who saw me never alerted him to the importance of looking at my scans.

At least he called back and apologized. I suppose thats more than some would do. Or, do you think he's hoping to avert a law suit?

Anyway, my friends, love and good wishes to you all. I hope everybody has a wonderful Thanksgiving! God Bless you all!

CathyR :D

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Best wishes and prayers for your upcoming surgery. I had total left lung removed 2/02 and despite fact that I only had 30% lung function I have managed well using oxygen only at night and when I exercise. I walk 2 mi at rate of 2 1/2 mi per hour. That won't set break a speed record but is better than nothing to keep in shape. Also bowm 3 games in senior league weekly. You are starting out with more capacity so should manage fine. Determination is what it takes and it sounds like you have plenty of that. God Bless

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My thoughts and wishes are with you. You'll be up and about in time for the holidays and just think, you have a good excuse for not shopping. :)

I know it's hard, but try to keep your spirits up. It will help in a quick recovery. I'll be thinking of you.

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