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Living with cancer...

Postby Tripz » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:26 am

I thought I'll start thread for people who have been diagnosed with cancer or know of someone with the disease, either alive and in remission or sadly have died because of it...Please feel free to express how this disease as impacted on you and those around the sufferer...Hopefully we will hear happy stories of those who through treatment have made it through remission and once again healthy... :)
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Chox » Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:35 am

a friend of mine had cancer at age 30. it was found late and they were not sure she would make it. she is not only still kicking (11 years later), but she has learned mountain climbing and grown a long mane of hare, and is in better shape than she ever was before.
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Tripz » Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:14 pm

Excellent news chox. :) ..so it's gone completely? If you don't mind me asking what part of the anatomy did she suffer with cancer?

Thanks Chox for the hug :D ...I never knew what people meant by when you grieve...I sure do know...I miss her!!! :cry:
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby horsegirl » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:25 pm

My strong, athletic brother, 40 and a father of a young family of four died two years ago. We were adopted together, him 15 days, me 3 years old. His stage 3 kidney cancer showed up at a routine check- NO SYMPTOMS!
His urologist didn't really treat him actively, I'm very bitter about that. I miss him terribly, at the end I just used to sit with him, we used to act like kids again and wind each other up.
I have great empathy for anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, it puts a strain on everyone, our entire family were doing mad things when he was ill. His wife couldn't cope with it but still grieves for him as do his lovely kids, the twins sound just like him when they speak.
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Tripz » Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:52 pm

My thoughts are with you horsegirl...((((hug)))
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Tripz » Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:58 pm

Tripz wrote:My thoughts are with you horsegirl...((((hug)))


I didn't want to attack those in the position to help...But my mums death was open neglect...My sister who herself was a nurse and my mums partner were going to lodge a complaint....But I'll rather leave medical blame out of this thread...It would be unfair on the majority of urologists working withing the nhs... :|

I can add my mum had implants at adenbrokes [world leader] they didn't even get the size right...Talk about rubbing salt in the wound...
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby perrito » Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:08 pm

My closest and dearest friend, she picked me up one Sunday morning, drove us 250 miles to visit her youngest daughter who was away from home for the first time with her first job from college. Later that afternoon my friend was very sick, she was taken to Kent and Canterbury hospital where next morning a brain tumour was diagnosed. Four horrific days there and we were moved to King's College hospital in London. More horrific days followed, including a specialist who was so offhand and horrible, he walked into the ward where I was sat with my friend and simply said, ¨the tumour is attached to the brain, we can do nothing, I suggest you go home and make the best of what time you have¨. I wanted to smack his smug face but he just turned and walked out.

My friend so wanted to live, she tried every treatment going and I watched my slim attractive friend turn into a bald bloated vegetable, she died 8 months later.

This person changed my life, she said to me so often, whatever you are going to do, do it now before it's too late. I did, I packed in my job, we sold up in UK and we moved to Africa for a couple of years and from there to Spain.

This lady changed my life and my outlook on life for good and all, she taught me such a lot. I don't want to describe the 8 months of hell to you, I don't want to describe the effect it had on her three children, but she had been divorced since her youngest was a baby, brought them all up, bought her own house and never had a bad word to say about anyone. I still miss her very much indeed, but she did indeed change my life drastically.
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby mia » Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:48 pm

I was given 5% chance of survival; the tumour was too big when it was diagnosed.( Ovarian cancer which hardly shoes any symptoms until it is too late) The following day I had an eight hour operation, then spent four months in hospital with different treatments.
I do look back at that time of my life as a very special time. Many ups and down, tears and laughter, strangely enough mostly the latter. My main concern was my children, at the time I was a single mother with young children. But we managed to cope...
I will never forget, when after five years, the consultant told me that I seemed to be in the clear. After 10 years, he said only checkups once a year.
Today, almost to the day 16 years after my first operation, I am truly grateful for the experience and its lessons.
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Tripz » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:13 pm

I'm so glad you both told your stories...Mia thanks for a happy one...good health... :)
Perrito...So sorry for your friend and the lack of compassion from the doctor :evil: ...It seems the bad apples are endemic...

So you believe your friend's illness changed your own perception on life...Very profound experience...Thank you perrito for talking about it...
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Brit Abroad » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:30 pm

My oldest and dearest friend back in UK was diagnosed with bladder cancer around two years ago. Treatment was successful, too.

Her elderly mother was living with them at the time and declining rapidly in health so that was an extra worry for them all. She died not too long after.

Within about 3 months my friend was found to have oesophageal cancer and has had weeks of chemo (which made her very ill indeed), followed by extensive surgery. It is taking a long time for her to begin to make any progress with eating and she still is very depressed. Depression is apparently very common after extensive cancer treatment....... feeling lousy, weight loss, hair loss, no booze .... enough to make anyone depressed.

It is so hard to know what to say to people when they are living through stuff like this .... everything you say sounds absolute b...s..t. I really have to steel myself to phone her ... but then what price friendship if I cannot manage to do that for her? It is little enough to do for someone you love.

So sorry about your mother, Tripz. It makes everything so much worse when you feel let down by the medics. Been there. Its the pits.
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Tripz » Wed Apr 23, 2008 5:37 pm

Lung Cancer
This is what Lung Cancer looks like on the outside. My father did not smoke.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=x7pQ6L5knM4

Colon Cancer
The most deathly disease shared among men and women-Colon cancer.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=YMB44VKKVLQ

Colonoscopy of a rectal Cancer with Hemorrhoids
http://youtube.com/watch?v=nGyzZyxMxkk

Brain Tumor Surgery/GliaSite Radiation Therapy

Memphis, Tenn.- Methodist Healthcare hosted a live surgical Webcast at Methodist University Hospital Tuesday, February 8, 2005, 4 pm, showcasing a brain surgery that targets radiation directly to a tumor cavity. The Webcast featured Allen K. Sills, Jr., MD, neurosurgeon, Methodist University Hospital, as he performed a procedure using the GliaSite Radiation Therapy System (RTS). Frederick A. Boop, MD, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, LeBonheur Children's Medical Center will narrate the event.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=SkLVhG4YJTU

Breast Cancer: Strength & Courage
http://youtube.com/watch?v=PFle8U5JAW0

The Silent Killer - Inflammatory Breast Cancer
http://youtube.com/watch?v=6P5JpnLRFsk

Multidisciplinary Treatment for Breast Cancer
http://youtube.com/watch?v=uAFCWy-vZlc


Innovative Surgery For Throat Cancer

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOL) will broadcast an endoscopic partial laryngectomy using transoral laser microsurgery to remove cancerous tumors in the voice box and throat. This technique is minimally invasive with no incision or tracheotomy. Patients spend less time in the hospital and have a quicker return to normal activity. OLOL in partnership with LSU is the only medical center in the region performing this advanced procedure.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=FxaN4JRMv-I

How to Perform a Testicular Cancer Exam : Normal vs. Cancerous Testicle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caOX6V50Rqo

How to Do Testicular Cancer Self Exams : Testicular Cancer Self Exam: Positioning Hands
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wryON88CLy4&NR=1

Leukemia treatment
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRPAeopbJNg

Understanding Basal Cell Carcinoma (Skin Cancer #4)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yy6yHa_HtXI

Examining Skin Growths (Skin Cancer #1)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DsznOhIs-6E

Advances in Cervical Cancer
http://youtube.com/watch?v=IC5lWPA3puo

Colon-Liver Cancer: Goh
Doctors refused to see him on their ward rounds. His son brought him home and gave him herbs. To everyone's surprise, Goh recovered and led a normal life. He was healthier than before he got cancer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_ZfAQRaD-U

The Pancreatic Cancer
Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeHcaJWjDx8

Have you read the warning label on your tube of toothpaste? Do you think flouridation in your water is good for you? Flouride is classified as toxic waste... why do we put in to our water supply and toothpaste? It is cost effective, that's why!

"Osteoporosis, Pancreatic Cancer"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj756Eu9ryw

Cancer Survivors Slideshow
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby mumof5 » Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:59 am

It is with a heavy heart that I type this ....

A little boy in my daughters class has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his leg .... he is just nine years old ..... originally diagnosed in Jan, they have been trying to reduce the size of the tumour with gruelling chemo (the cancer is very aggressive)..... then surgery was to be performed - limb salvage or if necessary amputation ....
However, just a couple of weeks ago they discovered that not only has the tumour not shrunk at all but he now has a tumour in his lung and so is likely terminal.:( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(
I have cried so much, I cannot tell you .... such a brave young boy who occasionally is well enough for class.....
The school have been brilliant and we are all giving as much money as possible via sponsored runs, cake sales etc etc in the hope that enough money will be raised to take this little lad, his younger brother, and of course his parents on a holiday of a lifetime. :( :( :( :( :( :(
Poignantly, his Mum and Dad have just bought him the cutest little puppy... I am sure it will bring him joy at a time when he is suffering so much. :( :( :(

Can you imagine being in their shoes ? :( :( :(
Life is so unfair.... what has a little boy, who loved to play football done to deserve this ? :( :( :( :( :(

Unbelievably, the docs initially kept dismissing his pain as "growing pains"... so precious time was lost.

Thanks for the thread tripz as I have for weeks been wanting to give this little boy a mention in the hope that others may keep him in their thoughts.
My heart goes out to all of you whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby fedrules » Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:11 am

My aunt,who's always lived a healthy lifestyle and whose mother died at the age of 92,was diagnosed with a rare cancer at the age of only 52.She went through all sorts of awful treatment,but 5 years later she is still in remission.Her daughter is expecting their first grandchild later this year.
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby fedrules » Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:13 am

God Mumof5 that story has brought tears to my eyes.It's so very unfair when children have to go through such terrible things..
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Snowleopard » Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:06 am

Too sad for words, god bless him.
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