Well, it's January once again.............

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   Posted 1/16/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
And I am still here to make this post. My survivor years have now gone up to 11 years and 7 years. Unfortunately, it was also 7 years last week since I lost my Mitchell.

I'm concerned with my onc because it seems he's pulling back treatment. I have only one week of Arimidex left. He has ordered a colonoscopy and a visit with the brain surgeon before May. If, when they're done, the port isn't needed by either of them, he wants it out. I don't want it out but, since it has shifted, it's somewhat bothersome.

I think I will still have my yearly tests but I feel rather strange with the mother ship letting me drift out on my own. He thinks it's time to concentrate on the diabetes and weight reduction. Maybe it's time to establish some type of a life for myself.

NEVER believe the statistics.

Love to all, Jo-Ann
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   Posted 1/16/2007 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Jo-Ann, now how could anyone put you in a statistical equation??? It wouldn't matter what the equation was, you would find some way to skrew it! I mean SKEW it. LOL

I've been "adrift" for years now...and it was scary at first. But why take you off the arimidex??? I thought you could stay on it indefinitely. I don't take it, so my knowledge is lacking in that area, I must admit.

And yearly tests??? I'm an older timer than you (by a bit), and I just graduated to every 4 months back at my 10 year mark. I don't know...I kinda like knowing that somebody's at least watching my bloodwork.

Anyway, sounds like you'll still have plenty of doctors keeping an eye on you.

It seems hard to believe it's been seven years since you lost Mitchell. The memory of your pain is still so fresh in my mind. I knew you could beat the cancer back, but losing him...I wasn't sure you were going to survive that at the time. Shoulda known better!!!

Love and hugs...

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   Posted 1/16/2007 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Awww, Jo-Ann. I remember reading about Mitchell's passing and weeping for you. Seven years? The time has certainly marched along. So glad I have made so much of this journey with you. Good luck with the diabetes management and weight loss. My SIL (DH's sister) has just been diagnosed with Type I diabetes at age 55. Surprising. Going to change her life big time. After several days in the hospital, she is home and learning to manage her care. Always new challenges in our lives. Hugs, Lauri
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   Posted 1/18/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Y'know, I think there's a feeling of being special and of being taken care of that comes with being a patient.  It's hard to let go of, but it can also be disabling in and of itself.   I can totally relate!!!!! 
That you've become attached to your port (no pun intended) is understandable too.  Who but another patient would understand.  The earthlings out there wouldn't get it. 
Any change has stress around it.  Even mostly positive changes.
Walk through it, and we'll still swim around you.  Congratulations. 
"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 1/18/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Jo-Ann, I never thought I would see the day. I think when they remove your port, we should put it in the Smithsonian as the longest clung to port in the history of the U.S. I bet if you check, you will  find it is. I really can not believe you will get it taken out. I thought you had found a way to keep it forever. My onc. swears they cause all kinds of problems, so he gets them in and gets them out ASAP. I can not post here what I told him would happen if I needed it again and had to get another in. Now about the brain scan.....Let me tell you about Vic, he had an MRI of the brain and the gastrologist asked him why he had it and he said.....My wife wanted to make sure I had one. Hope that made you smile. I hope all your tests turn out well and know if you need PCE we will be there. Infact might show up anyway just to see with our own eyes, that you really are getting it out. On another note. I can not imagine how hard the last 7 years have been. Mitchell must have been something really special. I am so sorry I never got a chance to meet him. You take care and let us know how things are going. Love and Hugs, The Deere's

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