From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 1999 5:42 PM
To: Kathy Corrigan
Subject: Re: Your father-in-lawThank you, Kathy, so much for your letter! It really lifted my spirits about what we as a family will soon face. I am forwarding it to him and have suggested he join this group as well. You're all GREAT!! The responses I have received have been WONDERFUL!! And I only signed up today!Praise God you're in remission!! From everything I've read & researched, you're a walking miracle! SCLC seems to be the hardest of all to completely beat...Congratulations!! You go girl!This morning's meeting with his oncologist revealed better than we had previously been told...He said there was a great deal of scar tissue in the area- too much to tell that the tumor had not responded. We'll take that for now. He referred us to a great Dr. at Emory Univ. Hospital here in Atlanta, and seemed to help change Pop's mind re. Chemo. We're all fighters so we won't go easily - that's for sure! We hope to get him into a Clinical Trial as soon as he gets up here (the next 3-4wks.)If you ever frequented the Home Depot in Boise, you probably ran into him...I believe he worked there until the Fall of 1997. I don't think he worries too much about loosing his hair - I, too work at Home Depot & told him I'd be happy to go over to the carpet dept. & get him a nice scrap of Berber to wear... It's the nausea, and weak, rung-out feeling I believe he dreads. He's been a very hard worker at Depot for a very long time -averaging 60hr. weeks without missing a beat. Can you tell me how long you had to be on the treatments? Was it IV or pill, or both, and how long it took you to shake the side effects?I thank you again for your "chin-up" and sharing your experiences and success. It means a great deal.Your new friend in Atlanta, GALaurie Poole-----Original Message-----
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, March 30, 1999 10:02 AM
Subject: Your father-in-law
My dear friend, Martha Cerreto, sent me your message regarding your father-in-law. First of all, I know all too well how he feels. This is a scary time. I hope I can help in some way.
I was diagnosed in December of 1997 with sclc which, as you know, is a particularly aggressive, fast-moving form of lung cancer. My prognosis was fairly grim. The cancer was located in my right lung and was apparently pushing on some pulmonary arteries. It, too, was inoperable. I was immediately put on a very aggressive chemo program -- Cisplatin, Carboplatin, Taxol, and VP-16, to name only a few. There were several combinations, and the chemo was awful -- I was very, very, sick. But, because I was on a clinical trial, the oncologist gave me whatever I needed to help me tolerate the treatment. I was given Ativan for stress and Xanax for anxiety, Paxil for depression (I still take it), Zofran for the nausea, and Ambien to help me sleep. I was given Morphine if I experienced pain, or Darcovet if the pain was milder. I also went through 6 weeks of radiation to the area -- five days a week, just like your father-in-law. The radiation burned my esophagus so badly I had to be hospitalized for nearly two weeks, unable to swallow or eat. It healed. The burned skin healed. I lost all my hair because of the chemo. It grew back and I like it better now than it was before! Today, I am cancer free. I feel better now than I've felt in several years. If I can go another year without a recurrence, the doctors will consider me totally cured, and they see no reason to expect a recurrence. Please, PLEASE, do NOT waste time searching for an alternative to chemo!!! There isn't time for that. Chemo isn't fun, but it isn't unbearable. I lived through it, and I'm a big baby. Your father-in-law can do this, too. Get him some good reading material -- Bernie Siegel's books are invaluable. I can't tell you how much they helped me. Again, please don't wait. There are ways to make chemo easier. Alternative methods are too risky when time is not on your side, and it's not. I hope I've helped.
Your friend, Kathy Corrigan in Boise, Idaho