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Carla, thanks for the update. Donna has never left my prayer list. Love,
Jeanne

At 07:01 PM 12/29/98 -0500, you wrote:
>I received this from Donna on the 22nd and immediately sent her an email
>asking if I could forward this to mol members as it updates on her
>health....  I just heard back from her and she said yes.. so here is her
>update...  I think she is going to sign back up to mol, but regardless keep
>her in your prayers and lift a happy voice for her latest report!!  Carla
>-----Original Message-----
>From: DonnaBind@aol.com <DonnaBind@aol.com>
>
>Date: Tuesday, December 22, 1998 5:03 PM
>Subject: Re: Fw: [LUNG-ONC] New Here
>
>
>
>>I have not read or sent any e-mails in well over 2 months now.  As you know
>I was diagnosed in July with adenocarcinoma, right upper lobe.  Initially
>they said it was inoperable however, after 34 radiation treatments and 7
>chemos, the tumor had shrunk enough for them to remove it.  Only one surgeon
>was willing to do the surgery.  They removed part of my right lung and did a
>chest wall resection (removed ribs behind my right shoulder).  I was in
>Intensive care for 4 days, with a total hospital stay of 7 days.
>>
>>The good news - They removed 14 lymph nodes, ribs, lung, etc... No cancer
>was found anywhere.  That's right.  Nothing, notta.  The only thing they
>found were some dead cancer cells where the original tumor was located.  But
>again, NO VIABLE CANCER CELLS were found anywhere.  Now here is the funny
>part.  You would think I would be ecstatic however, I sunk into a deep
>drepression that I am only now coming out of.  Narcotics that I was on,
>along with my hormones
>did a number on me. Hence, during this time I did not communicate to anyone.
>I withdrew entirely.
>
>Recovery has been long and hard.  Surgery was on October 21 and I am still
>having pain where the ribs were removed.  I just had a
>complete body scan on Thursday.  Everything looks great but I do have fluid
>in my right lung and around my heart muscle (the dr. says this is normal).I
>also have a dilemma regarding chemo, etc... My surgeon and his team of
>oncologists say NO MORE CHEMO IS NEEDED.  Everything came back better than
>great. However, my original oncologist said he wants me to go for more "just
>to be sure".  What a quandry I am now in......I do not feel that additional
>chemo is needed but I am afraid that if I don't it will come back.  My
>oncologist has
>me terrified.
>>
>>I read about a new chemo drug, I can't think of the name right off now, but
>I believe it begins with the letter G.  It is specifically for reoccurring
>tumors, etc.... They have had much success with it and it's use on lung
>cancer patients.  I am sorry I can't provide anymore information.
>
>>Happy Holidays to All and God Bless...........Donna
>
>
>
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