Wednesday, February 15, 2017

An Update from my Mum.


I have another update from my mum. I will let her tell it.

I saw the specialist this morning and it wasn't good news. The biopsy showed that the cysts are the same as those when I had the hysterectomy, so the same cancer has returned. I asked how that could be if my womb etc. was removed. He said there could have been microscopic seedlings that had migrated to the bowel that have now become active.
They are not operating because it won't be successful. I had thought it was because it wasn't bad enough to do so, but there could be many tiny cysts that they can't see and so they would be left behind to grow.
My level of oestrogen which is feeding the cancer is high so I have to take a hormone tablet daily. Hopefully it will block it and starve the tumours and cysts so they shrink. I have to go back in 6 weeks and then have another scan. If they are shrinking that will be good. If they haven't changed I will try a different hormone tablet.
If that doesn't work, it will be chemotherapy.
Because it is almost 6 years since I originally had cancer, that indicates that is not an aggressive cancer and hopefully slow growing. The specialist said it is not life threatening at the moment.
Ivor and I both feel devastated. I had gone to my appointment ready to fight and kick a$$, only to be told it can't be cured, but hopefully it can be controlled.

44 comments:

  1. Sendin' purrayers and big hugs

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  2. Mom has been reading blogs only a little and we had missed the earlier posts about your troubles, Jackie. We are so sorry about this result and will keep you in prayers for the hormone tablets to shrink the tumors. We hate cancer so much but have hopes that you can beat this back and feel a lot better. Hugs and Purrs.

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  3. We're so sorry it wasn't what you had hoped to hear. Thank you for the update, and we will keep you in our prayers.

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  4. By slowing it down or stopping its growth you are kicking it in the arse. We 100% believe that you can do it, you can and you will. We all love you and send purrs and prayers to you.

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  5. We are praying that the hormone treatment will curtail the growth of those cysts/tumors so that you will be able to enjoy life again for many years with 100% health.

    I have a friend who has 'chronic' ovarian cancer for over ten years. She is in a clinical study and seems to have gotten the current relapse under new control. It us possible to live with these things, because she travels and has lots of things going on in her life. Sometimes it makes her take a detour, but then she gets back on hte road. I myself am a 10year survivor os=f stage 3b ovarian cancer...multiple surgeries and 16 months of the dreaded chemo. I have been working in a local nursing home for the past 5 1/2 years now...its hard work, but I can do it because I want to do it.
    God healed me and He can heal you. I pray for this to be your gift too. Big hugs!
    ((((( ♥ )))))

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  6. I am sorry you didn't get better news. Please stay optimistic because your attitude means so much to your health. I am praying for you ( and so are so many). XO

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  7. We continue to send our strongest purrs - keep positive - you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Purrs ... Rainbow

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  8. Sending your mum more healing purrz and love. She can fight it by slowing it as much as possible. She's been under a lot of stress with you being sick and everything not that you should blame yourself, Flynn. Time to give her lots of cuddles.

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  9. We're sorry the news wasn't better, but we know you can beat this. We're purring for you.

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  10. We are sorry too that the news wasn't what you'd hoped for. Please know that you and Ivor have the mighty support of the whole cat community. Much love and purrs.

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  11. We are sorry about this news and send lots of love and purrs.
    We like the other comments where people have overcome or are surviving with cancer.
    Keep that positive attitude to fight !
    As Williams family says, the blogging community is
    here to lend support,love and hugs!
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ
    and mum Nancy

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  12. Please stay strong, and keep up the fight. We will hope and pray and fight along with you, dear friend. My dad had cancer, and was given 3 months to live, and stubborn guy that he was, dug his heels in and fought. He ended up living for almost 18 more years. The doctors still can't explain what happened. Much love and all good thoughts to you, Ivor and Flynn.

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  13. Jackie, I am so sorry for this hard news. Hang on and know that your friends are supporting you and praying.

    Sending you hope.

    Love,
    Lily

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  14. My human and I were so sorry to read this news earlier. I am purring lots that the treatment the doctors have for your beats back these cells.

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  15. *dislike*

    Many many purrs and crossed paws. Loads of love from us all.

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  16. Thinking of you at this time...!
    God Bless!x

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  17. It WILL be controlled, Jackie! Don't let it get to you. You need to get to it! We're sending lots and lots of god vibes, purrs, woofs and neighs.

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  18. I absolutely have NO DOUBT you will get this controlled....you are so strong and so determined and that's just what it takes! We'll all be with you on this journey too - sending you energy AND love.

    Hugs, Pam

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  19. It's shocking news, but You can do this, miss Jackie. We are sure about it! Stay positive. Healing Pawkisses and Purrayers send out to you <3 <3 <3

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  20. You're a brave, intelligent woman who's just been knocked down by a shock, Jackie, but you're already organizing a strong response. Small steps forward, each and every day -- with the prayers of all of us to strengthen you!

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  21. This is yucky news. We don't like it when our friends get bad news. We are praying really hard for you. *ear licks* Noodle

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  22. we are praying with all of our might that the hormone treatment helps. xoxoxoxo You are in our thoughts and prayers EVERY DAY!! catchatwithcarenandcody

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  23. I don't know if this will be of any help but I have a friend who has had a recurrence of cancer. This doesn't replace any medical care but she is on a ketognic diet which is based on the premise that sugar(carbs) feed cancer cells. If you feel up to it you might want to look into it. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  24. Ketogenic -- sorry for the misspelling. I have a cat, I wonder who, sitting on the keyboard with me as I type.

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  25. We send you tons of love and furry hugs. We hope the tablets help as expected. Purrs

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  26. Damn it, this pisses me off. Sorry for the language, but you deserve better than this. All right, there are some good things here, even so. As you wrote, it is not an aggressive cancer, so you have some time on your side for the tablets to work. And there is a secondary defence in another kind of hormone. And even then, there is chemotherapy. I know that is something to be avoided but it's another attack on this despicable cancer, if the others don't work.

    I don't know the details, of course, but you can beat this thing. It may be that you'll have to live with it, but that doesn't mean you won't be beating it. Controlling it will be beating it at its own game. A long and gentle life still awaits.

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  27. I am now an 11-year survivor of Stage IV ovarian cancer, and I can tell you that the fight you have in you is good, and will help you face your future.

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  28. I am upset at this news! I can just imagine how crushed you and Ivor are by this news. Let's focus on the more promising news. This is not an aggressive cancer and they can give you a different hormone. Chemo is always an option. You seem very strong Jackie and I'd say...I for one am on your, "rooting team."

    Jean

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  29. Sending lots of purrs and prayers to you and Ivor.

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  30. Jackie thank you for the update. I know it isn't easy to share this news. Like many others have said I'm focusing on the words 'not aggressive'! You have such a strong and positive attitude and I believe that essential with health concerns.
    With love and prayers madi, cecilia and bryan

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  31. flynn....dood....faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....

    tell mum ...her can may bee knot ever bee rid oh thiz $#itz ...but her can N will kix itz azz two de curb...

    N de bass terd cancer..it will bee sew feer full... when her haz her next scan... de doc dood willna see nothin but shrinkin toomurrz......

    yur mum has had sum suck azz nooze buddy for several months now....N itz time for her ta say... eye hate ewe bass terd cancer and ewe will KNOT dee feet me; now ore ever....

    we send hugs, loves, purrayes, 9 tinz and 934 purrcent kibble ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  32. Dear Jackie, this saddens me so. I pray you are able to shrink these cysts and block any additional cancer growth. Keep a positive attitude if you can. You and Flynn are always in my daily prayers and that will not change. Sending love, janet and the gang

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  33. I'm sad to hear this. We will keep you two in our thoughts and prayers. Take good care of yourself and enjoy every day to keep your immunity strong.

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  34. Prayers for you and your husband...Flynnie, please take extra-special care of your Mom !

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  35. Please know that I am praying and the family is purring for you to help with this very stressful health issue.
    Love from us all
    Timmy, Dad Pete and Family

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  36. Oh Jackie1
    I am sending you hugs! I wish I was closer and could help you through this devastating news. I send you (and Ivor) my love and strength, and will pray for positive results.
    Sending you hugs, kisses and purrs
    Barb and Nellie

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  37. Sending lots of love and healing purrs to you my friend.

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  38. Thank you for the update. It's hard to hear but now the fight begins. You will kick cancer's butt into submission, you will go on with your life and not let cancer define you in any way or take away any of the joy you and Ivor and Flynnie share.
    This is all scary as hell but you will prevail! We are all with you on this journey. And if for any reason you may feel the need, there are additional specialists for second opinions on how to best treat your condition, We love you and please know you and Ivor and Flynnie remain in our prayers.

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  39. If anyone can beat that ugliness, it's you. I'm sorry you're dealing with this though ... enough is enough and you've already fought harder than most people do in a lifetime. Bear and I are sending you love and prayers for healing.

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  40. Deleted in error.
    Marty the Manx has left a new comment on your post "An Update from my Mum.":

    I am so sorry that the results are not what you expected. There is the hope that the tumors can be shrunk or made "dormant" with the medications which is very positive. Please don't feel like you can't fight this. My Mom's cancer was/is very estrogen loving also. She has done a lot of research on what dietary changes to make to avoid estrogen rich food and what foods help fight cancer/ are anti-oxidant. With a 60/40 chance of recurrence in the first 5yrs, she has made it 8 so far and says to tell you keep thinking positive and don't let it get your wonderful spirit down. (she and dad are big fans of you and Flynn)
    Luvs
    Marty's Mom

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