I've been lurking here since April '10, at first looking for success stories. Along the way there were a handful of long term remissions or cures, but lots more bad news than good, makes it hard to come back. I know that the good news always gave me hope, so I'm hoping my story gives someone hope as well.
Persistent constipation over a few years finally lead to bloody stool and diagnoses. Surgery and chemotherapy. Lots of anxiety and discomfort. As of Friday 9/13, 3 years NED. I feel good and looking forward to many more healthy days. Good doctors and good treatments, faith, exercise, diet, all of these things have contributed to my success so far.
I also tried acupuncture and meditation during chemo, and I believe they really helped in making it a bit easier. Chemo is something I would not like to do again, ever.
Supplements I'm taking, and have taken since beginning of journey:
Vitamin D3 5000/mg
PSK Mushroom Science
Aspirin, regular dose every other day
I consulted with Integrative Doc at MSKCC, and she said it would be fine to do this. I think it's helped me, even if it just adds a small percentage to the survival numbers, I'll take that.
I wish everybody the best and strength to keep on living. This is not easy for any of us. Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
DX Jan '10, at 47
Feb - colon resection - 2/17 nodes
April - liver mets - Stage 4
3 months Folfox chemotherapy
August '10 liver resection and HAI pump
7 months chemo FUDR HAI and Folfiri systemic
NED since August 2010
Last treatment April '11
HAI Pump removed Dec '15