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   Posted 7/30/2005 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Yesterday was my last rads treatment.  I am now an OFFICIAL CANCER SURVIVOR!!!  yeah
I can't believe this part of the journey is over, but glad that it is.  Am I the only one who cried after leaving the treatment center?  I cried almost all the way home!  Everyone there has been so nice - I will miss them.  I took pictures, so that I can remember that day.  Of course, I will be back for follow-ups, but it's different when you are there every day.  It was pretty funny, because after hugging everyone and saying our good-byes, I went to the front desk to make an appt for 2 weeks from now!  LOL  They all appreciated the baked goodies I brought every week, even the one therapist who never treated me.  He actually was the first one to hug me! 
Now, to let you ladies in on something................I have been so affected by the rads therapy that I have decided to go back to school and become a rads therapist!!!  I have been thinking about it and researching it since my treatments began.  I've also gotten some great help from my therapist.   He has offered his help to me if I need it.  DH took a while to realize how serious I am, but now he is supporting the idea.  I will eventually need to quit work in order to attend school full time.   It will take 2-3 years, but well worth it in the end.  I believe that this was the reason I got cancer in the first place - to lead me to this new path in life.  Also, it will be my way of helping others and giving back from what I've learned.  Wish me luck!
L & H,

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   Posted 7/30/2005 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Way to go, Rad Grad!!! Sounds like you had a terrific radiation staff. Congrats on the decision to go back to school, too. I know what a big step this is. I did it at 40 and finished a BA by the time I turned 45. You will be 2 or 3 years older whether you go to school or not, Kathy. So you might as follow your heart. Hugs, Lauri
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   Posted 7/31/2005 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations for being a grad and for making such a great decision. I know you will do well with such great determination. We never know what path life will lead us, and usually there are events which lead in different directions than what we first anticipated. Just follow your heart. Give your DH a big hug for being a good guy and understanding, too. Hugs MK

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   Posted 7/31/2005 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations on being a rad grad and a rad student-to-be! ;-) It's a wonderful thought to think that this has affected you so deeply as to pursue it as a career... you'll be the BEST, most COMPASSIONATE rad tech they have! And by the way, yes it's totally normal to cry at the end... you're glad to be finished, scared to look ahead, hopeful for the future... all rolled into one. That makes for quite a few tears... but chin up, you sound like you've got a great future ahead of you!
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 To do what I do"

                       To Do What I Do   -Alan Jackson, 2004

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   Posted 7/31/2005 8:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Kathy! Congratulations on the graduation. I know you were talking earlier about pursuing this. I'm so glad that you decided to go ahead with your plans. I'm so proud of you!

L&H, Rita

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   Posted 7/31/2005 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Im so happy for you on both parts, I think that is wonderful that you want to give back to all of those who gave to you. I have already began to wonder about what I can do to help the fight against this disease. I have already decided to do some of the walks that they offer to raise money. My best friend had breast cancer 3 years ago and we will do it together. I also learned that a close friend of mine in my home town was diagnosed with it too so I will have to add her to the walkers list.
Kudos to you Kathy and give yourself a pat on the back and a great big hug.

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   Posted 8/1/2005 1:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Yea! Kathy! Happy to hear you have graduated! And I think it is a great idea to go into radiology. I know you have a lot to offer especially since you have "been there, done that." Best wishes to you for all you want. HUGS, Gail
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   Posted 8/1/2005 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
WOO HOO! WE love to celebrate graduations here, especially when they are with such flare! I think it is normal to feel tearful as you finish treatment, the range of emotions is often unexpected. And for the record, you were a survivor from the minute of diagnosis, in my opinion! But now you can start counting your months and years "from treatment", which is what the docs use when counting those 2 and 5 year milestones.

Way to go, sister!

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   Posted 8/5/2005 1:50 PM (GMT -7)   

I love hearing this, Kathy, and you will be the best rad person around, i bet!

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