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My Mum starts Chemotherapy tomorrow

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8:15 pm on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Sorry, i hate bad news too. However, reality hit me last week - tomorrow (12 hours from now) i gonna accompany my mum to take her first Chemotherapy session (of six over the next 18 weeks) to fight recently detected lymph node cancer. 4 hours of healing poison injection. There's a 60-70% healing chance. 30 years too young to die - she just had her 65th birthday. I feel like i'd get the injection myself. We don't know what to expect. I will stay with her and hope/help that she'll don't suffer too much. Would you mind giving her a short prayer?

You members helped me so much times in the past ...
It'd be a shame if i wouldn't request your help in this case too!

Please help again! Thanks!

9:02 pm on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yidaki,

My thoughts and prayers are with you...

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11:28 pm on Dec 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I was busy creating a new website that is somehow related to your request, but I had this growing feeling that I should go to Foo. I finally surrendered and at once saw your post.

Yidaki, forget about those 60-70%. They are irrelevant. Whatever happens, happens, regardless of the (im)probability. And then you will have to live with it.

This does not necessarily mean that you as a person are helplessly at the mercy of a fate that you cannot influence. There is a strength in praying and I along with others will pray for you and your mother.

May whatever power you believe in be with you.

Walk in beauty.

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> i gonna accompany my mum

That will do her as much good as anything else Yidaki. Good luck to both of you!

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Hi Yidaki
My thoughts & prayers are with your Mum & you. My Mum went throught the same as you describe for this illness 3 years ago, it was difficult - no way around that. But she was positive, and fought hard, and she's now healed and fitter than ever. The biggest thing at the time was how tired she was, but she used that 'opportunity' to read a lot of books and watch TV! She's also read a lot about the illness etc, and as a result now the other thing she swears by is a dairy free diet, don't know if it's applicable in your Mum's case?
All the best.
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You people are great. Going to sleep know but i gonna print your posts tomorrow morning and show it to my mum. There's power in it. Thanks!
12:11 am on Dec 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Yidaki, I'll be thinking good thoughts of you and your mum tomorrow morning.

Keep the good thoughts and push any negative ones away. Good luck to your mum!

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Yidaki, my Mother went through the same thing about 2 years ago and she just ran the NYC Marathon last month, so there is hope. Tell her to be strong and my prayers and best wishes go out to her. PM me if you need someone to talk to about it.
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Yidaki, you'll both be in my prayers. You being there for her is one of the most important things you can do.

FWIW, my mom-in-law had breast cancer that included her lymph nodes - nearly 40 years ago - before so many of today's treatments were available. She survived, even went on to have my husband (he wasn't born yet - thank goodness she did) We just had dinner with her tonight, it's pretty amazing when I think of the path she's walked.

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Family, love, hope and faith -- may you and your Mum have each in abundance. My thoughts are with your family Yidaki.
6:49 am on Dec 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My prayers are yours. Good luck
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My thoughts and prayers are with you and your mum.
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Yidaki,

My Mom is supposed to have multiple surgeries this next few months, so I truly empathize with you both.

My prayers, and those of my friends are with you here in Alaska.

Fred

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I'll include you and your mother in my prayers today and for the next couple of weeks.

Going with her, good man. Tough but the right caring thing to do.

..... Shane

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Yidaki,

hope it all went as well as it could.

Shak

2:45 pm on Dec 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks all for your warm words. It's amazing and makes me feel really really good.

So far, everything went pretty well. We took our chemo and i can tell you, i felt worse than her since i didn't know what to expect - nor did she though. She is so strong it's almost unbelievable. She slept more than me last night. She eats well and doesn't feel bad - except some minor headaches. We even have been for a 1,5 hour walk in the forest today. Although i doubt, i reall hope things will stay this well for the next couple of weeks. Next chemo will be in 14 days ...

She's very very proud of my friends - i told her about you all and about your kind words. Thanks!

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>So far, everything went pretty well.
Wonderful news, Yidaki. I hope things continue on that way. My heart goes out to you and your mum, and I'll be sure to send positive energy your way in the days to come:)
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good to hear!
4:17 pm on Dec 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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All our prayers are with you... My Mom had her second round of Chemotherpy on Monday. She is feeling good, eating well. I truly believe that the waiting is the hard part. Now that the first treatment is behind her, her outlook is greatly improved. We'll pray for both.
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Welcome to WebmasterWorld, Fred. You and your mother have been included in my prayers. And so will you and yours, jbinbpt.

I think that this thread is developing some dimensions that you will hardly have expected, Yidaki. "A Prayer for the Mothers"?

Over the next couple of days I intend to make some links to this thread from relevant places. I have not yet quite decided where those links should be. There are a couple of my own websites where an article might fit nicely in. And I am a member of another forum where it would be natural to start a thread on this topic and point here.

5:47 am on Jan 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'll add my prayers to those of the others.
3:57 pm on Jan 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I hope you get good news this new year. My thoughts are with you.
2:33 pm on Jan 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yidaki

Wishing you and your mum all the best for the New Year.

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Thoughts and prayers go with you.
6:00 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I hope your mother has a complete recovery as a result of her treatment.
10:52 am on Jan 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hope all continues to go well for you and your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
11:30 pm on Jan 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yidaki

Just saw this thread. Haven't been around much lately.

You and your mum are definitely in my prayers, and will stay there. A good friend's wife went through this process last year but so far everything has been extremely successful, so keep faith, and look after you mum. She's lucky to have you and your concern.

Good luck.

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8:33 pm on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Sorry for the bumb - just a quick update for those who are interested.

Mum will take her third therapy on monday. So far everything looks fairly good. Some minor problems with the raspiration (asthma) and some heavy heart beats but nothing too worrying. The docs are more than cool. I shaved her head last friday since she had a growing hair loss and it looked uglier than now (without hairs). We've been joking a lot since because i don't have many more hairs either - naturally. :) I bought her some really trendy Jack Wolfskin fleece caps and she's pretty proud with them now. The tumor starts to shrink - from 3x5 cm to 2x4 cm (if memory serves me right) which is a proof that the chemo does its job. We're going to different doctors daily now - i stopped my work mostly - thank god i'm self employed.

Prayers still welcome anytime.

Thanks,
Yidaki

9:05 pm on Jan 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

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You are quite something Yidaki. Keep your sense of humor. It is an excellent way to cope. My Granfather was ill when I was a little younger and my Dad kept cracking jokes at his bedside - I wondered if it was badtaste at the time. But I realise now that it was absolutely the right thing because it made my grandad feel normal, as if it would all be over soon and we'd be down the golf club doing the same in no time. Whether it was the case or not, the important thing was it inspired hope. Laughter is a very good medicine.

Hope your mum is happy with the new hats :)

Liam

4:29 pm on Jan 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Love the hats :)
When my Mum's hair fell out with chemo, she loved the chance to wear different wigs all the time, suprised us at the time I seem to remember! NO accounting for taste...
After the chemo ended, her hair grew back stronger than it ever was, which I gather is quite a common reaction.
All the best to you & your Mum.
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