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A Medical Plea

 I don't know if anyone missed me or not, but I not been able to reply as much as I usually do because of a death in my circle of friends.  Becky was a wonderful mother, Christian, and a friend of mine for the past 13 years. We met at the doctors' office about the time we both had had cancer surgury and were having either chemo or radiation, or both. Becky had fought the fight not only that time, but later after her remission ended, and the cancer spread, twice more. Just because you are in remission for 5 years doesn't mean that cancer can't come back when it is darn good and ready...and you aren't. It is a hated disease. It takes time away from the people you want to be with and the things you want to do in your life. It is selfish, and non-discriminatory, and no one, no matter how careful we are, is immune.

So, I want everyone who reads this to be selfish, too. I want you to get a doctor's appointment for a physical. Get your blood work done. Get your pap smears, your mammies grammed, your PSA tests, and yes, men, get your male breast check done also. Male breast cancer is increasing yearly. If you don't have the money, call your health department or American Cancer Society and ask if free mamograms are given anywhere, pap smears, also. See if there are  free or reduced price clinics in your area. There are programs to help pay for these and treatments also. You have to ask, but they are there.

And I am being selfish, too. I am sharing this because I don't want to loose any more friends to cancer. I want to keep all of you. My beautiful 24 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with cancer, and we are fighting it as aggressively as possible, just as we did mine. She was 10 when I had mine and took care of me. It is now my turn for her. I want to keep all of you and help any of you that I can. That's how selfish I am. God Bless.

Suzanne 

PS: Thanks Kevin for letting me have this soapbox to stand on.

 

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Hi Suzanne

 

I just came across your post today and am delighted that you are trying to get people to have regular check up's!  It's almost three years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and after surgery and treatment I am doing ok.   Almost as soon as my treatment finished my husband got sick.  At first he just refused to see a doctor he was always like that never bothered about his health.  Anyway he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in January 2008 and died in March of the same year.  He always refused to go see a doctor if he was feeling unwell.  I can't help thinking that had he been more concerned about his health his cancer could have been caught earlier.

 

It it vital for everyone to have regular checks and for women to be breast aware.  October is breast cancer awareness month so all you ladies out there PLEASE start checking yourselves this month and then once a month!

 

Suzanne I hope all is well with your daughter.

 

May God Bless you and your family.

 

Regards

Mary

Dublin Ireland

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Dear Mary,

Thanks for the note! I am glad to see that there are still people reading this blog of mine, especially here in the states October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, also.

 I am very happy for you and your good health, but sad to hear about your husband. I hear so many times that someone does not want to go the doctor, and then it is as bad as, or worse, than they feared. My prayers are with you and your family.

My daughter, Abby, has currently stoped treatments because they made her so sick. This was not in the game plan. Her doctor and I are encourageing her to start again, but so far no luck. Please pray for her.  Meanwhile, I went in for my yearly tests and am now having some things retested and my have some more surgury soon, depending on results.  I am hoping that Abby will see my willingness to keep on fighting and renew her own battle. I'll do a followup for all as soon as I know more.

God's Blessings to you and yours!

Suzanne

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I, too, just read your post and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.  I lost my mother-in-law this past Sunday to bone cancer and in 2003 I lost my husband to kidney cancer. 

It is so important that we follow up on a problem when it comes up.  My husband complained of back pain and the doctors would give him muscle relaxers, with some relief.  I finally insisted that he get a physical and there it was!  kidney cancer.  He went through chemo, surgeries, more than once.  Had he been diagnosed sooner, he very well could still be here.

I also have a family history of breast cancer.  Two of my first cousins have had mastectomies, one of them had a double.  I have my physical, the same month every year.  I lost my health insurance last year, but I will not stop my yearly exams.  I'll make payments if I have to.  Most doctors will work with you on a payment plan, as long as you pay regularly.

Get your check ups!!!

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Suzanne, thank you for sharing, and please keep us updated.  I am saying prayers for you and your daughter.  Hugs to you both, Janice

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Add mine to the list of appreciative people for your plea, Suzanne....SIGH, cancer is such an indiscriminating evil....

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Kevin,

When I lived in Elkhart, I worked at a small nursing home that had a Mennonite doctor as one of their physicians. He was the only Mennonite doctor that I've ever known of, but taught me more about holistic medicine and traditional medicine than I ever had envisioned. I never thought of asking him at the time, but now I wonder. Do the Amish have their own doctors or do they go to clinics? I know from this experience that they do practice a good deal of holistic medicine.  I've read in the past about genetic problems in some of the Lancaster Amish that were being documented by a clinic, but rarely hear about any other. It might be nice to know that this is one area that has not been exploited by "outside influences".

Thanks!

Suz

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 I am adding you and your daughter to my prayers. I will take your advice and get a full check up. I have all of them done before except the colonscopy. Something about that test has made me delay it . For you and others that have fought the fight of cancer, some that won and some those that have lost the good  fight to that dreaded killer . god bless and stay strong in faith .

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Please have a colonscopy.My very best friend was just diagnosed with colon cancer and we just found out it mastized to her liver. She is under going chemo now. It does not look good for her. I put off having one for years. I finally had one and there was two polops. Not cancerous. I just went to sleep,I think it is a lite sleep. I woke right up and felt the same as usual. I dreaded the preparation for it but it really wasn't that bad.

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Sorry to hear about your friend, Patty. Yes, those tests are so important! My dad had colon cancer, consequently, I have to have colonoscopies every five years, instead of ten. I lost a very good friend four years ago, to colon cancer. She foud out something was "wrong" in June. In early September, she was gone! Sad and so scary! PLEASE everyone, don't put off those important tests!! Early detection can, and does, save lives! Stepping off my soap box now... (Barb, I have one, too! Laughing)

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Glad I am not alone!! Yes, the tests are important!!! My mom died of breast cancer in 2002..so my sister and I are vigilant. Seems like cancer is rampant no matter where, or who you are... One reason we do the St. Jude radiothon w/ the poptabs I blogged about last spring. We are saving again if anyone wants to send them our way...we appreciate it!!! (for anyone new to the site, the blog was titled"Pop a Top").

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Oh good, I've been saving some. Last year I sent just a piddly amount.  Hopefully, this year I'll do better.

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My prayers and best wishes for both you and your daughter, Suzanne. Hang in there!

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I am the first to say that I have "soapboxes" to stand on, but I do feel that they good ones that benefit others. I know that in someways we are all "virtual" friends, and may never meet, but we do have AC in common, and in the past, penpals did it for years, and they still consider themselves friends. I am definately keeping all of you in my prayers and postitive thoughts! And don't forget to tell a friend(s) and family!

Margret, I have not heard of the Essaic tea, but will look it up. I am in "modern medical" healthcare, but am always looking for the holistic therapies also. Not all meds work for all people. Healing is just as much mind over matter as it is taking a pill. If you don't believe in it at some level, it won't work! I see it all the time.

God Bless all of you, and I'm passing your best wishes on to my daughter Abby.

Love you all,

Suzanne

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I am so sorry about your daughter and I hope and pray all goes well.

A year ago June 6th, my husband was downsized from his job.  He had been have some problems but also said he wa too busy to get it checked out.  With no job, we told him he had the time now.  His PSA was high and in the process of checking that out the doctors found he also had a cancer on his kidney.  Six months ago he had both surgeries and has just checked out fine so far.  He had two friends who had  PSA test because of is cancer and they both have just had their surgeries.  The guidelines for when men should have a PSA test has recently been lowered to age 40.  After reading all this here, I'm going to stop putting my health on hold and get thing checked out.

Ladine

 

 

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Absolutely!  And don't forget to get your colonoscopy, either.  In the last 8 years, Matt and I have lost 5 grandparents to cancer.  It is horrible, and early detection is the best bet for successful treatment.  May your daughter fight and beat this!!!

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I agree, Suzanne. My best friend just died of cancer Thursday, August 13. The cancer started as anal cancer and then spread to her liver and stomach. She went throught chemo and radiation with the anal cancer. She told me that previously she didn't believe in preventative medicine, but she wished she had gotten her tests and checkups as she should have, and maybe it would have been caught sooner. The cost for doctors and tests was always an issue because they didn't have health insurance. Please ladies, especially, take care of yourself. Don't put your health needs last as some of us tend to do.

Carolyn

 

 

 

 

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Yes ma'am....I've been putting it off, but I will call my doctor TODAY and get on the schedule.  Thanks for posting this.

I'm firmly convinced of the helpfulness of herbal remedies in addition to modern medical therapies.  Have you read any of the info out there on Essaic tea?  You may also look up Renee Caisse, the Canadian woman who was first given this tea by a Native American medicine man who had seen it work wonders on his people.    It can't hurt....it might help.  Most good health-food stores will have it or be able to order it. 

God bless you and your family.

 

Margret