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#5995 08-31-2005 03:38 PM
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Dear Fran

Your inner strength and courage are inspiring. It is disturbing that your recurrence was not picked up sooner - thankyou for sharing those details with us.

I wish you and your family peaceful, loving days together - you are in my thoughts.

With love from Helen


RHTonsil SCC Stage IV tx completed May 03
#5996 09-01-2005 07:05 AM
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Many thanks for the support. My faith really stops a lot of fear dead in its tracks...but I am very human and there are times that I wish this was a "movie" about someone elses life, not mine.
The Home Care program is pretty comprehensive with wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen,lifting devices, and other aids available to me as I may need them. There is also a very compassionate group volunteers in our local Palliative care associatian who provide companionship and respite visiting for those who wish to have it.
I will try to keep posting as currently as I can. As I mentioned before, the adequate treatment of pain is a hugely important part of living and enjoying some quality time with the family. Pain breeds fatigue and fatigue leads to withdrawal..bad stuff for those of us who really want to keep those good connections humming.
In the meantime, the joy of a life fully lived is one of many things that keep me going.
Bless you all a bunch for your kindness and onging support of not just me but each other as well.
Fran B.


SCC Base of tongue diag. April 04 Stage IV, mets to rt. neck multiple nodes 35 rads+8 boosts First recurrence Jan05. Rt.rad neck dissection Feb02/05. Recurred with bone mets in neck July 05.
Committed to survival with dignity.
#5997 09-01-2005 07:20 AM
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Dear Fran,
You are a special person. You truly represent those who are committed to survive with dignity. Thank you.
Virginia
Wife to Doug, Stage IV bot CA with mets to bilateral neck


Virginia
#5998 09-07-2005 06:35 AM
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Fran,

Your situation sounds eerily like Heather's. Her 5th vertebrae was also destroyed and she lost much of the use of her arms. Although I have answered many questions and offered much advice here on the forum and in private e-mails, I have never talked to anyone else that had this particular situation. I do not remember anyone else here discussing it before either, other than in relation to Heather.

Because of going through this with Heather, I probably have an insight (on this particular subject) that few others here would, so please feel free to ask me questions either here on the forum or by e-mail.

I am wondering if you have been offered surgery to "repair" your spine? Although the pain may be under control for now, I fear that may not continue to be the case. Heather was on a constant morphine drip for months and although the dose was quite high, her pain was still not controlled. I hope that does not happen with you, but if the cancer continues to do its dirty work, the spine will continue to be compromised and that may become the case. I would love to discuss this with you, as I feel I may be of some help to you at this time.

Rainbows & hugs, wink
Rosie


Was primary caregiver to my daughter Heather who had stage IV base of tongue SCC w/ primary recurrence. Original diagnosis August 21st, 2002. Primary recurrence March 18th, 2003. Died October 6th, 2003.
#5999 09-08-2005 03:01 AM
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Dear Fran,

Continue to wish you well. Please know I and many members are prayinf for you. Thank You for sharing your news with us.

Love Ya, Danny Boy


Daniel Bogan DX 7/16/03 Right tonsil,SCC T4NOMO. right side neck disection, IMRT Radiation x 33.

Recurrance in June 05 in right tonsil area. Now receiving palliative chemo (Erbitux) starting 3/9/06

Our good friend and loved member of the forum has passed away RIP Dannyboy 7-16-2006
#6000 09-08-2005 06:40 AM
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Hi Fran, I am thinking of you and praying for you, God Bless, Love, Carol


Diagnosed May 2002 with Stage IV tongue cancer, two lymph nodes positive. Surgery to remove 1/2 tongue, neck dissection, 35 radiation treatments. 11/2007, diagnosed with cancer of soft palate, surgery 12/14/07, jaw split. 3/24/10, cancer on tongue behind flap, need petscan, surgery scheduled 4/16/10
---update passed away 8-27-11---
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