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@laurieslifko

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Joined: Aug 06, 2018

Stage 4 Gastric Cancer

Posted by @laurieslifko, Mon, Aug 6 2:15pm

Hello, I am new here. I was wondering if there is anyone on here that has same diagnosis as me? I am a 49 year old woman and shocked at this diagnosis as are my doctors but mostly I am scared. They say it's nice to talk to people that are going through the same thing………

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Hello @laurieslifko,

I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Coping with cancer is a tough journey, but I want you to know that you don't have to do it alone – I'm so glad you joined Connect! I truly admire your attitude of not letting your fear stop you from reaching out to get support from people who have similar experiences and who understand what you are going through.

I'm tagging Mentor @travelgirl @ssimons @smness as they might have more insights to share. Here's more detailed information from the American Cancer Society about "Treatment Choices by Type and Stage of Stomach Cancer" https://www.cancer.org/cancer/stomach-cancer/treating/by-stage.html

Since nutrition is a concern for many patients with stomach cancer, I encourage you to view this discussion, started by @travelgirl:
– Healthy diets for cancer patients https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/healthy-diets-for-cancer-patients/

@laurieslifko, I can only imagine how worried you must be; we're here to help and to walk through all of this together. May I ask, what symptoms and/or tests led to the diagnosis? What are the next steps in terms of treatment?

@laurieslifko I see your new member to connect. Sadly all us here have different illnesses. And I am very sorry about your cancer diagnosis.

Can I ask you what were your symptoms that brought you to the Dr to begin with? Were you diagnosed with H-Pylori?

Plus can I recommend that you get 2nd and 3rd opinion if you can? Plus make sure that where you go, is a National Cancer Institute Center. I think it's better to see what different Dr's say. This way you can decide what are your best options.

Another great resource for cancer patients is the Livestrong program. https://www.livestrong.org/
They offer all kinds of free services for cancer patients. They complement the services from the American Cancer Society.

Another thing STAY off the internet searching for information cause 90% of what you read is outdated and wrong. It will only scare you even more.
Stay Strong and Positive. A lot of how we feel is a state of mind. Our minds are a powerful tool, in helping to keep us strong to fight cancer.

Whenever you need encouragement , or just want to talk, pop on. I will be watching for you.

Praying for you…
Jackie..

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