Dear Nita: My name is Kathy. I'm not on MOL right now, because I'm without a computer at home. I just wanted to tell you, though, that I was diagnosed with sclc in December of 1997. I went through six months of very aggressive chemo -- Taxol, Taxotere, VP-16, Carboplatinum, and Cisplatinum. I also went through 30 hits of radiation to the chest. I can tell you that I was devastated at the diagnosis -- and at the prognosis, but positive thinking and support from my friends and family got me through that. Today, I'm cancer free, as far as I know. I have tests next week -- last series of tests were in December. To be honest, right now I feel better physically than I have for a long time, and sometimes a couple of days will go by and I won't even think about the cancer. There is hope -- definitely. Life is precious, and we must enjoy it! Nanc knows what she's talking about -- she's a wise, kind lady. Good luck -- your friend in Boise, Idaho -- Kathy.
From: NLPOST@aol.com [mailto:NLPOST@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 11, 1999 12:25 PM
To: Kathy Corrigan
Subject: Fwd: [MOL] I want to introduce myself/back to Nita........
In a message dated 3/10/99 10:06:25 PM Eastern Standard Time, NLPOST writes:
<< Subj: Re: [MOL] I want to introduce myself/back to Nita........
Date: 3/10/99 10:06:25 PM Eastern Standard Time
My hubby is 73 and I am 59, he was dx'd March 24, 1998 with SCLC, was found
cancer free Nov. 7, 1998. He goes for his 4 month check up next Mon & Tues.
He is still doing very well.
You don't get cancer off your mind, you face it head on and deal with it, you
get in the drivers seat and take control. You don't let it beat you, you beat
it. You don't dwell on when it's coming back, you plan ahead, and know what
you will do, and that is you will beat it again.
I have Lupus, Asthma, Arthritis, 3 leaky valves in my heart, I'm not jumping
for joy having any of these things either, but I'm stuck with them. When I'm
sick I am really sick, my immune system sometimes gets like people on chemo, I
deal with it and I fight back, I was down in bed and so depressed and wanting
to die from the pain at times, I small children at that time, so I decided to
fight with every thing I had, I prayed, I won, and I have won many battles in
my life. I don't have cancer, but if I did I would fight that too.
When you start feeling sorry and afraid for yourself, is when you kick your
own butt. Any battle for your life no matter what the illness is, is not easy
and without pain, and your life is worth the fight. Love yourself and you'll
heal yourself. I believe your body can heal itself, if given a chance. You
have to stay away from stress, crying, feeling sorry for yourself, feeling
scared, dwelling on leaving loved ones behind.
Don and I have talked long ago, if the cancer comes back, what would he want
to do? His answer was, when the time comes, he'll again face it head on and
take control, and fight until he wins again, and again. I have 5 children, 12
grandchildren. My 82 year old Mother lives with us and was supposed to have
died almost 5 years ago, she is doing good.
What you do is, love like you've never loved, live every minute to the
fullest, do for others, do things you enjoy doing, stay possitive, and get a
death grip on hope and never let go of it. Just know that your cancering
journey is a bouncy rollar coaster ride. We are here to help you over the
bumps and to reach the top of the hill. We are here to love, hug and a
shoulder to cry on. We are here to let you vent, and then help you pull
yourself together again.
I don't think there is anything more on earth I would want then MOL Angels,
you my dear have found the most comfortable place to be, right here in this
MOL Forum. God bless you and hang in here. Ask anything you wish, someone
will answer you.
Love, Hugs & Prayers to you and yours,
Nancy Postema, better known to MOLs as (Nanc) (:-)
Mol Photo Album: http://www.angelfire.com/mi/molers/index.html
In a message dated 3/10/99 9:26:13 PM Eastern Standard Time, email@example.com
<< Subj: [MOL] I want to introduce myself
Date:3/10/99 9:26:13 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:firstname.lastname@example.org (Nita Goldstein)
Good evening. My name is Nita, I'm 46 and was diagnosed 4 weeks ago
with met. breast cancer in the lungs. I have a 4 year old and a 50 year
old! I started on taxotere 1 1/2 weeks ago and have been tolerating it
well. (well, except for one major steroid crash!)
I find this frightening because doctors don't talk about cures, rather
they talk about "managing." I would love to hear some success stories
and stories of hope. I worry for my little girl. (Although she can't
wait til I lose my hair!) How do you get cancer off your mind?
Thanks for your replies.