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My very dear best friend was recently diagnosed with colon cancer (age 44).  She and I met in kindergarten together and were best friends all the way through high school and beyond.  She is married but was never able to have children.  She is a respiratory therapist ....a thin build, doesn’t eat meat and eats healthy, exercises daily...and doesn’t smoke.  The diagnosis of this left me speechless.  She had over a foot of her colon removed along with the tumor.  It was in two of her lymph nodes, but had not spread to any major organs...THANK GOD.  Last week she started her chemo treatments...of every other week.  The first one was rough to say the least. This has really hit home with me.  I pray everyday for God to give her strength for the day and for the chemo to not take such a toll on her...but do what it is designed to do.  This diagnosis has motivated me to try to eat healthier, make those annual dr. visits...and keep them, and to get out there and exercise.



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      Becca wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • My prayers are with you both. For your friend to keep strong - even through the toughest of times - to never give up! For you to have the strength to be there when she needs you and for the times when she doesn’t think she does—but you do.

      God Bless - Sending hugs....... Becca



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • Thanks Becca....that means a lot.  She starts her 2nd treatment tomorrrow.  I hate it for her.....it’s rough.  But thanks....prayer is powerful.



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      Sbajger wrote Sep 21, 2008
    • Hello my name is Sara Bajger Im the owner of the Isotonix OPC 3 I have heard two testimoney’s lately on how it has disolved cancer lesions in the brain. This testimoney was by a doctor who is also a franchise owner to my business and I just heard the other day at a training of a women who had a spot in the lungs and between the OPC 3 and her chemo when she finished treatment with the chemo she was cancer free. So I feel that the combitation of both helped this lady alot. For more info contact me at [Link Removed] Im on their all the time because of my business

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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Sep 25, 2008
    • It makes me so mad that the leading killers in America are preventable. Yet, we‘re told that no one really knows what causes cancer, heart disease, diabetes.
      I am so sorry for your friend. I hope that she is following your lead and looking for ways to eat more healthy. The only ‘diseases’ that have ever been cured are nutritional deficiencies. And yet, it is not even legal to talk about nutrition and disease in the same conversation. :( There are many things out there she can do to boost her immune system so that the chemo won’t make her so sick. There are also many things she can avoid to help her body have the stamina to fight back.
      Cancer is so political it makes me sick. But I won’t go there. I will pray for your friend though!
      I’d love to add you as a friend. I just found this site (on facebook) and I love it!



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      Becca wrote Sep 28, 2008
    • hi Mary - just thinking of you and your friend today - I truly hope her treatment went well and that every day be a closer day to end all ....



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 28, 2008
    • Thanks everyone.  I talked to her Friday before I left for Hilton Head...and she sounded fantastic!!!  She said last week’s treatment was not near as bad.  She still felt bad and so forth...but the dr. gave her some meds to help with some of her symptoms.  By Friday she said felt great!!  It was so good to hear her so ALIVE.  It certainly made my weekend for sure.
      She said she knew people were praying for her....because her outlook and the treatment this time were just so much better.
      Thank God...it was better for her.....my prayers were definitely answered.



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      Dianne67 wrote Sep 28, 2008
    • This hits home for me since my mother had a cancerous tumor removed in her colon.  They were able to do it laproscopically even though the mass was the size of a soft ball.  It did spread to her liver; but the chemo has been continually shrinking it.  It will be two years in November since the diagnosis and two years of chemo in March.  

      My mother found that the first few times every other week were initially difficult.  Luckily, it has gotten easier.  The worst part sometimes for her is for them to find a vein.
      She comes back bruised.  She also has a few days of urinating constantly and having to wear a pad for leaking as well.

      My mother did go through a severe bout of diarrhea that she thought was the chemo a month or two into it.  She was so ill and going to the bathroom all the time.  I figured I would just mention this to you because my mother neglected to tell the doctor how bad it was and was suffering with what turned out to be a post surgery infection that occured  months later.  It is not uncommon since the colon is still hard to get completely clean for surgery even with the cleansing prior.  I would hate anyone else to go through what she did.

      My mother is the 4th case in the family.  My grandmother, her mom, had it at the same age and recovered fine and lived until the age of 85.  Her cancer was caught earlier than my mom and did not involve lymph nodes.  Even though my grandmother had it my mother neglected to have a colonoscopy thinking it wouldn’t happen to her.  My brother, 46 years old, has since had a colonscopy and had polyps removed.  I plan on having one soon too.

      If you friend ever wants to know the drugs my mom is on or has any questions, please let me know.  Her treatment protocol has been working much better than we ever expected.

      Hugs-
      Dianne



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 28, 2008
    • Thanks Dianne...for your comment.  I am not sure what the exact drugs are that she is on.  There are two.  One is fairly new she said and the other I guess not.  They put her on a steroid as well and I think that bothers her more than anything....makes her very nervous...like she is about to jump out of her skin.  They gave her meds for that this time....was much much better.  She still gets nauseated...but she said it wasn’t too bad.  She gets the injection and box on Monday and goes back on Wed. to be unhooked.  She said Wednesdays are her worst days.  One of the symptoms of her chemo is the numbness in her hands, feets, and arms.  She can’t have anything cold to drink or touch anything cold for a week after the treatment.  If she gets anything out of the freezer she has to use gloves.  Drinking anything cold could cause a spasm in her throat and it will feel like her throat is closing up.  So far...she is doing great.  She has not had any trouble from the surgery...she did have an infection after the initial surgery and they had to go back in but since then...everything has been fine.  

      I am sorry about your mother...but with ya‘lls history of it...you definitely need to go on now and have the colonoscopy.  My dr. said people with family  history need to  have before age 50.  

      Take care....and thanks again.....MaryClark



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      Dianne67 wrote Sep 28, 2008
    • My mother rarely has the nausea; but the cold thing she has and tingling sensations.  Every once in a while she will forget and take a sip of something cold or touch something.  It is weird how certain sensations are heightened from the meds.  She does miss having ice cream.

      She lost weight in a good way because she needed to take off a few pounds.  My father takes her all the time for her treatments and is always there by her side.    

      The only thing  with the cancer is that I am not allowed to mention the word cancer in the house or he gets ballistic over it.  They have always been and always will be worriers.  Even with the regularly positive news; my mother is always fearing that it will all of a sudden take a bad turn.  I feel like my exposure to living under that constant, What if, caused me to be stressed most of my childhood.  I feel that it was toxic to my health and has now manifested into the case of fibromyalgia I live with every day.  

      My mother is on a main med and a supplementary one too.  They fill her with a IV fluids of vitamins too.  Xeloda and Avistin are the medications that are working for her.  

      My sister in law has a friend that has colon cancer and is involved with a group that knits shawls for those going through chemo since there is a sensitivity to cold.  I can see if there is a list I can put your friend on so that she can receive one.  My mother was so truly touched by the thoughtfulness when she received one.  Let me know if you want me to check on it for her.

      Hugs-
      Dianne



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