The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby Maia » Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:29 pm

Godspeed, dear Frenchie. My love and thoughts of strength and peace for you, Diane.

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby Sharon Brent » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:23 pm

My Dear Diane,

My Heart sank when I read the sad news that Ron passed away, words can not express the loss I feel and it's only a drop in an Ocean to what you must going through.

We are here for you, Ron is a Legacy here, he touched so many people's lives, he was a Blessing and leading force in my time of need.

PM me if you need or want to

My Love and Blessing to you.
Love always Piyagarn
DH, 47yo, Dx Stg IV, mCRC, lvr, lng 1/14, Tx Capeciabine 9 rnds
Children 5 & 1
DH 48th Birthday 6 November in Hospital
Home palliative care on 12 November 2014
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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby Bev G » Sun Jul 09, 2017 8:53 pm

What epically sad news. Godspeed to you, Diane.
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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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby bitchslapped » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:17 pm

Diane, Some of us know what we want from life here on this planet, some of us know more of what we don't want. It always seemed to me that Frenchie had a handle on both, yet a compassionate man. Frenchie made a tough decision a few years back & you respected & supported his decision. No doubt very difficult for you. Difficult for Frenchie as I know he tried not to look back. That's gotta be tough. I will always remember "Our Frenchie" as a champion. The man had guts & I'm guessing through most all of his life. I can only imagine some of the stories I tried to get out of him from time to time. :)

This is my small tribute to Ron. It is a Paul Anka tribute video (a Canadian) who wrote "My Way" for Frank Sinatra.

Extending my most heartfelt sympathy to you for the loss of your dear Ron.

Hoping your memories of the good times will help carry you through your sorrow.

RIP Frenchie, My Friend. I still wish we had been neighbors.

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
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DH dx 47YO mCRC,'04-'07 fried x HAI
DM dx CC 85YO,CC,CHF,stroke,dementia,aphasia

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby Lee » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:35 pm

bitchslapped wrote:This is my small tribute to Ron. It is a Paul Anka tribute video (a Canadian) who wrote "My Way" for Frank Sinatra.

BS that is so perfect. Yes I cried, butt that is so Frenchie. Frenchie did it his way. A beautiful tribute to a wonderful soul.

RIP dear Frenchie (aka Ron)

rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 16 years and counting!

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby ktwmn » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:54 pm


Frenchie gave us a great gift by sharing his journey here. We will miss his voice, his unique take on everything, his sense of humor. We have all learned so much from him. Thank you for sharing these final miles with us. May you find peace in your many beautiful memories together, those are truly a blessing.
Dx 7/11, Stage IIIc CC
12 txs Folfox 8/2011-2/2012
MSS, KRAS-mut G12D
NED until 3/2015, mets to liver and peritoneum
April-December 2015: 15 txs folfiri+avastin
Liver mets resolved; pelvic met remains
January-May 2016: folfox+avastin; allergic rxn to oxi
June-August 2016: 5FU+avastin
October 2016: looking into immuno trial
January 2017: maintenance chemo xeloda + avastin

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby AussieAssCancer » Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:57 pm

I'm so very sorry!!! No other words. How lucky he was to have you by his side through it all! With love, Geoff
Dx Oct '15 w/ Stage 3c RC/ CEA 8
Nov '15 - Jan '16: 3x FOLFOX and 5wks Chemoradiation w/ Xeloda
March '16: ULAR w/ temp ileostomy
Complete pathological response incl 0/12 nodes
May - Aug '16: 9x FOLFOX (dropped Oxaliplatin for final Rd due to neuropathy)
Clear CT scans in April ‘16 (NED), Dec ‘16, Aug ‘17, Feb ‘18, March ‘19, Feb ‘20
Feb '17: Ileostomy reversed
CEA Post Surgery: ALWAYS 2

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby Willow.NZ » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:14 am

So sorry for your loss :( you have supported and loved Ron through this terrible time & I hope you are now surrounded by loving & strong ppl who will help carry you through this next stage x
Dad diagnosed Sept 14 Stage IV. Age 57yrs. Transverse colon - spread to Retroperitoneal, Mesenteric & Supraclavicular lymph nodes. Folfiri commenced Sept 14.
April 15 - Bowel resection
August 15, stable scan
Feb 16 - No signs of cancer on scan...stop chemo & scan in 3 month
Scan April 16, Crazy growth to stomach, lymph nodes & multiple mets to liver. Commencing Folfox.
August: chemo not working. Stopped treatment.
September 3rd 2016 peacefully left this earth.

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby ams5796 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:07 am

What a wonderful person Frenchie was. We will miss him.

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: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby peanut_8 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:50 am

RIP Frenchie. You were one of a kind. An inspiration to so many of us here. Glad you're not suffering any more.

Diane, thank you so much for all the updates, and taking care of our dear Frenchie. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, and the rest of Ron's family.

All my love,
Terri aka 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: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby canadiandaughter » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:46 am

So sorry to hear this news. Frenchie was an inspiration to many on this board and a dear friend to all. He definitely defied the odds and lived his life to the fullest, may he now rest in peace free of pain. My deepest sympathies to you Dianne and all of Ron's family. I pray for strength for all of you to help you get through the coming days, weeks and months ahead. Take care of each other!! Hugs
DD to 81 year old father
dx 24/07/14 iv cc mets liver/lung
folifiri started 19/07/14
shrinkage of all mets
growth in the liver,started folfox/avastin 80% 13/01/16
reduced to 70% due to side effects 27/01/16
First scan on folfox shows shrinkage in lungs, but liver just stable
6 rounds of vectibix-fail. 3cm growth and new spots showing Waiting for panel recommendations
At peace January 8, 2017

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby jortego128 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:22 pm

I'm so sorry to hear this... When I learned this I immediately got depressed and have been down the whole day. Frenchie was one of the first personalities I encountered here at CT more than 2 years ago. He was witty, funny, smart, and seemed to be a very nice guy. The "5 year club" badge on his profile inspired me and gave me hope and determination for my mom.

This disease is so ruthless, and discriminates not...

May God rest his soul and comfort his loved ones...
DM 57 yrs old dx 6/8/15 T:4a N:1b M:1
KRAS G12D and TP53 C242fs mutations
Poorly Differentiated, Prominent Signet Ring Component(~50%)
Microsatellite Stable, 3 of (13)lymph nodes positive
15 Liver mets, largest 3.2 cm
Prim. Resection, Right Hemicolectomy 6/21/15
Start Chemo 7/20/15
2 rounds FOLFOX, 1 round FOLFOX +Avastin
CT 8/28/15, met growth, largest 4.5cm
4 rounds FOLFOX+Avastin
CT 11/06/15 mets stable, lungs clear
Begin FOLFIRI+Avastin 11/17/15, Stop chemo 1/26/16
Entered Paradise 3/11/2016

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby juliej » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:49 pm

No words can express the sadness we feel over such a bright light leaving this earth. He certainly used up all nine of his lives - the Grim Reaper had to work hard to snatch him away!!! His spirit and humor lightened our loads on this forum many, many times and he will be sorely missed.

Diana, may the love of family and the support from friends help you through the journey ahead.

Stage IVb, liver/lung mets 8/4/2010
Xelox+Avastin 8/18/10 to 10/21/2011
LAR, liver resec, HAI pump 11/2011
Adjuvant Irinotecan + FUDR
Double lung surgery + ileo reversal 2/2012
Adjuvant FUDR + Xeloda
VATS rt. lung 12/2012 - benign granuloma!
VATS left lung 11/2013
NED 11/22/13 to 12/18/2019, CEA<1

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby alphagam » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:17 pm

RIP Frenchie, you and Diane were an inspiration to all.

Dx Feb 2010 4 cm tumor, just inside rectum
EUS stated T3 tumor
2nd opinion, need better path
Mar 2010 transanal surgery. Surgery by board certified CRS found tumor only in lining
6 exams of surg site, 3 PET, 3 scopes laterNED.
Scope in Mar2015, clean colon
Next scope/test in 3 years

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Re: The Grim Reaper took another swipe at me !!

Postby justin case » Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:18 pm

I have to respect the caretaker of this intelligent man, we all wish we could be! There are just some battles you can't win, but with your personal army, all was worth it !
May the brightest light shine down, as the pain is gone, dear Frenchie, you also did all you could do !
Warm Regards,
7/11 diagnosed Stage 2 colon and rectal cancer
lar/temp ilio
Reversal & port removal
21 round of chemo Folfox 9tx, 5fu 12 tx
Last treatment July 2012

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