A Word to the New People (and the Old People)

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Julie YW
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A Word to the New People (and the Old People)

Postby Julie YW » Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:20 pm

I haven't been here for awhile. It's always a little shocking to see all the new names. I feel for those of you who are relatively recently diagnosed. I want to tell you all not to panic, that you have time. Many of us have been managing with active disease for a long time. I often think how I envy people who are diagnosed now. The landscape of research and science is so vastly different from what it was when I was diagnosed. You have standard treatments which will hopefully buy you a lot of time and then there are trials.

I'm on my third experimental treatment and still going. I feel like an old veteran now. For those who have been at it for awhile, I know you can relate -- I'm tired. I honestly don't know how I keep going. A part of me welcomes death. That's what my latest blog post is about -- the newest trial and being tired.

https://julieyipwilliams.wordpress.com/ ... paralysis/

For those who are new, I write a blog that's pretty honest, maybe too honest for those who are new to this. I found it really helpful to read the blogs of those who had gone before me. So check it out if you think it might be useful. People tell me I voice what they can't express and that helps them feel less alone.
DX July 2013, 37yo
12 of 68 LN
Stage IV w/ drop peri met
Folfox 8/12/13
Clean scans 1/24/14
Rising CEA 2/13/14
HIPEC 3/13/14
Folfiri 4/21/14
Recurrence in lungs 12/19/14
Xeloda & Avastin
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Re: A Word to the New People (and the Old People)

Postby KElizabeth » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:05 pm

Thanks for sharing. I'm tired too, but going forward always.
Female age 39- ,2 teens.
Colon Cancer - DX March 2013
Age 34 at DX - Stage III B
Resection surgery -May 2013
FOLFOX - June, 2013 to Sept, 2013
5FU plus leukavorin Sept, 2013 to Dec, 2013
METs liver and lungs discovered Sept, 2015
FOLFIRI plus Avastin - Sept, 2015 - July 2017
Durvalumab and Cediranib Sept 2017 Dec 17
FOLFOX with desensitization protocol - current

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Re: A Word to the New People (and the Old People)

Postby Steph20021 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:27 am

Julie I love your blog and always read the minute I get my email,notification that you've posted. Your latest blog brought me to near tears. I was on the edge of my seat wondering if you would still elect to do the trial given the risk or not. I am not sure what I would do in your shoes but I hope I'd be as brave as you are. I am rooting for you and wondering when you will have your first scan to check on the progress. Wishing you all the best, always. Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful way with words. But honestly, your account of how rough immunotherapy is, came to me as quite a shock. It's the first account I've read that makes it sound so painful and horrible. Love your honesty.
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DX 1/31/14 @ 33- SPS-T4a(invades visceral peri), N2a(6/106 LN), M1a(ovary) (Stage 4a) MSS
2/1/14-subtotal col, lost R ovary, temp ileo
3/14-9/14- folfox; sepsis
11/14-CT/PET: L ovary met, pelvic met, (?)ghost liver met(?)
12/14-folfiri -13 rds kept me stable from 3/15-6/15
8/15-HIPEC, hysterectomy et al, 2nd temp ileo, NED?
09/15- cea 0.9
05/16- recurrence in abdo wall and lymph nodes
Jan/17- pulmonary embolism
Feb/17- 1 wk radiation to abdo wall
Currently stable suce Aug/16- on folfiri

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Re: A Word to the New People (and the Old People)

Postby LPL » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:52 pm

Hi Julie YW,

My 1st language is not English, and even if it was I'm sure I could never find good enough words to express how grateful I am that you posted a link to your Blog. I clicked on that link, could not stop reading and read all your Blog posts.
I have so much respect for you and I want to Thank You So Much for being so honest in your writing - it feels as your words have changed me. Whishing with all my heart for You that the Experimental ongoing treatments will help and will be less tiring as they continue.
DH @ 65 DX 4/11/16 CC recto-sigmoid junction
Adenocarcenoma pt 35x15x9mm G3(biopsi) G1(surgical)
Mets 3 Liver resectable
T4aN1bM1a Stage IVa 2/9 LN
MSS, KRAS-mut G13D
CEA & CA19-9: 5/18 2.5 78 8/17 1.4 48 2/14/17 1.8 29
4 Folfox 6/15-7/30 (b4 liver surgery) 8 after
CT: 8/8 no change 3/27/17 NED for now :D
:!: Steroid induced hyperglycemia dx after 3chemo .. hospitalized, insulin -> Metformin
Surgeries (open):
3/18 Emergency colostomy 5/23 Primary+gallbl+colostomy reversal (+port) 9/01 Liver mets

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