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  1. BergerKing's Avatar
    Welcome to a new thread that I hope will become a refuge for the members who fight, and thrive to survive, for the ones whose loved ones are waging the fight, and to memorialize the ones we've lost.

    As moodyk13 put it so eloquently in her thread, Cancer sucks! Many of us know family or friends who have survived. And sometimes, we all need someone to talk to, or talk about the events we've experienced. Sharing has a remarkable way of touching the lives if those we've never met, as well.

    If one of you reading this needs someone to talk to, and doesn't want to necessarily be public right away, send a PM. I'd arrange to chat via BBM or other means, if that's what you need. Anyone who wishes to participate may do so. Moral support is a big part of keeping the spirit up.

    Members may also link their threads here, to tell their stories individually, or on these pages. The thread will be stickied at the top of the Rehab and Off Topic Lounge, so as to be visible to those needing a kind word, or just to vent, but please, keep the on forum language as clean as possible.

    Thanks for your support!

    Update, 02/12/14. At the suggestion of one of our other members, our mission statement is expanding. The title now now reflects that this is now the CrackBerry Support Network, because sometimes, anyone can have a bad day. We can lose a pet, a family member, have surgery, or some other life changing event. Let's be here for all who are in need of a place to stand when life tries to get us down.
    Last edited by BergerKing; 02-12-14 at 01:51 PM.
    01-11-14 12:25 AM
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    01-11-14 12:35 AM
  3. sleepngbear's Avatar
    Nice, BK. Hats off to you and everyone else who's beaten it, and prayers and hopefully some inspiration to those who are fighting the good fight.
    01-11-14 10:17 PM
  4. BergerKing's Avatar
    Nice, BK. Hats off to you and everyone else who's beaten it, and prayers and hopefully some inspiration to those who are fighting the good fight.
    Thanks, bear! So far, things have been quiet, but it's one of those things.
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    01-11-14 11:57 PM
  5. CJH315's Avatar
    This is a good thing. Some of our Crackberry family may not have someone to talk to or vent with. My prayers go out to all of you fighting it, surviving it, or recovering from a loss of a loved one such as myself.
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    01-28-14 01:42 PM
  6. BergerKing's Avatar
    This is a good thing. Some of our Crackberry family may not have someone to talk to or vent with. My prayers go out to all of you fighting it, surviving it, or recovering from a loss of a loved one such as myself.
    So far, it's been pretty quiet, but it's available if needed.
    02-03-14 10:30 PM
  7. CJH315's Avatar
    True, the thread needed a bump. I know in my case, I've been just supporting my mother and niece as much as possible. Allowing them to grieve, but getting them going again. My sister wasn't afraid to die. She was very strong willed and was more concerned for us. She didn't want us moping around. She knew she was going to a better place and to be with our father and grandmother. I prayed for the strength to hold this family up and I received it.
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    02-03-14 11:26 PM
  8. BergerKing's Avatar
    True, the thread needed a bump. I know in my case, I've been just supporting my mother and niece as much as possible. Allowing them to grieve, but getting them going again. My sister wasn't afraid to die. She was very strong willed and was more concerned for us. She didn't want us moping around. She knew she was going to a better place and to be with our father and grandmother. I prayed for the strength to hold this family up and I received it.
    And it often takes that reaching out beyond oneself.
    02-04-14 12:52 AM
  9. brad94sc's Avatar
    I just came across this thread and I must say the timing in perfect, thanks Berkerking for making this thread!

    I am writing this as I sit here suffering the side effects from my first round of chemo. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma just before christmas and have just started 6 months of treatment. Very scary times, I must admit but it is awesome to know that there are others who want to help and support and share their stories.... I can tell you it is greatly appreciated!!!


    I consider myself one of the lucky ones, my prognosis is very positive and the outlook is that by the time the summer ends i WILL have beaten this!

    Thanks again for this thread... I will look forward to posting my story and helping someone else through a tough time once I have gotten better!!!

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    02-04-14 11:16 AM
  10. CJH315's Avatar
    I just came across this thread and I must say the timing in perfect, thanks Berkerking for making this thread!

    I am writing this as I sit here suffering the side effects from my first round of chemo. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma just before christmas and have just started 6 months of treatment. Very scary times, I must admit but it is awesome to know that there are others who want to help and support and share their stories.... I can tell you it is greatly appreciated!!!


    I consider myself one of the lucky ones, my prognosis is very positive and the outlook is that by the time the summer ends i WILL have beaten this!

    Thanks again for this thread... I will look forward to posting my story and helping someone else through a tough time once I have gotten better!!!

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    You are in my prayers.

    Posted via CB10
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    02-04-14 01:47 PM
  11. BergerKing's Avatar
    I just came across this thread and I must say the timing in perfect, thanks Berkerking for making this thread!

    I am writing this as I sit here suffering the side effects from my first round of chemo. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma just before christmas and have just started 6 months of treatment. Very scary times, I must admit but it is awesome to know that there are others who want to help and support and share their stories.... I can tell you it is greatly appreciated!!!


    I consider myself one of the lucky ones, my prognosis is very positive and the outlook is that by the time the summer ends i WILL have beaten this!

    Thanks again for this thread... I will look forward to posting my story and helping someone else through a tough time once I have gotten better!!!

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    Welcome to the thread and working on the art of patience. It's gonna be a long pull, but we're here to buck you up, the fight is worth it!
    02-04-14 08:10 PM
  12. brad94sc's Avatar
    I think you nailed it... patience is going to be the key. I have only been off work for a week and I'm already bored if daytime tv!!

    I think the trick is going to be finding things to do to keep me busy and moving, I don't want to spend the next 6 months on the couch! I am hoping fatigue doesn't play too big a factor in all of this.. if i had my way I'd be at work right now!

    I've had a better day today than the last few, let's hope it continues.

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    02-05-14 12:54 PM
  13. BergerKing's Avatar
    I think you nailed it... patience is going to be the key. I have only been off work for a week and I'm already bored if daytime tv!!

    I think the trick is going to be finding things to do to keep me busy and moving, I don't want to spend the next 6 months on the couch! I am hoping fatigue doesn't play too big a factor in all of this.. if i had my way I'd be at work right now!

    I've had a better day today than the last few, let's hope it continues.

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    Yeah, I'm used to being mobile, myself, and then to spend months at a time in a hospital bed was taxing.
    02-10-14 11:41 PM
  14. moody's Avatar
    Just now saw this thread! Hopefully others will find and use it to vent as opposed the main forums.....

    I am a 6 year bc survivor. My mother-in-law died from lung cancer, my sis-in-law is now a bc survivor, my aunt is a bc survivor and recently my father-in-law became a prostate cancer survivor.

    Since my diagnosis I've lost 5 friends to breast cancer (bc).

    Cancer Sucks. Truly does.

    So I started a BBM group for cancer survivors and care givers.

    So if anyone would like to join us, please pm me your PIN and I'll invite.

    Care givers needs as much support as us fighters.

    My cancer diagnosis just about did my husband in. He'd lost his mom and was TERRIFIED he'd lose me.

    (((((HUGS))))) to survivors & care givers alike.

    Z30/10.3.x.xxxx & Q10/10.3.x.xxxx
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    08-08-14 06:26 AM
  15. BergerKing's Avatar
    Turns out my weekend had a really bad moment as my home on wheels burned completely to the ground.
    08-11-14 02:05 AM
  16. m1kr0's Avatar
    Turns out my weekend had a really bad moment as my home on wheels burned completely to the ground.
    Really sorry to hear. Hope it all ends well and this will be just a bad memory in weeks to come.

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    08-11-14 03:05 AM
  17. moody's Avatar
    Turns out my weekend had a really bad moment as my home on wheels burned completely to the ground.
    Whaaaaaaat??? What happened? I am so sorry! I call my rv "our holiday Inn on wheels ".

    Z30/10.3.x.xxxx & Q10/10.3.x.xxxx
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    08-11-14 06:25 AM
  18. BergerKing's Avatar
    Well, a mechanical break led to a quick slide down the guard rail, which penetrated the right fuel tank and the 80 gallons of diesel within, which sprayed out and ignited, making my truck a rolling fireball for about 300 feet. When the truck stopped, a wave of flaming diesel poured out from under the truck and told me 'don't go this way'. I unbundled, grabbed the phone and slipped it in my pocket, grabbed the blanket off my bunk, and used it to suppress the flames coming up the passenger side skirting, and exited, stage right. 5 seconds later, the back of the cab had breached and a wave of flame blew the windshield out as I moved forward, away from the burning truck. 10 seconds after that, the driver's side tank blew up.
    08-19-14 12:49 AM
  19. john_v's Avatar
    From http://forums.crackberry.com/rehab-o...-sucks-858325/

    Tomorrow we have to take my ten year old to a tumor specialist. A couple weeks ago he broke his arm, and an MRI revealed what they are calling for now a "bone tumor".

    Needless to say it's been a rough couple of weeks waiting for this appointment as they won't tell us anything.

    Interesting how something like this changes your perspective. Last week I was at Five Below picking up some things, and at the register the girl asked if I wanted to donate to their St Jude's fundraising drive. Reflexively I said no, as money is tight. In that split second I looked down at the card she was holding out and the kid on it looked the same age as my son, and his diagnosis said "bone tumor". Needless to say I made a donation that night.

    You never want to see the word tumor, but when it's your own kid, well, it's so much harder.
    One year ago today was when my son broke his arm, revealing what would later be diagnosed after a biopsy as a fibrous dysplasia. We go back to the oncologist in 2 weeks for a checkup. Hard to believe it's been a year now. He's funny though, when he's trying to snow-job me he'll tell me his "arm hurts". Then we have to talk about the boy who cried wolf.

    Though we were blessed to not have to go through chemo or other kinds of treatments, it gave me a different perspective and sympathy for those who do have to fight the battle.
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    09-26-14 03:48 PM
  20. moody's Avatar
    John, I am so thankful you are celebrating a one year anniversary of "no cancer".

    Praise God this didn't have a different ending
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    09-26-14 05:04 PM
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    That's awesome
    09-26-14 05:07 PM
  22. john_v's Avatar
    So in support of all you BC survivors and fighters, my wife and I are running in a 5K tomorrow to support a BC support group. Gettin' my gear laid out tonight. Going to be chilly, in the mid- to upper- 30's tomorrow here in the Windy City.

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    10-03-14 07:05 PM
  23. pttptppt's Avatar
    When I was about 8, I had a tumor start to grow and I didn't think anything of it so I kept on going with my life. A couple of months later and I'm having all sorts of problems. Went to the hospital to find out that I had cancer. I can't remember which one because I was too young to care about the name but it scared me a lot. A couple of months later and my parents at the time were praying for me because it had developed so much that I was near the point of death. If I remember correctly, I actually gave up at some point and just wanted everything to end.

    Long story short, a miracle happened and I survived.

    I really hope anyone that needs support can come share here. Obviously this was a long time ago but I remember every horrible moment of having cancer

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    10-03-14 07:37 PM
  24. john_v's Avatar
    When I was about 8, I had a tumor start to grow and I didn't think anything of it so I kept on going with my life. A couple of months later and I'm having all sorts of problems. Went to the hospital to find out that I had cancer. I can't remember which one because I was too young to care about the name but it scared me a lot. A couple of months later and my parents at the time were praying for me because it had developed so much that I was near the point of death. If I remember correctly, I actually gave up at some point and just wanted everything to end.

    Long story short, a miracle happened and I survived.

    I really hope anyone that needs support can come share here. Obviously this was a long time ago but I remember every horrible moment of having cancer

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    Hi Patrick! (just had to!)

    Thanks for sharing your story. Cancer is one of the most non-discriminating diseases out there. All ages, races, creeds, nationalities...

    Totally changes your perspective when those you love have been touched by it.
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    10-03-14 08:53 PM
  25. moody's Avatar
    When I was about 8, I had a tumor start to grow and I didn't think anything of it so I kept on going with my life. A couple of months later and I'm having all sorts of problems. Went to the hospital to find out that I had cancer. I can't remember which one because I was too young to care about the name but it scared me a lot. A couple of months later and my parents at the time were praying for me because it had developed so much that I was near the point of death. If I remember correctly, I actually gave up at some point and just wanted everything to end.

    Long story short, a miracle happened and I survived.

    I really hope anyone that needs support can come share here. Obviously this was a long time ago but I remember every horrible moment of having cancer

    Posted via CB10
    Wow Patrick! When I was going through treatment I would think "I don't know how a child does this or how a parent could make it through watching their child ". So glad you got your miracle! So how long have you been in remission?
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    10-03-14 10:20 PM
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