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wickky
03-30-2009, 11:07 PM
So for a couple of months now I have had a lump growing in the side of my neck. I braved it up and went to the doctor. The diagnosis came back today and I have Lymphoma. From what I can gather, it is a form of blood cancer that results in tumors. It has spread to both sides of my neck.

I see a specialist on Friday to determine the exact kind of lymphoma and to start a course of treatment (if it can even be treated).

I am so very scared. I have been crying and self-medicating with food all damn day. I told myself I am allowed this, but come tomorrow morning, my frustrations can be handled with taking my doggie for a walk instead of with ice cream.

Please, if anyone else has experienced Lymphoma, or cancer, please let me know what I can expect. I think the worse is simply facing the unknown.


shrinkingleah
03-30-2009, 11:16 PM
I'm sorry I have no advice to offer you but you are in my thoughts. I hope everything goes well with your specialist and stay strong.

futuresurferchick
03-30-2009, 11:19 PM
Like Shrinkingleah, I'm sorry, I have no advice to offer but you are in my thoughts tonight. :hug: One suggestion I would make is check the internet to see if there are any good support forums where you might get some more info from others who have dealt with this.


beautifulone
03-31-2009, 12:12 AM
That is so scary. I don't know very much about lymphoma, but I am sending you lots of love :hug:, healing vibes and thoughts :hug:.

Leeesa
03-31-2009, 12:21 AM
I don't have anything either, I am just so very sorry for the news and I hope things go well with your specialist.

WaterRat
03-31-2009, 12:25 AM
Wickki - my DH has Multiple Myeloma, a cancer closed related to lymphoma. He was diagnosed in 1999 and had a stem cell transplant in 2000. He has been in remission since. My best advice to you is to get all the information you can, about the disease, about your options for treatment, etc. Two other things will help you a lot. First, get a good support team (real life ones!) especially someone who will go to doctor appts with you. You need a neutral party to listen to what the doc says, and to help you remember every thing, or just to hold you hand! I was with my DH for nearly every appointment. Second is to find a online lymphoma support group where you can exchange experiences and information with others going through the same thing you are.

Oh, and third, one of the best pieces of advice my DH got was to get himself in the best possible shape, esp cardiovascularly, he could before he started treatment, and to keep it up whenever he could.

And finally, while this is a terrible blow, and one that no one would wish on you,:hug: try to stay positive and keep your sense of humor.

Feel free to PM me if you want.

faith1973
03-31-2009, 12:29 AM
This is my first time here and I ran across your message. I know that you are scared, this is normal so don't beat yourself up for your feelings. Please know that you are not alone! I am currently assisting a family whose husband is going through radiation. I hope that you have a strong support of friends and family. Remember that just like losing weight, cancer and it's outcome is a personal journey so please try and not compare yourself to others as this can bring you down. Whenever you are thinking negative, stop yourself and say something positive and keep saying it to yourself. There is power in your thoughts!! Please keep me informed on how you are doing! I will be praying and thinking of you.:hug:

beerab
03-31-2009, 01:04 AM
I'm sorry you have to deal with this and hope that with treatment you will be able to overcome this. My grandmother has survived cancer twice, so it can be done!

Buttercup
03-31-2009, 01:34 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please keep us posted. :hug:

Happy Canuk
03-31-2009, 01:36 AM
Hi. I am so sorry to hear this. I don't have any advise, and no little about this lymphoma. I guess you know that when you need support, you can come here and get it. I sure hope all goes well for you.

wickky
03-31-2009, 02:37 AM
I want to thank everyone of you for your caring thoughts. THe encouragement is sooooooo appreciated! I am going to the ENT specialist on Frisay and he will order the biopsy, so I will know exactly what type of cancer I am battling. After that, it's on to the Oncologist office.

I am giving myself permission to be sad, to cry, to stomp my feet and have a pity party. But as far as the self-medicating, overeating, old-me style binging goes- UNH-UH. It STOPS as of tomorrow morning.

As Waterrat said, I need to be in the best cardiovascular shape possible. That means being on plan, and lots of extra doggie-walks. (at least she will get into shape too!)

I went to my diabetes doctor last week and everything is fantastic there. my A1C was 6.0! and I have lost a total of 36 lbs since my highest weight last June.

I am just going to take this one day at a time. One hour at a time if need be.

Thanks to all of you for the internet hugs. Unfortunately, my husband is the only support person I have IRL. My son and his family are over a thousand miles away. :-(

harrismm
03-31-2009, 07:47 AM
As I am sure you know, there are many types of lymphomas.Many are treatable and some cureable.I guess the first step is learning which type you have.I am thinking of you.Stay strong.People living with cancer never cease to amaze me.

rainy
03-31-2009, 07:54 AM
I have not much advise, but just saying I'll keep you in my thoughts. *hugs*

Justwant2Bhealthy
03-31-2009, 06:06 PM
:hug: I just wanted to share with you that several members of my family have had cancer(s) and have beaten it, so you can too! You have received some great advice here that I cannot add to, except to say that I will keep you in my prayers for healing and recovery. We have a PRAYER WARRIORS prayer thread in the FAITH FORUM, where people can pray for you as well.

A spouse makes a great personal support partner, but a close friend or other relative could be your support companion when or if your DH can't make it to any of your appointments. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers ... :hug:

midwife
03-31-2009, 08:01 PM
:hug:

Thighs Be Gone
03-31-2009, 08:41 PM
Prayers and thoughts are coming your way.

Cotinga
03-31-2009, 09:54 PM
Wickky--I am so sorry you're having to face this. I can't imagine how scary it must be for you.

My niece has been dealing with leukemia since she was five. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has a bulletin board that I have found to be very helpful. It works a lot like this site does, with forums focused on the various types of leukemia and lymphoma, forums for newly diagnosed, etc. The board is used by patients and their family members. They should be able to give you a lot of information about what to expect.

I've just come out from lurking on 3FC, so I can't post a link to the bulletin board. You can get to the bulletin board by going to the L&L Society's site (lls.org). Click on Patient Services on the list on the left side of the page, and then go to Discussion Boards.

Good luck with everything. I'll be sending positive thoughts out to you as you start on this journey.

twish
03-31-2009, 10:08 PM
I'm sending good vibes your way. I have had two family members with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. A number of other family members have battled- and survived- other cancers (I come from a very large family). My aunt in particular (who is now in remission from her non-Hodgkins lymphoma) credit positive thinking, hope and taking things day by day as being really important in her journey.

Remember that this is your diagnosis and your life, so never be shy/afraid to ask questions. Others have posted great advice about having an advocate with you at medical appointments so that you have an extra set of ears to help take things in and to support you.

Please keep us posted. You're in my prayers.

wickky
04-05-2009, 01:25 AM
So I went to the ENT specialist yesterday. He said I am facing surgery on my neck to remove all or part of the tumor. THe tumor is actually a cluster of them. One very large on over 5 cm in diameter with 4 other growing attached to the back side of it. He said they will probably need to remove the largesest on because it is severly compresing my jugular vein, then they will use chemotherapy andor radiation to shrink the remaining tumors and take care of the lymph node swellling on the other side of my neck.

I go for a FNA Biopsy (Fine Needle Aspirition) on Monday. They will take a sampling of the tumor though a needle, and send it off to pathology to determine the exact type of Lymphoma I have, so that we will know what I am up against.

I go back to the specialist a week from Tuesday for the results. Hopefully, it will be good news.

Just taking things a day at a time for now.

prinny
04-05-2009, 03:19 AM
Remember not to be too hard on yourself about food.

If you do have to do chemo chances are you will be encouraged to eat as much as you can stand and even things that are normally forbidden on a diet. My dad went from years of constant dieting to having to eat chocolate pudding and ice cream for dinner sometimes because it was the only stuff he could keep down. I hope it doesn't actually get that rough for you, but if it does keep in mind you have to get past the cancer FIRST then worry about anything else.

If you need some comfort food to get through the week, then don't be hard on yourself about that either. You have really scary stuff to deal with and whatever gets you through the week gets you through the week.

Hope for the best, I am .

maalisse
04-05-2009, 09:26 PM
My uncle is a Lymphoma survivor. His prognosis at the time was terrible because it had metastasized to a few organs, but they actually managed to isolate and remove most of it, and chemo took care of the rest. He's cancer-free now, going on 10 years, and cancer therapies have improved in leaps and bounds since then. I hope your treatment is equally successful. Good luck!!

wickky
04-10-2009, 11:45 PM
Well, the results of the needle biopsy were "inconclusive". In other words, they could not make any kind of positive (or negative) diagnosis based upon the results. So I so in for a surgurgical excision on the 23rd of April. THey are going to remove the largest of the cluster because it is putting to much compression on my jugular vein and I am not getting enough oxygen, and having massive face sweeling as a result.

Thanks everyone for your comments and support.

- I have found the lymphoma and lukemia society website and it is chock full of great info!

- I have decided not to be too hard on myself if I have a day where i really want a piece of chocolate....(I think we all have those days)

I might not post too much over the next week, but will be reading any and all comments and suggestions.

I will update again after sugery, as I am in a holding pattern until then.

Midnight Heart
04-12-2009, 09:36 PM
I just wanted to add that my thoughts and prayers are with you and I will add you to my Reiki healing book. please keep us updated.

I have been in remission for 7rs, after being diagnosed at 32 with Breast cancer, try and keep positive and accept all the love, healing, prayers and thoughts around you, I strongly believe there is alot of power in prayer and how we deal with these trials life throws at us.

Good luck with everything,

Midnight Heart

wickky
04-14-2009, 10:31 PM
So today was my appt with the sureon for a pre-op appt. He laid something on me that was totally unexpected. Not only do I have the tumor that I can see growing on the right side of my neck, but I have ahuge one deep inside that I cannont see, growing on the left. It is so large, it goes from my throat, down into my chest cavity. It is also unoperable. The surgeon said if my biospy shows Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (which he belives is the case) then radiation and chemo will help to shrink it. If it is not cancer, then there is nothing they can do :-(. So, I know it sounds weired to say, but I kinda-guess I hope to have cancer, so they can shrinki the tumor away. weirdest damn thing to wish for....

Meanwhile, I am trying to go for a walk everyday. Trying to eat healthy, but not on my strict regimen anymore, as the tumor is causing weight-loss also and I dont want to get sick(sicker?)

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Right now, just send calm thoughts my way as I have been crying off and on all day.

--Karen

harrismm
04-14-2009, 11:56 PM
Oh my Karen.I am so sorry.I cant even imagine how you feel but I know that I would be very scared.I hope for you that you have a great support system in place.Please take care of yourself.BIG>>HUGE>>Hug to you!!

chicadee76
04-15-2009, 10:27 AM
Wickky,

I am so sorry to hear about this unfortunate news. I have had friends and relatives go through treatment for cancer, mostly breast cancer. Radiation can be painful but more bearable than chemotherapy. Chemo is very rough. I would recommend that you write down the questions you have and ask the doctor. Don't let the doctor just do things without your knowledge. Make sure you participate in your health.

Last year, I developed multiple blood clots in my lungs due to birth control medication. I spent a week in the hospital then I had to be on medication for the rest of the year. It was a difficult year for me. However, one of the things that really made things better for me is having some support. I really recommend Daily Strength. This web site was great for me to learn more about what I was going through. I am sure they have cancer support groups and there plenty of people who can give you more feedback about what you are going through.

I know it's hard but stay positive. :hug:

bargoo
04-15-2009, 08:46 PM
Karen, I am a cancer patient, I had breast cancer a number of years ago and it has spread to my bones. I have had the needle biopsy , also the surgical biopsy, I have gone through a series of radiation( which I didn't find was that bad ). I have not had chemo. My oncologist has not ruled out chemo, but for now I am on an oral medication. I also have an IV every so often, that takes about 2 hours, also regular blood tests and PET scans to see how things are progressing. It was quite a shock to find I had cancer for the second time, but I trust my doctors and have a strong faith, which is carrying me through. I wish you well, Karen.

prinny
04-20-2009, 08:48 AM
Whatever it is I hope they can get rid of it and you can get better!

Justwant2Bhealthy
04-20-2009, 04:39 PM
:hug:KAREN ~ I have put you on my permanent prayer list; and am sending up prayers for strength and peace for you during this time. I have a friend that had the clusters like you and her surgeon withdrew from them with a syringe every now & then until they eventually collasped and disappeared. Now, I know that may only work for the smaller ones; and hers were non-cancerous cysts. They caused her to lose weight, but once they were gone, she gained to normal weight now (she was always very underweight before).

We will pray that the left cyst will not grow, and hopefully will even shrink for you. We will also keep you and your doctors in our prayers ... :hug:

bargoo
04-22-2009, 01:27 PM
Has anyone heard from Karen ? I am concerned for her.

moon fairy
04-22-2009, 01:29 PM
how awful. prayers and wishes for a positive outcome.

Piiper33
04-22-2009, 01:34 PM
:hug:

:grouphug:

wickky
04-23-2009, 01:12 AM
I go in tomorrow for the surgical biopsy. I will hopefully have the results by Tuesday's dr. appt. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayer's for calmness and peace. Even though it is out patient surgery, I am still a nervous wreck. I will be out of it for a day or two, but promise to place a quick post sometime over the weekend to let you guys know that I am alright.

Thanks for your concern and caring :-)

--Karen

SweetScrumptious
04-23-2009, 04:35 AM
What terrible news. I'll keep thinking positive for you.

paperSkin
04-23-2009, 11:56 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you. You are so strong.. you have been through so much in a short time. I hope your procedure went well today.

wickky
04-25-2009, 08:50 PM
Just a quick post to let y'all know I made it through surgery fine. Other than a horrible case of dry-heaves Thursday night and my neck being EXTREMELY sore, tender and swollen, I am okay. I go to the doc for a post-op appt on Tuesday and will post more after that.

kiramira
04-25-2009, 08:55 PM
Yaaaahhh!!! I've been checking this thread hourly for the past couple of days. You are on a prayer thread here, too.
SO glad you made it through surgery. Rest up, heal. Let us know how things are...
Kira

Tara31
04-26-2009, 01:21 AM
I am so glad you came through ok. April 3rd I went to the doc with a massive knot in my breast, I am scheduled for a mammogram and sonogram on Tuesday.

mizski
04-26-2009, 10:04 AM
Karen - I just found this thread. I'm so sorry to hear about your health problems. I wanted to let you know that DH had non-Hodgkins Lymphoma back in the late 80s, went thru a bone-marrow transplant in '91 and has been cancer free since. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a similar miracle. :hug:

prinny
04-28-2009, 06:10 AM
Hoping the best for you!

Reddalice
04-28-2009, 07:47 AM
I've experience cancer second hand, through work and through my close family. My best advice is the hardest. Regardless of the diagnosis, treat yourself like a queen and a goddess who deserves to be treated with respect and treated person who has (and continues with this diagnosis) to be a HEALTHY and fulfilled woman. It is super scary, so arm yourself with information and will power. ^-^ And love. Lots of love.

kiramira
04-29-2009, 08:54 PM
Wiccky -- are you OK???
Kira

LittleMoonRabbit
04-29-2009, 09:01 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you through this scary ordeal. Please keep us informed. We're all here for you.

wickky
04-30-2009, 09:59 AM
Well, I made it through surgery. I had a horrible migraine for a few days and didnt feel like doing squat. My neck is still terribly swollen, tender and sore, but the doc says everything about the wound is ok.

The lab results came back. The final diagnosis is Hodkin's Lymphoma.
The doc was surprised as he thought it would be non-hodgkin's. Either way, it still means chemo and radiation. but at least its treatable. And if it's treatable, it's beatable. IN fact, that's my new motto- IF IT'S TREATABLE, IT'S BEATABLE - migraines, cancer and OBESITY included!

kiramira
04-30-2009, 10:54 AM
WHEW! TREATABLE! Please take 100% care of yourself, treat yourself well, and this CAN be beaten...
From wikipedia:

Hodgkin's lymphoma is one of the handful of cancers that, even in its later stages, has a very high cure rate, in the 90's.

Most patients who are able to be successfully treated (and thus enter remission) generally go on and live long and normal lives, due to a remission success rate of 90% to 95%.

Relief...

Kira

bargoo
04-30-2009, 11:08 AM
wickky, I hope you read my post, a few posts back, I am a cancer patient and my plans are to kick cancer's butt. Cancer met it's match when it visited me for the second time. I hope you got good news about your surgical biopsy. Whatever the results your doctors will know what treatment is best for you. I follow my doctors advice, pray a lot and get as many laughs as I can.

teensie3
05-01-2009, 10:18 PM
Wikky, I just found this thread and wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. This must be very scary for you. Both my cousin and my sister had Hodgkins and survived it and have been cancer free for many, many years now. My sister has to take a drug for her thyroid (which was damaged by the treatment) for the rest of her life but that, and a scar, are the only side effects that she now has. The doctor used to say that if you were going to have to get cancer that this is the best (if there is such a thing!) kind to get because the cure rate and remission rate are so very high. So, the odds are in your favor! Hang in there and take good care of yourself. Remember that there is a silver lining to every cloud so search for the lessons in this experience and apply them to your life even after you have beat this thing down! Sending good vibes...

prinny
05-02-2009, 05:18 AM
I'm so glad it's treatable! Now just research your options, get good doctors and beat it. Remember to take care of yourself. Chemo and radiation suck, they just do I saw my dad go through it, so treat yourself like a baby princess at every opportunity. Don't worry about your 'diet', just eat what you can and try to get as much nutrition as you can to keep yourself strong.

We are all pulling for you!

wickky
05-05-2009, 04:48 PM
So I came through the surgery fine. I guess you can call it fine. The area of my neck where the tumors are is still swollen up huge, bruised and tender as all get out. OWWWIEE!

The biopsy results were surprising. All of the doctor's I have seen so far were convinced it was Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Turns out is it Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which means it's treatable! and my new motto - If it's treatable, it's beatable.

See here for details: http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=7085

I am trying my very best to have a positive attitude throughout this ordeal.

saw my primary care doctor and got referred over to Oncology. They are supposed to be calling me to schedule an appointment. Hopefullly that will take place next week.

Once I go to the cancer specialist, they will "stage" the cancer. That means they will do an MRI and a PET (full-body) scan and of course, MORE bloodwork, to determine just how advanced the cancer is. After that is done, treatment begins.

At least the bright-side to all of this is I GET TO SEE MY GRANDBABIES!! Woo-Hoo! I am going to Texas for a few days the end of next week. I told hubby that this is a huge-doses of "Heart medicine" for me :-) and I can't wait!

More to follow after I hear from Oncology.

kiramira
05-05-2009, 06:04 PM
You hang in there. The cure rate is really, really high (and I mean CURE rate!)..have fun in Texas (the stars at NIGHT, are big and BRIGHT!!! Deep in the HEART of TEXAS...), hug the grandbabies, and please let us know how things are.
Kira

mrsaugie
05-05-2009, 07:48 PM
i want to wish you the best of luck. stay positive and never let it rule your life. that is what i learned from dealing with my dads cancer for 12 years. ( he passed away just before xmas in '02). that is my best advice for you. and it sounds to me like you are already in that mind set. good luck and stay positive.

harrismm
05-06-2009, 12:50 AM
I was hoping this is what your biopsy showed.I have know many patients with this same lymphoma.VERY curable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wickky
05-18-2009, 11:35 PM
Another quick update....

I went to Onocology this morning. MORE tests.... Bloodwork, and a couple of full-body scans to determine what stage the Hodgkins is actually in. I am looking at 4-6 months of chemo, but the doc said I should have great results, and possibly even be cured. NOT remission, but CURED! He cant guarantee anything, but the prognosis is good.

I go back next week on the 27th to get the test results and will start chemo and/or radiation at that time.

I will update again when I know more.

Peace

harrismm
05-19-2009, 12:31 AM
Yea wickky!!!!!Been thinking of you.

prinny
05-19-2009, 06:17 AM
Good to hear from you, been looking for an update. You are in our thoughts.

wickky
05-30-2009, 09:58 PM
chemo sucks :cry:, but im still alive.... :dizzy:

kiramira
05-30-2009, 10:43 PM
Thank goodness for that! Hang in there, Ms Wickky. You'l make it!
Kira
:hug:

prinny
06-07-2009, 01:21 AM
Yes it does suck, but it's not forever!

Rosinante
06-07-2009, 03:53 AM
Hi Wickky, I've just seen this thread and wanted to offer you my prayers - and admiration for your positive outlook.

Niecy
06-08-2009, 10:28 AM
I wish all the best to you and pray for a speedy recovery. :hug:

wickky
06-11-2009, 05:20 PM
Well, I survived round 1 treatment # 2 of chemo. I spent 3 hours barfing my guts out last night. UGH! I have the mother-of-all migraines again, but at least I am alive. I keep telling myself I WILL make it through this. After making it through this, I can make it through anything life throws my way.

On the bright side, I am definitley not gaining any weight :-)

L R K
06-11-2009, 05:24 PM
I am so sorry :hug:

My thoughts are with you, stay strong.

jellybellyjen
06-11-2009, 05:35 PM
:getwell:

Mollz
06-11-2009, 05:44 PM
Wickky, I just found the thread.

My sister had non-Hodgkins, but she came out great and completely cured.

I'm SO happy to see such a positive attitude towards beating your cancer! I'm a full believer that positive attitude changes your body- you feel better, sleep better, eat better and live better when you believe positive things. Right now I know it's hard with the chemo, but hang in there girl, keep your chin up and it'll be over before you know it.

You're an inspiration.! Thank you.
:hugs:

prinny
06-13-2009, 12:48 AM
Just hang in there, you'll make it!

sugarbaby269
08-04-2009, 03:15 AM
Karen,
I am so sorry to hear that you are having to go through such difficult times. I just ran into this thread and wanted to offer you my support and prayers. I also was diagnosed with NH fallicular lymphoma (can't even remember how to spell it) in 2005 and underwent the whole biopsy, BMB, chemo, etc. I am now considered to be in remission and as far as I know am free of cancer today. It was difficult undergoing the treatments and my main focus was just getting through the chemo and getting on with my life. I had many people praying for me and I believe in the power of prayer. I hope you are doing well. Praying for you....

AbbySinthe
08-04-2009, 08:56 AM
I also just found this thread and wanted to offer my thoughts and prayers. You're absolutely amazing. Continue to stay positive and i'm sending good thoughts your way. Also, I'd love an update to see how you're doing. Hope all is well. :hug: xoxo

Ruthxxx
08-04-2009, 09:24 AM
wickky is undergoing chemotherapy. If you search on her profile you will find some other posts reporting her progress.

beautifulone
08-04-2009, 12:17 PM
Wiccky I wish you all the best! :goodvibes: You can get through this!!! :hug:

Stella
08-04-2009, 04:10 PM
I onlyjust foundthis thread. You sound very brave, and a positive outlook is half the battle. Hang in there, and I so hope you will get well soon!

wickky
08-04-2009, 04:57 PM
I just wanted to take a miute to give y'all an update. I go for another chemo tomorrow. It will be # 6 out of 8, so only 2 to go (to complete my first round of treatment). in the next week or two, they will be re-doing my scans to determine the new tumor markers and see how much they have shrunk so far. Depending upon those results, I will either have to undergo 4 additional chemo treatments, or start on 6 weeks of daily radiation.

The chemo makes me sick, sick, sick... but at least I know there is an end in site and it is a happy one.

I am now down by 50 lbs so I have less than 100 to lose. **** of a way to lose the weight, but am am taking this on a positive note.

Please keep the good thoughts and prayers headed my way. I will update again when I have the results of the scans and know more...

--Karen

Bravelilchicken
08-06-2009, 10:40 PM
:hug: you are in my prayers too.

kiramira
08-06-2009, 10:42 PM
Thinking about you...sending good karma your way...
:hug:
Kira

Stella
08-07-2009, 04:33 PM
I think of you and hope that the new scan will bring only good n ews. Hang in there, there is an end in sight...

sunflowergirl68
08-20-2009, 02:41 PM
So for a couple of months now I have had a lump growing in the side of my neck. I braved it up and went to the doctor. The diagnosis came back today and I have Lymphoma. From what I can gather, it is a form of blood cancer that results in tumors. It has spread to both sides of my neck.

I see a specialist on Friday to determine the exact kind of lymphoma and to start a course of treatment (if it can even be treated).

I am so very scared. I have been crying and self-medicating with food all damn day. I told myself I am allowed this, but come tomorrow morning, my frustrations can be handled with taking my doggie for a walk instead of with ice cream.

Please, if anyone else has experienced Lymphoma, or cancer, please let me know what I can expect. I think the worse is simply facing the unknown.


I had thyroid cancer about 2 and a half years ago, and it's very scary and it was even worse for me because I was in college at the time and had to drop out for the rest of the semester so I could have surgery and treatment. Luckily I didn't have to have chemo, I don't know if they treat lymphoma that way, but I took a radioactive iodine pill for mine.

It gets better as time goes on. But its still that nagging feeling at the back of my head, and it made me quite depressed for a while, and I just wasn't ready to go back to school, and was fine for a semester but then got sick again. I should have dropped out again but I didn't and really screwed up my GPA.

Honestly though, good luck. I know exactly what you're going through. PM me if you want to talk!

Cali Doll
09-02-2009, 01:51 PM
Wiccky, you are in my prayers. **HUGS** I pray all is well...

KboP
09-02-2009, 02:34 PM
Hi

First off all I think you attitude is amazing, treatment can be rough and it messes with your hormones as well so you can be all over the place.
I had bowel cancer when I was 18 I am now completely cancer free long may it last.
My only advice to you is to talk about everything you are feeling, weird I know but fear is a lot worse when its kept to yourself.

Also make sure you allow yourself to cry, laugh , be angry when you feel them and tell other people not to be scared to do the same. I found a lot off people adopted what I called the 'hospital' face when they came to see me and wouldn't share any good news in their lives as they thought it would be selfish...

AND ginger...fresh ginger, helps with the sickness, if you can't stomach to eat or drink it, just smell it,....or treat yourself to a ginger bread man.

you and your family are in my prayers...

xxx

wickky
09-03-2009, 10:16 PM
Chemo is DONE! :carrot::carrot::carrot:
Now I have to have daily radiation for a month.
I am still alive and kickin' (and puking) but alive.

chemo really kicked my butt. keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I need alot of strength that I just don't have.

--Karen

CJZee
09-03-2009, 10:29 PM
I've only just discovered this thread. Know that I'm aiming good thoughts and prayers your way. You have the strength, and when you don't, we will be your strength. :hug::hug::hug:

kiramira
09-03-2009, 10:54 PM
YAH! No more CHEMO!
BOO! Radiation!
YAH! End in sight!!!1

Nothing but good karma and hugs going your way...

:hug:

Kira

mrsaugie
09-04-2009, 06:26 PM
:hug: i wish the best for you and your family. i know what it is like to go through both of that from the side of the family. my Dad had cancer and unfortunately passed away just before xmas on '02.

harrismm
09-04-2009, 07:42 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-m2ibe3EqY
I hope this link shows up.
Congratulations......"the going off chemo song".

KboP
09-16-2009, 03:14 PM
:hug: Yeah!!!!!!

:hug:CHEMO IS DONE:hug:

how are you feeling?? Is your radio session begun,

you are in my prayers and my thoughts xxxx

wickky
01-04-2010, 05:03 AM
So I made it through 4 excruciating months of chemo and 18 sessions of radiation. They poisoned me, fried me and I came through it alive. My throat hurts from the radiation burns, but it is healing. I know it sounds like I am whining, but honest-to-god, i am just glad I am made it, as the docs say I am now CANCER FREE!

Mikan
01-04-2010, 05:27 AM
So I made it through 4 excruciating months of chemo and 18 sessions of radiation. They poisoned me, fried me and I came through it alive. My throat hurts from the radiation burns, but it is healing. I know it sounds like I am whining, but honest-to-god, i am just glad I am made it, as the docs say I am now CANCER FREE!

I wish you the best of luck, happiness and health.

299lbs
01-04-2010, 05:28 AM
Oh wow! I am SOOOO happy for you!!

Congratulations!!


Annie

http://299lbs.wordpress.com/

hali
01-04-2010, 07:02 AM
Congratulations!! :carrot:

Stella
01-04-2010, 10:07 AM
How wonderful!!! :-) Congratulations

AbbySinthe
01-05-2010, 01:32 PM
Ever since I saw your first post in this thread, I've been wondering how you've been doing. Thank you so much for the update and I'm so happy to hear you're cancer free! Congrats and Big Hugs! xoxo

nomena
01-05-2010, 05:38 PM
O MY GOD!!!!!
I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! YOU HAVE MADE IT!!! WHAT A WOMAN!

I am so so happy for you because I know everything about cancer and I am so happy you made it! :)))

Now diet? Or just fun? :)

mrsaugie
01-09-2010, 05:08 PM
So I made it through 4 excruciating months of chemo and 18 sessions of radiation. They poisoned me, fried me and I came through it alive. My throat hurts from the radiation burns, but it is healing. I know it sounds like I am whining, but honest-to-god, i am just glad I am made it, as the docs say I am now CANCER FREE!

That is great to hear.

mom4life
01-12-2010, 04:20 PM
That is awesome!! I love those last words....."I am now CANCER FREE!" I'm so happy for you. :) (((hugs)))

wickky
06-20-2010, 02:45 AM
UPDATE: Well, a year ago this week I was living in chemotherapy ****. I was told by my oncologist to not diet, but eat-to-survive. That is, milkshakes, smoothies, mac n cheese, whatever I could tolerate and keep down. Between that and the drugs I was on my weight did crazy things.

This week, I went back to the same oncologist. NO SIGN OF CANCER! WOOT!!
I have been back on my lifestyle program since April 23rd and am down 20 more lbs for a total of 47 lbs gone since I started back before the cancer diagnoses. (highest weight was 327lbs and am now 280).

Chemo took a heck of a lot out of me and radiation was just as bad. still having a lot of side effects, with fatigue and low energy being the main problem.

I am still trying to walk some every day, water exercise a few times a week.
I wear a bodybugg- like they wear on Biggest Loser and it helps tremendously.

Keep on Keepin' on...

ps: I just figured out that my starting weight was 327 and I want to get down to 185. That means losing 142 lbs total.
I have lost 47 lbs, which means I have already lost 1/3 of the weight I need to! cool :-)

girlieyorkie
06-20-2010, 07:36 AM
I am so happy for you. I really wish you stay healthy and well.

GradPhase
06-21-2010, 03:22 AM
I've been following your progress since you were diagnosed, and it is SO good to see you here, and active, and still so full of hope.

What an incredible inspiration you've been!

CJZee
06-21-2010, 08:17 AM
I can feel your happy vibes right through the computer. I am so thrilled for you. YAY!!

Snacky
06-27-2010, 03:19 AM
So pity...

lauralyn
06-27-2010, 08:19 AM
Oh I am So happy to read this wonderful update!

wickky
06-27-2010, 12:50 PM
So pity...

Snacky,

I don't want anyone's pity. This forum is about dieting with obstacles and cancer was DEFINITELY an obstacle! I am now merely giving an update for those whose encouragement, prayers and support helped see me through a very rough time.

--wickky

Loridt
06-27-2010, 01:27 PM
I am sorry this has happened to you. I don't know anyone who has had this type of cancer, but I do know that it has a very high cure rate. I'm sure you will be fine after your treatment! I do know a girl who had lumps in her neck, but hers was thyroid cancer, and after her radiation she is now fine. Hang in there, and good luck at the Dr.

Lori

harrismm
06-27-2010, 01:33 PM
Yes!!! So happy for you!

ScarletBloodDoll
06-27-2010, 06:20 PM
While I haven't followed your entire journey from the very beginning, I read through all the posts.
Congratulations! Now I hope it stays gone for good.

rockstar87
06-27-2010, 06:43 PM
I saw this thread today and I just want to say you and your story are very inspiring. I'm so glad to hear you're cancer free and are able to look at the positive side of everything. You really blew me away.

Congratulations :)

imacutieface
01-13-2011, 01:33 PM
I lost my entire thyroid, 3 of 4 parathyroids, and 27 lymph nodes to papillary thyroid carcinoma in 2008. After 25 grueling external beam radiation treatments, I'm 2 years in remission. 3 more clean scans and I can finally say cancer free. No thyroid = no metabolism. I'm so glad to have found this site and i'm hoping the support will be just the kick in the butt I need. Im so happy to hear you got the news you wanted!! YAY!!

aasshhlleeyy
01-17-2011, 03:29 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you!!! My sister was diagnosed with colon cancer about a year ago finished chemo a couple months ago and we got the results from her scans Dec 27 she is cancer free and in remission. I know this can be a scare time, but just try to continue to take care of yourself the best you can. :hug:

Lilbert
01-28-2011, 07:45 AM
Ive just read through this entire thread because i missed it first time. wiccky, you are such an inspiration to me! congratulations on kicking cancers butt! You must be a very strong woman :)

serendipityberry
01-29-2011, 12:38 PM
Your story is amazing! You are an inspiration to many that you don't even realize. Last year I was diagnosed with carcinoma and have recovered! I figure it I can get through that, with God's help, WE CAN DO ANYTHING! :)