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Recipezaar Editor: Thank you for visiting Judy-Jude's page. Sadly, Judy-Jude passed away on January 8, 2009. She had many friends here, and she will be missed. I have been a member on Zaar since 2002 and I am addicted to Zaar. I want you all to never give up hope fighting cancer and giving your loved ones the hope to keep going. I am a cancer survivor, since February of 2004, when I had surgery for lung cancer. I received so much support from all the members on Zaar and I am so grateful to everybody that encouraged me to get stronger each day. In January (2006) my dear husband and best friend died, once again the Zaar family was there for me. In May of (2007) I was admitted to the emergency room for a problem with my intestines, at that time I learned that my lung cancer had returned but in an area, that is not operable in my thorax area. I went through my reconnective surgery on my intestines first and no cancer was found there. In August, I was strong enough to begin radiation treatments and I thankful so write that, to date, the radiation is working on reducing the tumors. I am now addressing an issue with the return of cancer in my upper lobe of my left lung. I am hopeful that I can start a new chemotherapy regimen to fight this, once again. May 28th 2008, When my ability to communicate via E-mail was difficult, I knew I had some serious issues going on. I was elated when I had my CAT Scan in April because it indicated that the Chemo Tarceva pill and that I take each day, appears to be working, the new spots on my left lung and not gotten larger. Dr. Sims, who put me on Tarceva, was very pleased. A follow-up visit a couple days later, indicated that the tumors that were treated, continued to shrink, Dr. Nixon was so pleased. Both of my specialists felt that I was just weak and once I got some weight back on, this would go away. It got worse, I had such little energy, it was difficult to put 8 hours of work each day. I could barely get my words out, my dear friend Louise took me to the ER that Exeter Hospital, the staff was wonderful, I think they felt that I was having a stroke. The ER doctor was wonderful and suspected the cancer had spread or I had pressure on the brain, causing this. The MRI indicated the mass in the head, which was a large tumor putting pressure, therefore, that acted similiar to a stroke. Luckily I caught it before it hit my whole right side. On June 9th I had my operation, appears to be a success and the tumor had not attached to the brain tissue. I came home on June 13th, Louise my dear friend stayed with me at night and we had some fun!! On Monday afternoon, when she came to stay, I sent her on way because I can stay alone at night now. I am bouncing back!!! go for radiation again, but I know the Staff and Mark Wentworth Hospital from my previous radiation treatment and I adore Dr. Nixon. Time to get well and continue the fight!! Speach stutter is almost gone and the ability to type is back!!!! I have a wonderful support system of friends and co-workers and of course Zaar. Great site.....great Zaar family to belong to. I can't ever thank each and every member enough for all their on-going prayers and support. I love to cook and share recipes. My favorite cookbook is "Italian Family Cooking" by Anne Casale. I enjoy gardening and my hobby is stained glass projects. Enjoy all the time I can with dear friends.