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« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2017, 10:15:49 AM »

Hi Neil,

Thank you very much for your generousity! It means a lot.
The community here has been truly amazing. greet3

Glad to hear you have beaten the "Big C" mate! It certainly highlights the importance of telling people you love them on a daily basis...because once they are gone... you can't say it to them ever again.

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« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2017, 12:11:43 AM »

Hi Chooka,

I'm so sorry to hear the news. I was just browsing the forum and came across this.
I was just wondering if there were any new updates?
I hope she makes a speedy recovery.

Stay strong man,

Best Wishes
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« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2017, 08:28:55 AM »

Hi Zach,

Once again I've been slack with the updates sorry  Thumb Down

Well the good news is my sister has finished the last of her chemotherapy.  She looks like your typical chemo patient with the loss of hair etc and I think she's glad the chemo is over with. It's extremely taxing on the body.
Unfortunately she now starts DAILY radiation therapy.  I can't remember how long that's for but I'm seeing her today for my mum's 64th birthday so I'll ask and let you all know.

I believe they had to stop the chemo a little bit early due to Neuropathy
Definition - "Peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to nerves, most commonly the sensory nerves (nerves that sense touch, heat or pain). As chemotherapy travels throughout the body to target and kill cancer cells, it can also cause damage to the nerve cells"

So basically she's losing feeling in her fingers & toes. Nicole also has quite a lot of fluid build up in her left arm due to having the lymph nodes removed on that side.
I think Nicole would just like to hurry up and get this over with. She really wants to find a job and get back to some normality in life.

She was very happy to hear from a youtube celebrity (I guess that's what you would call him..... he has 1.3Mil subscribers) that's she has spoken to over recent months. Stonemountain64 is a pretty funny guy and the world could use more humour. My sister's not MASSIVELY into computer/console games but she does have a great sense of humour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA2ihDhbWDk

Thanks for the words of support Zach!  Thumbs Up
The group here on this forum has been absolutely amazing  Worship

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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2017, 04:49:16 AM »

Radiation treatment is everyday for 5 weeks.  Thumb Down
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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2017, 04:07:43 PM »

Radiation treatment is everyday for 5 weeks.  Thumb Down

That really sucks.
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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2017, 10:33:47 PM »

Hey Chooka,

I'm gad to hear she finished chemo as we all know what chemo does to people. I have never heard of it causing neuropathy though, that sounds horrible!

At least the radiation therapy isn't for a very long time, I'm sure she will be back to normal life soon, as she sounds like she is doing an awesome job fighting.

That's great that she has been talking to a really well known Youtuber! How did she get in touch? I went and watched a few of his videos and I agree, he is really funny, i'm sure his sense of humour would be appreciated. It's nice to know that there still are caring people around, I feel like this forum is full of them, which is amazing.

Keep us updated,
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« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2017, 10:15:28 AM »

Kicked in a bit more to Nicole. Tell her to spend  it on something totally foolish.  ROFL

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« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2017, 10:45:19 AM »

Thank you Zach and Dataman!

Yes Zach...it is great to see some caring people still in the world and I feel most of them are here on this team!  Love

Dataman - I'll pass that message on.... thank you sooo very much from all of our family!


P.S..the little boy in this picture is my son :D
Loves his auntie Nicole. Especially when she was driving the excavators and bobcat around the property that they live on.

https://www.gofundme.com/nicoles-breast-cancer-fight?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=CTA_view_campaign&utm_campaign=donation_receiptv5

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« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2017, 06:38:32 AM »

Hi Chooka 

Just saw the latest on Nicole, and sent another contribution.  I never had chemo, but that radiation sure had weird side effects.  Nothing I couldn't handle tho.  Dataman has a bloody good idea suggesting she spends it on something frivolous - maybe some good Aussie Beer of her choice??  (only a suggestion, of course LOL).   Cheers  All the Best to Her and Family!!   Big Grin

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« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2017, 06:19:09 PM »

Thank you very much Neil, you're too kind!
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« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2017, 11:26:20 PM »

Thanks for the updates Chooka.   It's good to hear Nicole's treatment is progressing as planned and with the exception of her neuropathic pains all seems to be going as well as can be expected so far,  well at least under the circumstances anyway.  Although from what i've heard it's at least possible her neuropathy will slowly get better after her treatments are over & her body starts to return to normal,  of course there are never any guarantees with these types of things it just depends on what caused it & how bad the damage was,  but it is at least possible. 

I've have had peripheral neuropathy in my hands and in my lower legs & feet for the last 4 or 5 years,  although mine is caused by arthritis in my spine that's growing inwards & putting pressure on the nerves in the spinal column. So on that one level I do understand some of what she's going through.
As mentioned from what i've read that giving time many people do eventually get relief and I hoping that's how it goes for her.  There's still a way to go yet,  but I got my fingers & toes crossed everything works out the way she wants it too in the end.

Anyhoo.. all the best to you,  your sister & your family.. Greg


PS:  Please keep us informed.

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« Reply #26 on: October 09, 2017, 04:39:50 PM »

A quick update from my sister....

"15 Radiation done ✅ 10 left. I have a big tanned square on my chest with a heap of new freckles on it. It's only a little tender when my bra or chicken fillet touches it all day but so far totally bearable. My pec muscle is tightening up but I stretch it daily to keep it from seizing.

The pain I had after surgery is worse with radiation but still bearable during the day. I'm not really tired too much yet however they tell me the first 2 weeks you feel nothing and I've done 3 weeks so far but it gets worse towards the end and just after. My Radiologist says my skin is looking great and handling it well. I'm still working hard with my exercise physiologist to regain my strength and be able to get back some of my normal self. Even though I've lost weight the only shirts I have that work with all of this are my work shirts.

My hair is growing back, although thin and some greys I had are actually turning brown again thank god. I'll post a pic soon. Thanks again for the support and words of encouragement. Nothing goes unnoticed by me. (Except when I was on chemo lots went unnoticed)."

So all in all Nicole is on the road to recovery. The end is in sight for the treatment and hopefully, some normality can return to her life.
Thank you to everyone for your support!!

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« Reply #27 on: October 09, 2017, 05:54:13 PM »

Thanks for the update chooka.
I'm glad things are going well for her.
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« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2017, 02:20:23 AM »

That's great Chooka, she sounds like she's well on her way. Thumbs Up

Thanks for the update.
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« Reply #29 on: October 10, 2017, 03:05:29 AM »

Great to hear. Hope she continues to improve.
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