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   Posted 12/29/2006 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope it went like a breeze.  I know this is a big blow, to have to go back to the koolaid family, but as they say, "Wine is fine, but liquor is quicker."  Here's to the "hard stuff," sweetie.
Love and hugs...

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   Posted 12/29/2006 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   

I am thinking of you too and sending you a great big ((((((((((HUG))))))))))). Hope it helps!

Bev, I just love your know how to make a bad situation more bearable. Sending hugs to you too sweetie.

^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ ^j^ (I think we are needing extra angels, don't you?)
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   Posted 12/29/2006 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Bevie...Thanks for thinking of me. I went yesterday saw the Dr. and about 10:30 they started the initial push. The nurse sits with me to make sure no reaction...Well.after about maybe a minute my face was beet red & my face was swelling. I couldnt breath...I am not going into the gorry details, but I will tell you that it was the worse thing I have been thru.....and the pain was unbelieveable horrible.Never had pain like that...stayed at hospital until about 7:00....and I insisted on going home. My poor sister was more exhausted then I was...I felt so bad.

I will see my onc next week and go back to the drawing board.

Thanks for asking,

Love and hugs,

Sometimes it is a slender thread, Sometimes a strong,
stout rope; She clings to one end, I the other;
She calls it friendship; I call it hope....

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   Posted 12/30/2006 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, crap! That really sucks, Cath. They definitely need to come up with something better than that! And I'm sure they will. I'll bet your sister was scared to death, poor thing! I think sometimes what you go through is magnified for the people who are trying to help you through it. I'm sure she felt very helpless, and in her mind, she was supposed to be "helping you through it."

But just think...if it kicked your butt that fast, it surely took a few cancer cells with it, don't you think???

Love and hug, friend...

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   Posted 12/30/2006 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Darn and double darn!!  Bevvie is right, it sure does suck, but her other thought about the severity of the chemo doing a number on the c. cells makes sense, too.
I'm sorry, sweet Cathi, that you're going through this pain and that this awful crap is starting up again.  I know how strong you are - just wish I could add some of my strength to yours.
I hope you know that I love you, and will be praying with the rest of the board that being the winner you are, you'll, of course, win this time too.
Love, Glenda
p.s.  hugs to the new kitten.
p.p.s.  love you too, Bev.
Note:  I previewed before I posted, and even though I tried to spell creatively, they replaced my intended words with "Darn."  You know I have never said that in my life!!!

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   Posted 12/30/2006 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Gosh darn it (to echo the sentiments of my friend Glenda!). Cathi, there just has to be a better way. THank heavens you are ok though, and sorry you had to go through that. Nothing is ever easy, and it does sure bite. Give an extra little squeeze to that new kitty of yours and hope you can enjoy a peaceful and content new year celebration.

Love and BIG hugs-

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   Posted 12/30/2006 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Cathi, that sounds awful! I'm sorry you went through that. Like Bev said, being such tough stuff, that could mean it will kill off those cancer cells really good! We are all praying for you sweetie, and love you very much!
Love and Hugs, 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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   Posted 12/30/2006 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Boy that Bev can spin great.  Never ever stop posting Bev.  May that have blasted many a cancer cell.
OK, Cath, now let me ask, didn't you have the Adrio family of chemo before?  I wonder why this reaction all of a sudden?  Searching for that kind of an answer must be exhausting in and of itself in your mind, but I couldn't help but wonder.  Giving up wondering about this stuff may be a good choice for the moment just to relieve the mishigas, as we say in Yiddish.  However, this doesn't mean that the fight is over, babe, and a question like that may start the onc on a train of investigation that leads to a new drawing, no?  Ask the question and see what the onc's thoughts are about it, maybe he's come up with something.  Let's see if the onc can figure out a new drawing that's more doable for  you. 
The kitten is putting good chemicals in your body by generating laughter, that will help you find strength.  We are doing what we can and I am, of course, praying.  I'm sure your onc has had successes he can't explain, and prayers and laughter will help contribute to another one.
Your back to posting, and that's going to elicit more positive energy your way too.  These are all good things.
Hey, I'm not in Bev's league, but not bad, no?
Think of me hugging you at midnight tomorrow.  Happy new year. 
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
Don't knock on Death's Door.  Ring the bell and run.  He hates that.


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   Posted 12/31/2006 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, crap is right. I pray that the darn drawing board is at a better angle and just magically shows the answer for you. I have you in my prayers dear Cathi.


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

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   Posted 12/31/2006 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Cathi...sorry to be awol so long. I do check in occasionally, but seeing this post, I just HAD to respond.

I'm so sorry you have to go through this. At least they were watching you closely for a reaction (and boy, sounds like you gave them a doozy). I hope they can find something in the growing list of chemo drugs that will do you some good and let you breathe at the same time.

I think of you often. Take care.

Love you lots. Peg

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   Posted 12/31/2006 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh Sweetie,

I've been worried about you so thought I better check in tonight.  This is my celebrating New Years.  Don't like the sounds of that reaction, but like everyone else has said, maybe it zapped some of the C cells as well.

Take care and keeping you in thought and prayers.

Love ya,


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   Posted 1/1/2007 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
That had to be soooo scarey.  So glad that your sister was right there by your side.  She must be an extra special sis!!!!  
I am sure that your onc will find the right combination for you, and one that doesn't react as that one did.  Geez!
Try to keep that fightin attitude that you have always had.  I will be sending prayers that they find an answer for the best treatment for you real soon.
Hugs and Love,
^J^  ^j^
"What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship? It is like robbing the world of the sun"

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   Posted 1/1/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Cathi! Wow, I am so sorry to hear about the reaction that you had to the chemo. I am fortunate that thru 5 yrs of chemo, I have never had that type of reaction. Perhaps the dosage was to high and that is what caused the reaction or maybe they can give you a drug before the chemo that will offset the reaction. I hope and pray that it is something simple so that you can get on w/ the fight. I love what Bev said in her posts and agree w/ her 1000%. Some of those darn cells had to die during the treatment.

Rest and enjoy your kitty as much as possible. Sometimes I wish that I wasn't allergic to cats because this new puppy I got for Christmas is a little spit fire. Never a dull or quiet moment. lol

Gentle hugs and strong prayers for you.



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