Sandy Savin

Posting since January 01, 1970

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Long-Term Peripheral Neuropathy
January 16, 2016
Good article! I'm a 14+ year survivor(female)and still have peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet. My altered gait has, over the years, resulted in hip problems that are now being treated by a chiropractor and therapeutic massage therapist with some success. I have some balance issues and have to pay special attention to where I am going, like watching each step as I climb or descend stairs since my feet don't "sense" where I am. It's an adjustment that people who haven't experienced the problem just don't understand. My former husband always accused me of being just plain clumsy. Another article with suggested coping mechanisms and/or treatments would be helpful since you have now identified this as a real problem. Thanks!

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December 26, 2015
Agree that this should be published earlier. I'm a 14+ year survivor of inflammatory breast cancer, and although in the past I have tried to let go, I've continued to fall into the trap of trying to create the perfect Christmas. This summer I lost my son, who was my only child. This holiday season I had no desire or will to do much of anything, so I did "Christmas Lite". It actually was a good thing. I spent far more time with friends just enjoying their company, and I don't miss all the elaborate decorations I used to obsess over. I've had a few people over for simple drinks and food, and everyone seems to have enjoyed the time and companionship. Great learning experience!

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The Cancer Survivor’s Waiting Game: Wait and Watch
May 07, 2015
Great article! Words are so much more important that doctors realize. I am the very fortunate 14+ year survivor of inflammatory breast cancer because I refused to believe in the statistical median survival of 18 months. I recall telling another doctor -- not my oncologist -- about my diagnosis and prognosis. "No one survives this disease in the long term!" His calm response: "Until now." Those became my words to live by. Forget about "When, not if" The chemo will eventually stop working -- "until now". Someone has to be the new record setter. Why not you?

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