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Ring our virtual bell


Have you finished treatment? Post below as a symbol of ringing our virtual community bell! Please include the type of treatment you had and the date you finished! 

A continuation of this great thread that had over 200 posts!: https://cancerconnection.ca/discussions/viewtopic/80/57928
 
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gillianm
14 Posts
Endometrial Cancer, Grade 3, Stage 1B.  Hysterectomy & 5 weeks radiation.  Finished June 1st, 2020!
Congratulations gillianm‍ !

How are you feeling now that you are a few months out of end of treatment?

Lianne
gillianm
14 Posts
Hi Lianne, How are you? 

Thanks for asking ... Glad the pelvic radiation treatments are over.  To be truthful, the whole experience from diagnosis to continuing recovery has been a blur. I think for some of us, it takes quite awhile for the realization of cancer to compute. And recovery can take a long time too, much longer certainly than I had been expecting.  It was definitely wonderful to hit the big gong, in celebration with the technologists, nurses and other staff in the radiation unit at RVH, to know there would be no more treatments and that recovery was set to begin.  

The beautiful brass gong was gifted to the unit by the staff working there. Many people leave a decorated stone at the gong on their last day but, since I make Christmas crackers for a living, I decorated a cracker with butterflies to leave in the community cache - a symbol of transformation... 

I know for many people, Gong Day is a joyous one and one of relief.  I felt both of those emotions but Gong Day is also book-marked for me until I can catch up emotionally and one day go back in my mind, to fully celebrate anew. Congratulations to all who have made it to "Gong Day" or "Ring the Bell Day"!


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Gigsy
53 Posts
Just finished my last treatment of radiation therapy. Hair is starting to grow back. Thank you for all your informative help.
Essjay
1484 Posts
Congrats Gigsy‍ it’s a hard slog isn’t it and such a relief to be finished!

I hope you were able to treat yourself afterwards.

How is your skin? How are you feeling?

best wishes, Essjay
County Girl
24 Posts
Finished chemo yesterday. 6 rounds of FEC D for stage 2a Triple Negative Breast Cancer,  Tumour  was grade 3. On to Radiation next. So happy to be almost done with all treatments.  Looking forward to hair regrowth. 😀
Boby1511
454 Posts
Finished my last round of doxorubicin today! My lifetime limit has been reached! Only 3 hospitalization so I survived!
I am happy that perhaps my taste buds will return. Praying the mouth sores not too bad this time. 🤢
Still rinsing the mouth every time I get up.
Kinda wondering if my hair will grow back before I go onto the next chemo.
Although likely ifosfamide next chemo, which also includes hair loss. So thinking I will likely never see my hair again. 😠

I'm officially on the shelf! Scary stuff. 😬
gillianm‍ 

Sorry I did not see your response till now. I love the painted rocks idea. and your crackerThe whole setup looks beautiful. Glad to hear you are well on your way to physical recovery. I agree that the emotional/mental healing can take a little longer. I love what you said here "also book-marked for me until I can catch up emotionally and one day go back in my mind, to fully celebrate anew."

I know for me it took several months and probably even up to a year to get there mentally.

Lianne

PS - if you want to tag a member so they get a notification as I have done with your username, type the "@" sign and then start typing the username. Once you see the name in the list, select it and it will turn blue.

Congratulations to you Country Girl‍  and Gigsy‍  on completing your treatments too. Here's to hair!

Boby1511‍ congrats to you as well. Keeping my fingers crossed for the return of your taste buds.

​​​​​​​Lianne
Gigsy
53 Posts
So far everything is good. No skin irritation yet. Just tired but I can live with that. It's so nice not to have to hit the road every sunday for treatment.
elle29
284 Posts
Be nice to include those who have to have  surgery for cancer as this can be quite a hurdle too .Being invasive to cut through tissue , muscles , nerves and especially to remove a cancerous growth or mass o tissue. Which cannot be replaced as the brain or single organ and vital .Sadly I  Iam hearing from cancer pple . Some being under from as short time  as 95 min to over 7 hours surgery. and in this pandemic 😷  
Some having to undergo more surgeries to spread on other orgnsa with cancer . Let's ring a be.l for them too. Surgery is much more e complex for cancer patients and not being awake unlike Radiation , Chemo or I' Immuntherapy ,  Stem Cell or all the others . Often a lot of greif as Organs  are having to be removed , never to be  replaced . Elle 
elle29
284 Posts
First  week 2nd cancer reared it's ugly head yeas apart , Ring the bell  from POST IDC surgery of Partial Masectomy 👍  yipeee I made it .
With some sickness  complications hence .... ,  just another week to go .
Q: Any one know when can I ask to get surgery results details then wait surgeons follow up he's away .And 3 weeks until he returns .  
Boby1511
454 Posts
elle29‍ 

Sorry you had a rough surgery and recovery. I feel for you.
Unfortunately, it's unlikely youll be able to access your records until a doctor has read them over. Your doctor likely has a backup. Maybe just call your cancer centre to enquire.
Pathology may take time, mine was 4 weeks, although I had a large tumour.
I could not get a copy of my CT scan until my doctor had read it over, so even thou it was there the day before the doc read it, I had no access.
I wish you continued recovery.
Essjay
1484 Posts
elle29‍ do you have an appointment made with the surgeon? I had to wait 5 weeks to see my surgeon after surgery which was tough for me and my hubby. No way round it as the details were to be shared by him and no one else, and it was his job to refer me to the medical and radiation oncologist so those things didn’t move either.

Time to relax and get over the surgery - hope the recovery is going ok xx
elle29‍ 

We celebrate any and all milestones - tests, surgeries, treatment completions, shrinking tumours - all cause for celebration and a virtual bell ring.

Glad you have completed surgey and are now able to focus on healing

Lianne
PS2020
14 Posts
Ding Ding Ding!

I finished my 8th round of chemo on November 5th and had a lumpectomy on Dec 7th.  I have a TNBC diagnosis so I am anxiously awaiting the pathology reports to determine next steps (likely radiation).  Sending hugs and hope to you all.
 
Yuliya
79 Posts
PS2020‍ 
Congratulations on finishing chemo! And doing your surgery! Two bigs steps to being cancer free. I wish you clear margins, hopefully the surgeon was able to remove all cancer. 
ashcon
1886 Posts
Congratulations PS2020‍!
What is that.... Light at the end of the tunnel??? 
What a great way to bring in the new year! 
When are you meeting with your doc for the pathology results? 
 
PS2020
14 Posts
ashcon‍ & Yuliya‍ Thanks so much!  I received some partial pathology reports today electronically.  They are a bit confusing - I don't have a meeting with the surgeon until next week to understand them fully.  I wish there was a better dictionary online that helped interpret reports.  
ashcon
1886 Posts
PS2020

This little guide from breast cancer.org was helpful to me in understanding my pathology. 
It's American but largely relevant to us here in Canada. 
https://www.breastcancer.org/search?utf8=✓&term=Pathology

Fingers crossed for you 🤞. 
PS2020
14 Posts
ashcon‍ 

These are incredibly useful links!  Thanks so much for the recommendation it will also help in my ability to explain the results to my family and friends.
PS2020
14 Posts
ashcon‍ Great news from todays meeting with the surgeon.  I had good margins and lymph nodes showed as clear!  I meet with radiology in a few weeks to see how many rounds they recommend.  Thanks again for all the support and help with the pathology - I was able to go in and ask all the right questions.
ashcon
1886 Posts
PS2020
That's great news! Congratulations! 
2021 is looking much better for you now, yes? 
And is your hair starting to come back? 
Hope you get a chance to read thru some of the posts and tips from others about radiation  😁

Enjoy your holiday season! 
PS2020
14 Posts
ashcon‍ Absolutely - I am feeling very hopeful about 2021!  My hair is starting to grow back - it's very fuzzy right now - it will be interesting to see how my hair does grow back as I had thick black curly hair.  I will search for radiation posts to get a better idea of what's next.  I have been really good about not trying to peek too far ahead and just tackling what's in front of me.  One step at a time.
Boby1511
454 Posts
PS2020‍ 
Great news! Happy for you.
My hair too coming in... fuzzy.
I lost my eyebrows too with chemo. Just noticed today I look like saskwatch!
For xmass photos! lol. Guess I never look at my face.
Grew back in fast those eyebrows!!
S2020
259 Posts
Hi Lacey_Moderator‍ & everyone,

I rang the gong at Princess Margaret Hospital on Friday for the radiation treatments I received there. I almost didn’t do it because I am receiving infusions for unconfirmed metastatic cancer and I was told that the infusions will continue indefinitely for as long as it works.

However, I was excited to ring the gong in Princess Margaret’s radiation department after my last treatment because I think anything that gives me more time and/or improves my quality of life is worth acknowledging. The amazing team-the radiation oncologist and the radiation therapists-gave me excellent professional care and I am very grateful.

I wish I could also ring a gong for an outstanding psychiatrist, Dr. M, who is not affiliated with PMH. She is doing online appointments and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction sessions on Zoom, and getting her patients through cancer, COVID and everything else that life throws at them. Here’s applause and ringing bells just for her! 🔔🔔🔔👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
S2020

I'm so glad you rang the gong! I think the gong/bell should symbolize any milestone that matters to the person regardless of whether they need more treatment or ongoing treatment.

Finishing radiation is 100% worth acknowledging!

Thank you for sharing,
Lacey

S2020
259 Posts
Birch15‍, I am excited for you that your last radiation treatment is on Monday. I will be here by the virtual bell, cheering for you and wishing you well! 🔔🎉🎊🌸
Birch15
76 Posts
Thank you again, S2020‍ for cheering me on as I ring the virtual bell on Monday after my last radiation treatment.

It has been a year of many virtual appointments and virtual conversations that would have been in person pre-covid. Although many of my appointments were virtual, I could still feel the love and care in the voices of the people that I spoke with. I am very thankful to all the wonderful medical professionals and caring people that I have met along the way. We’ve all become experts at discerning smiles behind masks!

Thank you to all the wonderful people at the Ottawa Hospital who continue to take part in my care! I am profoundly touched by your compassion!

Happy belated congratulations to you for finishing your radiation treatments at Princess Margaret Hospital in March! I am cheering for you now as this is certainly a milestone to celebrate!🎈🪅🔔🎉🎊🎈

Birch15
S2020
259 Posts
Thank you, Birch15‍. Did you finish yesterday as scheduled? I hope so! 🔔🎉🎊🎈🤸🏼‍♂️
Birch15
76 Posts
Hi S2020
I finished radiation yesterday as planned. 🎊🎉🪅🌸
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