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Cathi
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   Posted 12/29/2005 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, looks like I will be doing chemo again... mad I had a bone scan and then a MRI and the
MRI showed many new tumors on the spine. Way to many to radiate. Also a herniated
disc showed up. I am doing a CT scan of Abdomen, pelvis and chest on Jan. 16th
and then meet with Onc on Jan. 19th. I am going on vacation on Feb 18th for a week and I
told her I wont do anything until after that. She wasnt pleased...She wants to start
me on Gemzar. Does anyone have any input on Gemzar ?
 
Well, Thanks for listening.
 
Love and Hugs
 
Cathi
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stout rope; She clings to one end, I the other;
She calls it friendship; I call it hope....


lemonz
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   Posted 12/29/2005 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
As you know I wish with all my heart you did not have to deal with this. Love and Hugs Joyce
How wonderful it would be to see Angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see clouds where there are Angels.
 
 


gma
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   Posted 12/29/2005 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Cathi! I sure can't help with any information about Gemzar but you know you have my prayers and love. It is time for this BS to give you a break. Keep us posted on what is happening. We love you and care............... MK


Candy
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   Posted 12/29/2005 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Cathi:

When will it ever end?  I am so sorry you need to go through all of this.  You take that vacation and enjoy yourself.  All this other stuff can wait.  I will have you in my prayers.  Keep us posted.

Love and hugs,

Candy


Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
 


Lmmackey
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   Posted 12/29/2005 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Cathi,

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Enough of this mess already for you! You deserve a great vacation!!!!

L&H,
Laure'
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


jaaustin
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   Posted 12/29/2005 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   

(((((((((((((Cathi))))))))))))))

I am so sorry for this latest set-back. I can only begin to imagine how tired you are physically & emotionally. My prayer for you is that 2006 bring you nothing but good news, love & laughter...

Hugs,

Julie


Do not go gentle into that goodnight,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
~Dylan Thomas


Tavish
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   Posted 12/29/2005 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hugs to you, my friend....we're here with you every step of this fight....

L&H,
Lori


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   Posted 12/29/2005 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Cathi, hon, I am so sorry to hear you have to do this again. My thoughts and prayers are always with you. Go on that vacation and enjoy yourself! Have a peach martini for me!
Love you, Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
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debbiR
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   Posted 12/29/2005 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Cathi: ((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))) I am so sorry that you have received this news. This darn disease is not fair! I don't know much about the chemo that you will be taking other than it was approved in the spring of 2004 for several different types of cancer, including met. bc. The overall results are excellent. I think that the side effects are basically the same...fatigue, neuropathy, etc. I couldn't find anywhere that it said there would be loss of your hair. Having had a recurrance, I know how discouraged you are feeling. Just get good and mad and beat it again. Ask your onco when you meet w/ her what difference it would make about starting the treatment after your vacation. Is there any chance that you could change the dates and take your vacation earlier? Either way, enjoy your plans and to hell w/ what the future holds in the way of treatments. We will be here for you, every step of the way.

Lots of gentle hugs and prayers...Deb


 


beck2000
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   Posted 12/29/2005 6:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah, Cathleen, my dear, sweet friend.  How I wish I could take this from you. 
What I can do is love you dearly and pray for you daily.  Please know that not a day goes by that we don't think of you.  I'm sending hugs today and always.  May God bless you as you continue your fight.
 
Much love,
Becky 


oddsbeater
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   Posted 12/30/2005 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Cath from a long term fellow fighter. I, too, am in the midst of it - Just took my bi-weekly Herceptin/Abraxane and bgan my 7 days on Xeloda but next week I have bothing. I am bald again for the 5th time . . I know I have done Gemzar and since I have no real recollection of it, it must have been okay.  Hang in their and put your wants and need first. After this long we say what, when, where and occaisionally even "no!"

My hugs and prayers are with you!

 

Jackie/aka bandlady


undefeated
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   Posted 12/30/2005 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Sweet Cathi, I so hate this disease. I am very, very sorry to hear about the new spots on your spine. Also, hate like heck that you will have to be on chemo again. Hope that it is easy on you like it apparently was with Jackie. If you're up to calls, let me know. I know that sometimes we just don't want to continuously talk about our health issues - just want to forget about it.

As I'm sure you are well aware, I'm not a good correspondent; but even when I don't post, write or call, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love, Glenda

babyseeester
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   Posted 12/30/2005 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this again.  My thoughts and prayers are with you always.  I don't know anything about that chemo drug.  I just hope it goes well for you.
L & H,
Kathy


claramels2
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   Posted 12/30/2005 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh {{{{Cath}}}},  I am so sorry to hear of your latest news.  You are always in my thoughts and prayers and now I'll just add a daily hug.  We'll be walking every step of the way with you hon.  Love and Hugs, Libby 
Friends are God's way of taking really good care of us.


Ynkefan31
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   Posted 12/30/2005 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Cathi, so sorry you are going through this again. I just finished taxol/gemzar. Had no problems with it. Good luck. Have fun on your vacation.

Vicky
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cupycake2
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   Posted 12/30/2005 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Cathi,
 
I sure wish that there would be something that I could say or do to make all of this go away for you and that you would not have to be dealing with it.
 
Please know that I am thinking of you and will be sending out prayers that you will be doing much better real soon. 
 
You go on that vacation and worry about this when you get back. Hope you will be doing something extra special, because you sure do deserve the best!!!!!!!!
 
Miss you,
Love and hugs,
Debbie
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kmonke
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   Posted 12/31/2005 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
My dear friend Cathi,
 
I knew it was time to check in on the boards again.  Just a feeling I had.  Sending gigantic hugs to you as you go through yet another set back.  It isn't fair, but you, my friend are a strong person and if anyone can do this you can.  You know that your friends on this board and all over are with you as you once again go through another round of chemo.
 
Take your vacation as planned - maybe the Dr will work it so you can have a treatment before you go.  I am not familiar with this type of chemo, but check it out and go for whatever is recommended.
 
Love you sweetie,  keep in touch.
 
Love and prayers, Kitty

nurse_mikki
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   Posted 1/2/2006 1:57 AM (GMT -7)   

(((((((((Cathi)))))))))))))

I am so sorry that you need to do this again. I may not be worth sh t as a support system, but not one day goes by without me thinking about you. I love you, my friend.


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barkyboys
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   Posted 1/2/2006 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Cathi, my dear, that just plain old sucks. Sending you lots of hugs and well wishes. Maybe the new chemo will put this sucker in regression. Would just LOVE to see that happen.

You know my thoughts are with you always.

Love and hugs...
BEV

coopfesta
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   Posted 1/2/2006 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
((((((((((((((Cathi)))))))))))))
 
It just keeps on coming and coming.  I'm so annoyed that you have to go through this too.  I hope you go away to a wonderful place or see someone wonderful to you.  I will be praying for you, Cathi.  Please know that.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


nurse_mikki
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   Posted 1/7/2006 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thinking of you, my friend.
 
Hugs,M
Somedays, it just doesn't pay to gnaw through the leather straps
~~~~~~~~
I am neither made or unmade by happenings around me, but by my reaction to them.
~~~~~~~
May this disease NEVER be allowed to take another wife, mother, daughter, sister, partner or friend........
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I cannot control the wind, but I CAN adjust my sails 
 ~~~~~~~~~~~
You can choose to look UP or DOWN--it's all about putting perfume on a pig. It is still a pig and it STILL stinks, but it stinks BETTER!
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mikki630's Breast Cancer Chronicle--Demystifying BC, one step at a time
  ~~~~~~~~~~~
Secularists are not "value-free." Their values are simply grounded in earthly concerns rather than in anticipation of heavenly rewards or fear of infernal punishments.
--Susan Jacoby, auther of "Freethinkers: a History of American Secularism
~~~~~~~~
"Secularism teaches us to be good here and now...teaches us to be just here and now...its end and aim is to make the world better everyday--to do away with poverty and crime, and to cover the world with happy and contented homes."--written over 125 yrs ago by Robert Ingersoll, Works, vol. 8, pp.393-94


coopfesta
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   Posted 1/8/2006 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


DiVanDyke
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   Posted 1/13/2006 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Cathi,
Same here. Not a day goes by without my thinking of you. I even have a card you sent me up on mantle. I agree. Go on vacation. If you could have a treatment first, that would be better-maybe. I had to fight to get a treatment started eartly once when I had a flight planned. With a lot of screaming, yes, screaming, it worked. The onc was a tur_ anyway. I have a new one. I did get my treatment eary though. It's too bad we have to do that but my STL hospital wanted it early too. Where are you going if I may ask? Yes, have many peach drinks or what ever and have a good time. I will be thinking of you and of, course you know you are always in my prayers. I love you lots. Di
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