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Dlynn1210's Recent CancerCompass Activity

  • Dlynn1210 has replied to a post on the message board

    You're doing great - and your outlook will be a big plus in the days ahead.  Diana

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    • Dlynn1210 has replied to a post on the message board

      You are very welcome - I know the poem brought me a lot of comfort when things got a little overwhelming.  You will have questions as you move forward and I will be here - as will many others who have been through this.  I suppose it does look like I had incredible strength but the minute that I placed my trust in God, such an empowering calm came over me.  God is there for us - all we have to do is as...

      Yesterday at 9:03 PM view post
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        Pam - I have actually challenged two different companies three times.  I challenged Medical Mutual a few years ago and they finally approved Dexilant.  After I went on Medicare, we had a choice between Aetna and Medical Mutual Medicare supplemental insurance - we went with Aetna.  They denied Dexilant initially but finally approved it last summer for one year.  At the end of the year (t...

        Yesterday at 3:22 PM view post
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          I didn't address why insurance companies won't cover the cost.  Only my opinion but after going through treatment, it seems they object to several things and many people accept their denial.  I have learned to speak up when my insurance company denies a claim.  I am on a medication for acid reflux to prevent esophageal cancer which can follow tonsil cancer.  We tried other meds that did not w...

          Yesterday at 2:06 PM view post
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            It is expensive but I also didn't have to take it daily - just prior to chemo and one a day for two days after.  It's been seven years so I don't remember the exact cost but here is what I did find out.  I went to Walgreens Pharmacy to have my prescription filled.  My insurance denied it - and at the huge cost I couldn't afford to pay out of pocket.  No other information provided by their pharmaci...

            Yesterday at 2:00 PM view post
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              I got down to 102 lbs due to the horrible nausea.  Even walking to the bathroom had me experiencing dry heaves.  The movement from riding in a car had me ready to throw up the entire trip.  A combination of Emend and acupuncture helped lessen my nausea.    As with any scientific research there are many challenges when researching medical marijuana. The whole plant contains many com...

              Yesterday at 12:53 PM view post
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                Footprints in the Sand was always a favorite of mine but took on special meaning during my treatment.  http://www.onlythebible.com/Poems/Footprints-in-the-Sand-Poem.html Reading Footprints was a reminder that God was with me throughout!  There was another patient being treated at the same time as I was who told his wife that he didn't know how I did it but every time I was knocked down I crawled back...

                Yesterday at 1:43 AM view post
                • Dlynn1210 has replied to a post on the message board

                  We are using things to kill out the cancer that is tough on our bodies.  I always watched what I ate but once I was diagnosed with cancer I made doubly sure that what I was able to eat was nutritional.  When I wasn't able to eat solids, I drank and/or put through my PEG tube supplements that were nutritional.  I am seven years out and while I watched my food intake before, I am very vigilant now. ...

                  Yesterday at 12:49 AM view post
                  • Dlynn1210 has replied to a post on the message board

                    I have a problem with someone who is fighting a horrible disease using something that alone can destroy the body.  I watched my husband die from lung cancer - all because he smoked cigarettes.  He used to tell me whenever I would try to encourage him to quit - "Everyone has to die someway some time"!  Shortly before his death he added "but I didn't know it would be so painful".  There are several ...

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                    • Dlynn1210 has replied to a post on the message board

                      Sweetheart - You are working yourself up into a frenzy which is not good for your baby.  I have five children (now adults) and when you think about it, your body is going through a drastic change right now.  You talked about ridges on your stool - a tumor will make an indention but one on all four sides sounds as if it is being crunched - like a baby inside of you pressing on your insides.  Anemia can...

                      Thursday at 11:17 PM view post
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                      About Dlynn1210

                      Patient
                      Head and Neck Cancer, Tonsils Cancer

                      I am married and the mother of five grown children and 14 grandchildren. I was diagnosed in 2007 with SCC of the left tonsil and have been a member of CC since shortly after beginning treatment. I underwent chemo and radiation at CTCA in Zion, IL and received my last clean scan in Sept 2012. I found a wonderful support system on CC who really understood what I was going through and come back often to offer words of encouragement to those who are now traveling where I have been. I thank God daily for guiding me to CTCA and for guiding me to Cancer Compass. I had a tremendous support system with family and friends but there are not enough words to describe how I feel about my CC family other than to say I would not have made it through as well as I did without you.

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