Re: [MOL] Re: Bill and Jim [00907] Medicine On Line


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Donna,
I find your journey very inspirational and love your attitude ("I am doing
well just to spite him".). That is something I would say. LOL. Glad I'm
getting the chance to know you better.
Christine

At 06:59 AM 09/09/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Bill,
>
>I too have nsclc.  I was diagnosed on July 13.  Initial symptoms appeared on
>June 20.  My tumor was 4.8 x4 cm. on my right upper lobe pressing against the
>trachea and closing off the bronchial passage (off and on).  Due to its'
>location the doctors could not remove it(several opinions including Johns
>Hopkins).  I have had 23 radiation treatments and 4 chemo treatments to date.
>I go today for my 5th chemo.  It is their hope that the tumor will shrink
>enough to be removed.  As of 2 weeks ago, it was shrinking.  The dilemma here
>is not only does it have to shrink, it has to shrink away from the trachea in
>order to be removed.  They say the odds are 85% they will be able to remove
>it.  I say baloney........it's 100% for me.  
>
>I must say I have been quite fortunate.  I have not lost my hair.  I have not
>vomited or felt really ill.  After my 3rd chemo treatment I had some flu like
>symptoms but they subsided after a day or 2.  I have been very fatigued from
>time to time however, I still try to get to work 2 days a week.  My biggest
>problem is the radiation.  Due to the location of the tumor my
esophogas(?) is
>getting radiated causing it to be burned.  It is like someone poured hot
>scalding soup down my throat.  It has been quite difficult for me to eat the
>last week or so.
>
>I currently take a variety of herb and vitamins.  Echinacea(premium liquid
>form as a tea), esiak tabs, garlic tabs, Centrim, shark cartilidge,
Vitamin E,
>Spiralina and folic acid.  I have switched to soy milk and I drink tons of
>green tea and water.   I believe drinking alot of water has helped me get
>through the chemo.  I start by drinking a 1/2 gallon the afternoon before
>chemo.  Another 1/2 gallon the day of chemo.  And another 1/2 gallon the day
>after.  I continue to drink quite a bit in between treatments.  It is very
>important to flush it through your system.   Friends are shocked at how
good I
>look.  If you did not know it, you would never guess what I am going through
>right now.  Last week the head oncologist said he was "shocked and amazed" at
>well I am doing.  Personally I think he was disappointed since he was so
>convinced I was going to have awful side effects.  I am a fighter and an
>agitator.  I am doing well just to spite him.  
>
>Your friend,
>
>Donna   
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