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There are some days I wake up and still ask my husband if it was a nightmare, and I dreamed all of it. Regrettably, it isn't.

I have been debating making my battle with cancer public, and have decided to do so.  I have already shared the news with close friends and family,  and have had the chance to digest them a little while. We only found out about two weeks ago what the pathology was, so it has taken time to figure out how to plan ahead as much as we can.

Now that those difficult steps ( and many of the practical ones) have been taken, I thought it best to make a public journal. For me, this cancer had virtually no symptoms, instead it grew sneakily to this point

Cancer is not a bad word. It isn't something to be ashamed of, and something that sometimes just ... happens. Mine isn't genetic, it isn't lifestyle related. It is, in the words of my oncologist, a biological car crash.  My type of cancer is called pseudomyxoma peritonei, with mucinous adenocarcinoma. Its a mouthful for explaining appendix cancer that spreads in a jello and takes over your organs, so at this point is considered a stage 4.  Lack of information is the enemy; the more information, the more research into this ( and all cancers) the best our chances of beating them.

I'm blessed in having a wonderful family and amazing friends, and determined to beat this thing. No jello is going to get the best of me.

Thank you very, very much for all the warm support during my current health battles. ♥

I've started a blog to follow the journey, and hopefully answer some of the questions:  beatingjellybelly.blogspot.ca/
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Majnouna Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm so very sorry it has taken so long for me to send my strongest thoughts and prayers to you. I hope the surgery goes swimmingly and don't doubt your determination and the support of your loved ones can get you through this. Lots of love to you :hug:
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Uneide Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thank you, my dear Mana. Its coming up on thursday, so your thoughts and prayers are so appreciated. :hug: did i tell you? I got one of your kokeshi designs in a maternity shirt for after my hospital stay...surrounded by mana art!<3
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012   Digital Artist
I'm wishing you strength and perseverance, and thinking of you a lot!
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thank you Ania. :hug: I look at your art here, and it always inspires. And you know how life changes once you are a mom. I'm not giving up for anything!
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michaelmas Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I wish you the best during this time of trial
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thank you very much!
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michaelmas Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
You're very welcome <3
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Maru-Light Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Stay strong hon. You will beat this.
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thank you m'dear. Planning on it!!!!
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MommySpike Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Be strong. Be well.

Which, after reading your blog, I can see you're already thinking that way. A good mental attitude is key. We went through this years ago when my brother-in-law had leukemia and about to do it again with my mom-in-law's lung cancer. It's not the end of the road -- just a different direction.

You can beat this.
I believe in you.
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thank you Christi. I know you've faced a lot of crisis over the past few years, so I'm really heartened by your encouragement. Onwards! <3 <3
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SoniaCarreras Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Animo, mujer! Creo que ya te he dicho todo cuanto te podía decir, pero lo repito. Tu puedes. Porque efectivamente, cancer no es una mala palabra. Es tan mala como resfriado o amigdalitis. Es una enfermedad, y se puede vencer. Y sabes que nos tienes aqui para cuanto necesites! :tighthug:
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Gracias, mi querida Sonia. Ahi vamos! Ya la semana entrante finalmente tengo la cita con los expertos en Calgary, y bueno... ya veremos plan de batalla! Que bueno que te llegaron los dibujos! <3
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braen Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure you'll win this battle. You are all so stong... Big hugs from here, dear, and all my love and support to you and yours. :hug:
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Gracias querida! Toda la energia te la acepto!
:hugs: I was trying to remember how long it was since we met each other, can you believe it?? wow...
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braen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Buf! It makes me feel old XD
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kythsharra Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Oh, Apis, I am so sorry. I just heard the news. Eolhin let me know of your post. I'll be praying for you and sending positive thoughts your way.
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Esther, thank you so much for your kind thoughts and positive energy. Sounds like you've been having a rough time too. *tight hug*

We were blindsided, to say the least. But isn't that always the way? ONwards, step by step.
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kythsharra Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Thank you. *hugs* I've been trying to deal. It's all we can do, really.

Yes. Cancer isn't kind nor gentle. All we can do is try to kick that thing's ass back where it came from, so to speak.
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MitsuTaisho Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
kick that jello's @$$ !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :boogie:
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thank you so much! Planning on it!
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Eolhin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012   General Artist
I am so very sorry to hear this. *hugs* I know you will try to stay positive. I wish I could think of something more useful to say, but my brain refuses to cooperate. *tries to capture and bottle up the purring of her cat, and send that to you*
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thank you so much lil e. I'll take all the cat purring you can send, I really miss mine! <3 <3 I am heartened that the center I'm being sent off has the same name as one of my favorite Doctor Whos. <3
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Eolhin Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012   General Artist
Yes, Baker has always been the essential Doctor, to my mind (points down to her tag line), not that the new guys aren't good. And remember, The Doctor always wins, no matter the odds, so ignore the odds, and fight like The Doctor! *would loan you a TARDIS, but still has not managed to obtain one*

This is probably somewhat late for your road trip, but... remember to take an Oog with you. I remember that they are very comforting. *hands you a bag packed with Oog treats for the trip*
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Uneide Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Hehe, you're making me so nostalgic. But yes, every trip is better with an Oog...
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Eolhin Featured By Owner May 4, 2012   General Artist
I was reading through some of my old logs, which go back to '98. All sorts of stuff in there. *chuckle* The whole Bane and Aryck saga. And Amirithia insisted that I write that 40 stanza lament for Aryck. *shakes head and chuckles* I am glad I kept the logs though, I don't properly remember half that stuff!
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tiranaki Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
<3 siempre pensando lo mejor para ti <3
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Gracias Yeli! <3 <3 <3
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Gabycat Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
*hugs tight* Not even a few days ago, I mentioned your works with BJD to a friend and linked her to your site. I was wondering about how you were doing.
You are right, cance is not a bad word, it's a bad illness that need to be fought with everything you have, but most and above, to stay close to all of those who love you.

I have had many relatives battle cancer, and a few friends online, too.
Could i suggest you to add Floressence to your regular diet, while you are in therapy - [link] My mom is a diabetic, and has been taking this regularly, and it does help a little, it's just a dietary complement, but anything that helps, right?

Please keep us updated *hugs you very tight* :cuddle:
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Uneide Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thank you Gaby! <3 I have a friend who is into Chinese medicine, so I will be looking at all alternative therapies as well. Just waiting to have my consultation with the experts next week first.

Mil gracias... <3
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Gabycat Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
:cuddle: Bless you! And yes, by all means, alternative therapies always help traditional medicine. Anything that works!
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