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    sorry to hear ip - know that she is better now
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    Sorry for your loss IP and Transplanner.

    My great aunt fought for almost two years with Alzheimer's and it was a painful journey to watch such a talented piano player not be able to move her hands where she wanted them. It is little consolation, but know that it is a much better place where they are at now.
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    Sorry about both your losses, Ip and tranplanner. I understand about the Alzheimers. My grandmother lapsed in senility after my grandfather passed away. She went from being one of the sweetest ladies into a profane one who mistook some of her grandchildren for her children in her more lucid moments. I'm glad that I have good early memories of her because the woman I last saw alive in a nursing home wasn't my grandmother any more.
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    Thanks everyone. She is indeed in a better place now, reunited with my grandfather (her husband), and my aunt (her daughter), and many other relatives.

    And my sympathies to you, Tranplanner, on the loss of your uncle as well.
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    sorry transplanner - I totally missed yours but thoughts are with you as well.
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    sorry transplanner - I totally missed yours but thoughts are with you as well.
    Same here transplanner-where did he serve?
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    Sorry for your loss too, Tranplanner.

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    Thanks guys.

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    Sorry about your losses illinoisplanner, and Tranplanner.
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    Sorry to hear about your losses IP and Tranplanner
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    So I've mentioned my wife had hodkins lymphoma, witha recurrence and she went through a bone marrow stem cell tgransplant. Everything is looking great for her, no sign of relapse after 1.5 years now. So I've been having some swelling and lumps in my neck (similar to what she first presented with) for the last couple months, got a ct scan, the doc is scheduling me for a biopsy but says he thinks it might be lymphoma. Sure it might not be, but it very well could. I wondering if there is something in our drinking water, or in our house?
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    That's not good, imaplanner. I hope everything turns out OK for you.

    Oh and just as an edit: After my dad had kidney stones and cancer, we switched to bottled water and a Brita pitcher for the dog's water and the coffee maker. And things have been alright since. :Knock on wood:

    So, it wouldn't hurt you to not drink the tap water and have it checked. And check some other things.
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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    So I've mentioned my wife had hodkins lymphoma, witha recurrence and she went through a bone marrow stem cell tgransplant. Everything is looking great for her, no sign of relapse after 1.5 years now. So I've been having some swelling and lumps in my neck (similar to what she first presented with) for the last couple months, got a ct scan, the doc is scheduling me for a biopsy but says he thinks it might be lymphoma. Sure it might not be, but it very well could. I wondering if there is something in our drinking water, or in our house?
    Did you ever have your water or anything else tested after your wife got it? Radon maybe? I would test EVERYTHING. Sorry to hear that Ima...
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    Hope everything turns out alright Imaplanner. Stay positive!

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    My mom had surgery yesterday to remove a cancerous tumor from her breast. In addition, they take out the lymph nodes on that same side. Her nodes had tumor cells present, so she'll have to start chemo and then the radiation treatments. She is lucky in that it was caught very early, and hasn't really had a chance to do too much damage.

    I spent the morning with her. She's doing really well - very little pain, color is good, had an appetite, and was complaining that she didn't need supervision. She does, though, because she's not a good patient.

    Imaplanner - good luck on the tests. Get your water/etc tested, as suggested, just to be sure it's not an environmental cause!
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    imaplanner......not sure what to say.....a double-whammy. I am hoping for the best for you and continued good news for the sig other. Note that Hodgkin's Lymphoma is tough to figure. Risk factors are there but there is no history (that I know of) of environmental issues that could cause it.

    Hang in there, dude.

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    Got 5 stiches in my back from removal of another cyst.

    So that makes 2 surgically removed ;
    1 lanced/drained w/meds;
    and
    1 infected/ruptured w/meds - all within this year.

    Enough already.
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    My MIL's lung cancer responded somewhat to radiation but not to follow-up intravenous or pill chemo regimens and she has decided to stop treatment. She's gone from stage 2 to stage 4 terminal over about 9 months and is trying to make end of life decisions, including hospice and a possible relo from CA to TX to be with us. Just have to do what we have to do...
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    My MIL's lung cancer responded somewhat to radiation but not to follow-up intravenous or pill chemo regimens and she has decided to stop treatment. She's gone from stage 2 to stage 4 terminal over about 9 months and is trying to make end of life decisions, including hospice and a possible relo from CA to TX to be with us. Just have to do what we have to do...
    Sorry to hear that ofos. Thats sucks.

    Was she a smoker? Ive been reading alot lately about how more non-smokers are getting lung cancer really badly than are smokers. Something about how smoking may actually help protect against certain pollutants in the environment by creating a protective mucous layer in the lungs?


    So I've mentioned my wife had hodkins lymphoma, witha recurrence and she went through a bone marrow stem cell tgransplant. Everything is looking great for her, no sign of relapse after 1.5 years now. So I've been having some swelling and lumps in my neck (similar to what she first presented with) for the last couple months, got a ct scan, the doc is scheduling me for a biopsy but says he thinks it might be lymphoma. Sure it might not be, but it very well could. I wondering if there is something in our drinking water, or in our house?
    The lumps in my neck seem to have actually decreased in the last couple weeks. The specialist my gen doc sent me to now thinks maybe wait another month and do another ct scan rather than biopsy. He thinks its not as serious as my GP (tentative great news!!). The GP freaked me out
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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    Was she a smoker? Ive been reading alot lately about how more non-smokers are getting lung cancer really badly than are smokers. Something about how smoking may actually help protect against certain pollutants in the environment by creating a protective mucous layer in the lungs?
    Former smoker, not sure how long ago she quit. If there were any beneficial effects they were overcome by nearly 40 years of breathing LA smog.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    ofos - I kinda know what you are going throught -
    I still remember 40 yrs ago what we as a family went throught when Dad died of Lung Cancer that had spread.
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    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    My MIL's lung cancer responded somewhat to radiation but not to follow-up intravenous or pill chemo regimens and she has decided to stop treatment. She's gone from stage 2 to stage 4 terminal over about 9 months and is trying to make end of life decisions, including hospice and a possible relo from CA to TX to be with us. Just have to do what we have to do...
    Reading this interesting blog, thought of you.

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    Quote Originally posted by Veloise View post
    Reading this interesting blog, thought of you.
    Thanks. On a quick first read, there are some interesting thoughts in there. I'll pass it on to my wife too.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    The lumps in my neck seem to have actually decreased in the last couple weeks. The specialist my gen doc sent me to now thinks maybe wait another month and do another ct scan rather than biopsy. He thinks its not as serious as my GP (tentative great news!!). The GP freaked me out
    Good news Ima-may you continue to get more.
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    Hodgkin's Stay Away!

    This week marks the 6th anniversary of the beginning of my nearly one-month "vacation" at the University of Michigan Hospital, enjoying the fun of a bone marrow stem cell transplant.

    Mr. Hodgkin's Lymphoma......continue to stay away from this ole' Bear.



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