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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby mumof5 » Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:14 am

I know, it is their class assembly tomorrow morning too - and if he is well enough, he will be taking part .... it is going to be heartbreaking ...
The docs have said he is unlikely to see the year out. :( :( :( :(

But bless him, he still believes he is going to get his "metal leg". :(
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby celticcarla » Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:23 am

mumof5 wrote:I know, it is their class assembly tomorrow morning too - and if he is well enough, he will be taking part .... it is going to be heartbreaking ...
The docs have said he is unlikely to see the year out. :( :( :( :(

But bless him, he still believes he is going to get his "metal leg". :(



Bless him he is soo very brave and very innocent :( :( :( :( :( :(
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Tripz » Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:36 am

Very sad story Mof5...I know how those near and dear are feeling and what their going through..after being told such devastating news... :cry: My thoughts are with them.
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby mumof5 » Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:54 pm

Tripz wrote:Very sad story Mof5...I know how those near and dear are feeling and what their going through..after being told such devastating news... :cry: My thoughts are with them.


A living nightmare, I should imagine. (and I can only imagine). :(
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby blimthepixie » Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:25 pm

Hi peeps

i thought i would add a little something here. I am currently working on a large scale piece of artwork about BLADDER CANCER to help promote awareness of this cancer, as in women in particular, it goes undiagnosed until the very later stages.

My mother passed away from this 2 years ago , as did her younger sister and i have researched this and been involved with various organisations dealing with this particular cancer.

Please, any woman that has a bladder problem, please go to your doctor and get it checked, ask for a simple blood unrine test, do not let them tell you, you are a woman of a certain age, who has had children and therefore it it probably just a weak pelvic floor! Better safe than sorry

Men are offered this test almost instantly compared to women, yet if it is caught in the early stages, it has a very high success rate, but if it is left late then major surgery is needed and women have a high mortality rate because of such late diagnosis.

It will probably be a weak pelvic floor rather than anything else, but if this knowledge helps at least one person then, i have completed my promise to my mother of raising the awareness about not being fobbed off by the doctor.
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Tripz » Sat May 03, 2008 7:09 pm

I'm so sorry about your mum and sister :( ....Have you been checked out? Very wise words Blimthepixie. Good luck on your artwork to highlight this over looked/under diagnosed cancer.... :)
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Lumpy Leopard » Sat May 03, 2008 7:22 pm

My aunt, who was 61 and did not smoke, and rarely drank died exactly one year ago today(3rd May ironically enough, which I think is one of the reasons I am drawn to this case, as it was going on in the background at the time!) of lung cancer. She had originally visited her gp in feburary 2007 as she had a bit of a cough. the gaver her a bronchocoscopy (sp) which led to her getting fluid in her lungs and subsequent infection. She got the all clear from every test going, including biopsies and ct scans! They then took her in to hospital on the 27th April to try and clear up the infection, took another ct scan and biopsy which showed a small growth on her lung, she then had 2 massive heart attacks as a result of the treatment they gave her for the growth and she died at 12.40pm on 3rd of may! We have just had the inquest on 7th march and the cause of death was lung cancer! I have always wondered since then, can a tiny small growth kill you that quickly? All the staff who cared for my aunt were wonderful but I cant help but wonder what actually happened!
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby lillyofthevalley » Sat May 03, 2008 7:39 pm

perrito wrote: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.


Wow! well explained what a great friend my love to you and your lost friend, I took my daughter for a tour around manchester uni we had the day there we had a great time she is starting in sept,You need to take life and go!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby nurgis » Sat May 10, 2008 8:22 pm

Thank you for sharing stories of strong and brave people.
I would like to share my story

Screaming at the world into the blizzard blowing hard from the North, my tears blending with the melting snow running down my face. It was dark at eleven o'clock in the morning in mid December. I gathered my thoughts and tried to compose myself while looking out for my husband's car as he was to pick me up.

In the car he asked happily "Everything ok?" as he was driving out of the parking lot. I stopped him "No" I said "There is a tumor and it is large" We hugged and had a little cry. He asked how serious, I told him that it was so large that I asked the doctor if the sonar visual display unit was broken because the only thing I could see was a black mass. The Doctor said "this is a very large tumor we are looking at"

"Would you like to go home" my husband asked me. "Home.....no not there. We will only cry more and worry. Take me to my studio please" I asked him "I have a week before the operation and I need that time to finish the commission that I am working on"

Upon entering my studio the first thing I saw was "Hope" art work that I had done two years earlier. I looked at it hard and then said out loud " I understand now where you came from" as the black mass in the background looked similar to what I had seen on the sonar VDU at the Cancer Reasearch Clinik 1/2 hour earlier.
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Looking at the commission waiting to be finished, the silk lying there, on the table, with bold text in runes, I understood also where that came from. I read the ancient text out loud and hoped that it would fill me with the streangth that I desperatly needed.

" I know the eleventh
if I need to go to battle
choose old frineds
under the rim of the shield will cry
and I will be victorius
Whole to battl we go
Whole from battle we come
Whole we shall be where ever we are" From Havamal Prose Edda

The following week was divited between silk dying and further tests in the hospital. On Dec 21st I delivered the art piece on my way to the hospital. Everything was prepaired and I was relaxed to face what ever was to come. I new I was never going to be the same again and we, my huaband and I, had accepted that my body would be deformed forever. What was the most important thing was life itself. So after 6 months where I had to inject myself to boost my beutiful little cells only to have them utterly destroid by Chemotherapy I was sure that I had won this battleround. Looking back now three years on I can say "what a ride!" :wink:
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Tripz » Sat May 10, 2008 11:59 pm

I'm so pleased nurgis for you...3yrs you say :) ...nearly out of the woods...may I ask where the tumour was.. A positive mind may have got you through this trying period in yours and family's' life...good Luck on your remission and health of course. :)
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby nurgis » Sun May 11, 2008 2:00 pm

Thank you for kind words Tripz of Babylon

It was breast cancer and it had spread it little ones out into the lymphnotes (I havn't a clue how to write that word) under my arm so that is buggered and all :wink: But like you say it is so important to try to keep the positive thinking and try to see the funny site of life, because it is so easy to go down the other lane. There was a time ofcourse when I nearly did take that other lane as it felt so easy but when different kind of medicine started to pile up on the nightstand, I realised that I might not come back to the lifeI knew so I asked my husband to help me tear away from the thought and set me back on the right course. It was difficult and I admire all who can, equally I feel very deeply for those who could not.

My husband has now set up a company that gives services to help doctors to give personalised chemo theary to their cancer patients. :wink:
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby cushty » Sun May 11, 2008 2:28 pm

you are a true survivor, Nurgis - warmest congratulations to you

the awful thing about cancer, I think, having watched my sister die of it slowly, is that the treatment makes the patient feel so awful that it is difficult to believe it is not the cancer doing its worst

a friend's husband was so ill during treatment for testicular cancer that he, and she, were convinced he was at death's door - but the treatment is particlarly agressive in young men, and he soon was well again once the treatment was ended

it shows how important it is to be fully informed, and to fight hard to keep the mind in control of the body

something you, Nurgis, seem to be very good at
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby nurgis » Mon May 12, 2008 12:33 pm

Thank you Cuhsty
and I am so glad to hear your friend won his battle.
I totally agree with you that one needs to be fully informed and to fight hard to keep the mind in control of the body.
It is amazing how strong people are when faced with life threatning situation.
Life is hard and we need to fight to stay a life all the time :wink:
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby Tripz » Tue May 13, 2008 12:32 am

I thought it would be OK to post this here instead of starting yet another thread...I've been thinking...as from Wednesday I'll be an ex-toker...My concern among many is this...what if my body gets an adverse reaction from the nicotine cocktail it's delighted in for over 30yrs...Is there a possibility I might contract cancer, as the body goes into shock...response to me packing the smoking in? Anyone reassure me that this is very unlikely to happen? :(
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Re: Living with cancer...

Postby nurgis » Tue May 13, 2008 1:33 am

Like your new avatar Tripz of Babylon. Is it art work from the German guy who is now working with bodies in China :?:
My mom is a heavy smoker and has been since I remember. She was celebrating her 80th birthday today and no sign
of cancer...... I do not think anyone can say who will get cancer and who will not. There is no cancer in my family and
the type I had does is not family related. Just pure bad luck :?
I do smoke less than a packed a year and I do not loose any sleep over it :lol: I do not know if anyone can advice you
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