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Old 10-05-2011, 10:23 AM   #1
JVegVT
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Dear cyberfriends--

I recently learned that I have Stage IV gall bladder cancer, which is not curable but sometimes responds well to chemotherapy. I had no symptoms, so this is something of a shock. I start chemo treatments on Wednesday the 11th. I don't know how my body will react, so my presence may be limited and I don't know how much posting I'll do.

I'm okay with this, not scared, not panicking, just angry <g>. My poor husband of 46 years is definitely freaked out. It's much harder on the spouse than on the sickee. I have every reason to be hopeful that the chemo will have good results and extend my life until there are better treatments.

Because gall bladder cancer is rare, there aren't chemo regimens that are accepted as "best" and there aren't many clinical trials. In a sense, everything is experimental. They say they have medications that greatly reduce chemo's unpleasant side effects and there is good pain relief if I need it. Right now I'm feeling decent and when I'm uncomfortable, Tylenol takes care of it.

Anyway, I wanted you all to know in case I sort of disappear while I'm being treated.
--Judy M.

   
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