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I dont know where to post this. I dont know how to not panic or get hysterical. Mom just died 4 1/2 months ago and just 9 days ago my step father went in the hospital for pneumonia. I asked the dr. "are you sure it isn't anything else specificially Lung Cnacer because our mom just died here" he said NO they look totally different on x-rays.

yesturday at his follow up apt. with his GP the GP was worried and said he isn't so sure it is pneumonia and a possibility that was mentioned was Friggin Lung Cancer.

I can't do this again. I can't watch the last of 4 parents I had die. I don't have the strength or hope. I am not going to pray because to me it didn't work anyway. I cant do this again, it can't be happening again to a parent again and so soon.

we won't know until 1/8/04 what it is. the tests are being done next monday.

please no more.

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Oh Shelly! Wish I was there to give you a big hug. I'm not going to tell you all the practical things you will hear like...don't worry yet...don't react until you're sure...and all that nonsence. Of course, you are terrified. Just remember that you are in our prayers! We will all be sending positive vibes your way and praying for good news! I know how terrible this is for you, as I am going through something very similar myself! (((((((Hugs))))

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Dearest Shelley,

I am so sorry you are having to go through the waiting and worrying.

Take a deep breath!!!!!!

As others have said, try to keep a positive attitude.

I will pray an extra prayer in honor of you. You my dear girl have been the best thing that has happened for your step dad. Find that little rope and hang on tight. As Dean said, WE can get through this together.

May you find some peace soon.

Much love,


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Praying very hard for your step dad and you.



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Oh Dear Shelly,

First I want you to know I am sending you a big big hug! I wish I could tell you not to worry, but I know it is inevitable when waiting for something so monumental...we are only human how can we not worry. But I am going to continue to hold onto positive thoughts for you that your stepfather does not have lung cancer. Please know I am here for you. I wish I could take it all away for you.



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Oh this is just so not fair, and then to have to wait so long. I hope you don't have to go through this again also. Hang in there and try not to worry (I know easirer said then done).

Thinking of you and hoping for good news (ummm pneumonia is good news now :roll: ).


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Shelly, read what Dean posted-read it as often as you have to. WE can do this...WE can do this. And, as the wise Norme said, try not to jump too far ahead. Post whenever you start to feel panicked, we'll talk you down. We ARE here for you. Let us know how things are, and try to take it easy-as Katie said-I'm thinking of you and you and your step dad are in my prayers. Deb

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shelly, I am so sorry that you are having to go through this terrible wait again. As others said, It isn't fair. I will keep you both in my prayers but remember His will is not always our will and we are taught Thy will be done. May He give you the strength and courage to face what ever lies ahead but I still pray it isn't cancer. God Bless

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Dear Shellie

Oh, NO, NO, NO!!! But we don't know for sure what the diagnosis will be. I'll be praying long and loud that it is NOT LC.

However, no matter what, I have faith that you will have the strength and courage to see it through...irregardless of the pain involved. From your posts it has always been evident that you were very fond of your stepfathe,r and his fondness for you and your sister and love for your mother has always shown through too. I know you will be there for him in any scenario, and we will be here for you.

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Hey Sweetie! You need to get busy doing things to keep your mind occupied until you all find out for sure what is going on. I know it is scary but remember you have been there before and you have to take each day as it comes. DO NOT jump the gun yet. We are all here and will be waiting with you til the tests are done. Love ya Cindy

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