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Yes, how sweet it is.  I would have told you all yesterday, but the connection was down-  I am still awake from yesterday morning, amazingly.  I will be so glad to not have benedryl and decadron ups and downs and quivers and shakes and scaly skin and itchy butt and ......   all the rest.  Knowing that I also have lymphoma I realize this may not be the last bit of chemo I have, but for now I am elated!   I can consume all the supplements I want!  No more labs!  Anyway - I started last Halloween.  You all have been my comfort and fountain of information and I love you again - Mary


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Yayyyy Mary!!!!

I am so happy for you. May you feel yourself in no time. Just to know that this part is over will make you feel good!!!
Praying that the lymphoma will keep 'quiet'. What is the plan on that one?

Hugs!!!

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A friend of my deceased parents has lymphoma.  She is 84 years of age.  She was treated with chemo. and did well for a time.  She had a recurrence.  The Onc. felt she was too weak for further chemo. They have been treating her with an immune booster.  If I am understanding this correctly, it boosts the immune system and targets the bad cells and stops their growth.  Her PET scan came back clean.  They are now giving her the immune booster every two months.  She is doing great.  She is a lady who owned and operated an insurance business back when women weren't even in the working world.

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Way to go, Mary!! Every milestone reached on this journey is a big cause for celebration. ((((Big hugs!))))
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Yea!! Yes, I do feel, well, like I have been agonizing for almost a year now, feeling alone and stupid and and weak and all those other things and now I am still here - realizing I was never alone, or stupid or weak - but ever loved.  How much energy I spent in doubt! 
 
I am also feeling the accumulation of chemo - hurting fingernails, head - shaky & achey - but now I can do whatever I want to clean and heal in side.  I may go vegetarian for a while, to give my system a rest and easy nourishment.
 
The lymphoma - it is a challenge,  I have the worst (mantle cell) - but it is sort of latent, watch & wait.  How about watch & wait & and forget about it for a while?  How about spontaneous and complete remission?  When they tell you you have not one, but two kinds of cancer it is so over the top it seems like a cosmic prank, surreal.  It has been a study in getting comfortable with the idea of death at any moment, but today things seem pretty fine - Maybe what it is like living in a war zone, or being a gazelle around a pride of lions.   I hope it stays quiet long enough for me to regain my strength, become very wealthy and create a nurturing support team to ease me through what seems like rather severe chemo - in hospital for months, and then maybe some kind of cell transplant.  I can't imagine how this could happen (work, health insurance, no cook or butler or maid - ), so I don't think about it.  
 
It is always good to hear the positive experience of others, like your friend, Kay - she sounds like a neat lady.   Thank you for your love and affection,   Mary     

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Mary, Congratulations my friend!
You are at a beautiful part of your journey. Just step through this garden gate and all you have to do now is
 smell the beautiful flowers!
Will you join me in my goal of becoming an old lady?
I am SO happy you are done!




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Thank you, Gina Precious - I read the Secret Garden when I was about 9, and it subtly shaped my psyche - Your Garden Gate to Truiumphant (Jennine) old age is a worthy goal, and an echo of that wonderful tale.  I picked the book up later in life, and realized I had named my son, Robin, unconsciously for the guiding spirit that led Mary to the garden gate key.   Isn't life something?  I am very grateful to have what must be my 20,000th second chance.  Love, Mary


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I read that book at that age too.
SO much in common my sister!
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Mary -

awesome news. Doesn't it feel freeing to be done?

all the needle poking and sitting in a chair for hrs. is now a memory.
One I will not soon forget, but fading.

love,
Stacy
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