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  •  Thinking of you and your wife (1+ / 0-)
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    teacherken

    My wife, Sarah (scigal) just hit the one year anniversary of her diagnosis with primary mediastinal lymphoma. At this time last year we were in the midst of her first three week cycle with DA-EPOCH-R chemotherapy. Her left lung was full of fluid, she was learning to live attached to a pump and backpack full of toxins, and she had just waved a tearful farewell to her long chestnut hair.

    But a year later the chemo is over, the cancer is in remission, and the hair is growing back (if more slowly than she'd like). There are still lingering aches and pains, but the idea that life can get back to normal no longer seems impossible.

    Chemo may seem horrible (hell, it is horrible) but it works. She, and you, will get through this.

    Take care.

    •  thanks for sharing (0+ / 0-)

      so far with her particular protocol we have been lucky - no hair loss and no real nausea - two days the last time she was in the week off with some mild queasiness

      of course, while on chemo she cannot get her hair colored and some gray is starting to show for the first time.

      I think she is keeping her hair by sheer stubborness (although in fact with this protocol hair loss is not common) because I threatened to shave my head in solidarity.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 12:55:20 PM PDT

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