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   Posted 11/1/2004 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I had rads to spine, hip and shoulder in July.  In August I suddenly couldn't talk properly, thought I'd had a stroke at age 48.  But it was a mass on my skull causing nerve damage to tongue and ear.   So whole head rads for that.  Boy, that really knocked me down.  Then started chemo again.  Most of the time I couldn't have it because the counts were too low.  So epo and neulasta shots and even a transfusion.  Then I started coughing really bad and having trouble breathing.  CT shows cancer in kidneys, liver and lungs was growing.  Lung problem could be damage from rads and/or cancer.  So off the navelbine and xeloda and on to Gemzar.  Also prednisone and an inhaler.  I get very tired from coughing and breathing so don't get much done.  This time I'm even having trouble keeping up with the kids' activities.  But no one seem's to mind dust bunnies everywhere but me!  So I guess I won't worry about them either.  In the 7 years I've been doing this, this time has been the hardest to maintain hope.  I sometimes feel like IT is winning!  But my youngest is only 9 and I want to be here for them.  So more drugs and more willpower.  God Bless you all.  I've been reading periodically but haven't posted for quite awhile.  I did appreciate the call from Gail.  Maybe we can meet up again sometime.      Janice

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   Posted 11/1/2004 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   


I'm so sorry to read about all you have been through. You are a remarkable lady and a true fighter! Please know that I'm thinking of you and including you in my prayers....



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

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   Posted 11/1/2004 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh {{{{{{{{{{JANICE}}}}}}}}}}}

I am sorry to hear what you are going through! I wish we lived closer together! I will call you soon if that is ok. Do you feel good enough for me to call?

Please know you are in my heart and in my prayers. I will definately come see you if it is ok with you next time I am over there! Love and Hugs to you, sweetie, 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.   Elisabeth Kubler Ross

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   Posted 11/1/2004 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Janice, I am so sorry to hear what you have been going through. I wish I could be of help to you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, MK

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   Posted 11/1/2004 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Janice--so sorry that you have been having such a rough time! You are STRONG and will, no doubt, continue to beat this c-rap about its head with a mallet. I sure wish you could catch a break!!

Hang in there & know we are here for you.

Sending extra hugs, Michele
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   Posted 11/1/2004 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
eyes  Janice, I know how these txs have beat you down. Please know all of us are praying for you to have strength & the tx to work!! >>>L&H..Connie..14 & 1 >>>  eyes

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   Posted 11/2/2004 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Janice, so sorry you're having to go through all this, but don't lose hope. Praying that you will soon begin to regain more and more strength and that the new treatments will be easier on you and they will work.

Big Hug, Glenda

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   Posted 11/2/2004 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Janice, hang in there! It is ok to feel down and we know the treatments are taking a toll on you....hopefully the down time is just a bump in the road, and today you will wake up with a renewed sense of hope. We're here for you, sweetie.


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   Posted 11/2/2004 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Janice, I am so sorry to hear all that you are dealing with. Sending you hugs and prayers hoping you have much better days ahead.

Sara Dearing
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   Posted 11/2/2004 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Janice))), what a time you've had. That you're still chipper enough to post is remarkable. I'm sorry all of this is happening to you. You're in my prayers. Depression is an evil thing, but in this case a down period is probably part of the whole mess. Don't let the depression beat you down; keep fighting. L&H's, Luci
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.  Albert Camus

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   Posted 11/4/2004 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Janice, I'm so sorry you are going through a tough time. Keep your spirits up any way you can -- I like Comedy Central on TV (though it might be a little naughty sometimes). Hey, about dust bunnies: If anyone but you ever notices (unlikely) show them where the broom is and invite them to help.

I just finished my second chemo treatment and I really appreciate a real warrior like you. Keep up the good work.


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   Posted 11/8/2004 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Janice. Don't think we've met. I will certainly be praying for you. I'm sorry for all that you are enduring. May the days ahead be brighter. Hugs, Di
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