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Old June 29th, 2010, 06:25 PM
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For those who don't normally read the "daily thread" I am just giving an update on Fran (my wife for those who may be new).

It's not been the best birthday she's ever had but you gotta' do what's you gotta' do.

She is experiencing moderate to severe pain in her back every morning and after naps. It abates to a degree as the day progresses. We have no idea if it is related to her Leukemia/Lymphoma or not.

She had her CT scan and will get the results officially on Friday when she sees her oncologist.

She will, without doubt, start back on chemo next week.

She took a nap this afternoon for four hours. I awakened her or she wouldn't sleep through the night.

Now we're heading out for her birthday dinner at the restaurant of her choice which tonight will be the China Buffet here in town! Now if it were me, it'd be to Johnson City to the Peerless for an expensive prime steak! Heck she always was a cheap date (probably because she always knew I never had any money ).

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Please wish Fran a very happy Birthday for me. I hope she enjoyed her dinner, and that her fortune cookie revealed that only good things were coming her way.

My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

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Todd, sorry to hear Fran did not have the best birthday, but I hope she at least enjoyed her dinner out. Keep us posted, we care!

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Todd, my prayers are going up for Fran.

Please wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY for me.

And there is nothing wrong with wanting dinner at the Chinese Buffet.
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Todd, I am sending prayers and a bithday wish for Fran.

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Happy Birthday to Fran,
Hope you both enjoy her birthday dinner. Please, give us some good news later in the week.
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Old June 29th, 2010, 08:12 PM
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Todd, please wish Fran a very Happy Birthday from me! China Buffet sounds like a wonderful place to have dinner, if you're together!

My thoughts and prayers are with y'all, that she will get some relief from the pain.
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Todd, let me add my best birthday wishes and prayers, to the list of the good folks above me. I hope this is just a hiccup, and she does well on the chemo....Your Chinese buffet would be right up Bruce's alley...and I tend to agree
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Happy Birthday to Fran. Prayers on the way for her of course. Chinese Buffet is one of my favorites. I hope you both enoyed. I know you both had good company!

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We, as always, enjoyed our sojourn to the China Buffet. Fran was in moderate pain when we got home but she took two Tylenol and she went to bed around 9:00pm. She awoke at 2:00am in horrific pain and took a pain pill and slept until 7:00 am without interruption. When we awoke she was again in terrible pain but as had been the norm, is alleviating the longer she is up. However it now never falls much below the moderately severe stage.

As I wrote yesterday, it could be her back but in our hearts we both believe it isn't. She refuses to call her oncologist as she has an appointment on Friday for a review of her CT scan and chemo set up.

I shan't post again until the end of the week following her appointment unless there is a drastic change in her situation.

Thanks so much to all of you for your prayers and support. Both mean so very much us.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Fran. So sorry to hear about all the pain, and suffering she's going through. She IS in my prayers!

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Please offer Fran my belated birthday greetings, Todd. I may not post very often, but I read the morning threads regularly, and you have both been in my thoughts.
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Todd, please wish a happy birthday to Fran. I am so sorry she's in so much pain. I am not familiar with the China Buffet, but I bet it was good.

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Happy Birthday Fran!!!!

Todd, The two of you have never left my prayers. Please call on me if I can help in any way.

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Happy Belated Birthday to Fran. I hope she had a fun birthday and enjoyed the China Buffet. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.
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First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRAN!!!
Todd, I'm sorry to hear Fran is not doing too well. I pray for some better days to come for the both of you. I hope she enjoyed her birthday dinner amd knows many people are wishing her the best.
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Todd, my heart and prayers go out to Fran. May G-d see to it that she recovers from chemo. By the way, going to a chinese buffet to celebrate a birthday is right up my alley!
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Belated happy b'day. I do pray that she'll get good words tomorrow re her CAT scan. God bless to you both.

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It has been a very rough day. We got the results this morning from Fran's CT scan. Fran's lymphoma is not just back but many of her lymph nodes range in size from the size of cherries to the size of golf balls. All of this within the past month. Even if she had not requested going back to chemo (to relieve the swelling in her neck which itself isnow larger than a good sized lemon) today illustrated it was no longer a "choice."

She will commence chemo on Tuesday which will be her "long day" of around seven hours. Wednesday will be only about an hour and a half and Thursday she'll only go in for a shot. It all starts again 28 days following her first day (as opposed to following her last day) and that routine will continue for six cycles (six months for all practicable purposes). Hopefully that will reduce the size of her lymph nodes significantly although she'll never again go into complete remission.

She's of course "teary" but she's a brave little trooper I'll tell you. She came home, fixed supper in advance and is now doing laundry while I ran errands and got prescriptions filled.

The journey continues.

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Todd and Fran my prayers and good toughts for yoou both are ongoing.

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Todd, with good doctors and good luck, may Fran and you have many more years together.

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My very best to you both ....these days nobody should endure pain, I would take whatever drugs were available.
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Todd, you never know what road you are going to have to travel down. You simply put one foot in front of the other, and carry on. My prayers for both of you, as you start this particular road.
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May God bless both of you.......xoxoxo
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Todd, my thoughts and prayers have been with you and Fran, and will continue to be. I hope Fran was able to get something for the pain she has been experiencing lately, and that the chemo treatment on Tuesday and the days to follow will do it's job quickly, efficiently and without too many severe side effects.

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Todd ,from what I continue to read on this site ,you and your wife are truly wonderful human beings .I wish only the best for both of you always .
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Todd,
Wishing the best for both you and Fran. Hope the therapy helps and she get the pain under control so you can continue to enjoy each other, my thoughts and prayers are with you both.
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