Gaelen update - TUESDAY 7/17 UPDATE

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Re: Gaelen update

Postby beth568 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:52 pm


I know she's prepared for what will come, but still, I know none of us like this news. I'm hoping that Pat stays comfortable as long as possible, and that she knows how much she has done to provide accurate information and, with it, comfort, to so many people. I've always appreciated her frank and intelligent posts.
dx @age 42, Jan '11 RC, T2or3NxM0 (stage IIIA/IIIB)
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LAR 5/23/11, staged T2N1bM0 (2 of 15 nodes positive)
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Re: Gaelen update

Postby fritts44 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:57 pm

I'm so sad to hear this. Even knowing she was no longer receiving treatments, I still thought she would be fine for longer. I hope she's comfortable & I'll be praying for her.

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Re: Gaelen update

Postby cecioboe » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:06 pm

We're praying for her comfort and peace. And for her family's strength to mirror hers throughout this very difficult time.
Ceci & Jim
Wife to Jim Stage IV RC w/liver mets
DX 9/16/11
Oct - Dec 2011 chemo/rad
1/04/12 ileo
1/16/12 LAR, liver resection
2/29/12 blockage, emer surg, ileo rev
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Re: Gaelen update

Postby keepcalmcarryon » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:48 pm

I've been dreading hearing this
I always read her postings first. They were so informative, well written, and straightforward. I wish I could thank her for educating me and undoubtably many others. May her death be easy and pain free, as she wished it.
9/07 t3 n2
exc. biop, Xelox, Rad
06/08 NED
03/09 PET-pelvic LN
06/09 rad tx
10/09 exp.lap; can't find LN
05/10 Stage IV, lung nodes
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Re: Gaelen update

Postby Bev G » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:53 pm

My heart and prayers continue to be with hurt, and my heart aches with her family and other friends.
58 yo Type1 DM 48 years
12/09 Stage IV 2/22 nodes + liver met, colon resec
3 tx FOLFIRI, liver resec 4/10
9/10 6 mos off chemo, Neg PET&CTC CEA nl
2/11 finished total 10 rounds chemo

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Re: Gaelen update

Postby Fanatik » Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:37 pm

Man I wish there would be some sort of major breakthru in the treatment for this nightmare of a disease... I don't know how everyone else feels, but lately its been pretty tough to read so many posts with all the pain people are going through lately... maybe its like this all the time and I am just more sensitized to it right now, but its a struggle for me lately to hear so many people hurting so much.... I hope she is as comfortable as possible and gets through this ordeal as best she can...
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Re: Gaelen update

Postby salysue » Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:57 pm

I, too, am so very sorry. She contributed so many words of wisdom to this forum.
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2 nodes positive out of 29
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Re: Gaelen update

Postby AJS » Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:29 am

Thanks Jaynee for the update. Keeping Pat and her family in my thoughts and prayers. May the remainder of her journey be peaceful.

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Re: Gaelen update

Postby hopeful » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:49 am

Jaynee, thank you for the update. Please send my strongest positive thoughts for peace and comfort to Pat.
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Re: Gaelen update

Postby CheeseHead » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:41 am

Thanks for the update, Jaynee, even though it was news that could be expected, it's still somewhat of a bad surprise.

Yes, she has done so much for us here on the CC and elsewhere... and I'm very thankful.

My strongest thoughts for her and her family. Hope she will remain comfortable.

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    05 Liver srgry
    -12 Xelox
    05 Xelox
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Re: Gaelen update

Postby Kathleen808 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:04 am

Thank you for this update on Pat. This is hard news even though she was so good about preparing us. I send lots of warmth and aloha to Pat and her family now. What a very difficult time for all of them with Pat's sister ill as well. I hope for peace.

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Re: Gaelen update

Postby dianetavegia » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:14 am

My prayers for her and her family during this time. I am so very sorry.....

Stage III cc surgery 1/7/09. 12 tx FOLFOX
Stage IV PET = 1.5cm liver met. HR 4/11/12

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Re: Gaelen update

Postby Staci's team » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:15 am

Jaynee, thanks for letting us know. Along with all the others here, I'm sending Gaelen my strongest thoughts that she would be comfortable and able to continue to make her way through on her terms, not someone else's.
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Re: Gaelen update

Postby barbara jayne » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:51 am

Thinking of you Gaelen,
Hoping you are comfortable,
Sending thoughts of strength and peace to your sister and family also.

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Re: Gaelen update

Postby BrownBagger » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:03 am

Peace, Pat.
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Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
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