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I am thankful for your doctor. He has the game plan ready to go!
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Jingle Bell Rockin' Christmas Card Class - Stamping with Lynn

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I am thankful for your doctor. He has the game plan ready to go!
Dr. Baltz is a good man. He was caught out of left field with these results today. He got the written report at 11 and saw me at 12:30

He was super upset and I was shell shocked.
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I got my scans back. I am no longer in remission.

The cancer has returned to the left iliac lymph nodes. Starting next Friday, I begin weekly chemo again. The meds have changed. Dr. Baltz dropped the 5FU drug and replaced it with Adria (commonly called the red devil). I am to stay on Carboplatin and Taxol every Friday, as well as my lovely dexamethosone steriods. In addition, I will be also on a daily chemo pill called Tamoxifen. Will lose all my hair again before Christmas (heck the wigs are warmer).

My first question was do I have something left to fight or is this the last straw. He said we have alot left to fight with (so there is my 1st silver lining), and my 2nd question was if I needed surgery again (not at this time), and my 3rd question was will I have to take another medical leave from school (not at this time but maybe later in the spring -- depends on how my body reacts to the meds) and my final question was when do we begin the new treatments and how often (we start next Friday, November 30 and will do treatments every Friday until further notice. Next scans are in mid Feb 2013.

Although the cancer has returned, there are many silver linings in this diagnosis (no surgery, getting to work still, and I am not terminal). Look for the blessings in the hardship -- it is there and difficult at times to see.
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Heading off to read a good book and then go to sleep for a while.. have been troying to nap for hours... just not done it.

See you later tonight or in the morning ladies, whichever comes first.
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I have a ton of buttons, wonder if there are any black ones in there, lol.
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I got my scans back. I am no longer in remission.

The cancer has returned to the left iliac lymph nodes. Starting next Friday, I begin weekly chemo again. The meds have changed. Dr. Baltz dropped the 5FU drug and replaced it with Adria (commonly called the red devil). I am to stay on Carboplatin and Taxol every Friday, as well as my lovely dexamethosone steriods. In addition, I will be also on a daily chemo pill called Tamoxifen. Will lose all my hair again before Christmas (heck the wigs are warmer).

My first question was do I have something left to fight or is this the last straw. He said we have alot left to fight with (so there is my 1st silver lining), and my 2nd question was if I needed surgery again (not at this time), and my 3rd question was will I have to take another medical leave from school (not at this time but maybe later in the spring -- depends on how my body reacts to the meds) and my final question was when do we begin the new treatments and how often (we start next Friday, November 30 and will do treatments every Friday until further notice. Next scans are in mid Feb 2013.

Although the cancer has returned, there are many silver linings in this diagnosis (no surgery, getting to work still, and I am not terminal). Look for the blessings in the hardship -- it is there and difficult at times to see.
Hugs, Arlene. Sorry it was such a shock to you both. Hope the extra chemo does the trick and you'll be in remission soon again.
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Hi LL, how are you today?
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I've also had computer/printer issues at work this week, the printer actually for a while now. So the boss is looking at possibly getting me a new one.
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Good thanks. I could just crash right now but I'm watching the DWTS semifinal.

Congrats on the promotion!
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Did anyone get the River City Rubberworks email? I HAVE TO HAVE THE "irony" one!!!
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Evening!

Arlene, so sorry to hear that you aren't in remission any more. I was really hoping that your scans would be clear after all of you have been through.
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What do you gals take for headaches? Doctor took me off Mobic due to the diverticulitis.
Also, no Ibuprofen allowed. Tylenol doesn't seem to work for my "stiff neck" headaches.
May have to ask the doc for muscle relaxers.
I generally take advil - aka ibuprofen, so I'm not much help there Imogene.
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I sold 2 dozen cards this evening!
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I actually don't know that company and I'm too afraid to look at them for fear that I will need them.
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I actually don't know that company and I'm too afraid to look at them for fear that I will need them.
Teehee!
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I think that I *need* the new CM cricut cartridge for Christmas.
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I generally take advil - aka ibuprofen, so I'm not much help there Imogene.
I'm an Advil gal too, Tylenol does nothing for me.
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I'm an Advil gal too, Tylenol does nothing for me.
Tylenol does work for me, but I find not as fast and not quite as well.
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Arlene, do you have 31 Kisses? I could send it...Total fluffy absolutely nothing "deep" about it, but yummy with lots of chocolate...
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YAY KELLY!!!
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I can't take ibuprofen or aleve or any of that stuff due to the kidney stuff. I can only take tylenol
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I need to load my amazon gift card into my account so I can download that... Any idea when the other will be available?
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and yay that tomorrow is Wednesday- next episode
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Ugh, darn technology. I have no idea what to get the kids this year, especially just after having birthdays. They all want the electronics and there's no middle ground. I'm trying to think of the "something" they each will love. Picked up tennis rackets as the family "wellness" gift.
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I keep thinking today is Friday. Well it is my work Friday.
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Tomorrow Advent should be up!
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What about gift "events" Laurie?

Tickets to a game or to batting cages or whatever?
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Must take a nap. I keep making mistakes. No more lard crowds for me. NAP CITY.
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Great idea! I didn't think about that. The boys love go-karts and I think there's an indoor one around here. They've been mentioning the circus and I think I just saw a commercial for Disney on Ice. Plenty of possibilities.
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TeeHee "lard crowds"
Sounds like Sunday dinner at my house.
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My boys both want a DS since my sister got one for my nephew last year (or the year before?). I've already told them that isn't happening. I think that 8 and 5.5 is too young for that (even though my ds1 is older than my nephew) and I don't want one more electronic gadget that they're going to be hooked too 24-7 if I let them. So they're going to be getting Legos and some Star Wars stuff (since my dh is hooking them into Star Wars). I'd rather that they get things that are non-electronic and they have to use their imaginations with.
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