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Marge Tindal
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25 posted 12-23-2008 09:54 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal


God Bless and be with you, Kacy~
I hold you in earnest vigil-of-prayer~

*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

~*The sound of a kiss is not as strong as that of a cannon, but it's echo endures much longer*~
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26 posted 12-23-2008 01:58 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Merry Christmas, Kacy... Stay Strong!
OwlSA
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27 posted 12-23-2008 03:23 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Wishing you and Sara a wonderful, peaceful, relaxing, as painfree (in every sense of the word) as possible Christmas, dearest Kacy

Lots of love and prayers
- Owl
Jaime Fradera
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28 posted 01-21-2009 12:51 AM       View Profile for Jaime Fradera   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jaime Fradera

Luck!
Sunshine
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29 posted 01-21-2009 08:56 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Kacy, I missed this...so I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for a continued well of good health!
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30 posted 01-21-2009 11:09 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Thank you Martie, Tracie, Owl, Marge,Jaime and Karilea...and all the others who have visited this thread with well wishes.

Yesterday was my long Chemo day, 10AM-530PM. One of the drugs leaves my fingertips numb and tingling, extremely cold sensitive. Since the thermometer is again barely 18F today, so I'm staying indoors...which is awful since I love to be outside. I'm able to be at the computer for about 15 minutes at a time before my fingers become pressure sensitive. In addition, there is the nausea and the fact the immune system takes a hit, requiring additional supplementation of drugs and vitamins.

So far, my blood tests every Monday show I am 'holding my own' and we should do additional tests next month to determine if the current Chemo combo is slowing down the liver tumor growth. The goal of course, is to put it into remission. There is no cure, and the reality is it always returns  according to statistics.

Transplants are not an option.
But there is a 'supplemental alternative therapy component' I will begin soon, that in some cases has successfully put the tumors completely out of commission, though it takes a year or more for any results.
The old phrase 'time is of the essence' is critical when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.

I sincerely hope that all who read this make sure they follow the recommendations to have a Colonoscopy done before age 55. I just turned 63, had no symptoms until July, full diagnosis end of October...stage 4....that means the colon cancer has metastasized to other organs. What this means is, the colon polyps probably began to turn malignant 4-5 years ago.

After removing the huge mass and radical intestinal re-sectioning the end of October, and 7-8 weeks recovery, Chemo began the week before Christmas. My Chemo schedule is every Tuesday for up to 8 weeks, then a two week interval for additional tests before another round of Chemo.  

Well, I apologize for being so blunt, but my intent is to 'needle' everyone into getting the diagnostics done on a timely basis. You don't want to have to endure what I am enduring, and now sadly, our dear poet Marge is suffering liver cancer as well as lung issues. Not a poetic scenario....
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31 posted 01-21-2009 11:24 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I thought that I should let you know that you did indeed succeed in your "needling".

I had a colonscopy last week, as well as my endoscopy.

(I'd postponed it from over a year ago.)

Sheesh.

Your indomitable spirit has always made me strive to do better, and now it is inspiring me to GET better.

I love you Kacy.

thank you
OwlSA
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32 posted 01-21-2009 11:26 AM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Thank you dearest Kacy, for this special update.  I was refraining from emailing you until a good few days after yesterday's chemo, because, in spite of my supplications for you not to reply when you are not at your strongest, you always do.  

You are a wonderful inspiration, to us all and great encouragement for Marge too.  Thank you so very, very much for being you.  I have not the slightest doubt that you and Marge are going to make it.  Your indomitable spirits shine like bright stars.  However, I know that it is a dreadful ordeal for both of you, but we are all with you every step of the way.  

And, of course!  In the midst of your woes, you are thinking of EVERYONE ELSE!  That is another of the million reasons why you WILL recover.  

Lots and lots of love
Owl
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33 posted 01-21-2009 07:46 PM       View Profile for Duncan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Duncan

Checkin' in on ya, Kacy.  Stay strong, stay you...     
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34 posted 01-21-2009 08:33 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

I'm thinking of you Kacy, and sending big [[[hugs]]] your way. I'm sorry to hear you are going through so much. It's good advice that you've given above. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Best wishes and {{{hugs}}}
/Kit
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35 posted 01-21-2009 09:22 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Love you too, Karen, and so glad that you had the tests done!
Diana, hugs to you.
Duncan, what a treat to have you visit. Love ya cowboy, and yes, I'm still me...the quietly sassy one.
Kit, thank you so much for those healing hugs and wishes.
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36 posted 01-23-2009 10:41 PM       View Profile for Oklahoma Rose   Email Oklahoma Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Oklahoma Rose

Thinking of you, Kacy. And, sending you a warm, comforting I wish for you the very best. And, I wish the same for Marge, too.

People who have medical insurance are able to get those things done, if they so choose. But, for those of us who do have it, they are just out of luck.
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37 posted 01-23-2009 11:24 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Hello, Sue.
Thanks for the well wishes.
At the time of my diagnosis (late Oct) I didn't have insurance to cover much of anything but a handful of blood tests. I signed up for Medicaid the day before the surgery, and had an efficient rep who rushed the paperwork through for me. They made it retroactive to Oct 1, so most of the testing and the surgery will be covered, as well as chemo...(so far as I know anyway)
I've only received one bill for just over $600, and the surgeries, tests, chemo may already be in the tens of thousands. I spent a full week in the hospital recovering from the tumor removal and colon re-section surgery, plus had a one day surgery to install a medi-port device under my collar bone for a direct chemo access that bypasses going through the veins in the arm. LOL, it looks like I have a giant bottle cap imbedded above my left breast...not very attractive. Chemo began just before Christmas, and will be an ongoing 'adventure' for the next few months.

I cannot imagine what my scenario would be if they hadn't processed the Medicaid so quickly. As my income the last 9 months has just been collecting early Social Security benefits, I qualified for full Medicaid benefits. Medicaire wouldn't have kicked in for another 2-3 years for me.

This country definitely needs an overhaul of the health care delivery system.
I am counting on President Obama and his dynamic team to turn things around for all the millions who are uninsured or under-insured, to see that everyone in this country has adequate health care coverage.
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38 posted 01-24-2009 12:04 AM       View Profile for sewasham   Email sewasham   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sewasham

Hang in there Kacy! Glad to hear you are holding your own. Lots of prayers your way. Take care. Steve

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39 posted 01-24-2009 02:21 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Geez Kacy, what an intensive program you are on kiddo.  I know that you know it is all in the attitude, and that lady you have, so it will be smooth sailing.  Positive energy can only bring positive results.  Hang in there, there's a bit of a drive to do yet. I can not even "think" about bills in the amounts you speak of.  I think the only bill I have had in a zadzillion years was for $15.00 for a flu shot, and I actually got that back! Here's hoping the health care down there improves.  I know Michael says our health care costs are hidden in our taxes, etc. but to be honest, I don't care where they hide them as long as I don't see a bill.  
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40 posted 01-26-2009 07:45 PM       View Profile for sewasham   Email sewasham   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sewasham

Thoughts and prayers for you today Kacy. Take care. Steve

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41 posted 01-27-2009 02:51 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

Kacy, my prayers are with you always and you never walk alone.

as I sit in tears right now for just now hearing the news of our Marge...

I wonder why I survived my accident...why Marge was taken all too soon...why you are now in this time of trial...

I look at the card you sent me in my time of trial...and just pray as hard as I can


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42 posted 01-28-2009 12:59 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Kacy, hang in there.  Keep that positive spirit going.  My positive thoughts are continuing to flow your way.  Love you...jo
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Kacy, I have a tremendous amount of affection and respect for you. I continue to pray for your well-being and have been concerned about your medical expenses, as I knew you did not have insurance. I was VERY relieved to learn that you managed to get full Medicaid benefits ~ and so quickly at the 11th hour!!! I do believe you have some angels helping you! ~ and deservedly so!

Just know, that you have MANY rooting for you! You are not alone in your battle.

Thanks for keeping us up-dated. I pop in quite often to see how you are fairing! In spite of all that you are experiencing, you sound strong and positive. With an attitude like yours, you CAN win the war!

Sending my love and a warm, healing ,
Linda


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44 posted 01-28-2009 07:58 AM       View Profile for Chanson   Email Chanson   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Chanson

I may not be the most vocal of poets lately but I visit almost daily to read all the poetic offerings ... My thoughts and prayers are with you, Kacy...
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45 posted 01-28-2009 08:27 AM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

I am humbled by the warmth and caring, the healing thoughts that constantly circulate within this poetic family of friends. Your continued kindnesses lift my spirits daily.
I've no words adequate to express my deep thankfulness for having a chance to interact with each of you.
My heart is heavy by our loss of another, dearest Marge. May her spirit dance forever among the stars and moonbeams, as her words will here on the blue pages of Passion.
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46 posted 01-28-2009 02:50 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I'm going to have to ditto serenity about the "needling"...this is one procedure I haven't been through, and I'm "of age" to start it in the near future. I AM proactive on our other womanly procedures...sigh...but now is as good a time to needle the men, too...on what THEY need to do to keep themselves in good health, and/or catch the buggers before it's too late!

I'll also ditto some of the above, Kacy, when you sound so strong and active and positive about all of this. Damn, girl, but you're in my thoughts and prayers to get well soon. There IS a chance, isn't there, that this can go into remission?
OwlSA
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47 posted 01-28-2009 03:05 PM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

Kacy, I am so relieved to hear that your medical aid went through so well.  Your 4th miracle, if I haven't lost count.  But then you are our miracle, yourself, and one of God's many beautiful and inspiring gifts to Pipsters.

Praying for continued miracles for you.  

Love
Owl
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48 posted 01-30-2009 08:45 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Kacy,

Good luck to you with your treatment.  I just noticed this post or I would have written sooner.

Cancer is a mess.  My daughter is having trouble with breast cancer.  She's had both breasts removed, and she's having an operation today to remove her last lymph node in that area.

She's doing well, but it's a fight.

I've aready done the colonospcy thingy for myself.

Good luck with your treatments Hon.

Love Bobby

[This message has been edited by Robert E. Jordan (01-30-2009 09:50 PM).]

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49 posted 01-30-2009 10:35 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

I, too, come in here daily to see how everything is going.  Kacy, it's nice to see you're biting the bullet and coping with all this chemo, etc.  Life is precious and cancer is a dirty, sneaky thief.  It's far too prevelent in our society and at best the news still means so much painful treatment to hold hope.  Thank you for being such a strong caring person.  My prayers are with you.

God bless,
Rae
 
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