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Our 35th Anniversary

Posted on February 05 2016

Our 35th Anniversary
Picture above are my two sons and my 3 grandchildren. The youngest who is 3 was not with them...

My story begins with our 35th anniversary.. We never had money to really go anywhere, and our anniversary is is July... Our youngest son, lives in CA and has lived there for about 7 yrs... He was always asking us to come out...Now , mind you, we have never flown before either... I flew once with my parents 40 yrs ago... We were both a little nervous...

Well, we decided in October, we were going to CA. Had no clue what we were doing and we were going to try to surprise our son. We told his girlfriend we were coming . We got our tickets and hotel through AARP... Great price.... for 7 days...Ok, so we have everything we need now just waiting for the time to get ready...

The day finally comes and we drove to Boston and stayed at a hotel there and we could leave our car for no cost... Next morning get up at 5 am to take shuttle to airport at 6... Piece of cake... Get to airport and are just overwhelmed.... oh my, where do we go...lol,
We go through the the line and they check everything, go in the scanner thing and we do good... Now we wait to get on plane.
Get on plane , wow it is tight.. Put our bags up and sit and wait.. Plane starts moving and I grab my husbands hand... He is like, hon, we havent taken off , they are just getting it ready to go... Then we really start moving and then we are in the air.. I am white knuckled... Scared... Finally calm down and mangage to take a peek out the window...
Get to LAX, land and our son Ian and his girlfriend are there... He had found out we were coming.. We got there at 10 am there time... Go to hotel and then we are taken all over the place.. It is beautiful and warm...Everyday was the same. By 10 each day the smog would lift.. not fog, smog... really beautiful...
We went to Rodeo Drive, Santa Barbara, Malibu, Muscle Beach... The beach was awesome because they have it set up so everyone can enjoy the ocean... They have bike lanes, walking lanes and then the beach... Great set up... Everyone enjoys..
Went to other places . Went to my sons apartment and that was great, he was only 3 blocks from the beach... A few times we walked from the hotel to his place... Then walked down to the beach Really nice and relaxing.
Went to dinner at his girlfriends parents house one night and another night went to dinner at our sons college friends parents house.. Had a great time at both...
Then, 2 days before we were to leave, I lost my voice... Oh well, will get to dr. when I get home... We leave to come back and finally get home... Nice to go on a vacation, nice to come home...
Voice is like laryngitis. Call dr get appt she says , yeah it sounds like you may have something.. Here is an antibiotic , take for 10 days.. Take it for 10 days, and still no voice...ok lets do an xray... she gets the results, Tina there is something there... We will do a CT scan... They had to fight with the insurance company for 3 days before they would approve it... Go for CT scan and does not look good... She sends me to a surgeon who has looked at the scan and says, it is lung cancer... I had to have a biopsy as it went to another part and my adrenal gland... So it comes out , I have stage 4 lung cancer... Have to have a port put in... Scared to death. I have never been really sick , and never had any type of operation.... I am a nervous wreck. Went well got the port.

Well my husband and I come home and we cry, I get angry for not stopping smoking... He had quit years ago after having a heart attack... I cry, tell him I am sorry, but I am not giving up. Now it is time to fight and beat this..

First round of Chemo. two different types, I would go Mon. - Fri . First day 6hrs, 2nd 3 hrs 3 day 2 hrs and then the fourth I would get a shot of Neulasta... Well, after the shot, I would wait and then go home. First time, could not breathe had to go to er... Everything fine.. The Neulasta is supposed to boost your white blood cells..

30 days later, same thing... get shot of Neulasta 4th day... go out to eat and I pass out in restaurant... First ride in ambulance and so embarrassing... stay at er for about 2 hrs, everything fine...

30 days later same thing... get shot , get home and passed out sitting at the kitchen table... came too and was ok. sat in livingroom

30 days later same thing chemo. neulasta.. Only this time, I was at the cancer center... Got the shot and I could feel it happening, reached out to my husband and he knew immediately... I had just said to one of the nurses, great only 1/2 hour left.. This time, I guess I was really out.. I came too and there must have been 10 nurses around me, drs, my dr.... coming too all I here is this nurse hollering breath through your nose... I guess they were very worried as they could not find a blood pressure...

My doctor is standing there looking at me and say, no more Neulasta for you... They all said, we did not realize how passed out she would get... They said, you really went out.. So of course, my dr says you have to go to er.. I am like no, i will sit there for 2 hrs and be fine/// No you have to go to be sure.. So I was talking to one of the paramedics who happened to go to the high school I went to..
I told her what it was, this was the 4th time... She was like, wow, I am going to do research on this... We had notified the drug co. and no one else has a reaction like me.

Then we start a different hycamtin. No problems at all.. did that for about 3 months.. Had ct scan, grew just a little...Ok lets try another..

So now, I am on Taxol... No problem. also given steroid and benadryl. First day I got the bendadryl in liquid form, fell asleep almost immediately and got the restless legs, more like running legs... Woke up time to go home... I could not talk or walk. I felt like I had gone out and gotten extrememly drunk.... Most awful feeling. I was only given 2cc.

The next Monday, they say we cut it in half... only 1 cc... within a half hour, sleeping. Wake up , much better.

This last Monday, gave me a pill. One bendadryl, half hour I was out... But no problem at all when I woke...

So I will continue this each Monday for the Month of February and then have another CT Scan... I am doing good and keep busy. Still do the cleaning , laundry... The first day really tired better on Tues. and by Wed. back to myself..

Also, my hair is starting to fall out a little.. Hopefully I will keep most of it... If not, it will be my 4th time losing my hair...

Hey, it is just hair and it will grow back...

Hope this helps someone , and just keep up the fight...

thanks for reading.

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