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I would just like to say Hello everybody, I am a cancer survivor since 2015.
We look forward to getting to know you. What type of cancer did you have? What kind of treatment did you have? What makes you happy, frustrated or grateful today?
Hello Colleen, so nice to hear from you. I had lymphoma and my treatment consisted of chemo therapy for about 6 months, with cat scans, pet scans and blood transfusions. I am happy to report that I did not have any pain the whole time and had the best doctor who I listened to, what-ever he told me to do, I did
My systems that alerted me that something was wrong, was loss of appetite, weight loss and night sweats. I recovered after hospitalization and rehab and continued blood tests over time. I never lost hope and today I can do everything , my appetite is full force and I have gained back some of the weight, I feel so good and that makes me happy, overjoyed that my 3 doggies have their “mom” back. I am especially grateful to my doctor, Dr. Anthony and to God who answered my prayers. I still have to periodically take the blood tests to keep my numbers normal and a cat scan every 6 months. Thank you for asking. Lacey
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I read your post on the cancer and am afflicted with it too.
I have Islet Cell (mid pancreas) diagnosed 2009. Radiation
chemo, targeted chemo and then called further treatment
off due to adverse affects.
Keep your head up and maintain faith, hope and perseverance.
Since keeping a good diet, getting adequate rest, protein use,
and having the ability to change course of thought can help
alleviate depression. Good luck.
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Hi, good to hear from you, sounds like you had a different lymphoma than I did. That is why I joined this chat group, to see how others felt about this illness. I am a very confident person, try not to be negative, it has been a wonderful journey so far, especially with the cancer gone ( hope for good ) I do have a healthful diet, I love the protein drink “Ensure”, have one every morning and I do sleep good , at least 9 hours a night. I also love to get out in the fresh air with my 3 boys ( doggies) and walk, good for them also. Would love to hear more about your journey so far. Lacey
Regarding Ensure, my therapist (physical) noted a new drink;
Ensure alive (I think) 20 grams of protein in it.
I know, I recently heard about it and the stores are not carrying the alive yet, if you go into the website on Ensure, you can print out coupons for $3.00 off for a unit. I have been on Ensure ever since my doctor told me to take it morning and night when I still was going through chemo, now I still take one every morning, plus I eat a healthy diet. Thanks for the thumbs up. Lacey
Something to note or learn of with this, if it doesn’t seem to help much,
or change situation; seek medical advice on proteinuria. That’s where
the protein is excreted from your system before being used properly,
due to various conditions.
I take the Ensure for the healthy part of it, not for any medical reasons. I am either in remission or cancer free since early last year, I will know more after the middle of May after tests are taken. I don’t get depressed or worry about it, God takes care of it all. Lacey
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I loved following this discussion today. Since you started talking about Ensure and proteins, I thought I’d tell you about this discussion happening in the Healthy Living group about Healthy Diets for Cancer Patients that @travelgirl started https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/healthy-diets-for-cancer-patients/
I also have follicular lymphoma which was found in a CT Scan which was done when my polyp/ulcer came back cancerous in my Cecum. About the only symptom I have is a shortness of breath. But then again when your told you have two cancers at once. I think this is just maybe a common symptom of a panic attack. They have me on a watch and wait approach for the lymphoma.
Exercise and eat heathy helps our systems fight lymphoma.. Reduce stress too..I boosted my vitamin C to 4000 mg day. We need to keep our immune systems heathy. That helps us to fight the disease. Vitamin D3 our bodies are lacking too. Take walks in the sun..
Hi, I went to have my 6 months cat scan yesterday, it seems like it was over before it begun, but I will not know until tomorrow ; when I see Dr. Anthony how everything looks. I also have the shortness of breath anytime I take a walk with my doggies, but it’s necessary. I am a very healthy eater , I sleep a lot and I am trying to do everything they tell me to do. I am having a lot of acid reflux, mostly at the end of the day, I am taking zantac for that, it really calms my stomach down to normal. I hope its all good news tomorrow, I will update you after I know, thanks for keeping in touch. Lacey
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@lacey how did your CT scans go? I had mine done a week ago. So far so good for my first three month checkup.
On this National Cancer Survivors Day, I wanted to wish all of you well and check in to see how you are doing?
Thank You Colleen…
Doing Excellent might I add. I am 6 month cancer survivor. And Happy to say that catching cancer early is the key to survival.
My Three month check up went well. Perfect Blood work, CEA was perfect and CT Scans looked good per the Hematology DR who is watching my lymphoma. She Said “If they are this good in August again, I can spread out my visits to every 6 months.”
My Colon Surgeon who is watching me after my cecum cancer surgery. Said that “my CEA was looked great, which is an excellent sign. That reoccurrence is less than 4 percent they feel. I just need to be checked for polyps. So she coordinated that with the GI department to return in August. She was happy with my blood work and CT scans as well.
I am feeling well enough to work out in the gym 1 1/2 to 2 hours 3 to 5 days week. Plus walk a minimum of 3 to 5 miles a day, when I am not at the gym. I find I feel my best when I am doing a lot of exercising. I think releasing the endorphins increases my energy levels and my overall well being.
Happy Cancer Survivors Day 🙂
Hi Colleen, I thank you for remembering all of us on National Cancer Day, we all want to know someone cares about us, especially when we have gone through a few cat scans and they are looking really good, people seem to think,:” Oh she’s back, everything is normal for her again, I’ll leave her alone and
not remind her of the bad days” ( that’s not a “feeling sorry for myself thing Ha” ) Anyway, hope your doing great and on May 10th I had a cat scan and it came out perfect, no spots, nothing, so I go for another one in 6 months, and if that one is the same, I will only need to go once a year, Yea. Good talking to you again. Stay happy and healthy. Lacey
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