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#147771 - 04/04/12 10:46 AM Re: Memories... [Re: CMMoore]
Anne-Marie Online   content
Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 11/03/06
Posts: 2581
Loc: TN
Thanks for checking in, Christine - I think of you so often and it's good to hear you have family and others close by for support and for sharing the happy memories.
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Anne-Marie
CG to son, Paul (age 33, non-smoker) SCC Stage 2, Surgery 9/21/06, 1/6 tongue Rt.side removed, +48 lymph nodes neck. IMRTx28 completed 12/19/06. CT scan 7/8/10 Cancer-free! ("spot" on lung from scar tissue related to Pneumonia.)




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#147774 - 04/04/12 02:07 PM Re: Memories... [Re: Anne-Marie]
ChristineB Offline
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Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 06/23/07
Posts: 8340
Loc: PA
I too am always checking for posts from you. Ive watched your entire story and know how hard things became for you. I still remember you first joining OCF almost 3 years ago. Its been a long hard road and you held it together with compassion and love. Wishing you the very best of everything!
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Christine
SCC 6/15/07 L chk & by L molar both Stag I, age44
2x cispltn-35 IMRT end 9/27/07, no caregiver
Clear PET 1/08
4/4/08 recur L chk Stag I
surg 4/16/08 clr marg
215 HBO dives
3/09 teeth out, trismus
7/2/09 recur, Stg IV
8/24/09 trach, ND, mandiblctmy
3wks medicly inducd coma
2 mo extended hospital stay, ICU & burn unit
PICC line w/ IV antibiotics 8 mo
10/4/10, 2/14/11 reconst surg
OC 3 times in 3 years
very happy to be alive smile

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#147777 - 04/04/12 02:53 PM Re: Memories... [Re: ChristineB]
KP5 Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 795
Loc: NY
Glad the youngest is doing well. I guess they say time heals. Hopefully the older daughter will be able to find support within the group. Please keep in touch Christine. We miss you too and love hearing from you!!
Blessings to you and LOVE your happiness attitude. It really is just healthier than the alternative! Glad you can get there!
Kathy
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Kathy wife/caregiver to:
Kevin age:53
Dx 7/15/11
HPV16+ SCC Stage IV BOT/R
Non smoker, casual drinker
7/27/11 Cistplatin, taxotere,5FU 2/3week sessions, followed by IMRT 125cgy x 60 (2x daily) w/Erbitux weekly. Last rad 10/26/11. Last Erbitux 10/27/11
PEG placed 9/1/11 Removed 11/8/11
Clear PET 10/2012

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#147784 - 04/04/12 04:23 PM Re: Memories... [Re: KP5]
Pandora99 Offline
"OCF Canuck"
Patient Advocate (1000+ posts)

Registered: 09/14/06
Posts: 1319
Loc: Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
I think of you every day Christine, wonder how you are doing.... Know you are in our prayers.

Donna
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Donna,60,SCC L Tongue T2N1MO Stg IV 4/04 w/partial gloss;32 radtx; T2N2M0 Stg IV.New primary R tongue-2nd partial gloss w/graft 10/07; 30 radtx/2 cispl 2/08. 10 yrs from 1st dx, 6 yrs since 2nd dx. Surviving isn't easy,but grateful for EVERY day.Proudly Canadian - YES, UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IS WONDERFUL! Cancer does not eliminate vanity - I would still rather be 59!

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#147794 - 04/04/12 09:36 PM Re: Memories... [Re: Pandora99]
julieann Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 874
Loc: Alabama
Gone but not forgotten, Christine. I love seeing pictures of you and Matt in happier times that you post on Facebook. You have such wonderful memories of him, and your love for him will keep those memories alive.
julieann
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Julieann
Nov 2007 SCC on right tonsil following tonsillectomy. Was smoker, QUIT. (Stage IV T2 N2b) 7 weeks radiation one day/wk chemo (carboplatin and 5-FU). Allergic to Taxol; PEG in, lost 30 lbs. TX completed January 2008. PEG out mid- 2008. PET/CT 1/17/2011;2/3/12 NEGATIVE for cancer smile

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#147797 - 04/05/12 12:11 AM Re: Memories... [Re: julieann]
CMMoore Offline
Gold Member (200+ posts)

Registered: 07/01/09
Posts: 280
Loc: MO, USA
This Friday is the anniversary of our first date, and our wedding... I am going to my hometown area and going out drinking with my girlfriends to celebrate the man I love.
They have karaoke and a live band, and awesome taxi service for after smile
Saturday I am getting my hair done by a dear friend, and Easter Sunday will be spent with my family.
Busy weekend ahead and I am looking forward to it.
I am finding resources in my community to help with the little things... I am learning to talk to EVERYONE I see and ask for their knowledge about the city. Whether I need the lawn mowed or the car worked on, I am slowly building my contact list.
I had the pleasure of stopping by a garage to have my state inspection done on the car. There was a local "old timer" just sitting and talking with the shop owner. It was great to sit and talk with him a while. The shop owner invited me back anytime I needed someone to give me a hard time smile
I can feel the effects of the sun on my arms at the end of each day, and I feel content in a day well lived.

I love you all, and am not going away any time soon! PM me anytime if you have questions. Its not too soon, and I am happy to help if I can.

Christine
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CG to my husband, Matt. Dx June 2009 Stage IV Oropharengeal SCC right tonsil primary with distant metastases. Rad to neck- Surgeries to lungs- Every avail chemo - ran out of options Jan 2012, called for hospice help Feb 2012, at rest March 19, 2012.

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#147805 - 04/05/12 03:46 AM Re: Memories... [Re: CMMoore]
Kerri Offline
Platinum Member (300+ posts)

Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 497
Loc: MA
Dear Christine,

I'm so glad you're taking the time to look back to when Matt was Matt and he knew the depth of your love and devotion...and that he so much appreciated it.

It's so hard to figure out what to do next after the dust has settled. I wish for you that you are able to find some peace and comfort through the tears. Grieving always takes more time than we want. You are in my thoughts.

xoxo,
Kerri
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37 y/o fem at Dx (23 wks preg @ dx on 3/16/11)
SCC L oral tongue (no risk factors)
L partial gloss/SND 3/28/11 @ 25 wks preg
T1-2N0M0; no rads/chemo
Tonsillectomy on 8/6/12 +SCC L tonsil T2-3N1M0 (HPV-)
Treated with 35 rads/7 carbo & taxol (Rx ended 10/31/12), but many hospitalizations d/t complications from rx.
3 clear MRIs w/ & w/o contrast since Jan '13 NED!
Part of genetic study for rare cancers @ MGH.
Just turned 40 and grateful! Hoping for 40 more!

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#147806 - 04/05/12 06:39 AM Re: Memories... [Re: Kerri]
EricS Offline
Patient Advocate (1000+ posts)

Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 1844
Loc: Idaho
Christine, you are amazing my dear friend, and I love you and your beautiful spirit. Celebrate life while you are able, I believe in that.

your friend,


Eric
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Young Frack, SCC T4N2M0, Cisplatin,35+ rads,ND, RT Mandiblectomy w fibular free flap, facial paralysis, "He who has a "why" to live can bear with almost any "how"." -Nietzche "WARNING" PG-13 due to Sarcasm & WAY too much attitude, interact at your own risk.

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#147807 - 04/05/12 09:01 AM Re: Memories... [Re: EricS]
Gabe Offline
"OCF Down Under"
Patient Advocate (1000+ posts)

Registered: 08/02/07
Posts: 1282
Loc: Sydney NSW Australia
There is no "like" button here but I have also been following your journey Christine.
We love you too and I am sure there are people here who will be appreciative of your help.
Just make sure you have taken some time for yourself first but I see you are already aware of looking for those resources within your own family and community smile
Love and Hugs
Gabriele
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History Leukoplakia bx 8/2006 SCC floor mouth T3N0M0- Verrucous Carcinoma.
14 hour 0p SCC-Right ND/excision/marginal mandibulectomy 9/2006, 4 teeth removed, flap from wrist, trach-ng 6 days- no chemo/rad.
6 ops and debulking (flap/tongue join) + bx's 2006-2012.
bx Jan 2012 Hyperkeratosis-Epithelial Dysplasia
Surgery GIST 8/2013

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#147863 - 04/06/12 03:43 PM Re: Memories... [Re: Gabe]
CMMoore Offline
Gold Member (200+ posts)

Registered: 07/01/09
Posts: 280
Loc: MO, USA
Here it is. Anniversary. #9 since our first date, and #2 since our wedding. I woke up. It dawned on me that it was here. I cried.

I am glad I already made plans with friends to get outta the house, otherwise I'd stay in bed all day with a box of tissues.

Off to pack my weekend bag and celebrate my love.

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CG to my husband, Matt. Dx June 2009 Stage IV Oropharengeal SCC right tonsil primary with distant metastases. Rad to neck- Surgeries to lungs- Every avail chemo - ran out of options Jan 2012, called for hospice help Feb 2012, at rest March 19, 2012.

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