Re: [MOL] Donna [00189] Medicine On Line

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Re: [MOL] Donna

Dear Carla,

Thank you dear lady. This message was very inspirational and

God Bless
marty auslander

> ken naehring wrote:
> Donna, so glad to hear the details of what you are going through.. It
> makes it easier to understand...  I don't know that I am a good one to
> listen to as I share my reasoning for not having chemo..  I just
> plainly couldn't do it and I prayed and prayed and the answer was no
> for me.  Now why did I get that as an answer??  To be honest, I knew
> that it could be because a) I didn't need it and/or b) it wouldn't be
> effective for me.  I obviously am prefering the a) answer!!
> I was told by so many what they would do in my shoes and I will share
> that with you.. Everyone that I know that has never had cancer, would
> have had the chemo as follow-up.  I think that it is very effective
> and definitely has a place for most people... I just couldn't come to
> terms with it for me.  All I could see was my immune system being
> destroyed and that frightened me and I felt that if I did destroy it,
> then I would be destroyed.
> Another friend who used to be on this forum, her name is Barbara.. she
> felt the same way.. Well, within a few months after her surgery she
> was diagnosed as having metastases to the brain at a top cancer
> hospital.  Then she was really sorry that she hadn't had the chemo
> done.  It turns out that they misdiagnosed that one, but she did have
> chemo and she felt better for it...  I was so scared when I learned
> this from her.  All I could think of was how stupid I was..  It was
> like I relived my mortality again through Barbara..  She is doing very
> well right now and has been through some additional surgery for an old
> metastses that they determined was there at the time of her first
> surgery and the good news was that the chemo kept it from
> growing...She will be at the reunion for molers in September...
> You also asked if I had pain before..  The truth is that I don't
> know..  I had an antique mall and I lifted alot of furniture and moved
> alot by myself.. so I also ached a bit here and there.  The tumor took
> about 3 to 3 1/2 years to grow to the size it was when it was
> removed.  I had closed my store down as we were moving and I decided
> to give myself a break and focus on that.. Well, I worked 14-16 hours
> a day packing for 3 weeks and I sure ached with that...!! LOL!!
> I am allergic to mold and mildew and our house was built in 1883 and I
> spent alot of time in the old stone basement packing the tons of
> things I had stored.. I thought that I had a cold/flu when it became
> obvious after the move that I felt worse each day..    8 days after we
> moved here, I couldn't work anymore and went to see the doctor..  Like
> many who have shared their story here; they thought it could be
> treated with anti-biotics and they didn't work and they gave me
> different anti-biotics and they didn't work and by then I had been
> flat on the couch for 2 weeks...  So finally a chest ex-ray and
> KABOOM!!  The rest you know..
> Having made the decision to believe in the answer to my prayers and
> not have chemo has left me in a position to often defend the choice of
> the patient, if they have full information..   rather than the
> position of the loved one or doctors..  I think that a well educated
> cancering survivor must work withing the realm of what they believe
> in.  If we don't then we have defeated ourselves and a part of the
> cancering journey...  I would never tell anyone else what to choose.
> I am glad to see that you are reading alot and with knowledge and
> faith... you will have a guide..
> Well, I am off for now...  God Bless you and I and many others are
> here for you and praying for you...  Stay focused and live each day
> the very best that you can...  Love, Carla
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