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Re: I could REALLY use some advice/encouragement

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      Hi Pam,

      I, too, am from NJ.  Last summer, I was diagnosed stage 3B at age 44.  I chose to do the Interferon because I felt someone has to be in the 10% it works for…why not me?

      I saw Dr. Wolchok at Sloan Kettering.  He was wonderful, but he wanted me to do a trial with Ipi.  Half of the people get the drug and the other half get the placebo.  I wasn't comfortable with a 50% chance of not getting the drug, and therefore, doing nothing.  Sloan doesn't even offer Interferon because of its low stats.  If you decide to go with Interferon, you will have to find another place to get it.  I'm at Hackensack.

      Bottom line, I've been on Interferon since October 2009.  I am looking forward to finishing my self inections in October of this year.  I'm tired but not dead.  I worked throughout the treatments.  Everyone responds differently.  Some people can't get off the couch; others can.   That's the most frustrating part of all of this…the uncertainty and vastly different opinions/reactions.  In the end, you have to go with what you feel is the right decision for YOU…and never look back because you made the right decision.  Most importantly, stay positive; attitude is everything!!!!

      Please feel free to email me if you have any other questions or need help.

      Good luck with everything!


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