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Kath:  You are an inspiration.  Your friend June A.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Kathy Corrigan [SMTP:kcorrigan@chgw.com]
> Sent:	Wednesday, November 03, 1999 3:18 PM
> To:	'mol-cancer@lists.meds.com'
> Subject:	RE: [MOL] Thanks Dusti
> 
> Dear Andrea:  My name is Kathy Corrigan, and I am a two year small
> cell lung
> cancer survivor.  I don't get online much anymore, as life has become
> a
> little more complicated for me than it was -- all in a good way.  I do
> agree
> with you, though.  This disease HAS hurt so many good people!  On the
> other
> hand, it has brought many good people together, and has added strength
> and a
> new dimension to many lives.  I hope this makes some sense to you.
> Before I
> became ill, I was in sort of a coccoon.  I was unhappy in my marriage,
> but
> not willing to move -- to do anything about it.  I was sort of
> plodding
> along, not really dealing with anything, and not really living at all.
> When
> I received the diagnosis -- which was fairly grim -- I sunk into a
> deep
> depression initially.  Not only that, but the chemo made me horribly
> sick --
> worse than anything I had ever imagined.  Strangely, though, after
> about two
> chemo treatments, things began to change.  I was still very sick, but
> somehow I knew I was going to get well -- I just knew it -- and I made
> up my
> mind that I wasn't going to waste any more of my life -- ever again!!!
> My
> husband was unfaithful to me during my treatments.  I guess he didn't
> appreciate a bald wife.  He also drank to excess -- constantly.
> Eventually,
> I caught him in the "act," and booted him out.  We're divorced now and
> my
> younger brother lives with me in my sweet, little house with all my
> neurotic
> pets, plants, antiques, etc.  I love my life now.  I appreciate my
> friends.
> My family is even dearer to me than before, and life is certainly more
> precious.  I have also fallen in love for the first time in over
> thirty
> years.  I'm in my mid-fifties, but I'm not ready to cash it in -- not
> yet.
> I feel great physically, even though I had a double bypass in June --
> the
> result of radiation burns.  I recovered from that very quickly.  I
> work full
> time as a paralegal in a law firm, and I love my job.  Life is good.
> The
> bad stuff will pass -- I promise you!  If I can do anything at all to
> help
> you through your treatment, please let me know.  I understand -- all
> of it.
> Your friend, Kathy in Boise
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
> [mailto:owner-mol-cancer@lists.meds.com]On Behalf Of Barham, Dusti #
> IHTUL
> Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 1999 12:52 PM
> To: 'mol-cancer@lists.meds.com'
> Subject: RE: [MOL] Thanks Dusti
> 
> 
> Thanks Andrea, that was a nice letter.  I also wanted to say that
> before all
> of this, I don't think I was a 'deeply' religious person either.  I've
> read
> that God uses 'suffering' as a way to pull people back to him and
> maybe
> that's what happened to me.  Anyway, I hope you continue to stay on
> this
> forum for a while and hopefully we can deal with all of this together.
> 
> Regards
> 
> Dusti
> 
> > ----------
> > From: 	Andrea Deschenes[SMTP:andreadeschenes@hotmail.com]
> > Reply To: 	mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
> > Sent: 	Wednesday, November 03, 1999 1:25 PM
> > To: 	mol-cancer@lists.meds.com
> > Subject: 	Re: [MOL] Thanks Dusti
> > 
> > Dusti,
> > 
> > Thanks for telling me your story.  I do feel alone all the time but
> I
> > agree 
> > with you--this forum really does help.  At first when I started
> reading
> > all 
> > theses stories (of others just like me) trying to cope, I would cry.
> I
> > felt 
> > so bad that this disease has hurt so many people.  Now, I find I
> still
> > well 
> > up with tears, however, I learn from the things being shared.
> > 
> > I love that people here are not just "other people" but friends who
> offer 
> > support.  I greatly appreciate yours.
> > 
> > I wanted to tell you that I too, have started praying.  I'm not a
> deeply 
> > religious person, but I know someone is up there looking down upon
> me.
> > 
> > I hope things are not too rough for you at home (with such a full
> house), 
> > and I wish you all the luck.
> > 
> > Thanks again and take care,
> > Andrea
> > 
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