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Postby eitter » Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:52 am

Aloha Everyone,

Last summer I turned the raines over to Jayne, CRguy and Eric, little did I know what was to come in my life!

Just after my Federal Disability Retirement was approved in June 2012. As I told most of you my mother died VERY unexpectedly in September 2012 and left a very large estate to manage and it is a full time job in itself.

But the SHOCKER I have not told you all yet, unless you are my facebook friend do you know.

My hero, the man I looked up to in survival......a 35 year survivor of Colon Cancer and had an Ostomy and dxed the same age as me, MY FATHER passed away on February 10, 2013, Homer Dean Dennis!

It is a long story, but the things going wrong were adding up, but one item was a occurrence of Colon Cancer after being in remission for years, he was 74. They tried Chemo but his body was so broken down, they stopped and on February 1st, 2013 he was sent home to Hospice, I went shortly after on the 5th and a good few days with him, he fell into a coma on the 7th and on the 10th he was gone!

To have lost both parents so close together and I was so close to both of them, they were not married and in fact he and my step-mom had been married for 30+ years.

My saving grace has been my twin grandsons who we all say took the spirits of my parents when they were born in November!

One of my brothers had a nervous breakdown, and my other brother and I are holding our own, but it has been hard!

So when I stepped down from leading all of you, little did I know what was ahead of me! I thank Jayne, Eric and CRguy for keeping you all in line!

I hope to see some of you at Call on Congress or the National Ostomy Conference for UOAA!

Blessings to all!
DX 05/06 Rectal
6 Weeks radiation with 5FU
LAR 10/06 Stage III
Temp Ileo, reversal failed in 05/07 after 1m in hospital came out with a permanent colostomy

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Postby Kathleen808 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:18 am

Oh dearest Liz,
I am so very sorry for the loss of both of your dear parents in such a short time. What in incredibly hard time for you and your brothers. My prayers are with all of you. Thank goodness that you have a brother who can be by your side now. Sending you a huge hug.

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Folfx 3/09
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ND 2/12
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10/12 grwth lng mts Erbtx Avstn Irintcn
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Postby lydia123 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:25 am

That is a lot. I am sorry for the losses, and glad you are finding such joy in the grand kids. See ya soon.
caregiver to husband dx stage III colon/rectal cancer 5/10
6/10 surgery
7/10: FOLFOX began -- became nausea management expert
12/10: Chemo-radiation ended, scans clean.
NED since, but some scans required follow-up

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Postby jens22 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:39 am

I know when they say one door opens and another door closes....but that's a lot of door. You have given us all knowledge, strength, patience and support. I'm sending those to you. Some how I think you are the glue that holds everything together in your family.
Colonoscopy 3/10 for ? hemmorrhoid.
Diag Colon Cancer 3 days later
Colon Ressection 3/30/10
Stage 3B 5/14 Nodes positive.
Power Port and 7 months of Chemo
Port removed 11/11
8 negative Cat Scans..... 10 years cancer free and Discharged from Sloane Kett!!
Diag age 47 , now 57 Mom of 3 boys.

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Postby scattered edge » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:42 am

thank you for the update, Liz. I did follow your Dad's journey on facebook. I was so honored you and your brothers shared your love so openly.

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Postby Kathryn in MN » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:03 am

You have had such a rough year. I hope that your time in DC will help recharge you - I know your reason to be there is even stronger now (if that is possible). Sorry I can't be there to give you a hug in person this year.
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Sig Res T4a N2a Mx, KRAS mut codon13
Mets bones & nodes
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Irinotecan, Zaltrap & STAR RFA
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Postby CRguy » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:26 am

Sending deepest sympathies to you and your family Liz, and prayers and positive healing vibes for moving forward.

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Postby Bev G » Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:54 pm

Dear Liz,

What an awful, horrible time you have been through. I am so sorry to hear it. It's good to hear from you, even though the news is so sad.

As to the big kids keeping us "in line"--yes, I think they muddled through it admirably. It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.

Hugs to you, Liz,

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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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Postby KimT » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:40 pm

Sorry for you losses Liz. Miss you around here ((Hugs))
2/10 dx colon cancer
right hemicolectomy 3/19/10
Stage 2a 0/43 nodes
Lynch syndrome
3/14/10 colon resection/ removal of metal clips
Nov 11 dx ovarian cancer

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