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Old 03-27-2014, 07:11 PM   #601
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I just heard today that my friend, who has just adopted a little girl, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
It seems that it is one of the less aggressive forms and the prognosis is good.
Surgery and radiotherapy are in the immediate future.

I bloody hate cancer!
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:29 PM   #602
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Sorry to have been out of the loop for so long.

Desertslave & badjanus~ I am so sorry for your loss.

SirWinston~ give 'em hell!


Sister is in a bit of a weird situation. She was all set to start clinical trials when something showed up on the scans. She has had to have 3 spinal taps in the past few weeks. Luckily the first 2 have come back clear of cancerous cells in the brain. But she is having pain in her hip and so the trial will have to be pushed back until she finishes radiation.

On top of that she can't seem to keep her hemoglobin number over a 7/8. So she will going in this week for another transfusion. She had a transfusion 2 weeks ago but the number just won't fuckin' budge.

And yet with all of that, she is still kickin' ass and pushin' through.

My postive thoughts and prayers go out to everyone fighting the good fight against this sometimes unrelenting bastard. FYC!
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Old 03-28-2014, 03:34 AM   #603
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Sorry to have been out of the loop for so long.

Desertslave & badjanus~ I am so sorry for your loss.

SirWinston~ give 'em hell!


Sister is in a bit of a weird situation. She was all set to start clinical trials when something showed up on the scans. She has had to have 3 spinal taps in the past few weeks. Luckily the first 2 have come back clear of cancerous cells in the brain. But she is having pain in her hip and so the trial will have to be pushed back until she finishes radiation.

On top of that she can't seem to keep her hemoglobin number over a 7/8. So she will going in this week for another transfusion. She had a transfusion 2 weeks ago but the number just won't fuckin' budge.

And yet with all of that, she is still kickin' ass and pushin' through.

My postive thoughts and prayers go out to everyone fighting the good fight against this sometimes unrelenting bastard. FYC!
I'm sorry Blu!
It's increadibly taxing when everything seems to be in a suspended state, waiting for lab results.
I hope the hemoglobin starts behaving soon.
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Old 03-28-2014, 07:53 PM   #604
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I'm sorry Blu!
It's increadibly taxing when everything seems to be in a suspended state, waiting for lab results.
I hope the hemoglobin starts behaving soon.
Thanks! Today was a really bad day for me. Isn't that saying something? She went in and ended up getting a double transfusion, so 4 hours at the hospital. And I am the one feeling completely wiped out. But she says she is feeling a little better, it takes a little time for it to kick in completely.
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:04 PM   #605
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Just got the Blue Cross statement from my first of 12 chemo treatments. Consider my mind blown at the $12,400 list price for a single treatment session. Fortunately, BC is in our corner on this and we've already met deductible/out of pocket limits for the year. But still, the numbers are horrifyingly high. Hard to imagine facing this with little or no insurance coverage.

On the other hand, I finished the first two-week period of treatment and rest with almost no unpleasant side effects apart from some cold-induced neuropathy and fatigue, both of which are temporary. And, I've started to shed a bit of unwanted weight by changing my diet to be far more cancer-preventive yet packed with all the necessary nutrition.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:22 PM   #606
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Just got the Blue Cross statement from my first of 12 chemo treatments. Consider my mind blown at the $12,400 list price for a single treatment session. Fortunately, BC is in our corner on this and we've already met deductible/out of pocket limits for the year. But still, the numbers are horrifyingly high. Hard to imagine facing this with little or no insurance coverage.

On the other hand, I finished the first two-week period of treatment and rest with almost no unpleasant side effects apart from some cold-induced neuropathy and fatigue, both of which are temporary. And, I've started to shed a bit of unwanted weight by changing my diet to be far more cancer-preventive yet packed with all the necessary nutrition.

And worth every penny although I hear you on the no insurance issue. All great news Yank.
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Old 04-01-2014, 07:24 PM   #607
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Thanks! Today was a really bad day for me. Isn't that saying something? She went in and ended up getting a double transfusion, so 4 hours at the hospital. And I am the one feeling completely wiped out. But she says she is feeling a little better, it takes a little time for it to kick in completely.



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On the other hand, I finished the first two-week period of treatment and rest with almost no unpleasant side effects apart from some cold-induced neuropathy and fatigue, both of which are temporary. And, I've started to shed a bit of unwanted weight by changing my diet to be far more cancer-preventiveyet packed with all the necessary nutrition.
Yay!

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Old 04-02-2014, 05:57 PM   #608
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I met someone today who worked with an incredibly talented guy I used to know. How is he, I asked.

He's dead, the man responded.

It got him.

The guy had been laid off, and found out within a month he had brain cancer. No insurance. Last time I saw him, he had rebounded. I didn't realize he had died.

FYC.


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Old 04-02-2014, 09:55 PM   #609
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Just got the Blue Cross statement from my first of 12 chemo treatments. Consider my mind blown at the $12,400 list price for a single treatment session. Fortunately, BC is in our corner on this and we've already met deductible/out of pocket limits for the year. But still, the numbers are horrifyingly high. Hard to imagine facing this with little or no insurance coverage.
I've heard horror stories about many insurance companies, especially when an insured's payment is even a day late - please don't let that happen to you. I'm tremendously thankful for my VA coverage and the wonderful people providing my care, and grateful for each and every one of them.

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On the other hand, I finished the first two-week period of treatment and rest with almost no unpleasant side effects apart from some cold-induced neuropathy and fatigue, both of which are temporary. And, I've started to shed a bit of unwanted weight by changing my diet to be far more cancer-preventive yet packed with all the necessary nutrition.
That's fantastic to hear, and I hope to keep hearing more of it!
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:50 AM   #610
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Old 04-03-2014, 06:04 PM   #611
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I met someone today who worked with an incredibly talented guy I used to know. How is he, I asked.

He's dead, the man responded.

It got him.

The guy had been laid off, and found out within a month he had brain cancer. No insurance. Last time I saw him, he had rebounded. I didn't realize he had died.

FYC.


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I've heard horror stories about many insurance companies, especially when an insured's payment is even a day late - please don't let that happen to you. I'm tremendously thankful for my VA coverage and the wonderful people providing my care, and grateful for each and every one of them.

That's fantastic to hear, and I hope to keep hearing more of it!
Thanks, guys. We are blessed with excellent insurance and when this is done we'll have paid less than 1% of the total amount billed by all the various providers, with BCBS picking up all the rest.

Just got the pump disconnected from treatment #2 and while I'm pretty sluggish today, still no major problems with side effects. Must be all that clean living I did in the past.
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