I had a Questionable Catscan

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Let Go and Let God

My lung cancer journey has sure taught me how to Let Go and Let God. The first few years after undergoing surgery, chemo, and radiation were my scariest days. I was told that I had a 20-25% survival rate the first five years. I learned to live my life and thank God for everyday but in the back of my mind was the voice reminding me of my odds. I have great faith in God but I am human and want to live a long and happy life. It was a great relief when I passed the five year mark of surviving lung cancer. I was able to breath easier and have high hopes that everything would be ok.



Definition of lung cancer by Medical News Today

Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that start off in one or both lungs; usually in the cells that line the air passages. The abnormal cells do not develop into healthy lung tissue, they divide rapidly and form tumors

Seven Years Cancer-Free

I will be seven years cancer-free this coming March. My anniversary date is March 17, St. Patrick's Day, which is fitting as I'm part Irish. My oncologist told me a year ago that I could wait one year between scans at this point because the specific type of lung cancer I had usually comes back within three years if it comes back. What a mile-stone I had reached last year and I hope and pray God continues to bless me.

I had my first yearly cat scan in the beginning of December. My oncologist said that it was a questionable scan because they found a spot on my lower lobe of my right lung. My mouth dropped when she said those words to me. I felt as like I was going to faint right there. I was starting to feel very comfortable about my survival and now I must deal with an abnormal cat scan. These are the times I have to remind myself to LET GO and LET GOD. He knows what is best for me and I have to try to trust even in times of fear such as this.

Although the scan was questionable, my oncologist was encouraging and said she is not real concerned. She reminded me that I have had two past scans that were abnormal. One scan looked wispy which turned out to be pneumonia. The next visit, the scan was back to normal and my pneumonia cleared up. The second abnormal scan showed a very tiny nodule or spot on my lung. The next visit the scan was normal and the spot had disappeared.

The oncologist was reassuring by reminding me that after surviving this cancer for almost seven years, the odds are slim that it would come back at this point. She even gave me the choice to come back to check out the spot in three months or six. Of course I quickly said, "three months please." I guess the fact that she was comfortable letting me wait it out for six months is a good thing. She said, "Linda, I tend to worry a lot about my patients but I am not worried about this. She also reminded me that if the normal population was scanned as often as I am, that they would have abnormal scans from time to time. I just sat there in front of my oncologist, taking in every positive word she uttered. I try to re-play these positive tapes in my mind when I start to panic.

Please say a prayer that all is well when I go back in March for my follow-up scan. God Bless you all and live every day like it's your last, as none of us knows when God will call us home.

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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Good for you!! I wish you good health and much Peace!! You know, it's strange, this morning I heard something on TV about Minnesota and thought about the Minnetonka Twin. Weird. Peace!! Tom


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

I will surely keep you in my prayers, Minnetonka Twin. You are remarkable gal, and an inspiration to me!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

You are so brave. Good luck and much health and happiness throughout this coming year.


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eovery 5 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Three months is too late. In three months it can be spread through out your body. You need to do it within a few weeks to a month before it is too late.

My son had a catscan which showed a question on his liver. The MMR picked it up too. They said to retest it 6 months to see if it had grown. Unknowingly we did it at 4 months, and it was still there. We talked to an expert on it, and he said, it can't be cancer. If it was, my son would be dead by now. WHAT???? What kind of diagnosis is this? He was right, if it was cancer he would have been dead by the 4 months.

Therefore, do not wait! Get it rechecked soon. Look for growth. Go to Mayo and see their cancer specialist. I can't remember they guy's name my son saw, but they are good. But do not let them put you off for 6 months!!!!!

Keep on hubbing!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

nightbear-Thanks for your very comforting words. I am continuing to talk to God about this. I also get so much support here from great people like you on hub pages. God Bless:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi justtom-How cool is that- that you thought of me today. I will take that as a sign that my follow-up scan will be ok. Love your friendship here Tom. God Bless:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear tenderheart-You are so sweet and thank you so much for your support. It means the world to me having my friends here on hub pages:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

acaetnna-God Bless you for your kind words. I hope you also have a very happy and healthy new year. Thanks for your support here on hub pages. It means so much to me:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi eovery and thank you for your concern. I am going back in three months not six. She gave me a choice of three or six and I of course chose three. I am also going to my naturalpath this week to have my lung, muscle tested. I always feel better after I get a weird scan and I go see my chiropractor who is a naturalpath. He has me on many supplements too. I am so glad to hear all is well with your son. These ify scans can take a lot out of a person. This is my third one. God Bless you and thank you for your support.


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

I can relate to all of this Minnetonka Twin. Your hub gives me a lot of hope. I wish you the best of luck with your scan in March. I will say a prayer for you.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

carrie-Thank you soo much for your prayers. I know you can relate to this darn cancer journey. You are always in my prayers as well. I will keep you updated and I hope you will do the same. God Bless Carrie:)


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ghomefitness 5 years ago from Chicago,IL

You have my prayers, God Bless you.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for your prayers, it means a lot to me.God Bless ghomefitness.


Janet 5 years ago

Linda... Very scary to have the professionals see something that makes them go "Hmmmm" - but all you say about trusting that God has his plan for you - it's so true! I heard a neat saying the other day: "The tests of life are not meant to break you, but to make you" - we know this from the time we were little and lost our moms, right? Keep living each day to the fullest - I know you always do! God loves you, and so do I! Happy New Year, Linda! 2011 is going to be a great one!


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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

I hope that your prayers are answered and that God bless you.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I hope in your leisure time you will have a look at some herbs that may help you, just online. I will even help you if you like. I am sure most doctors will say phooey but as long as they tell you it can't hurt you why not try? I have come so far on herbs and of course it wasn't cancer but I have read people claim they beat cancer with herbs or maybe just use as a preventative. I can only tell you last winter I was in bed more than out and when I got up I walked like a ninety year old woman until I could straighten myself up and pain was so bad I just can't find words but now I am 80% better and going for that last 20. The doctors can give you chemicals but herbs are Gods medicine, it is just finding the right one in plenty of time but I do suggest you ask a pharmacist if you find an herb that sounds like what you need and let him know what you are on but most herbs are harmless. My prayers too are with you.


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Gypsy48 5 years ago

Wishing you well this year, stay strong and positive. You will be in my prayers.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

You've experienced so much, and been so strong. I have faith that the cancer will be gone. You have my prayers.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

God bless you Twin! I'm praying!


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Ingenira 5 years ago

God has His plan for you. He helped you to overcome the first, so that you can be here to share your experiences in life with us. When March comes, you will probably know his 2nd plan... pray that you will be strong in whatever comes along, and stay close to God. :)


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lorlie6 5 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Linda, you are going through such an unimaginable trial. I will be praying for you and will dedicate my St. Patrick's day to you!

Keep on truckin'!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Thank you for sharing this, I will be keeping you in my heart for healing thoughts and prayers. The very best. The Dr. seems to have gained faith in your Higher Power...Let Go and Let God do it again! The BEST.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Prayers for you.

I know doctors don't mess around with these kind of things so it is comforting that you doc is not particularly alarmed. You have a great attitude and most importantly He has you in His hands.

Your faith is precious and inspiring. Don't let that ugly fear wrap you up and steal your joy today.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I'm sorry for your struggle but glad that things have been going better lately. Best wishes for the future - my thoughts are with you.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Janet and how cool to see you here on Hub Pages. I know Laura put my story on facebook. I want to thank you for your sweet and kind words buddy. I love that saying by the way and it is so true:) I am trying my hardest to stay positive and trust that all will be fine. Happy New Year to you and please hug your kids and husband for me.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Bless you Onceuponatime for your caring words. I am taking in all this great support from my hubber friends.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

It is rare for cancer to return after the five year span.I hope and pray that you are cancer free.You are in my prayers now.God Bless you.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Pollyannalana-You are so sweet!!! I have a great chiro-practor who is also my homeopathic doctor. He actually went to medical school but felt that he could help people more as a homeopath and chiro because he felt so strong about herbs and supplements. I have been on about thirty supplements to help rebuild my immune system after cancer and the treatments and to help reduce chance of re-currence. Thanks for all your support here at hubpages and this latest scare. It means a lot to me:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Your prayers mean a lot to me Gypsy48. I am trying to just live my life and try not to obsess over this but there are those times where I panic. I know God is with me in this and all my friends, family and my loving hubber community. God Bless:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for your reassuring words A.A.Zavala-I will take all of this support in and think of these words at night when the fear comes by for a visit.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Micky Dee-It definitely helps to get my scan results out there and get this support from my friends. God Bless:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

God Bless you Ingenira for your words of wisdom.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

lorlie6-What a sweet gesture to dedicate St. Patty's Day to me. You are so thoughtful. The nice thing is, I will know the results of my scan by my anniversary date. I will definitely be celebrating when I Hopefully hear the good news. I just looked at my calendar and I have the catscan on Tuesday, March 8 and have an appt with the oncologist on Thursday, March 10, when I will get the results. I will indeed keep on truckin girl. God Bless you friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Lilly-I love your comforting phrase of "Let Go and Let God Do it Again." I am gonna use this as my mantra to keep me positive. Thanks my friend:)


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

it IS possible to beat cancer.

i suggest additional to anything else you are doing to start meditation.join the nearest meditation group you can find and learn.. once you are meditating concentrate your mind on energies entering you through the universe and aim those energies at the point where the spot is and beg them to remove the spot.

This is no JOKE no mumbo jumbo-there are energies all around you and they are willing to enter your body and cure you-YOU just have to trust them and ask them to enter your body.

i could write f0r hours on this and if you want can write a full hub on this or upload a guided meditation disc for you on the net somewhere. agree to do this twin and i ASSURE you the LORD and all the energies at his command will gather to cure you.

I could write all the details here but i need your affirmation to act on it. send me an email at neeleshdkulkarni@gmail.com and we will work at it.

WE ARE NOT GOING TO LET ANYTHING HAPPEN TO YOU TWIN.ALL OF US TOGETHER WILL BESSECH THE LORD TO SEE YOU THROUGH.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Tamarajo-I have to say that your comment has given me goosebumps. It is true that it is comforting that my doctor wasn't all freaked out. (Another good point for me to focus on while I wait for the next scan.) You are also so right about not letting fear ruin my day. God Bless you:)You have quite a way with words and it has made my day and I thank you:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Alicia-I'm holding onto all these comments with a tight grip:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

always exploring-I can't hear enough positive reminders right now. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. It helps the jitters:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Dear Neeleshkarkarni-I am so touched by the amount of caring and thoughtfulness that went into your comment on my last scan. I very much believe in meditation and would love to get one from you to use daily before my next scan. I will email you right now. God Bless you for your kindness:)


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EliseVanCise 5 years ago from Florida

Hugs and prayers! God gets us though it all doesn't he? Hold on to that strong inspiring faith and He'll take care of it all. :)


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

You have my prayers for a good result when you go back in March. Let us know how you're doing. :)


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EmpressImani 5 years ago from SE London, England

I can't even imagine what you must be going through and hope that all goes well at your next scan. My thoughts are with you, peace and love:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Elise and your so right that God will take care of this. I appreciate your support-All the comments here mean so much to me:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Tammy-Thanks for coming by and lending me support. I will definitely keep you all informed of the results. I am picturing myself having quite a party with my family that Thursday night in March. Blessings:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

God Bless you Empresslmani-Peace and love to you right back:)I appreciate your kind words.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

I am happy to hear about your recovery. I notice in the Hub that you believe in God. P/s believe what the "Word" says and don't let doctors bring in any fear back to you.

You are Healed and Victorious. :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Amen to that Lady_E. Thanks and I will keep saying this phrase when I feeling scared.

God Bless:)


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

I'll say a prayer for you, MT. May you continue in strength and good health.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Hang in there girl and think positive! Will say many prayers for you!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Tom-That means a lot:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Susan. Today I thank God for peace.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Saying one right now and will keep you in my thoughts always!


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

My hope is that your March scan relieves your worries and brings you a clear image of your future life. Letting go and letting God take control requires a great measure of faith.

I believe strength is simply compounded by fear; true courage is found within the fear we conquer while feeling our knees shake beneath our core.

I pour the healing powers of love all over your life.

K9


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I am so very glad to hear that.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

I have prayed according to your request. Good reminder that we do not know what a day (or test) will bring.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Minnetonka Twin, wishing you all the best and praying for you daily that your faith stay strong and you will stay well and healthy.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much akirchner for the thoughts and prayers. I appreciate it so much.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

God Bless you K9. You always make me feel so much better about things. You are so special to me here at hub pages. Thanks for your continued friendship and support.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Pollyannalana-Thanks for coming by and lending support to me.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for the prayers R Talloni-I think when we realize that life is fleeting and we aren't guaranteed tomorrow, life becomes more joyous and full.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks kashmir-

Your cute profile pic always makes me smile.


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mylife=adventure 5 years ago from Wisconsin

You are a very brave individual...you should be proud to have fought so hard and survived, I'm not much of a believer in God but after reading this I would hope you could send some prayers for my mother going through the same situation right now...Thanks for sharing!


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akuigla 5 years ago

My dearest Minnetonka Twin,

My love and my prayers are with you.

Please read the book by Dr.Anthony Satillaro "Recalled by life"

In my practice I advice my patients to avoid sugar.

If you are not already please folow macrobiotic


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Mylife-You ABSOLUTELY have my prayers for your mother. Please give me her first name so I can put her in prayer tonite.

My thoughts are with you too. This disease can be just as hard for the family. God Bless:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

akuigla-You are so thoughtful. I do know that sugar loves cancer but I do want to read more about the macrobiotic. I've heard of it but never researched it. I am also seeing a naturalpath/chiropractor and he has me on some great vitamins and supplements to keep the cancer away. It is helping build my immune system. Thanks so much for caring:)


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

I will pray for you dear heart, and every night I will think of you and our Lord in Heaven will allways protect you. God Bless You.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Linda, my heart goes out to you. Honestly, I don’t want to go through the hell you went through. You are such a great example for all of us – coming out of that, so beautiful and dignified. I love your picture! I’ll keep you in my prayers and trust with all my heart that you will receive no bad news after your next scan. Take care, dear friend, and Carpe diem.


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mylife=adventure 5 years ago from Wisconsin

Her name is Bridget. She is the bravest person I know but it breaks my heart to see her like this. I would really appreciate any help we can get.

Thank you, and anything you could share that maybe I can pass along that she might expect to go through or experience with the whole process would be a blessing as well

Please take care of yourself as well!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Minnetonka, there's nothing like cancer to make you sit up and look at your life. You have made it this far, you've gotten past those all important first 5 years - yah!!! Now you need to keep trusting in God and know he has his own personal plan for you. Follow doctor's order and keep on praying. You will be fine. I will keep you in my prayers.


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

I am very sorry to hear about your plight. Make me appreciate health some more. Cancer, sugar diabetes and High blood pressure are some hell of a demon. Hewww!! sigh, eye brows up.

You just keep praising God for your healing and don't you doubt or keep worrying it could come back, that will only gave satan room to come and hurt you again. JESUS RAISE THE DEAD, oh what is lung cancer to him?

Only believe all things are possible. Keep confessing your faith.

Your sis in Christ

Abby


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

God Bless you Stars-That means so very much to me. I can't wait to just get this catscan behind me already. I am hoping it's just a spot that will go away as it has in the past. Thanks for your support dear friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for your kind and thoughtful words Martie. Your prayers and support are very important to me my dear friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi mylife-Thanks so much for giving me your mothers name. I know it is so difficult to see your loved one sick. Sometimes I think it's actually harder for our family and friends to see us ill. My twin sister was absolutely beside herself with fear, worry and sadness. I would be happy to email you things that I think could be helpful for her and for you and her loved ones while she fights this disease. Your both in my prayers and I will be sending you an email with some questions which will help me in giving you suggestions that helped me.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals. I like your positive and hopeful words and I am trying to keep my spirits up as I wait till the test results in March. You and others here don't know how much your support means to me. Bless You:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

ladyjojo-You just made me feel so comforted with what you said. I love it, "Jesus raised the dead, what is lung cancer." You totally made my day. I'm giggly and happy right now.

Thank You my sister in Christ:) Satan isn't gonna bring me down.


Garnetbird 5 years ago

Very touching Hub--what symptoms led them to believe you had lung cancer in the first place? Were you coughing and having chest pain? I have chronic asthma and chest pain and have always feared Lung Cancer, although I do not smoke. Good hub!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Garnetbird and thanks for reading my hub. I had never smoked either so it was pretty shocking. To answer your question, often times the scary thing about lung cancer is that there are no symptoms so many people don't find out until it's too late. Fortunately my body told me in a few ways and I listened. Although I struggled with anxiety before, it got really intense just before diagnosis. I was pacing, couldn't sit down until I finally ended up in the ER. I had gotten myself all worked up into thinking I was having a heart attack. That's why I ended up going to ER. I was also hacking and coughing a lot and looking back I was getting a hoarse voice a lot. Those were my biggies. I havn't really heard of anyone getting chest pain as a symptom of lung cancer, so I hope that helps ease your fears. God Bless:)


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teamrn 5 years ago from Chicago

Minnetonka, You are an inspiration and give such meaning to the phrase, "Let Go, Let God." Ever since I can remember, I've had one health issue after another; you'd think I could quote the Good Book chapter and verse, right? Instead, spirituality has become more of a comfort as pulmonary hypertension gets a grip. I wonder what I did to deserve what I've got; 'Let Go, Let God.' Why the lupus? 'Let Go, Let God.' Why epilepsy? 'Let Go, Let God.'

I'd love to have the grip on life that you have, the grip that also seems to be grounded in the 'the Lord didn't give me lung cancer, but He gave me the ability to fight it (like you did) and accept His ability to heal me. One thing I firmly believe and that is "The Lord doesn't give me more than I can handle; I just wish He didn't trust me so much!"


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ladyjojo 5 years ago

You are ever so welcome darling , a kind word or two from me to you anytime.

Love yah :)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Teamrn-I guess you have had your share of health issues as well. I love how you said you wish God didn't trust you so much. I was quite shocked getting lung cancer as I never ever smoked. They think it was environmental. My parents were big smokers and a memory from childhood was waking up to the smell of mom and dad's cig smoke. YUCK-thanks so much for reading my story. Here's to better health for both of us:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Love you too ladyjojo:) BIG HUG


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'm also a cancer survivor, thanks to God and his Mayo Clinic.

You are obviously well loved here, and I too will say a little prayer for you.

Will Starr


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Will-I am so glad you are in the group of "Survivor." The big c really sucks but we prevail. So glad to see my new friend here and all thanks to my sister. Bless you:)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

How odd. I just created a short story that originates in Minnesota and I am notified that you are now following me!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

That is cool. Lets just say that it is an omen that the short story will do great:)


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Who cares about the story...let's say it's an omen that YOU will do great!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

OH, thank you Will:) How about we say that it's an omen that we both do great!!


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bayoulady 5 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Hello Twin, I've been "away" mostly with health issuesfor a few months, and have even stopped my blog for a few weeks. Sorry I didn't comment here,though did on your blog. You are strong. I know you know that. But I believe that God has strengthened you, and you are even stronger than you think you are!Much love and prayers!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Minnetonka Twin, What a wonderful testimony! You inspire us all to appreciate our time on this side of heaven and “live each day as though it were our last.” God Bless YOU! The Lord has showered his grace upon you! Although a difficult and tumultuous experience no doubt you have risen above a serious illness as conqueror in the midst of all odds… What a Blessing!

The Lord has already reassured you of His presence with you as He has brought you through time and time again. May our Heavenly Father continue to renew and restore your body and may He touch you in the way that only He can! May your life continue to be a demonstration of God’s Faithfulness as He continues to heal, strengthen and keep you! May His Peace be upon you… Thank you for sharing, In His Love Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Bayou Lady-You are so sweet to comment here when you are going through your own health issues. God Bless you. I am keeping my chin up and hoping it is nothing to worry about. I feel great so that has to be good for something. Thanks for caring my sweet hub and blog friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

DeBorrah-I write this with tears in my eyes. Your words are so comforting to me. I love how you said, "I inspire those to appreciate THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN." I find this a beautiful and comforting comment. God Bless you my friend in Christ.


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

I can't help but to admire your strength. You'll be in my prayers that God continues to bless you in every way. Stay strong in faith and spirit. Marked awesome, useful and voted up.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks pmccray for your thoughts and prayers. My catscan is coming up soon. UUGGHH


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

You will be in my prayers. Keep us all posted.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks a lot catgypsy. I will let you all know Thursday what the results are. I sure plan to be celebrating on Thursday night:)


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Paws For Peace 5 years ago

Minnetonka Twin,

I am sorry to hear about your cancer journey. Since I'm a cat we pray to, "Purrsia", the female cat Goddess of all cats.

It doesn't matter who we pray to as long as the heart felt wishes are with love and healing to all life that we as a community can cure the cancer in our communities and lives.

I am just one of the millions that believes together we can make a difference. So, along with the prayers I will promise you this.

I know it will sound childish and immature but know while you are getting a catscan this cat's paws are kneeding your lungs and taking away all cancer you don't want in your life.

Whenever there is doubt, know there are kittens gnawing at all corners of the cancer and popping them into catnip bubbles. There is not going to be any bad cancer.

This cat wants all humans and animals to be healthy, happy and alive to tickle my ears.

I'll be sending you some Reiki energy too help you, too. If that's okay with you.

Paws For Peace

Magick


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I so welcome your paws and your Reiki. My real name is Linda Rogers if that helps with the prayers and Reiki. I think the cat kneeding my lungs is one of the most beautiful images I have ever gotten. Way better than images they teach me in the cancer center. God Bless you for giving me this loving support. It means the WORLD!


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Paws For Peace 5 years ago

Linda,

I'm glad you liked the image of cats kneeding your lungs and kittens eating away the cancer. I am quite happy to send in the Reiki energy, too.

Know that you are NOT alone in this. There are hundreds of cats kneeding you lungs. Just so you know there are kittens purring through your veins and vibrating healing energy through your entire being.

If it helps when you're meditating just know we're there with you and remember we love you and KNEED you, too.

I don't need to know your name to seem the energy and Purrsia knows who you are and what you need, too.

Majick and Pat


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Sweet Majick and Pat. I am so touched that you KNEED me. I love your cute and helpful metaphors and am so glad Purrsia knows what I need. Bless you both for your comfort in this. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, from the bottom of my heart.


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Paws For Peace 5 years ago

Minnetonka Twin,

I'm happy we could help. I know there are no words to calm our fears when something like this is thrown in our face after years of thinking we're clean and safe.

I'm purring with delight that you enjoy my metaphors, too. It's so hard to get the words out the way I'm feeling them, if you understand then Im greatful. I didn't get the feelings out the right way but I hope it makes you smile, all the same.

I know when Pat is meditating she feels the vibrational healing of our purrs. Toby and Bell get on her shoulders and purrs near her ears and it resonates through her entire being. It really is an overwhelming feeling. If we can do that for her why can't we kneed a lung or two?

I've even gone as far as to ask a few of our ferals if they'd like to help and they jumped at the chance. You know how cats are. Nobody wants to be left out of anything. Miss Tilley has all the barn cats standing guard to attact any c-cells that get pass the kittens.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh, Dear kitty, you get the words out very clearly to me. I am at peace picturing all of you taking care of Pat and I. I feel very relaxed at the images of kneeding paws, purring and healings. Thanks so much dearest Pat, Toby, Bell and Tilley and all the feral cats. You are helping me more than you could ever know. MEOW my friends:)I wish I had kitty treats but I have two dogs. I will buy some kitty treats the next time I go shopping. You all deserve it for all the love you are giving me.


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Paws For Peace 5 years ago

Minnetonka Twin,

My whiskers are twitching with delight that you'd buy a treat for us. Miss Tilley says to just leave a bowl of milk outside for the little ones and we'll all be happy.

We're all just happy to help any way we can. I agree with Pat that our feline friends have all the healing touch humans need. Don't you agree?

Tell the pups we love them, too.

Purrs and Licks

Magick and Pat


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Milk it is kitty's. What is your pleasure? skim, 1%, 2, or whole milk. The sky is the limit with friends like you. Joey, my nine year old rescue dog and Spooky, my latest rescue dog, want me to thank you for loving me. Arf and Meow-The best sounds to calm an anxious spirit.


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Paws For Peace 5 years ago

2% is always best. I'm sending Joey and Spooky some peanut butter puppy bones with a few cat hairs on them to play with too.

Always remember what cats and dogs have always known. A wet nose and a warm paw is all we need to chase butterflies.

Purrs & Licks

Magick


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chuckandus6 5 years ago from The Country-Side

Great article Cancer is devastating and it is nice to hear stories of kicking it in the rear.

Keep a positive outlook and laugh often


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you so much chuckandus6. I have been kicking it's butt for seven years now and I'll never quit. I love life way too much. I appreciate your kind words.

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