Our beloved Skypuppy

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Bev G
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Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby Bev G » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:06 am

I am beyond sick to report that Skypuppy passed away yesterday. We have kept in touch through Facebook and phone calls, though too few of them. She is a one-in-a-million human being. I learned a lot from her, both medically and philosophically. I will miss her very, very much.

Big, sad loss for all of us. Theresa (Skypup), your kidnapping is over. You did not go gently into that good night, butt you also never lost a molecule of your awesome grace.

I love you very much. See you later.
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: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:18 am

So very sad. :( My deepest condolences to her friends and family.
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)

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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby Nik Colon » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:31 am

RIP :( I had heard earlier, but wasn't sure. Very sad you confirmed this. This disease is horrible!
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Stage IVa Sig CC 2 lvr mets 1/12 Ln
(3, =<3 lng spots at dx til 5/16)
=T3N1aM1a 4cmX4mm (lng not included)
dx 12/2014 at age 39
CEA 1/15-4.9, 12/16-4.9 again
neoadj FOLFOX 1/15-3/15 (4tx, 3w/1wo oxi)
Col/Lvr surg 4/23/15 NED
adj FOLFIRI start 6/15-9/15 (8tx, 5w/3wo iri)
1 sml lvr spot/cyst
12/6/16 multi lung spots/mets?
No longer NED :(
My tx ongoing-start 1/20/15
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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby JudeD59 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:33 am

Very sad to hear this. I know she was very loved on this forum. My sympathies to her family and friends.

Thanks for letting us know, Bev.

56 yrs old, wife, mother to 4 daughters
RC Stage II T3N0M0 DX April 2, 2015
6 cm. mid-rectum-CEA 121
Xeloda and radiation finished 06/15/15- CEA 242
CEA right before surgery 81
LAR performed 8/12/15 Temporary ileostomy
CEA 10-21-15 1.6
PET scan 11-4-15 All clear
Port installed 11/11/15
Folfox started 11/18/15
Folfox stopped due to bad reaction
Reversal 2/17/16
CEA 2/3/16 1.7
CEA 3/31/16 1.3
CT Scan 4/12/16 All Clear
Port removed 4/21/16
CEA 5/24/17 1.4

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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby JJ2212 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:05 am

It never gets easier to find the right words. My condolences to her loved ones.

Rectal cancer dx 04/13 @ 42, MSS, KRAS positive
T3N2M1 (1 lung met)
5 weeks xeloda+radiation finished 07/13
APR 9/13 (permanent colostomy), 27/31 nodes positive :-(
12 rounds of FOLFOX 04/14
Lung met growth 11/14
26 cycles Regorafenib (Stivarga) from 11/15 to 01/17
New lung met and chest/neck lymph nodes 01/17
1 cycle Folfiri

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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby Stanfordmom » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:40 am

Feel so sad to hear this. may her family find consolation in warm memories with her :(

She will be missed here.

DX 4/2/2014 at 44, stage 4, mets liver and ovaries
Mom to 2 boys
Three surgeries, HAI pump and lots of chemo

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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby Ron50 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:44 am

So sorry to hear it, hugs to her loved ones and hugs to her many friends here, thanks Bev. Ron.
dx 1/98
st 3 c 6 nodes
48 sessions 5Fu/levamisole
no recurrence cea <.5
numerous l/t side effects of chemo

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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby Willow.NZ » Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:42 am

Very Sad, Theresa sounded like a much respected & valued member of this group. Condolences to her friends & family at this difficult time xx
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: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby ronnieciao » Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:46 am

I am so sad to hear this. Skypup was one of the first members to kindly greet me during those horrendous, confusing first weeks of my mother''s diagnosis. She was so smart, knowlegeable and kind. She will be missed by all who knew her, that's for sure.

What will it be of her beloved sheepdog? I remember how much she meant to her.

I hope you are at peace, Skypup.

DD of Mum, 53
Diagnosed CC Stage IVb, October 2014
Mets to liver, peri, ovaries, bones
Folfox + Panitumumab
Folfiri + Avastin
Cetuximab monotherapy
Immunotherapy: Tecenriq (Atezolizumab) single agent trial: failed
Left us Feb 2017

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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby tchan8888 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:06 am

This is so hard to deal with. Am very saddened. Skypup meant so much to so many.
Tom, 49 now
12/12 Right Hemicolectomy 2X (29 days in hospital)
12/12 Stage IV: multiple distant LN; no organs
20X: FOLFIRI (stopped working)
8X: 5FU
8X: FOLFOX and Avastin
2016: Clinical trial pembrozilumab MSI high

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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby ams5796 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:05 am

Oh no! I was just thinking of her, and thinking about how much I missed seeing her here. My deepest condolence to her family and friends. She was very special.

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: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby lpas » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:19 am

Such sad news. I only knew her for a short time, but she was always kind and helpful to me. I'd hoped she was doing well.

Rest in peace, Theresa. You touched so many lives here for the better. We will miss you terribly.
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11/14 Dx sigmoid CC @ 45yo
12/14 Colectomy + hysterectomy
Stage IIIB, T3N1bM0, 2/20 nodes, MSS, G2, KRAS(A146T), TP53, SMAD4, ERBB2, CEA 1.0
2/15-7/15 XELOX & celecoxib
2/19 clean scope
11/19 clean CT
Ongoing celecoxib, cimetidine & other targeted supplements
Mom to a 5 & 8yo

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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby elise » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:27 am

Theresa was my closest cancer friend and as soon as I heard she had entered hospice care knowing her time was very short, I just hoped like hell it would be fast. Every passing hour felt like days.

I'm crushed.

Theresa and I talked about cancer and it's effects but mostly we talked about dogs (our mutual love of Australian Cattle Dogs and dog agility), minimalism and exercise.

A while back, she wondered whether to keep doing chemo and I told her that I selfishly encouraged her to do a little more if she could, because I wasn't ready to let her go. I was honest. She was an integral part of my own journey and healing. Recently, I encouraged her to go for quality over quantity. She held on so tight, trying to outlive her 14 year old Cattle Dog, Sky.

Theresa has taught me lessons about pure grit, grace and accepting the things you cannot change. A while back, she lit a candle and added this message, which I look at often "May all beings be happy, may we all feel loved.".

I love you Theresa, I'm glad you're free of this shit. I miss you terribly. I can't believe you're gone.

A candle burning on gratefulness.org: http://www.gratefulness.org/candle/403889-2/

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Feb - Stage 2 (T3 N0 M0) CC @ 30
Mar - R hemicolectomy, 18 LN
May-Nov 6 - Chemo (8 Xeloda)
Feb - NED
Feb - NED
May - Stage 4 - 1 liver met @ 32
Jun - Liver resection
Aug-Jan - FOLFOX 5 rounds, 5FU X 6
Ap, Oct - NED
Mar - NED

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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby Buckeye » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:28 am

I am sorry to hear this. I hate this disease.
Dx 10/20/15 stage 1 T1N0M0 1.3cmx1.1cmx1cm low grade ( well to moderately differentiated) Rectal cancer age 47
Loving Husband and father of two girls age 19 & 15 Sole income provider
CEA <0.5
CT, MRI and PET show no metastatic spread
LAR Laparoscopic TME 11/30/15 with Illo
Pathology clean no lymph node or vascular involvement. Confirmed Stage1
No chemo/rad cancer free now and forever.
Illo reversal 01/26/16

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Re: Our beloved Skypuppy

Postby vilca11 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:29 am

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not Theresa!!!!!!!!!!
11/2005 CC stage 1, F,50yo@dx
Mod dif adenocar, MSS, APC, TP53, CEAs1.6-4.8
1/12 1met liver@Vena Cava, RFA, 3oxi,11 5FU
8/13 2 mets same place,SBRT
4/14 2 Xeliri+Avastin
5/14 Nano Knife liver same 2 mets
6/14 2 Xeliri, ADAPT
4/15 PET, 2 same mets,Cryo Liver
5/15 MJ Oil, Herbs, Suppl, ADAPT
10/15 PET, same area, doubled in size, high SUV
10/15 RH, HAI, visceral involv., no LN
2/16 red FF, 50% red dose FUDR, CEA trends up
3/16 CT, PET, MRI L.Lobe all in small tumors
4/16 No acceptable options, going home

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