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A reply to a post today from KarenC. made me realize I had not ever posted my "story" so here goes.

I woke up every morning of the last week in May with my face totally swollen, eyes almost swollen shut and unable to see for almost an hour. I tried sleeping sitting up, on one side or the other, nothing worked. I thought my allergies had kicked in so I went to my regular clinic. A PA who gave me an allergy shot and told me to come back in a week if there was no change saw me. Well, the next Saturday came and there had been no change so back to the clinic I went. This time a “real” Doctor took one look at me and sent me to the hospital for an x-ray.

He called me at 9AM, on Monday morning, at work, (NOT a good sign) to tell me that there was something on the x-ray and by the looks of it there was a good chance it was cancer. He already had a CT Scan set up for Tuesday and a Broncoscopy set up for Thursday when he called me. Turns out that the swelling was from Superior Vena Cava Syndrome.

I did the CT scan and when I awoke from the Broncoscopy there was an Oncologist sitting by my bed telling me he wanted me in Columbia (90 miles away) the next morning to start chemo.

I started chemo (Carboplatnium and Etoposide) on June 6th, 2003 for 5 rounds. Started radiation on June 30, 2003 for 31 rounds and am currently undergoing PCI, which started on November 18, 2003 for 15 rounds. Currently I am “Stable” which is fine with me!

I am a 48 year old, “Single” lady, live on my own, have a job I adore and have been blessed to work for a wonderful company that has gone out of their way to make things good for me during the past few months. They went so far as to even give me a promotion! I have good insurance so I have not had to worry too much about the bills. I have had few side effects so have been able to work through most of the treatments (did have to take a few days off to spend in the hospital when counts went to almost 0) but all in all I have just been blessed. I have faith in God and a wonderful church family that has been behind me every step of the way, 2 grown kids that live relatively close and a 4-year-old grandson that I adore! I have always had the attitude that I can beat this (comes from Viking forefathers I think) and my Doctors have the same attitude, which makes it that much better!

Well, that’s my “story” and I’m sticking to it, lol.

God Bless you all,


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Hi Mo,

Great picture! Glad things are going well and you are staying so positive. Peace, take care and God Bless.



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