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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    To Be, Or Not To Be...

    Here's the situation. I've recently been diagnosed with Leukemia. Still waiting for labs results to determine exactly what type. Being the type of person who allows herself to be open to the entire field of possibilities, along with researching the disease, treatments, outlooks, etc. I'm looking into the possibility of making "informed decission" as well... Not that I'm ready to make any decission one way or the other. There's just not enough information at this point.


    I'd like to hear/entertain discussion on the whole situational spectrum.

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    Man, that chews.

    Just pray for now, 'cause that's what you god-ly people do, right?
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    I think that for those of us who haven't had to face this - either personally or with a close friend or family member - ignorance is bliss. I fall into that category. Not that I don't care, but I acknowledge that I have nothing useful to contribute - other than my best wishes and prayers. Hopefully there are others in Fooland who are more knowledgeable.

    note to 56: last I knew - Stacey is not into religion
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    Well sis...you are right to look in to the disease and learn everything about it that you can. I would also try to look in to alternative treatments....good to have a backup plan if traditional treatments aren't working for you. I'd say it also presents the perfect time to start making sure you take care of yourself as best as you possibly can, eat right, no drinking, etc.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro
    I think that for those of us who haven't had to face this - either personally or with a close friend or family member - ignorance is bliss. I fall into that category. Not that I don't care, but I acknowledge that I have nothing useful to contribute - other than my best wishes and prayers. Hopefully there are others in Fooland who are more knowledgeable.

    note to 56: last I knew - Stacey is not into religion
    Well, I think she should be.

    You need all the help you can get with things like this.
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    Having never been through this myself...let me say that I'm saddened to hear this. Only advice I can offer for the moment is, learn everything you can about the disease, it's treatments, alternative medicine etc... and know that we are thinking of you and hopeful that you will get through this. Best wishes for you Stacey.
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    For those of us with little or no knowledge of Leukemia:
    http://www.medicinenet.com/leukemia/article.htm

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    Stacey: I am so sorry to hear your news. As a former cancer patient, however, I'd like to encourage you to keep going. It's going to be really tough sometimes, but you can get through it. If it seems overwhelming, think of it as climbing a big hill -- set yourself small goals, push yourself to get to that next tree, then the tree after that; the hill will take care of itself. My cancer treatment was 16 years ago, and strangely enough, when I look back on it I don't think of it as so much of a negative thing. If anything, it brought my family closer together. It's good you're going into this with an open mind -- make sure you talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have, and whether newer treatments are likely to help you. Take care, and be strong.

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    One step at a time, Stacey. One step at a time.....

    Things will be okay. ((hugs))
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    I'm going to make a suggestion that might not sound serious, but it is: Read, "It's Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong. His approach to a serious illness is a textbook case in what to do right:

    1) Sought a number of medical opinions from the best doctors he could find.
    2) Made informed treatment choices.
    3) Followed his treatment plan.
    4) Kept a fighting spirit throughout.
    5) Relied on friends and family for needed support.
    6) Expressed appreciation for those who helped him.

    You might find some good info here: http://www.livestrong.org/site/c.jvK...ke_Control.htm

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    Two words: Second Opinion. They diagnosed my sister with Leukemia, then it turned out that wasn't what was wrong at all (I can't remember what she actually had), cured whatever it was and she's been fine for years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    I'm going to make a suggestion that might not sound serious, but it is: Read, "It's Not About the Bike" by Lance Armstrong. His approach to a serious illness is a textbook case in what to do right:

    1) Sought a number of medical opinions from the best doctors he could find.
    2) Made informed treatment choices.
    3) Followed his treatment plan.
    4) Kept a fighting spirit throughout.
    5) Relied on friends and family for needed support.
    6) Expressed appreciation for those who helped him.

    You might find some good info here: http://www.livestrong.org/site/c.jvK...ke_Control.htm

    Best of everything to you!
    I agree, I know many don't care for Lance but his book truely offers more then just information. His daily challenge to fight the biggest battle of his life, gave me hope that I could accomplish more then what I thought I could.
    In his book he was ANGRY with the Cancer and I believe this made his fight worth every pain that he endured.
    He seeked treatment and the harsh of the treatments out there.
    I have experienced someone with cancer who lost that battle, I can tell you though that SHE NEVER GAVE UP.
    You need to educate yourself and family members on your condition. Also, don't be afraid to be mad, once you can come to grips with your feelings I think the whole big picture will be as clear as day. I wish you well Stacey and your in my thoughts!!!

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    I really dont have any informative response for you.. but I wanted to tell you that mu thoughts are with you.

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    I got nothin'...except for well-wishes and whatnot, of course. I do believe you can beat it, tho. You seem awfully stubborn.
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    I love you stacey! <3 *huggles* I'm young and whatevs... but I say enjoy the time you have and love those around you
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    Stacey:

    I'm sorry to hear this. The world is full of interesting people and the internet brings them together. You are one of the most interesting people I've encountered out here.

    I wouldn't dare to advise you. I only want you to make any decisions you come to with as much information, confidence, support and peace as you can find.

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    I'm another one of those folks without knowledge who just wants to wish you the best.
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    Please, please don't take this the wrong way, but...It doesn't sound like cancer was as bad as your dad, and you survived him. Makes you one of the stongest people I know.

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    Man, hope its not the bad kind. I know someone from church who died from leukemia a few days ago.

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    get well soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karldar
    I got nothin'...except for well-wishes and whatnot, of course. I do believe you can beat it, tho. You seem awfully stubborn.
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    Stacey, i wish you all the best.


    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    1) Sought a number of medical opinions from the best doctors he could find.
    This was far easier for lance than it is for the average person.

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    www.garynull.com

    Gary Null has saved the lives of thousands of people with life threatening diseases. His several decades of research provide anyone who is interested with great information on getting or staying healthy through extremely perfect diet, and plenty of exersize. He also reccomends radiation treatment and other typical western medicine when the situation warrants it.

    A well known but little credited example of his success is the fact that Magic Johnson is still alive. On a personal note, his teachings saved my uncles life (he had extreme and wide spread cancer from decades of drug use, egh em.) My 89 year old diabetic grandpa read a couple of his books, and got off insulin. He is now walking 6 miles a day. On a lesser note, using some of his ideas I have lost 35 pounds.

    He has done much to cure many people with many diseases, not to mention drasticaly slow down aging. I highly reccomend you look into him right away, because the sooner you take action, the better your chances are. There are several ways to contact Gary and his staff which the website can tell you more about. I honestly do believe that Gary's diet and exersize principals in conjuntion with proper medical treatment are your best bet for beating this unfortunate problem.
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    Best of luck Stacey, steel yourself for a hard fight, a friend just got the all clear after his fight with leukemia. He told me several times that he didn't think the fight was worth the way he was feeling during chemo, but he has changed his tune, and is looking at a long and happy life as a survivor. Look at all you've been through to have a happy life, you can do this too, carry on, we'll be here for you all the way.

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