1. BergerKing's Avatar
    I suspected there was something wrong right before I left for camp last summer, and was diagnosed when I got home. I just kept hoping I'd live long enough to make it back to camp this year. Now that I'm here, it feels right! And I finally feel like it's all over. (Of course, I go back to the oncologist as soon as I get home, but at this point it should just be for another scan to make sure I'm still 100% perfect!)

    ​You guys have been an awesome support system.
    That's one thing about long time forum-heads, they can really reach out and pull others out of a funk. I never tried to understand why some try to pull others down. How bad must they hate life when all they do is spread misery and discontent? I'd rather people had the chance to feel good, for the right reasons.
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    06-02-2013 01:29 AM
  2. Eileen89's Avatar
    Hey Alli, just wanted to say that you look great in your new Avatar pic. Hope you are feeling well.


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    07-21-2013 07:56 AM
  3. Alli's Avatar
    Thanks Rose! It's so nice having hair again. I got it cut for the first time two weeks ago and it was exciting!

    I'm doing physical therapy twice a week, and getting stronger all the time!
    07-22-2013 02:23 PM
  4. seashell93's Avatar
    Thanks Rose! It's so nice having hair again. I got it cut for the first time two weeks ago and it was exciting!

    I'm doing physical therapy twice a week, and getting stronger all the time!
    That put a smile on my face reading that Alli!! You go girl!!


    Sent from my sweet sassy iPhone
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    07-23-2013 08:08 PM
  5. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    Alli, I have watched your changes in your avatar as time went on. I can't even begin to tell you how much of a brave & courageous person you are for sharing that part of your life with the iMore community. It truly must've been a very hard time to go through, but in the end, you are healthy, strong willed person. I'm sending you a big hug for celebrating your recovery !! It's incredible to see the strength you have. Stay strong, you have a long life to enjoy ahead of you !!

    Besides, we need you around here to keep the wise-@sses in line


    Sent from my pink-a-licious 4S
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    07-24-2013 06:55 PM
  6. Alli's Avatar
    Thank you so much! Being able to come to iMore every day and relax and think of the important things like "what color case do I need next" was a big part of my healing process.
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    07-24-2013 09:21 PM
  7. Eileen89's Avatar
    Thank you so much! Being able to come to iMore every day and relax and think of the important things like "what color case do I need next" was a big part of my healing process.
    So Alli, what colored case did you get?


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    07-24-2013 09:33 PM
  8. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    So Alli, what colored case did you get?


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    yes do tell Alli !! which case/color ?!??! Us case addicts want to know


    Sent from my pink-a-licious 4S
    07-24-2013 09:52 PM
  9. BergerKing's Avatar
    Alli, I don't know how much hair you lost, I know that I lost every single hair on my head and body. When all that was starting to grow again, summer was rolling good and it was sheer misery.
    07-28-2013 10:01 PM
  10. Alli's Avatar
    I got the black LifeProof Nd.
    07-31-2013 10:25 AM
  11. Alli's Avatar
    Alli, I don't know how much hair you lost, I know that I lost every single hair on my head and body. When all that was starting to grow again, summer was rolling good and it was sheer misery.
    The only hair I didn't lose was my eyebrows and eyelashes. However, they no longer grow, which is really weird. I look like I've just had my eyebrows waxed too closely. There is still nothing under my arms (and I only had radiation on one side), and I can use tweezers on my legs, because I only get 3 hairs at a time.

    ​It was not the best way to get these results, but I'm not complaining at this point! At least the hair on my head has come back, and it's nicer than it ever was before I lost it!
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    07-31-2013 10:27 AM
  12. Eileen89's Avatar
    At least the hair on my head has come back, and it's nicer than it ever was before I lost it!
    This is exactly how it was with my Dad's hair after he was done with the Chemo treatments. He actually had hair after that, and thick too.
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    07-31-2013 01:44 PM
  13. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    The only hair I didn't lose was my eyebrows and eyelashes. However, they no longer grow, which is really weird. I look like I've just had my eyebrows waxed too closely. There is still nothing under my arms (and I only had radiation on one side), and I can use tweezers on my legs, because I only get 3 hairs at a time.

    ​It was not the best way to get these results, but I'm not complaining at this point! At least the hair on my head has come back, and it's nicer than it ever was before I lost it!



    Your hair is looking really nice on your new avatar!





    Sent from my Lumia 900 using Tapatalk
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    07-31-2013 04:18 PM
  14. Chris Kerrigan's Avatar
    Amazing news, Alli. So happy for you. Keep up the fight!
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    08-03-2013 09:16 AM
  15. Alli's Avatar
    My permanent compression sleeve (for my lymphedema) arrives Monday. I'll show pictures once it gets here. Y'all will love it.
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    08-03-2013 06:25 PM
  16. finn5975's Avatar
    I had put two-and-two together around the time that I first joined last year. I've since watched the avatar pics change and just now stumbled upon this thread. I'm so happy for you and pray that you see nothing but continued success you beautiful gal!
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    08-04-2013 01:54 PM
  17. Alli's Avatar
    Ok, I can't stand it anymore. I showed the picture to my mother-in-law, and the look on her face was priceless. She didn't like my choice, but after seeing some of the others, decided the one I liked was one of the better options. LOL

    Thank you for your support-vivavida_sleeve_detail1.jpg
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    08-04-2013 11:05 PM
  18. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Ok, I can't stand it anymore. I showed the picture to my mother-in-law, and the look on her face was priceless. She didn't like my choice, but after seeing some of the others, decided the one I liked was one of the better options. LOL

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    I love it! It looks like a full sleeve tattoo!
    08-04-2013 11:30 PM
  19. Alli's Avatar
    I love it! It looks like a full sleeve tattoo!
    Exactly! But a tasteful one. Haha!!!

    For the last few days since my last therapy session I was wearing fuscia kinesiotape

    Thank you for your support-5299_624405407574061_1475042240_n.jpg

    Whenever someone asked what it was I said "it's the latest fashion statement for white women who are afraid of getting a tattoo."

    ​I can probably use the same answer with the compression sleeve. Hehe!
    08-05-2013 11:03 AM
  20. Guacho's Avatar
    My wife and I went through a cancer battle 9 years ago so we know the ups and downs of this, you're an incredible person and a fierce fighter... and this is gonna make you even stronger..

    Buena Suerte
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    08-05-2013 10:52 PM
  21. Alli's Avatar
    My husband and I wound up going through this more together than most couples. The week before my mastectomy, he was diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer. We overlapped at radiation for two weeks.
    08-06-2013 12:40 PM
  22. john_v's Avatar
    Alli hopefully you don't mind me posting this here, not intending to hijack this thread. If folks would keep my ten year old son in their thoughts and prayers. Tomorrow we have to take him 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.

    EDITED TO UPDATE:
    Long story short is we still don't know. The oncologist was very nice; younger guy, has kids of his own, and really connected with us before getting into the nitty gritty. He didn't sugarcoat anything, but gave us best case/worst case scenarios.

    He did some more xrays...it was weird to see the "anamoly" in my sons bone. He basically said that if he was just going off of xrays , he'd be comfortable monitoring it and seeing what happens. However, the MRI gives him pause, as it appears to be a bone tumor on the MRI. So, the only definitive way to know is a biopsy, which is scheduled for a week from monday. So it will be a week of wondering still. Casey did get his cast off today, the break was a very clean break and has healed up nicely.

    Lots of info to process and digest. The words "bone cancer" just weren't in my vocabulary. But as I looked around the cancer center today, and saw so many hurting people; all ages, nationalities...definitely not a discriminatory disease.

    Sent from my iPhone 5
    Last edited by john_v; 10-17-2013 at 10:27 PM.
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    10-16-2013 11:26 PM
  23. Xx BEN xX's Avatar
    That is so awesome to read this. I am a newbie to the forum but to hear your story is amazing. Two thumbs up to you!


    Sent from my iPhone 5s
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    10-17-2013 12:33 PM
  24. ame's Avatar
    Alli I hope you are BOTH doing well now.

    Alli hopefully you don't mind me posting this here, not intending to hijack this thread. If folks would keep my ten year old son in their thoughts and prayers. Tomorrow we have to take him 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.

    EDITED TO UPDATE:
    Long story short is we still don't know. The oncologist was very nice; younger guy, has kids of his own, and really connected with us before getting into the nitty gritty. He didn't sugarcoat anything, but gave us best case/worst case scenarios.

    He did some more xrays...it was weird to see the "anamoly" in my sons bone. He basically said that if he was just going off of xrays , he'd be comfortable monitoring it and seeing what happens. However, the MRI gives him pause, as it appears to be a bone tumor on the MRI. So, the only definitive way to know is a biopsy, which is scheduled for a week from monday. So it will be a week of wondering still. Casey did get his cast off today, the break was a very clean break and has healed up nicely.

    Lots of info to process and digest. The words "bone cancer" just weren't in my vocabulary. But as I looked around the cancer center today, and saw so many hurting people; all ages, nationalities...definitely not a discriminatory disease.

    Sent from my iPhone 5
    Thoughts are definitely with you.
    10-18-2013 02:07 PM
  25. Anilu7's Avatar
    Hugs, Allie and all who've dealt with cancer. It's not something I'd wish on my worst enemy. I'm glad you came through it and have your humour.
    10-18-2013 08:28 PM
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