Feb 15 - 2010 thought I had pulled a muscle ten days earlier. Pain got so severe I could not breath. Trip to the hospital at 10 pm. My lung was 2/3 collapsed and full of fluid. Five days later I went home. Cancer cells were in the fluid but ct scan + xrays could not locate cancer.One week later another 3 ct scans. They found it. It started as ovarian cancer (2.5 cm lump) spread to my adrenal glands, lymph glands, liver, kidney and one lung. (I only have one kidney). The specialist gave me one year - with chemo treatment an extra year and a half. My world was shattered in an instant. I was 63 years old. I knew instantly I was NOT taking chemo treatments. I own and operate a boarding kennel for cats and dogs. Ten years and a lot of hard work and dedication to have a life long dream become a reality. I was not giving up my passion that easy. I refused treatment. I planned to take each day as it came. I would continue to work in my kennel as long as I could. If I was going to die - at least I would die doing what I loved to do. I go to my doctor faithfully every month. She is amazed at me. She expected me to be hospitalized long before now. I have a lot of symptoms and quite a bit of discomfort but I am not in severe pain. I am on no medication for pain as of yet. But I know that day will come. Until then I continue to work in my kennel. I can't do all the tasks I used to do but I do what I can and I love doing it. The animals are what help me through this ordeal. My husband quit his job as truck driver and stays home to help me with the kennel. He is keeping my dream alive for me. My daughter and my husband both support my decision for no treatment.Friends are amazed also. They say I look better now than ever before.The only treatment I am taking is two daily doses of a herbal supplement to boost the immune system. I think it is doing some good for me. It is not advertised as a cure for cancer - but it helps to prolong life and relieve pain. So far it is doing just that. I believe that bottle of stuff and my mental outlook is helping me survive. Besides that I am a stubborn lady - and I don't intend to give up easy.View Thread
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