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Gratitude Thread

Postby tammylayne » Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:28 am

Hello all....going through some "stuff" right now...and decided to start a Gratitude Book. I have done this in the past, as I am sure many of you have. I kept a journal and every evening I wrote down something that I was grateful for that day. Really helped during those dark days of treatment.

Thought I might start this thread and see if anyone would like to join in here on the CC???? Just a line or two...or even a word of something you are grateful for in your life. I thought that maybe when someone is feeling down they might open this thread...and see something they could relate to that will make their day just a little brighter...

To start....

I am grateful for my children. They have my matter what. They don't pretend to understand my battles...they don't have to. They just love and accept me. xoxox
51 F
'06 Stage 1 CC,
'10 Stage 3 Rectal

"You never know how strong you are until you have to become your own hero."

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Re: Gratitude Thread

Postby Bev G » Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:39 am

What a great idea, Tammylayne.

I am so grateful for my son Daniel. Not only is he a compassionate, sensitive, loving man, he was part of the amazing team that helped save my life when I was very sick. It was very rare that I woke up in the hospital that he wasn't there (17 admissions in 2010). He saw me in conditions a kid should never have to see their mom in. He never, ever gave up, and because of that, I simply never did either, even though there were several times I really wanted to.

He is, without a doubt, God's greatest gift to me.

Thanks for this, Tammylayne.

Love you,

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

9/13 ^17th clean PET/CT NED for now

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Postby jean60 » Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:50 am

I am grateful for the wonderful full night's sleep I enjoyed last night and the beautiful day I awoke to. The sun is shining, the temps promise to be perfection and the leaves are just beginning to turn. I am grateful.

Dx Rectal Cncr 5/12
Stage III
5 weeks Chemo (5FU) & Radiation completed
LAR with temporary ileostomy 9/12, complete response
Began FOLFOX 10/12. oxil reduced after tx 1, eliminated after tx 2. Now 5FU.
Finished 1/13
Ileostomy reversal 5/13

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Postby JDinNC » Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:35 am

I'm grateful for my sister, Dawn who keeps telling me that I'll be alright. She continues to encourage me to trust in God, even though I have a hard time in doing this. She's my spiritual inspiration.....
61 y/o female @ DX...........
6/13 DX- stage 4
Sigmoid colon cancer.
One met to lung
7/13 colon resection
8/13 lung resection
7/17 four years....NED
8/18 five years....NED
63 y/o @ DX
6/15 stage 2a
7/15 surgery on arm
7/15 NED
4/16 recurrance
5/16 remove metastasis from back
5/16. Started immunotherapy
8/16 discontinue treatment
7/18...PET scan...NED

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Re: Gratitude Thread

Postby peanut_8 » Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:43 am

I have the most amazing supportive family.
Every one of them are fantastic.
I'm truly grateful for each of them.
I hope to be able to return the support some day for them.
cheers, peanut
female, diagnosed Jan 14, RC stage 2a, age 56
April 14, 28 chemo/rad with Xeloda
June 14 adjuvant Xeloda 6 rounds
currently NED

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Re: Gratitude Thread

Postby Regan » Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:04 am

I am grateful for finding the clon club
DH dx 7/12
Stg IV RC liver mets
11/12 Hrt Attk by Folfox
1/13 Liver resct
4/13 LAR-Temp
1/14 revrsal
4/14 Hrnia surg 4/14
1/15 local recur, liver, lung, aortocaval region of retroperitoneum, anterior wall of distal abdominal aorta
2/15 Irinotecan
1/16 Lonsurf (fail--just zapped. Strength)
Aug 10, 2016 at rest

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Re: Gratitude Thread

Postby ams5796 » Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:22 am

Thanks Tammylayne,

I'm grateful for my family, just my husband and my kids. When I look at my kids I'm so grateful that they grew up to be wonderful people. Maybe we did something right. :?

This is good timing.

Stage 3C (or 4?) Rectal Cancer 01/07
2/10 lung mets
3/11 VATS
6/11 VATS
7/13 lung met
2/14 SBRT
NED 8/14
5/17 scan and MRI found treated spine met

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Re: Gratitude Thread

Postby skypup » Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:01 pm

I'm grateful for this strong body that keeps handling what gets thrown at it, giving me so much more time on this beautiful earth than I might have expected.

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Postby ptfly » Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:08 pm

I am grateful for having my beautiful and sweet wife.
So grateful for this group, our parents and friends that would do anything to help us through this journey.
Husband to Tracie with stage 4 CC. Liver Mets
DX 5-10-13. C resection 5-17-13. 5/17 LN
FOLFOX+AVI 6-11 thru 9-19-13
HAI pump on 10/31/2013 :) Stopped 9/14 :(
Passed peacefully in my arms at home on 11/11/14

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Postby mstults » Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:12 pm

I am great full to my Mother, Brother and Oncologist. They were the ones that had faith in me that I was strong enough to fight when I was at my worst. They never gave up on me.
Male Age 53. Dx CC with numerous liver mets 6/23/12. Colon res 6/24/12. Started folfox 7/24/12. Added avastin 8/27/12. CT 12/27/12 still showing shrink. Took 17 rounds of FOLFOX. Then 5-FU + Avastin. Switched to Irinotecan for 1 yr. CEA rose to >400. Switched to Vectibix 2/18/15. CEA decreasing. Scans show some growth in liver mets. Lung Mets stable to shrinking.

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Re: Gratitude Thread

Postby Val*pal » Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:20 pm

Despite all the grief I feel over losing Danny and continuing to hear of the ongoing struggles of others, I am grateful I found this forum. It has opened up a whole new dimension on the ability of people to overcome supreme odds. There is a lot of pain here, but pain is a part of the human condition, and I think sometimes we lose sight of the beauty of the world when we don't see experience challenges. (Though sometimes there is definitely too many challenges!) I am also very grateful that Danny came into my life fourteen years ago. I am a better person because of him.
DH dx'ed May '11, age 62
Jul '11: resection Stage IV
10/11: 6 mo Folfox
8/12:thyr canc, surg/tx
2/13: peri mets
2/13: Firi/Avas
6/13: Ok
8/13: break
10/13: Lung, peri, mets
10/13: Firi/Erb
1/14: Erb Fail; spread
5/14: Tx stopped
6/20/14: At rest

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Re: Gratitude Thread

Postby bitchslapped » Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:30 pm

Memories, though sometimes painful, they are a precious gift. You really come to realize that when someone is robbed of them as my mother was w/dementia. I can only hope that as cruel as stroke is, there was also a lot of pain along the way that was forgotten. So now I am :(
DSS,35YO,unresect mCRC DX 7/'14,lvr,LN,peri,rib
FOLFOX+Avstn 4 Rnds d/c 10/'14
Stent 9/'14
FOLFIRI+Avstn 10/'14
Gone From My Sight 2/20/15
Me:garden variety polyps + precancerous polyp, diverticulitis
Carergver x2 DH,DM dbl occupancy,'03-'10
DH dx 47YO mCRC,'04-'07 fried x HAI
DM dx CC 85YO,CC,CHF,stroke,dementia,aphasia

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Re: Gratitude Thread

Postby orcasres » Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:42 pm

My wonderful husband (who endured all of those 15 hour infusion days via the ferry), my sons who are strong, independent young men, and the Colon Club which never stops giving me inspiration and knowledge.
63 yo F
Colon resection Sept. 2010
pT3N0M0 Stage 2A
Medullary Tumor 6.5cm long
Lymphovascular invasion
Lynch negative
12 FOLFOX 11/2010 to 5/2011 8 w/Oxi
NED so far

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Re: Gratitude Thread

Postby teachpdx » Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:21 pm

I am grateful to the people at my church that financially supported me when I was going through my treatment. I'm also grateful for my garden and fresh vegetables that I can pick and immediately prepare. Thank God for dirt. :wink:
4/24/12 RC T3N1M0 age 53
5/23-7/2 - 26 chemorad - Xeloda
7/16 Lynch- MSH2
8/28 LAR w/ temp ileo, CR, 0/11,M0, hysterectomy
10/13 6 cycles Xeloda - completed only 1 1/2 due to HFS
3/12/13 - reversal
8/13 NED
6/15 - HFS gone!

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Re: Gratitude Thread

Postby singingholly » Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:30 pm

I'm grateful for my friends, who just left my house... my wonderful loving and lively friends.
(Excellent idea!)
Dec2011 sigm IIIst res T3N1(2/18)M0 Xelox
Oct2012 5liv.mets Dec 2012 liv.res
Jan2013 1liv.met Folfiri+avastin
Jul2013 liv.res Folfiri+/av
Feb2014 10+2lu.mets & 1abd node Folfoxiri+SBRT
Sep2014 Res rx l. BUT spot on diaph:SBRT
Dec2014 3+6lu.mets.Immuno

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