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  Paige Hammer
Paige Hammer · Apr 21 at 7:32 am
A little hiccup

Just a quick update and sparing all the details, I ended up in surgery last Thursday night. I had a blocked bowel (2) that was trapped inside a hernia. This was a complication from the recent and many past abdominal surgeries.

Out of the hospital now, recovering....again.

Looking to do a round or so of chemo before Israel then hoping to get on a drug trial in New York that is supposed to be a good fit for me......

I'll keep u posted.

Paige

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  Paige Hammer
Paige Hammer · Mar 26 at 8:51 am
I'm home

Hi

Thanks so much for the positive wishes, I am home......home is my favorite place. After a bit of recovery, they are going to decide next steps. Seems there will be some form of chemotherapy involved which I was not excited to hear. The elephant has laid its trunk down but its ear is still perky.

These surgeries always remind me how fragile life is.

Paige

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Shelly Cadora · Mar 13 at 9:55 pm
Successful Surgery

The surgery today was a success and Paige is now resting comfortably in ICU. Dr. Liu was able to debulk most of the cancer and give it all a good rinsing with two powerful chemo drugs. Paige should be in ICU for another day or two, then in the hospital for about a week. The doctors and nurses are just amazing

Big thanks for all the help today with the girls, dinner, the care basket and at the hospital (mom, Nancy, Marty, Rochelle, BCD moms, Catherine, Gail, and everyone else). I know Paige appreciated all the good wishes and kind thoughts.

If you'd like to visit Paige after she gets out of ICU, just let me know and we'll figure out some good times.

Shelly

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  Paige Hammer
Paige Hammer · Mar 2 at 6:31 pm
The Elephant has opened its eye and moved its trunk

Hi All

Many of you know that at the 3 year mark, my scan was not a sleepy as it has been. Needless to say, I am going to have another 8 hour surgery, the HIPEC procedure (scraping of the body cavity lining and then a hot chemo bath) just like I did Sept 28th of 2015. It will take place Monday, March 13th at Presbyterian St. Luke's in Denver. Since I was the first person to have this procedure there, I might as well have another round with the "hot chemo" machine....I feel connected to it now!

I am surprisingly calm and ok about it and grateful that I have an option. Cancer SUCKS (really)!

Anyways, updates to come.

Paige

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  Paige Hammer
Paige Hammer · Feb 5 at 7:31 am
Three years

Hi

February 3rd marks my three year anniversary of being diagnosed with cancer. Thirty six rounds of chemo and 2 surgeries later, I am still around. In fact, we did a family ski day yesterday and with my new Fitbit, I am trying to do 10,000 steps a day. Beside some general aches and pains, I feel good.

Right now, I am on a chemo break and I get a scan this week so not sure what that will show. I have had a slight stomach ache and some other nagging digestive upsets which is always worrisome to me.

Sterling, Harper and Shelly are doing well and it seems like daily "normal" family life except there is an "elephant" in the room. Let's try to keep that "elephant" very quiet......shhhhh.

Everyday I am thankful for.

Paige

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  Paige Hammer
Paige Hammer · Jun 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm
I made it to 46!

A beautiful sunny warm day, a family hike, dinner and a walk on the beach with people I love, now that's a great way to celebrate a birthday.

I am grateful to be alive and feeling good. 3 miles of walking today was not a struggle as compared to the same time last year when I couldn't walk 10 feet.

I saw my doctor at Sloan Kettering and we are going to stay the course....chemo every 3 weeks now (instead of 2), scan in August and see what it shows.

Right now my cancer is "stable" and they just don't have predictions as to what it will do....so each day is a gift.

It's nice to be back in the mix of friends, activities, walks and dinners.

Keep going.

Paige

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Paige Hammer · Apr 19, 2016 at 9:38 pm
Keep Going

HI All

Sorry for the big delay in updating. I’ve just been trying to enjoy everyday life without a major health crisis. I had a PET scan this week and I have some cancer on a lymph node and possibly one other spot (still to be determined by Sloan Kettering). So, not much has changed since last scan. I am still on chemo 2 weeks per month but I feel pretty good and even took the girls ice skating for an hour.

Call me “radiation Rhonda” this week as my thyroid went haywire (I think from the chemo). So, I am sequestered to the basement and I get food and mail rolled down the stairs every few hours (thanks Shelly!) Small potatoes compared to what I have been through.

I am excited for some hot sunny days and warm nights to come. Summer is my time to thrive.

You light up my life

You give me hope to carry on

You light up my days

And fill my nights with song..... (get it?)

With gratitude,

Paige

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Paige Hammer · Feb 12, 2016 at 8:48 am
Good Scan Results

Well, I have some luck on my side. I had a scan in Denver yesterday and it was real good. I am still waiting for the Sloan Kettering read. There might be a few minor "pieces and parts" left (which we will soon determine by a PET scan) but overall not much cancer left. I still do oral chemo 14 days per month and we are hopeful that is what is now keeping things in check. I don't love the oral chemo as it makes me really fatigued and it's still poison to my body......but it's all relative at this point.

So, we march forward..........

With gratitude,

Paige


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  Paige Hammer
Paige Hammer · Dec 31, 2015 at 9:12 pm
Happy New Year

Hi All

It's been a whirlwind vacation and I have been very thankful to be able to make these trips. We have been to snow mountain ranch and now we are in Vancouver seeing family. Sledding, skiing, ice skating, museums, walks, parks, playgrounds, dining out......all the things I am grateful to participate in/ observe.

Overall I feel pretty good. I am currently on my second round of oral chemo and handling it relatively well. I just pray it's working.

I wanted to thank all of you for the year of good wishes, prayers, inspiration and love. I couldn't make it through this journey without you. Here's to health in 2016!

If you are wanting any last minute tax deductions.....let's continue to support Paige's outpost. Those elephants will always thank you.

https://www.gofundme.com/PaigeOutpost

Love,

Paige

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  Paige Hammer
Paige Hammer · Dec 31, 2015 at 9:11 pm
Happy New Year

Hi All

It's been a whirlwind vacation and I have been very thankful to be able to make these trips. We have been to snow mountain ranch and now we are in Vancouver seeing family. Sledding, skiing, ice skating, museums, walks, parks, playgrounds, dining out......all the things I am grateful to participate in/ observe.

Overall I feel pretty good. I am currently on my second round of oral chemo and handling it relatively well. I just pray it's working.

I wanted to thank all of you for the year of good wishes, prayers, inspiration and love. I couldn't make it through this journey without you. Here's to health in 2016!

If you are wanted any last minute tax deductions.....let's continue to support Paige's outpost. Those elephants will always thank you.

https://www.gofundme.com/PaigeOutpost

Love,

Paig

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