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Just had to share some news with my "sisters". My last radiation was on Tuesday. It's been quite a journey since I was diagnosed last May with stage 3C cancer. I've come so far. To be cancer-free. I feel truly blessed. Much love everyone, Diana

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  • Tiffani Warila Profile
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    Congrats Diana! So glad that you have finished radiation (and chemo)! Best of luck when you start tamoxifen, I'm not far behind you (I have 13 rads to go, then tamoxifen),
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    • Tiffani Warila Profile
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      Oops... Wasn't finished.... Hope you have minimal side effects with the tamoxifen, be sure to keep us posted with your journey!

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thank you so much Tiffani! Thirteen more rad. For you? Yea!!!! You're almost there as well. :). I began Tamoxifen three days ago. I had very mild nausea the first day but the last two days I've taken it with food & it's been fine. :). I hope I...

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      Thank you so much Tiffani! Thirteen more rad. For you? Yea!!!! You're almost there as well. :). I began Tamoxifen three days ago. I had very mild nausea the first day but the last two days I've taken it with food & it's been fine. :). I hope I do well on it. And you as well! Keep us posted on how you're doing. I'll keep u

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Oops....lol. I meant to say...I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers. :)

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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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    Thank you so much Wendy!!!! Yes, you're absolutely right...God is great!!! Hugs!!
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  • Cheryl Wornham Profile
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    Diane Congrats so glad to hear your good news I read all your postings and they are a big help to me good luck to ya
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thank you Cheryl!!!!! Tell me....where are you at in your treatment now?

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    • Cheryl Wornham Profile
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      I am on Tamoxifen and regular check ups
      Went through surgery that was hard on me had a lumpectomy had iron transfusions had 30 radiation treatments now on the 5 year pill

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
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    Dear Diana, You have been such an inspiration to us. Your positive attitude and energy has helped so many women. You wonder why God has given you this burden but I see it as you have turned around and used this as a gift to share your information to help so many. You have definitely made lemons into lemonade. I can't thank you enough for all of your experiences and knowledge you have shared. Not a lot of people would be so open to sharing as you have been. I always look forward to reading what you have written, as your words are always, so kind, caring, and loving. I am so glad you have reached yet another level in your treatment. You are making this journey with a warrior's strength but with a gentle heart. We are all so happy for you. God's many blessings on you dear Diana. Another caring sister..... Sharon
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      That's so sweet. Thank you so much for the kind words Sharon. It's been quite a road at times. I feel very blessed to have made it this far. I have to wait at least 2 months for my skin to heal then I can decide on reconstruction. I noticed you're...

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      That's so sweet. Thank you so much for the kind words Sharon. It's been quite a road at times. I feel very blessed to have made it this far. I have to wait at least 2 months for my skin to heal then I can decide on reconstruction. I noticed you're on Femara. I had a hysterectomy years ago but kept my ovaries. Eventually they shut down. My Onc did a hormone test and found very little hormones but she said it was possible for me to still have periodic surges so she placed me on Tamoxifen for 1 year then she's going to test me again & more than likely change it to Femara. She's awesome & keeps up with all the latest developments. How do you do on Femara? AND....you are quite an inspiration too! I think in sharing our stories it helps give hope....plus it helps in our healing as well. There is purpose in everything. As survivors we see life differently now and truly appreciate each & every minute of every day. I know you understand just what I mean. Hugs my sister

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
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      Dear Diana,
      Your words are wonderful hugs! As for Femara, the most significant side effect I have had are hot flashes. The second silent but even more worrisome is osteoporosis. I think if I fell off of one of my horses, I would shatter like...

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      Dear Diana,
      Your words are wonderful hugs! As for Femara, the most significant side effect I have had are hot flashes. The second silent but even more worrisome is osteoporosis. I think if I fell off of one of my horses, I would shatter like a cheap wine glass! The real trouble is I have not found I can take the oral osteoporosis drugs.... Sally Field's "Boniva" or the other one, name escapes me. Oncologist is now going to try the infusion type. So, I don't know where your bone levels are but mine are definately in the toilet, so to speak.
      The Femara also gives me joint pain but not significant. Usually the joint pain is the side-effect that usually tanks it for the Femara-user. Not the case with me. I have heard of many women starting out with Tamoxifen and at the 2 or 3 year mark changing to Femara. Very common. It sounds like you have a fabulous onc. I love to hear proactive stories about oncologists. I just had my 6th month check, mammogram, bloodwork and my Oncologist just said, "You look great, everything looks excellent.... don't worry..." "Get out there and live your life." Coming from your Onc. you might as well heard you won the lottery.

      Love you, sis..... Keep on keepin' on!

      Take care, Sharon

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  • Wendy DeLong Profile
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    Awesome news, Diana! You are strong and God is great!!! You are a true inspiration!!
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    Hi Diana, i hope you still have time to visit this site and continue to help and support us. You are so straight forward with your answers and they always contain a special warmth. I congratulate you for getting through this difficult year in success. You truly found a hero in yourself :-). May God bless you with health and happiness always. Hugs jaymee
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Hi Jayme! Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel very so thankful. I've come so far. Reading survivor stories helped me so much when I was going through my treatments. I hope that I would be able to be one of those women so I could share my...

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      Hi Jayme! Thank you so much for your kind words. I feel very so thankful. I've come so far. Reading survivor stories helped me so much when I was going through my treatments. I hope that I would be able to be one of those women so I could share my story as well. :). I'm not going anywhere...I'll continue to come here!! Does this week make 7 Taxols for you? Hugs

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      Great memory Diana, yes 7 down. 8th one is tuesday. Its really starting to get to me. These days my tongue is sore and can't taste. My face is totally broken out. Tomorrow I've got an appt with my onocologist. I hope he can help me. A month left...

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      Great memory Diana, yes 7 down. 8th one is tuesday. Its really starting to get to me. These days my tongue is sore and can't taste. My face is totally broken out. Tomorrow I've got an appt with my onocologist. I hope he can help me. A month left to go. I hope you don't think Im complaining. Anyway you put a smile on my face and brightened my day with your response. Hugs of happiness jayme

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  • anonymes Profile
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    YAY, DIANA!! Sorry it took me so long to answer. Welcome to the world of survivorship! I know it's been a long road for you and I'm so happy you have arrived at a good, positive outcome. You have been SUCH an inspiration to me, and you have offered such wonderful advice to a very scared chemo patient. I've now survived this disease twice, and you've survived Stage 3. Women are so strong! I can't tell you how happy I am for you. Don't lose touch! Evelyn
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thanks so much Evelyn!!! You are a wonderful inspiration too!!! You are a twice survivor. Your posts are so kind, knowledgable, & hopeful. We "sisters" have been through the storm and came out on the other side. I'm not going anywhere. I'll...

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      Thanks so much Evelyn!!! You are a wonderful inspiration too!!! You are a twice survivor. Your posts are so kind, knowledgable, & hopeful. We "sisters" have been through the storm and came out on the other side. I'm not going anywhere. I'll continue to come here. I want other women to have hope. It's so important!!! Hugs Evelyn

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  • Kim Stewart Profile
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    Congrats, I know it's been hard. I finished my radiation a year ago this past nov. stay strong and always listen to your body
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thanks Kim!!!! Yes it's been tough at times. I feel so blessed now. You're over one year now? That's awesome!!!! Congrads!!!! I'm still very tired but I know it will get better in time. Yes, I'll listen to my body. Hugs. :)

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  • Linda Burke Profile
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    Congratulations Diana! What wonderful news! It is such a long journey and to come out on the other side with the positive attitude and strength you have is an inspiration to all of us who are just beginning. Many happy healthy years are ahead for you!
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thank you very much Linda! That's very sweet of you. Please remind me where you're at in your journey. Are you in chemo at the moment?

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    • Linda Burke Profile
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      I have had my surgery and completed my radiation and am now about to start chemo on Thursday this week. I will be doing 6cycles of ACT for triple negative stage 1grade 2 bc. I am pretty nervous, but your advise really helps me. I don't know what...

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      I have had my surgery and completed my radiation and am now about to start chemo on Thursday this week. I will be doing 6cycles of ACT for triple negative stage 1grade 2 bc. I am pretty nervous, but your advise really helps me. I don't know what to expect, or how I will handle it, the unknown is scary . its so nice to know I have a support system on this board for any questions I have. Sometimes I can feel so alone even in a crowd of well wishers. I am so excited for you!:)

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Yes...it's great to be able to come here for support. Wow...I understand totally what you mean about feeling alone in a crowd of well wishers as well. Your first chemo is Thursday? It was very scary for me too. Not knowing how my body would react,...

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      Yes...it's great to be able to come here for support. Wow...I understand totally what you mean about feeling alone in a crowd of well wishers as well. Your first chemo is Thursday? It was very scary for me too. Not knowing how my body would react, etc. I'm not sure how your chemo room will be set up...but mine had several recliners next to each other. I brought books & my IPad to pass the time. But I learned something during my chemo visits. I would see the same people on my visits. Hearing their stories touched me and gave me much needed support as well. I would have missed out on that had I not been paying attention. :). I will keep you in my thoughts on your first chemo day. The first one was the toughest for me only in the fact that I was so scared. I'm rooting for you Linda!!! You have this nailed!!! Let me know how it goes. I'll be saying a prayer for you, hugs

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  • Connie Logan Profile
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    I've only been on here for about six or seven weeks but have noticed your informative answers and noticed you in and out of most discussions. Then I found out how to check a profile, which I didn't know existed and I was amazed at all you've gone through and come through and conquered and I am in awe of you. God bless you always. You are an inspiration.
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thank you so much Connie!!! Yes, it's been quite a journey. I feel so blessed that I've come through it. When I was newly diagnosed I found it helped me so much reading survivor stories. I hoped that I would have my own survivor story to tell one...

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      Thank you so much Connie!!! Yes, it's been quite a journey. I feel so blessed that I've come through it. When I was newly diagnosed I found it helped me so much reading survivor stories. I hoped that I would have my own survivor story to tell one day. And I do!!! Hugs Connie...how are you?

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  • shen cruces Profile
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    Diana... So very happy for you. Your posts and insights have been an inspiration to me. I am just starting this journey to survive stage 3 and reading about you journey has given me much hope for the future. Thank you and all the best .
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thanks so much Shen! I know how hard it is when you're just beginning your journey. You'll be in my thoughts & prayers. Rooting for you every step of the way. You got this! :). Hugs, Diana

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  • Karyn Crum Profile
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    Congratulations Diana, I was thinking about you earlier today, wondering how you were doing with the Tamoxifen?
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thanks so much Karyn!! Today was my third day on Tamoxifen. I had some very mild nausea on the first day but the last two days I've taken it with food and it's been good. I hope to do ok on it. Did you say you'd started yours yet? Or just about to?

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    • Karyn Crum Profile
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      I started mine the day before you. The first two days were fine, the third day I had mild nausea, so far not to bad. I started taking mine at bedtime with a small snack.

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      I may try to take mine at bedtime as well. My Onc. told me it didn't matter whether I took it in the morning or at night. I hope we continue to do well on it. :)

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  • Alice Klobukowski Profile
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    Congratulations. You must be so relieved. News like this helps us all realize there's and end to this.
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thank you Alice!! I am very relieved. Yes, when I was first diagnosed...I "soaked up" all the survivor stories I could read. They gave me hope. There is a light at the end of the tunnel...and it's radiant indeed! :)

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  • Bonnie Irwin Profile
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    Diana, that is so awesome! I hope you continue to come and give your advice to those of us that are just beginning this journey!
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  • Rita Siomos Profile
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    Congratulations your story is a real inspiration to those of us who are just starting xoxo
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thank you so much Rita. I know how difficult it is when you're just starting treatment. I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers. We're all here for each other. Hugs

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  • anonymes Profile
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    Congratulations to a TRUE Warrior!! You are a genuine Angel to all of us on this site. My prayers and thoughts will continue to be with you as you move forward with your life. And to all my Sisters Of Hope stay encouraged because had God not chosen us to go through our journeys we never would have met this beautiful strong and inspiring woman. Wishing You all a very blessed Easter. Lastly, please keep our sister Lisa Stevens in your prayers . Love and Blessings!!!!
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Hey Zandra!! Thanks so much!!! I haven't seen you in awhile. Your words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. :). I hope you're doing well. I will have reconstruction done when I've healed from radiation. I feel so blessed to be cancer-free. Like...

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      Hey Zandra!! Thanks so much!!! I haven't seen you in awhile. Your words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. :). I hope you're doing well. I will have reconstruction done when I've healed from radiation. I feel so blessed to be cancer-free. Like you...I'd love to do some volunteer work with other women going through their journey. It's something I'm very passionate about. I think having cancer stops you in your tracks...but by doing so, it allows us the opportunity to really examine our lives. Something we're often too busy to do while doing everyday things in our pre-cancer world. I've thought about going back to school. I'm playing around with the thought at the moment. Who knows? I know I want to live the rest of my life to the utmost I can. I will keep Lisa in my prayers. Hugs & love my sister

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  • Ali S Profile
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    I cried when I read this. I'm so happy for you!
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thank you do much Ali. :). I

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Oops...I meant to say I always enjoy reading your posts & you're always in my prayers. :) How are you doing? Hugs

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  • sylvia clark Profile
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    Congrats!!! Time to start your New chapter :))
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thank you so much Sylvia!!! Hope you're doing well. :)

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  • Nicole Rodgers Profile
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    Congrats!!! This is great to hear! You rock!!!!!
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    Congrats!!! This is great to hear! You rock!!!!!
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    Congrats !!!!!! :D
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    Congrats !!!!!! :D
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  • Susie Que Profile
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    Diana, I am so happy for you. You have such a kind gentle way about you. You share,give hope, and honesty. I have been following your posts since we first met. Thank you for your gentle grace. You are inspiring. I think of you often. This is wonderful news. I do hope you stop by and visit. You are a true warrior and this proves it. Many hugs. I am sooo happy for you.
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thank you so much Susie! That's very kind of you to say. I really enjoy coming here to share with my "sisters". I love the quote "Lend me your hope for awhile. A time will come when I will heal and lend my renewed hope to others." by Eloise Cole....

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      Thank you so much Susie! That's very kind of you to say. I really enjoy coming here to share with my "sisters". I love the quote "Lend me your hope for awhile. A time will come when I will heal and lend my renewed hope to others." by Eloise Cole. Coming here as helped in my healing too. :). I'll continue to be here. You're in my thoughts & prayers. Hugs :)

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  • sheree oden Profile
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    Diana, you have so much strength... As well as the ability to help others.
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thanks so much Sheree!!! I hope you're doing well.

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  • shen cruces Profile
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    Diana...
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  • deb s Profile
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    Congratulations! So happy for you; you are a great support to many who post on this site. Good luck!
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Thank you very much Deb!!! :)

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  • vicky kayley Profile
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    Congratulations Diana so reassuring to hear good news. I am 10 days post op had ups and downs with infection in wound then needing it draining . But listening to your story I see the light at the end of a very long tunnel , you are so inspirational to all us just starting our journey love and hugs Vicky x x
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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
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      Hi Vicky...thank you so much!! I'm so sorry to hear about the infection. :(. How are you now? Has the infection gotten better? Do you still have your tubes? I didn't have an infection but after my drains were taken out....I developed a seroma...

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      Hi Vicky...thank you so much!! I'm so sorry to hear about the infection. :(. How are you now? Has the infection gotten better? Do you still have your tubes? I didn't have an infection but after my drains were taken out....I developed a seroma under the skin on both sides. I've had to go in once a week to have it needle aspirated for 4 months now. Thankfully my right side has finally stopped filling up with fluid & my left side has slowed down quite a bit. My best friend called me the "fluid queen" there for awhile. Lol. A title that I didn't want! ;). Have faith & hope. Its like running a marathon. You'll get there too! Yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel...and it's so very radiant. Hugs. :)

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      Still feeling rough it needs draining again but I'm putting it off till I can bare it no longer, still on antibiotics finish them Tuesday hopefully will start to feel better by then. I get my results also Tuesday so I will know what I'm facing so...

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      Still feeling rough it needs draining again but I'm putting it off till I can bare it no longer, still on antibiotics finish them Tuesday hopefully will start to feel better by then. I get my results also Tuesday so I will know what I'm facing so glad of all the support it really does help x x

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