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lynnehall67

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It's been years since I've visited here and am surprised by the change.  I seem to remember many more boards the last time I was here.  Have things just slowed down that much around here that they've had to delete board?  There are also very few names that I recognize.  I guess I'll just have to get to know all these new names.

Can you all introduce yourselves and maybe fill me in a bit?

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I'm new, so you won't know me, but there seems to only be about a dozen people still visiting here regularly.

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I think I'm friends with you on FB, but it has died here. A couple of daily people. Most of the oldies have left or were banned over nonsense. It's a shame. 

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There was a mass exodus a few years ago when one of the admins got on their high horse and banned a couple popular members, then other members who were friends with that banned member behaved badly *just* so they could be banned, too.  It was ridiculous.  It was also ridiculous to ban the original member over what they were banned for.  People started leaving in droves but some remained faithful .... but the damage was done, the participation numbers went sharply down.  It has slowly started creeping up again and I like that.  

Welcome back!

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 I remember you, I've been here going on 11 years, I think you were an active poster at that time.

 I don't post as often anymore, but, I do still enjoy chatting with  the people who still come here....new and, old.

 You planning to stick around?

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Hello all!

I do remember several of you and am friends with quite a few HorseCity folks on facebook as well.  I hope things kind of build back up here as it was a good supportive place for the most part.  Sounds like things got pretty crazy after I left though.

I stay busy as always, and just don't have as much time these days to spend socializing on the computer.  The horses are doing well, though mostly different horses than the last time I was here.  Count Glen was sold to some good friends of ours and is doing well.  He belongs to a teenage girl who has shown him mostly in reining and trail and done quite well with him.  She loves him to death and that is most important.  We lost Lady Amethyst a couple of months ago to a "mystery" neurological/seizure condition.  She was one month away from the due date for her first foal and though, specialist from all over the world were consulted and every test known/suggested was done (both before and after her death) nobody was able to figure our what was wrong or how to stop her seizing.  It was horrific to watch her suffer even though the vets were doing everything they could think of stop it and we all miss her terribly.

I still have my mare Maari, who is being bred to a reining stallion called Mr. Electric Spark.  The foal will belong to Julie.  We are also breeding another mare Surfer Girl (Lady Amethysts' dam) to another reining stallion called Pale Face Dunit.  I'm excited for foals next year (will be our first in 6 years) and hope I am here and able to enjoy them.

Now for the difficult news.  Last year, in June, I became quite sick and went into the emergency room.  Turns out I have stage 4 colon cancer which has spread to my liver.  The mass on my color was nearly a foot long, huge, bleeding, and obstructing my colon nearly entirely.  There were so many tumors on my liver and they were so overlapping, you couldn't even count them. There was no healthy liver tissue with blood supply so a resection on the liver wasn't an option.  I was extremely anemic, and my liver wasn't functioning.  I had several iron infusions, a couple of blood transfusions and started chemotherapy in the hopes that the tumor on the colon would shrink down quickly enough that it would stop bleeding and allow "stuff" to pass, and that the tumors on the liver would shrink quickly enough for it to start functioning again. 

Well, even though I shouldn't be, I'm still here approaching the one year anniversary of my diagnosis and doing pretty well, thanks to a lot of prayer, and some really good doctors and treatment.  The tumor on my colon can't be seen on scan anymore, though you can see scar tissue on endoscopic exam, and there are only 4 very small and undefined tumors left on the liver.  I'm getting ready to have ablation procedures on the liver to kill those tumors and then a colon resection to remove all that scar tissue.

I lost my great dog Cleo to cancer in the fall of 2015 and Julie lost her pointer Lilly to cancer just 5 days before Cleo.  I have a wonderful dog I purchased about a year before I lost Cleo that has been an absolute Godsend through this cancer battle.  She's just always so happy and cheerful it's hard to have a bad day when she's around.  Her name is Katie and she is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  I have done quite a bit of training with her (before my cancer diagnosis) and she is therapy certified, so she was able to visit me in the hospital.

What have you all been up to?

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Wow, lynnehall, you've sure been through it!  I think I remember you being in Arizona? There's some great cancer doctors and treatment centers there, glad to hear you're doing so well, your description really painted a bleak picture, the strides being made in cancer research and treatment, is astounding...... glad you're still here! 

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Lynnehall,   I read your last post with much interest, cancer can be a real night mare, my wife had surgery the end of March for pancreatic cancer, & is doing good & just started Chemo therapy, also had SIL  that had breast cancer surgery, & cousin that is now dealing with ovarian cancer. It seems like it comes out of no where, with very little warning signs.   Glad you had great doctors, the gave you the right treatment,  & good attitude & supportive people in your life,  that you've come so far back. So it is very nice to see you back here. & glad you can again enjoy your horses & can  look forward to more life on this earth.  You are a walking testament, that where there is a will there is a way, & we shouldn't give up when the chips look like they are down. So Welcome Back, & Best Wishes. PD . 

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Goodness you've been through it! Sorry for your losses. But you sound like you have a positive mindset to beat Cancers butt! 

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15 hours ago, equicrzy said:

Wow, lynnehall, you've sure been through it!  I think I remember you being in Arizona? There's some great cancer doctors and treatment centers there, glad to hear you're doing so well, your description really painted a bleak picture, the strides being made in cancer research and treatment, is astounding...... glad you're still here! 

I am in Arizona (the Phoenix area), and yes, there are some really good choices for cancer treatment here and I absolutely love my oncologist.  Sometimes I think we can tend to fall into the trap of taking such things for granted.  So many people dealing with cancer (and other disease and illness) don't have nearly as many options available to them and often have to travel pretty good distances to get treatment.

The treatment center I go to is about 20 minutes away and it's one of about really good choices within an hour or less.

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 My daughter went through cancer treatment in Tucson, beginning in 1998,  at UMC.  I think they've made great improvements in treatment, even since then.

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On 5/31/2017 at 11:46 AM, equicrzy said:

 My daughter went through cancer treatment in Tucson, beginning in 1998,  at UMC.  I think they've made great improvements in treatment, even since then.

They've made great improvements in treatment...  well and just understanding the disease, just in the last 5 years.  I can't tell you how many doctors have told me that scans like my original scans from the emergency room would have meant a sure death sentence; and I'm talking like just a week or two at most time-frame.

What type of cancer did your daughter have?  How is she doing now?

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 You really are lucky, that's great! More people are surviving cancer now, my hope is, I'll see it's eradication in my life.

 My daughter had brain cancer. She wasn't as lucky as you.

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I'm sorry to hear about your daughter.  Both my adoptive father and Grandfather died of brain cancer many years ago.

I haven't heard the word remission yet.  I think because of the 4 small tumors on my liver that haven't changed since January they are holding off.  Maybe that will change once the ablations are done and those tumors have been killed off - and of course, once the colon resection is done as well.

I'm hoping at some point I will be "cancer free" and can stop the chemo.  I really have had an easy time of it and am so thankful for how well my treatment has gone, but there are a couple of irritating side effects that I would like to not deal with any more.

I'm not sure if you know about colon cancer titer.  It's a blood test that can indicate the presence of colon cancer.  A normal number is anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5.  Anything above 6.0 and they start looking for why it's so high.  My original number was 11,890 (yes, nearly twelve thousand).  On my blood work from this last Tuesday, I'm at .7.

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2 hours ago, lynnehall67 said:

I'm sorry to hear about your daughter.  Both my adoptive father and Grandfather died of brain cancer many years ago.

I haven't heard the word remission yet.  I think because of the 4 small tumors on my liver that haven't changed since January they are holding off.  Maybe that will change once the ablations are done and those tumors have been killed off - and of course, once the colon resection is done as well.

I'm hoping at some point I will be "cancer free" and can stop the chemo.  I really have had an easy time of it and am so thankful for how well my treatment has gone, but there are a couple of irritating side effects that I would like to not deal with any more.

I'm not sure if you know about colon cancer titer.  It's a blood test that can indicate the presence of colon cancer.  A normal number is anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5.  Anything above 6.0 and they start looking for why it's so high.  My original number was 11,890 (yes, nearly twelve thousand).  On my blood work from this last Tuesday, I'm at .7.

 That's amazing and awesome. You went from almost 12,000, to 7!  I didn't know about that test, it's a good thing it exists, otherwise it might have taken longer for them to diagnose you.

I think it's great you're doing so well. Did you go to, Cancer Treatment Centers of America?  They're very cutting edge, from what I've seen and, heard.

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It's actually point 7.  And yes it's a very helpful test.  Not always completely accurate, so of course biopsies were done to confirm everything and to genetically test the cancer.  One of the chemos I am on is genetically specific to my tumors.

I go to Ironwood Cancer Treatment and Research Centers.  I did a bit of research while I was recovering in the hospital and chose them over Cancer Treatment Centers of America. 

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