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Tina - posted on 01/08/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone!

Wow, when I started this group, I had no idea it would grow so quickly. It's unfortunate that we're here, in a group for cancer survivors, but it's nice that we have a place to get together.



I'm Tina, and live in Glen Ellyn, IL. I am a 5 year breast cancer survivor, and have a 17 month old daughter. I love to write, read, and garden when I am not playing with my very active toddler!



Hope to hear from you all soon!

Tina

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Rachel - posted on 03/30/2011

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Hi Tina, my daughter(Carrie 14 yrs old) is a cancer survivor also. She has been in remission for almost a year now. She is also a liver transplant recipient because of UES of the Liver stage four.

Right now she is in school and enjoys life to the full like a typical teen.

I am so happy to see other survivors have children and lead positive productive lifes!
Rachel

J - posted on 02/09/2011

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I am an 10 year survivor of Non Hodgkins lymphoma. I was diagnosed at 26years of age. I was told after having two types of Chemo and Radiation that we could not conceive. Some how we got lucky and in March of 2007 I had a beautiful baby boy and are luck continued to grow and in June of 2010 I had a second son.

Amber - posted on 05/13/2009

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Hi everyone, my name is Amber. I'm a 27 yr.old, 2-time thyroid cancer survivor who raises an awesome son with autism. My faith, husband and mom has got me through this tough, tough journey. So far, it's been 1 1/2 years that I am cancer-free.



I'm just trying desperately to reclaim my sanity, life, and happiness. At least I'm finally in a season where I feel like I can breathe again.



Trying to find time between life and other groups, but will visit when I can, it's just nice to have other moms somewhat like me to chat with or listen to.

Liz - posted on 04/26/2009

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I have, and you are not silly for being here! You are experiencing what all of us fear - that we will pass down some part of our struggle to our kids. I am a 4th generation cancer victim in my family, the first to survive 8 years. The second longest survival time was 7 years.



If my kids have cancer, I will have to deal with the self blame game that we both know is from the pit of hell itself. Thank God for grace and mom's intuition, right?!



I have heard of RB - amazing you are still here and your children are okay! I am so glad to see you in the Circle, and it will be great to share in your post-cancer life issues.



Blessings,

liz

Heather - posted on 04/25/2009

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Hi everyone! My name is Heather, I almost feel silly being here, as I was a child when I had cancer and don't really remember it. I was diagnosed with Retinal Blastoma when I was 2 years old, although I was born with it, it was so new at the time it took 2 years for my mom to convince the doctors that something was wrong. By God's grace they found it just in time. It was approaching my optic nerve where it would have went straight to my brain. But I am alive and well. I had my right eye removed a few days after they found it, and am for the most part cured. I did genetically pass it down to one of my 4 children, and his was worse then mine, but caught a whole lot sooner! He lost his right eye at 3 weeks old, and has been through chemo, radiation, and laser surgery to save his left eye.

Has anyone else even heard of Retinal Blastoma in this group?

Gaylene - posted on 03/27/2009

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Hi Tina, I think this group is what I am looking for. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in September 2006. I have had a mastectomy, Chemo and Radiation treatment but have nearly hit two years since finishing treatment. Sometimes it seems like just yesterday othertimes another life time. I have three children, two girls 14 and 12 and a 10 year old boy. It certainly changes your view of life but a postive attitude makes a huge difference. I life in Tasmania, Australia and think the stories of other survivors is inspirational, thanks for the opportunity to read them. Will be nice to catch up with people who know some of how you feal without trying to explain it.

Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2009

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Hi!



I just want to introduce myself. My name is Jenn and I am a 4 and a half year breast cancer survivor. I have two post cancer babies- Sascha is 22 months and Hannah is 5 months. I live in Austin, TX. I moved here from NYC almost 3 years ago. I am currently staying at home to take care of the girls. I feel like I don't want to miss a minute with them! It's nice to have a group like this to chat with others who have been through the same or similar experience.



                                          Jenn

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Hi, Alyssa, hoe you are able to get your scan done soon so you can put the thyroid cancer behind you! And congrats on being a 1 year Survivor....and big hugs because you are.



 



Cynthia

Alyssa - posted on 02/09/2009

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I too am a Thyroid Cancer surivor. I was diagnosed in February 2008...when my youngest of three and first boy was only 2 months old! It was very hard to handle...especially since he was still so little and had his own health issues (a damaged kidney that lead to high blood pressure). I had two surgeries and radiation abalation. I still need to have my second scan to be sure the cancer has not returned...unfortunately I had some other health issues that needed handling first! It is encouraging to see others have had the same cancer and are now cancer free!

Bianca - posted on 02/06/2009

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Hey guys!

My name is Bianca White i live in NSW Australia i am 29yrs old and am a 4 year breast cancer survivor. My daughter was 3yrs old when i was diagnosed and the first concern was not about myself but for her. You hear the "C" word and straight away associate it with death.



As weird as it may sound i see my cancer journey as being a positive thing in my life, it totally changed my life for the better.Things that you thought were sooo important before suddenly become irrelevant!

Tina - posted on 02/04/2009

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Hi Meaghan! I think I remember your posting about the blood clotting disorder, and someone else there had the same thing? I'm glad you were able to connect with someone there. Cancer twice? You've definitely had your share!



Meaghan, if you like to write, I am working on an essay project, which we hope to compile into a book on kids after cancer. If you'd like more info, please let me know at tinakoral@yahoo.com. You have an amazing story, and we'd love to include it!



Welcome to the group. I'm glad to see it growing, although I wish I had time to post more often!

Meaghan - posted on 02/04/2009

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hello! Thank you Tina for starting this group! I noticed the info on YSC (i am mostly a lurker there right now, though I have posted a few times).



I am a survivour of non Hodgkins Lymphoma (when I was 18, 18 years ago) and finished chemo and surgery a year ago for breast cancer (a 7cmx 7cm 3 cm deep tumour in Left breast, stage II/III DCIS and IDC).I also have FVL (a blood clotting disorder, plus NF ve(neurofibromatosis). I am the mom of a 3 1/2 year old rambunctious boy who is  jjust my everything. I desperately want another!!



Glad to meet others despite the circumstances....Thanks again, Meaghan

Liz - posted on 01/28/2009

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And then, you try to remember a lifelong friends name and wonder if you'll ever regain memories lost with chemo.  Old soul is coupled with old brain, so I have to keep a sense of humor, realizing I may be fooling myself to think I have all the answers when I don't have all the brain cells!



Any thoughts on what you do differently with lifestyle choices?  I have changed a LOT of things that I do, eat, etc.  no birth control or synthetic hormones, organic everything I can afford, skin care from European research, not FDA approved (doesn't mean diddly for your safety!!) .



 



Great to get to know everyone!



liz

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Quoting Liz:



Cancer gives you an old soul, don't you agree?  I feel so wise in some areas, but then I look at my screaming 3 yr. old and am humbled once again!






EXACTLY! I do feel so old. I have a hard time with other's being so petty when I have been through so much. In the last almost 6 years, I have been through a cancer diagnosis, 6 cancer-related surgeries, 3 huge RAI treatments, 3 deployments (DH is currently on his 4th), and 2 adoptions. More than many people go through in their entire lives. I am sure many of you have similar stories.



So nice to know that others that have BTDT feel as old and wise as I do!



 



Cynthia

Tina - posted on 01/28/2009

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I quit my job to stay home with my daughter too. It's a challenge, I know work was EASIER! Financially it is hard too, but I after going through cancer I know that being with her is what is really important.

Welcome Liz, Stephanie, and Cynthia!

Liz - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi, ya'll!  I'm Liz from Dallas.  I am an 8 year survivor of Hodgkins lymphoma.  Diagnosed in my 2nd year of teaching.  We had our daughter 4 years later and our son is 5 months.  I was re-diagnosed a year before being pregnant with my son and miraculously healed with no interventions - seriously, a God thing.  Not tryin' to preach but I could!!  I was so scared and mad to hear a bad scan report after such an easy remission.  I fought back, on my knees.  I did not want to imagine my daughter growing up without her mommy.  Other than my thyroid quitting, I have been symptom free. 



I made the tough choice to stay home with my kiddos- I am not about to miss a moment with them.  Anyone else do that?  I thought I would teach forever!  Once I added kiddos, no way!  Cancer gives you an old soul, don't you agree?  I feel so wise in some areas, but then I look at my screaming 3 yr. old and am humbled once again!



 



THANK YOU for starting this group!  I am addicted to FB and can't wait to get to know some other fighters! 

Stephanie - posted on 01/25/2009

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Well Cynthia I too had papillary cancer with follicular variant.  No metastasis thank god!  Congrats to you I'm so glad to hear you're doing well.  It would be great to chat and compare stories.



 

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Stephanie, you are in good company, I too am a thyroid cancer survivor, April will be my 6 year cancer-versary and I just passed my 4 years NED mark. I had papillary that spread throughout lymph nodes in my neck and chest. What type did you have?



Tina, I am glad you started this group, it's nice to connect with other moms who have similar views on life. I am sure that you all treasure each day with your kids along with getting crazy from them too!



My sons are 4 and 2. I was diagnosed before they entered our lives but have had surgeries since their arrivals. We chose adoption to build our family (my boys were both born in Korea) because of treatments and surgeries prevent us from trying to conceive. They are true blessings in our lives and we can't imagine life without them!



Looking forward to getting to know others!



Cynthia, San Diego

Stephanie - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hello Tina!  You're right it's unfortunate that there are so many of us but it's so nice to have this forum to meet new people.  My name is Stephanie and I live in Coventry, RI.  I am a year and a half out from Thyroid cancer surgery and treatment.  I was diagnosed when my kids were 7 and 3 and I was petrified.  I'm so glad that I have a chance now to meet other women and share my experiences.  Thank you!

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