Primary cancer of the appendix

  1. 3 Hello to all,
    Many of you recognize my nick here on alnurses, I have been visiting for awhile.

    I am in the midst of my chemo for appendcial cancer. I pretty much feel like i am dying for 10 our of the 14 day cycle, eat very little, drink very little energy. I use the salt water and bicarb swish and swallows for my mouth and through but that helps me very little with the lower GI mucositis (lovely, lovely side effect).

    I have spent the past 4.5 months trying to remain a hospice nurse and not a hospice patient...now my employment may me in jeopardy.

    Mostly I am looking for encouragement here. This is not a nice cancer and I am unbelieveably sad and depressed about my circumstances.

    I know that I cannot seek medical advice here, and honestly that is no what I am seeking. Just some moral support, maybe a few words of wisdom. Thanks, my friends
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  3. Visit  tewdles profile page

    About tewdles

    tewdles has '31' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'PICU, NICU, L&D, Public Health, Hospice'. Joined Jul '09; Posts: 4,880; Likes: 8,235.

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  4. Visit  DeLanaHarvickWannabe profile page
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    Tewdles...

    I am sorry that you are going through all of this. I admire your tenacity. You are fighting the good fight, and somehow finding time to share your wisdom with a bunch of strangers on the internet.

    A friend's mother is currently battling primary appendix cancer as well (stage 4 signet ring). She is hospitalized as we speak, so I know from my interactions with that family that this cancer sucks. (ALL cancers suck, of course, but this is in the top three of nasty cancers, I think).

    Please keep us updated, and I know we will keep you lifted up in prayer and thought.

    *Hugs*
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  5. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    (((tewdles))), i had no idea.
    i do fully believe you are one of those people whose strength and determination, will conquer and thrive.

    i don't want to be cliche or redundant, but often it really is a matter of one day, one hour at a time...
    and lots of support and love.

    here are a couple of links that i hope you will benefit from...
    lots of info and support groups.

    www.pmppals.org/appendix-cancer-support.html

    and a word from the survivors:
    www.pmppals.org/appendix-cancer-survivors.html

    most sincerely, pm me anytime at all.

    leslie
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  6. Visit  tewdles profile page
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    Thanks for your words of encouragment! Leslie I will check out the web sites tomorrow.

    I also was lucky enough to have signet cells as part of my pathology. I swear that oncologists equate them with the boogey man.
  7. Visit  eagle78 profile page
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    My prayers are with you. Lots and lots of hugs . Try to pamper yourself and not worry so much, "a cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones" Proverbs 17:22

    One of the drugs in my chemo cocktail came with a wonderful side affect that left everything tasting like metal... I know it is hard to deal with but I pray that you can find strength. Peace...
  8. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    Quote from eagle78
    My prayers are with you. Lots and lots of hugs . Try to pamper yourself and not worry so much, "a cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones" Proverbs 17:22

    One of the drugs in my chemo cocktail came with a wonderful side affect that left everything tasting like metal... I know it is hard to deal with but I pray that you can find strength. Peace...
    how are you doing these days, eagle?

    leslie
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  9. Visit  eagle78 profile page
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    Quote from leslie :-D
    how are you doing these days, eagle?

    leslie
    I am fine Leslie, thanks for asking. Just trying to keep up with these young kids in school...:icon_roll
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  10. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    Quote from tewdles
    Hello to all,
    Many of you recognize my nick here on alnurses, I have been visiting for awhile.

    I am in the midst of my chemo for appendcial cancer. I pretty much feel like i am dying for 10 our of the 14 day cycle, eat very little, drink very little energy. I use the salt water and bicarb swish and swallows for my mouth and through but that helps me very little with the lower GI mucositis (lovely, lovely side effect).

    I have spent the past 4.5 months trying to remain a hospice nurse and not a hospice patient...now my employment may me in jeopardy.

    Mostly I am looking for encouragement here. This is not a nice cancer and I am unbelieveably sad and depressed about my circumstances.

    I know that I cannot seek medical advice here, and honestly that is no what I am seeking. Just some moral support, maybe a few words of wisdom. Thanks, my friends
    PM me. I have some info which may be helpful to you job-wise. Please, do contact me.
  11. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    PM me, tewdles. I have some info which may be helpful to you job-wise. Please, do contact me. I also have cancer, so to some degree I can relate. (No one really knows how another feels.)
  12. Visit  OCNRN63 profile page
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    Have you read this, tewdles?


    http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/cancer.html


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